I've found a baby bird, now what do I do?
1. Is the bird hurt or sick?
(Unable to flutter wings; bleeding; wings droop unevenly; weak or shivering; attacked by a cat, dog, or other animal; gasping for air)
|Call a local rehabilitator.||Proceed with Step 2 below and determine if the bird has feathers.|
2. Does the bird have feathers?
|Go to the instructions for fledgling birds||Go to the instructions for nestling birds|
Nestling Birds (No feathers) Nestling birds NEED HELP.
a. Can you find the nest? Is it intact?
|YES (nest intact)||NO (nest missing or not intact)|
|Put baby back in nest. Observe from a distance for 30 minutes.||Make a substitute nest. Poke holes in bottom of a berry basket or margarine tub; line with dry grass, the old nest, or pine needles; hang from nearby tree or secure to tree branches with wire. Put baby in nest. Observe from a distance for 30 minutes.|
b. Are parents visiting nest?
|Leave the area. The baby is ok.||Call a local rehabilitator.|
Fledgling Birds (Feathered) Normal behavior to be hopping on ground; parents will feed it. Is bird safe from cats, dogs, other predatory wildlife, and people?
|YES (bird safe)||NO|
|Leave the area. The baby is ok.||Put bird in bushes or on tree limb nearby. Watch from a distance. Are parents nearby? YES - Leave the area. The baby is ok. NO - Call a local rehabilitator.|
Can't get to a rehabilitator quickly and need to feed the bird? Diet Information
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