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)

YESNO
Call a local rehabilitator.Proceed with Step 2 below and determine if the bird has feathers.

2. Does the bird have feathers?

YESNO
Go to the instructions for fledgling birdsGo 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?

YESNO
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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