Determine if the Bird is Injured.
This may seem obvious, but, just because you see a baby bird alone, it doesn’t mean something is necessarily wrong with it. See the next page for how to help a healthy baby bird, but read below for how to help an injured one.
Observe it For a Few Minutes. Make sure that the bird is actually injured, and isn’t just waiting for its mother. Take notes on injuries and behaviors. If you are unsure about what type of bird it is, take notes on its characteristics.
Locate and Call a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Do this before you take any action. There’s a huge directory of centers in the United States here. Give as many details as you can to the center and follow their instructions. This is important — some birds need to be handled differently than others.
If You Can’t Find a Center to Take the Bird to: The best thing you can do is punch some air holes and place some soft cloth in a covered box. Carefully, with gloves and perhaps eye protection, place the injured bird in the box and cover it. Place the bird’s box in a quiet and warm place for 1-2 hours. After that time, take the bird, still in its box, to a large, open area (away from windows) and lift the lid. If the bird flies away, no further action is necessary. If it doesn’t leave the box, all you can do is try your best to find a center to take the bird to.
While an Injured Bird is In Your Care: Do NOT try to feed the bird or give it water, do not attempt first aid, and do not lift the lid of the box to check on it. It should go without saying, but do not try to keep the bird as a pet. Ever.
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