baby bird

I've found a baby bird. What should I do?

Most baby birds that are presumed orphaned usually aren't. To determine if the bird is simply separated from its parents, look around for the nest or the parents. If the bird has developed adult feathers, has a short tail, and is able to hop along the ground, the parents are probably nearby. The bird will probably attempt to fly again soon. Human interference may impede a valuable flight lesson. If the bird is in direct sunlight, try to move it to a shaded area.

If the chick still has its soft, fluffy down feathers, try to return it to its nest. Birds have little or no sense of smell and will be unable to detect that the chick has been handled.

When a bird is purposely pushed out of a nest, it may not be healthy. Adult birds can sense when a developmental problem exists. The mother will push the bird out rather than expend valuable food and energy on a chick that will not survive. It is difficult for people to determine if a bird has developmental problems simply by its appearance. If you are in doubt, please consult a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. These individuals are trained and experienced in helping orphaned and injured wildlife. This web site can assist you to locate an appropriate licensed wildlife rehabilitator in the state of Pennsylvania. You may also call your local game commission or sheriff for information. Contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission (on the web); for Allegheny County, call 724-238-9523 or 9524).