When to help a bird
Many baby birds that are found do not need rescue. Often birds on the ground are in the fledgling stage and learning to fly. Always assess whether a rescue is really needed!
Is it injured?
Is it cold?
Is it dehydrated?
Does its abdomen appear overly wrinkled or paperish -white?
Do its abdomen and eyes appear sunken-in?
Is it lethargic, inactive, or uninterested in its surroundings?
Does it have obvious wounds?
Can you handle the bird with little or no response?
Was it handled by a cat/did you find it near a cat?
Is it a naked or partially feathered ?
Are there flies on it?
Is it in imminent danger?
Have you attempted to re-nest/reunite it but have not seen the parents in over 1 to 2 hours?
If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, take the following steps:
Place the baby in a softly-lined covered box with ventilation.
Place the box in a warm, dark quiet indoor location away from all humans and pets.
Do NOT attempt to give it food or water, no matter how much it begs! The most important step to take is to warm it up with direct heat. Place the bird on, or next to, a hot water bottle or wheat bag. (Alternatively, if you have nothing else, even an ordinary plastic bottle filled with hot water will do)
Contact your local wildlife rescue for further advice as soon as possible. Young birds get cold and dehydrate very quickly, so act fast.