Some baby birds are just learning to fly and their parents are still looking out for them. Others have fallen out of their nest and are in need of help. So how do you know which of these baby birds you have found?
Nestlings are baby birds that have no feathers but can have some fluff present. These birds are completely reliant on their parents and if they are found on the ground, it is likely that they are either orphaned or have fallen out of their nest. If you find these, please bring them to a Vet clinic or call a wildlife rescue. Using gloves as they can bite and scratch, please place them in a ventilated cardboard box with a towel in it. Please keep them warm and do not give them any food or water as they have very specific needs. Try to get to the Vet or a wildlife carer as soon as possible.
At AdelaideVet, when we receive baby birds or injured birds from the public, we triage them and assess them for injuries. Sometimes, we may have to perform further diagnostics such as X-rays and administer medications. For baby birds, we warm them up and start feeding the appropriate food for that species before finding them a carer to look after them until they are old enough for release.