Community: One of the easiest ways to identify a baby bird is to see what adult birds it stays near. Young birds often follow their parents and beg for food or imitate their behavior, and if one mystery baby is consistently around a certain species, it is most likely the same type of bird.
What do you do if you find a baby bird on the ground?
If you encounter nestlings in your yard, look for a nest within a few yards of where you found the bird. If you can safely replace the nestling, do so as soon as you can. If you are in a natural area, park or refuge, it is probably best to leave everything alone.
Where do baby birds go when they leave the nest?
When fledglings leave their nest they rarely return, so even if you see the nest it’s not a good idea to put the bird back in–it will hop right back out. Usually there is no reason to intervene at all beyond putting the bird on a nearby perch out of harm’s way.
Can a baby bird survive without its mother?
Nestlings can live 24 hours without food. See more on widows/widowers and what to do if one or both parents are gone. If the bird is clearly orphaned, and does need to be rescued bring it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible.
How often should I feed a baby bird?
Chicks less than one week old should be fed 6-10 times per day (every 2-3 hours). During the first week of life, some birds benefit from feeding during the night. Chicks that have not yet opened their eyes may take 5-6 feedings per day (every 3-4 hours).
What can I feed a wild baby bird?
What do Baby Birds Eat?
- High-protein moist dog food.
- Raw kidney or liver (no seasoning)
- High-protein dog biscuits (moistened)
- High-protein dog or cat kibble (moistened)
- Hard-boiled eggs (include finely crushed shells)