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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Baby Bird Indentification Help Needed!

After cutting down a large pine in Northeastern PA, two baby birds where found still in tact in their nest and unharmed. These strong willed survivors were rescued and are doing remarkably well. They love eating canned cat food and are growing quite rapidly. Please help in identifying which type of species they are. They are mainly grey in color with several layers of feathers some having slightly white tips. Their legs are quite beefy shall we say as well as their talons for their size. What is most distinct is the shape of their beaks. Their beaks are about the same size as their heads but are a little irregular in shape with a bump on the inner top. Could these baby birds be some type of dove? Any help in identifying them is greatly appreciated as well as any tips in caring for them such as how long should they be kept before being let free, handling them, feeding them, etc.

Thank you for your help.

Poor babies! They look like Mourning doves. You need to talk to a licensed rehabilitator in your state as soon as possible. I talked about it a couple times on my blog at lansingwbu.blogspot.com. To find a rehabilitator call the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in your state or look online for a Wildlife Rehabilitator. When I looked for your state I found Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators: (http://pawr.com/public/?cat=2).

If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal you can also call a local veterinarian or a local Wild Birds Unlimited store for contact numbers. I know your heart is in the right place, but I'm afraid it is illegal (in the USA) for unlicensed individuals to possess any wild bird for any reason beyond overnight care before transporting to a rehabilitation site. Good luck! I hope everything turns out OK.

Thank you so much for your quick response in helping me with these baby birds. I will proceed and do exactly as you recommend.

Thank you again.

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