Baby Black Bird

by Simone Heystek
(Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa)

My fiance picked the baby bird up and we're trying to care for it. We've had it for four days now, and it's still alive so hopefully we're doing the right stuff.


I would love to know what kind of bird it is, as that would aid in our care for him.

Also, we are planning to release him - how do you know when the bird is ready, and is there a chance that he will not be able to take care of himself?

Description:

Black with tiny white lines on the ends of his wings. Small pointy beak with big, wide set eyes.
Photo enclosed.

Thank you and kind regards
Simone
dcrs

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Feb 26, 2013
looks like NEW
by: Anonymous

It looks like a Swift or a Swallow, possibly a House Martin, migrated from Europe. Usually they feed on the wing, small insects they catch in flight. They nest high up in the eaves of buildings or in niches high up in barns.
To drink they swoop down and skim the water from lakes - or any surface that means they don't have to land to drink like other birds.
If it's a swift, you'll see that it has a wide wing-span for a small bird, so it won't be able to take off from anywhere low.
These birds never fly to the ground, they need height to take off and remain high, so if you can keep it in an elevated place until it's ready to fly, it'll probably have a better chance.
Good luck with it.

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