Black fledgling, blue tipped feathers, yellow beak

by Jenn
(Sturgis, Michigan, usa)


My neighbor and her daughter found a young bird and are insistent on caring for it themselves. (Yes, yes...I understand all the things wrong with this situation...)

So,I'm assisting by trying to find out what type of bird it is so that they can at least attempt with the right means.
It is a dark colored fledgling with faint blue tips on its feathers. The beak is a bright yellow that turns into a deeper orange at the tip.
Any ideas?

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Jun 19, 2017
You need a wildlife rehabilitator - even a backyard rehab person NEW
by: Margaret Mariam

Most likely this is a fledgling, a bird almost ready to fly and be on its own. Put it some place SAFE from cats and other predators, with a shallow dish of water; in the shade, but visible to its parents. And watch to see if similar birds come to be with it. The parents will bring food, if they are near by.

And while you are watching it, call your local wildlife office and find out where you can bring it, IF the parents don't bring it food. You can put some bird seed up there, if you have some. Or UNSALTED sunflower seeds. But the most important thing is WATER, semi shade, and access for the parents to reach it.

Most of the time the parents are close by from where it has been found.




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