Large "Pigeon"

by Emily
(Pennsylvania)

I found a possibly injured bird on the porch of the house next door. I noticed it sitting on the porch since Sunday March 17th..had obviously been there awhile as there was a lot of bird poop on the porch. It is only slightly afraid of humans. I decided to bring it in the house as it's been quite cold out & the poor bird has been shivering like crazy but does not leave the porch to find shelter. I was able to capture it quite easily & it did not try to peck me. To me it looks like a pigeon but I'm not a bird expert so it's possible it is something else. See the picture attached.

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Mar 20, 2013
homing pigeon? NEW
by: Anonymous

Maybe it's a homing pigeon - is it ringed?

Mar 19, 2013
hard to say . . .
by: GaryE

but is that beak . . . hooked at the end? It kind of looks like it to me. If that is correct it is a bird of prey of some sort. If it is a bird of prey it is very very very much illegal for you to have it in your home.

Even if it is not a bird of prey that bird looks like an infant (which is a little weird this time of year) and it really needs an expert to nurse it back to health.

Your best bet is to find an animal rescue/rehab near you and contact them and see what they say.

As far as a precise species identification if you can verify if it is a bird of prey you can have a look at birds of prey in your area and try to find some pics of infants. If you verify that there are people here who will certainly help . . . but again you really need to get that bird to a rehab center.

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