Need help identifying and caring for

by Catherine
(Southern Californis - Riverside )

It's small long straight black beak, black legs, brown body short tail - doesn't fly so might be a baby still

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May 05, 2015
need help identificafying and caring for
by: Brook

Hi, this is a flicker and it is very young. It would think is under it's mother's care still and is fine, if it is to survive you need to put it back where you found it unless it's life was in dire danger due to cats or cars It most likely fell out of the nest or flew on it's first flight. In either circumstance the mother will care for it and she was and still is close by, she will come back within a day. If is in danger the best chance of survival it has is to to take it the closest Audubon Society and they will care for it appropriately and release it back into the wild. When a bird is raised by a person it does not learn how to survive on it's own and it may die in captivity, you will never see it fly or be free.

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