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Baby Starlings

In this section you will find photos to help you identify a baby starling as well as important information about caring for and feeding one of these small wonders. Click the links below to visit each webpage.

Identifying a Baby Starling
If you have found a wild baby bird and are not sure that it is a starling, see starling nestling and fledgling photos here.

Baby Starling and House Sparrow Care
Wondering how on earth to care for such a tiny, helpless creature? Read this webpage for information about warmth & bedding, hydration, making a handfeeding formula, how often to feed, cage info, and raising for release.

Starling Talk Message Board
A place to talk to other starling and sparrow owners.

Starlings can be wonderful pets if given enough time and attention. If you would like a pet starling, it is a good idea to check with your state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, since some states require a state rehab permit to have them even though they do not protect them.

If you check with a local avian veterinarian or your State Department of Fish and Game, they will be able to give you the names of rehabilitators in your area. Most rehabbers are more than happy to give a baby starling to people who want a pet. However, please don't take one and then change your mind, for babies raised as pets cannot then be released back into the wild. This can be a long-term commitment. Starlings can live from 15 to 20 years, so give it some thought before you make such a long term commitment.