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Identifying A Baby Starling
If you are unsure what kind of baby bird you have rescued, look at the following baby starling photos to help identify your bird. Again here is some general information about wild baby birds. Baby birds cannot fly when they first leave the nest, or fledge. They need to be on the ground for a few days to learn. Their parents are still taking care of them and teaching them how to fly. These babies do not need our help except to keep our cats indoors until they are safely off the ground.
If you find a baby bird, the first thing is to make sure it is uninjured with no broken bones. If it has been anywhere near a cat, it is important to contact a vet or rehabber to get information on antibiotics for it. Just the smallest nick or scratch from a cat or dog can be fatal to a bird!
If you have found a different species of bird please click here for information on the care of different species of baby birds.
In the photos above, notice the smooth look to
the fledglings' feathers as opposed to the softer look
of the nestlings' feathers. The fledgling's tail is
about 1 inch long. The smooth feathers and longer tail
are good indications of a bird that has left the nest
and that just needs to be on the ground for a day or two
to learn how to fly.
To see day by day photos
of baby starlings from hatching to fledging, click