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A nestling or fledgling’s best chance for survival is with its bird parents. Click here for a easy to follow chart explaining when it’s appropriate to rescue a bird and when it’s not: WBRH Education Brochure - Front (Decision Chart)

And click here for the life saving steps you’ll need to take after rescuing the bird: WBRH Education Brochure - Back

As a general rule, if you find a bird so young or disabled that it cannot feed or fly, it is in need of assistance. A bird's primary defense is flight, so a bird on the ground is a bird in need of help.

Catch the bird and gently hold it in your hands examining it to assess its condition. If the bird appears weak, cold, or has any apparent injuries such as an open wound, drooping wing, or broken leg, it requires immediate assistance.

If the bird is bleeding, apply light pressure to the wound until bleeding stops.

Weak or injured birds usually need rehydrating. They can be given juicy bits of papaya, or slowly given sips of a replenishing liquid such as Gatorade.

A naked baby bird must be kept on heat. Placing a heating pad under half of the container allows the bird to move off the heat if it chooses.

A sugar water mixture can then be given by running your finger along its beak so the liquid can slowly seep inside.

Carefully place the bird in a covered container (allow for air holes). The container should be soft, warm and padded. Keep the bird in a quiet place, giving it access to heat until you can contact a rehabber or veterinarian.

More information can be found on the following pages:
Basic Diets for Oahu's More Common Birds

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