What To Do If You Found a Sick or Injured Bird

Confirm It Is Truly Sick or Injured

The following are indications that a bird may be sick or injured:

  • The bird is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed, and it has fluffed feathers (the bird looks “puffed up”).
  • It may have an obvious wound, breathing problems, a drooping wing, or show lameness or an inability to stand.
  • It does not fly away when approached. Learn how to tell if a bird that doesn’t fly away is a fledgling (a young bird learning how to fly)
  • For further assistance on Transport, please refer to the "Who to Call for Help" section on this page.

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