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If you encounter a young bird on the ground your first instinct may be to rescue it. The chances are, however, is that what you are witnessing is perfectly normal and the parents are nearby. If you remove the bird from the situation it may be separated from its family for no good reason!

Is there immediate danger?

Is there a cat or dog nearby? If so, look for the nest and if possible place the bird in it's nest. Alternatively, create a make-shift nest from a margarine or icecream tub. Cut out drainage holes and line with soft bedding and securely place on a branch close to where you found the bird. Mum will find it. If you are concerned the bird is orphaned check back in a few hours or the next day.

Is the bird injured?

  • Gently place the bird in a well ventilated box and cover the box with a towel or blanket
  • If the bird is cold, put some warmth nearby, but not touching it. A bottle filled with hot water wrapped in a small towel will do
  • Place the box in a warm, dark, quiet spot and do not disturb
  • Do not try to give the bird any food or water
  • Call Wildlife Aid on 0429 850 089 or take it to a vet immediately

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PO Box 619, Singleton NSW 2330, Australia