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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)

What type of bird is it?

Choose the sick or injured bird below to learn more about what to do.

Birds of Prey

Birds - Prey - Broad Winged Hawk
Hawks
Birds - Prey - Barred Owl
Owls
Birds - Prey - Bald Eagle
Bald Eagles
(Threatened)
Birds - Prey - Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcons
(Threatened)
Birds - Prey - Barn Owl
Barn Owls
(Special Concern)
Other Bird of Prey
Other Birds of Prey

Songbirds

Birds - Bluejay
Bluejays
Birds - Cardinal
Cardinals
Birds - Black Capped Chickadee
Chickadees
Birds - Robin
Robins
Other Songbird
Other Songbirds

Waterfowl

Birds - Mallard
Ducks
Birds - Swan
Swans
Birds - Loon
Loons
Birds - Canada Goose
Geese
Other Waterfowl
Other Waterfowl

Other Birds

Birds - Crow
Crows
Birds - Gull
Gulls
Birds - Turkey
Turkeys
Birds - Mourning Dove
Pigeons/Doves

Cannot Identify the Bird

Unable to ID bird
Unable to ID bird

Please Note!

Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a proper state or federal permit.

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