I've Found a Bird!
I've found/been given a bird that's injured, sick, or acting oddly!
What do I do?
What do I do?
Different situations call for different actions, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. If you've found a bird, check for the following:
Drooping wings (if it's a hot day, healthy birds may spread their wings to help cool off)
Inability to stand on both feet
Not responsive or reacting to touch or sight
Missing a lot of feathers
If the bird falls into any of the above, they may be in need of professional attention. Read the Visibly Sick or Injured section for more information.
Visibly Sick or Injured
It's important to note that wild birds, if visibly sick or injured, should be looked after by professional organisations. If you are Victoria-based, this means you should contact Wildlife Victoria, to see if they can help.
If the bird in question is a Pigeon or Dove, then you can also contact the Pigeon Rescue Melbourne.
If there is visible bleeding, it can be temporarily stopped with pantry flour. Always make sure you wear gloves when handling wild birds. You can also keep the bird in a shoebox with small holes cut into it - the dark can help them calm down and come to their senses.
If a bird appears to be suffering from heatstroke, do not attempt to force it to drink! You can help keep it cool by making sure it's in the shade, with a small, damp tissue or towel lightly draped over it. Forced drinking can result in water going into their lungs.
Flown Into a Window
If a bird has flown into a window or collided with another object, check to see if the bird is responsive and not visibly injured. Unresponsive but awake birds may be concussed or stunned, and may be kept in a cardboard shoebox with small holes for air. This will help them stay calm while they come to their senses - check them occasionally, and make sure that there is a small, shallow dish of water in the box too.
If the bird had drooping wings, or falls into any of the other categories at the top of the page, follow the steps under Visibly Sick or Injured.
For domesticated birds, you can contact us to see if we are able to help.
You may also contact us if you have any questions about what to do, or are unsure about any part of the process.