Precocial bird

I Found a Precocial Bird, Now What?

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Precocial Birds can find and eat food on their own often within minutes or hours of hatching. However, these babies are defenseless and cannot regulate their own temperatures. Therefore, they require protection and warmth from their parents.

If a dog or cat has come into contact with the bird or it is visibly injured, call Greenwood Wildlife at (303) 823-8455.

Is the baby truly orphaned?

Take the time to determine if the baby(ies) is truly orphaned or is just temporarily separated from its parent. Look and listen to try and detect if the baby’s parents are in the area. Watch from a distance as to not frighten the parents for at least an hour. 

Baby birds have the best chance for success in the wild when they are raised by a parent.

If the parents do not return.

If the parent does not claim the baby within two hours please call Greenwood Wildlife at (303) 823-8455 to discuss what you observe and to decide with a rehabilitator if the animal you see needs help.

If you determine that an animal needs to be brought to our facility, please follow these instructions for capturing and transporting animals.