Mystery Animal

What is that fluffy grey bird with it’s distinct yellow beak? It’s a nestling European Starling

“What is that adorable little bird?” you ask. It’s a Rock Dove, also known as a Pigeon.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Elizabeth Martin on September 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

    If a Rock Dove nestling fell out of it’s nest, could the mother get it back in? Can a mother bird pick up a nestling?


    • No a mother bird doesn’t have the strength to lift a baby bird back into the nest. However, if the young bird is covered in feathers, it is a normal stage of life where they purposely jump from the nest onto the ground. The mother and father pigeon will continue to feed it on the ground as the young bird learns how to fly and find food. If the baby bird has no feathers, you can lift it back into the nest and the parents will continue to care for it. It is a myth that if you touch a baby bird that the parents will reject it. Birds have a poor sense of smell so they cannot smell human scent.


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  3. Posted by Sally Whittle on June 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I found 3 baby starlings. I don’t know what kind of starling they are, but they have most of there feathers. I found them on the ground in the middle of a field. They were starving! I have been feeding them canned cat food. I keep them in a wire cage with a box full of hay inside. What else should i do?


    • Hello, it would be best to bring them into rehab. Depending on their age, they will require 30 min to hour feedings on a 14 hour day and natural foods they would be finding in the wild like insects. Can you drop off at one of our drop off centres? Definitely I would take the hay out immediately. Hay can cause fungal infections in birds. Thanks Lisa


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