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Frankie's falls from the Nest... What to do if you find a baby bird

Frankie is a “Spangled Drongo” a bird of the family Dicruridae that came into care in late January after he was handed into Proserpine Vet. Frankie was found tangled in a wire fence after taking his maiden voyage from the nest.

Did you know that most baby birds do not need water ? As young, they receive enough water from their parents insect and fruit diet.

Frankie lived at Sacred Voyage for 5 days, we watched as he gained some weight stabilised on the perch, and begun eating well and built strength flying short distances!

Each day at dusk Rasa would take Frankie back to the place he was found in the hope of his parents returning. On day 5 - they were there ! Sitting in a makeshift hanging basket sitting on a fence, Frankie cried for his food, swiftly mum swooped down and fed him, and then together they flew up onto a palm tree

Birds learning to fly are called "fledglings". We’re seeing a lot fledglings in care lately (video on how to save a baby bird below).

The main source of motivation for baby birds is food. Slowly the mother bird will stand farther and farther away from the nest, forcing the baby bird to come out of the nest in order to get food. Chances are the first few times the bird will fall down to the ground, but this repetitive process slowly becomes habitual to the bird. It will eventually learn that it can ease its falls by spreading its wings.

What to do if you find a baby bird:

1. Determine if its a hatchling, nestling or fledgling. Handling baby birds will not cause the parents to reject them - this is a MYTH.

HOW TO TELL if you have a hatchling, nestling or fledgling :

Hatchlings - have NO feathers

Nestlings - have a some feathers coming through

Fledglings - are fully feathered

If its a fledgling, leave it alone - the parents are usually nearby watching it and feeding it on the ground while it learns how to fly. ONLY move the fledgling if its in danger, tangled up or in threat of being eaten by another animal or run over.. then call Fauna Rescue 07 4946 3389

2. Call Fauna Rescue on 07 4946 3389

Never force water down their throats, most who do this actually drown the bird. The adults do not bring water to the nest. Water comes from the insects or fruit they eat.

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