how to calm a wild bird

If youve found an injured bird in your yard or while out and about, quick action can mean the difference between life and death. Its important to assess the situation to know how to intervene — and whether thats even necessary.

For example, people often find young birds on the ground during the spring, summer, and early fall as the birds are leaving the nest and learning how to fly. These birds usually dont need rescuing, but a wildlife rehabilitator can help you determine that. However, if a bird is noticeably injured, sick, or otherwise acting off (e.g., an adult bird who doesnt immediately fly away when you approach), a licensed wildlife rehabilitator will likely need to intervene.

For the bird to have the best chance of recovery and release, contact a rehabilitator right away. Dont try to care for the bird yourself. Only a licensed wildlife rehabilitator has the special equipment and skills to provide the injured bird with proper care.

If you have determined that a bird needs rescuing, follow the instructions below for catching and transporting the bird to a wildlife rehabilitator.

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Cutting a wild bird free from anything it might be entangled in is the first step in caring for it. After that, carefully cup the bird in your hands to remove it, and place it in a towel-lined box. Before handling the bird, put on thick leather gloves. After placing it inside the box, place the box somewhere warm and dark. After that, check on the bird roughly every 30 minutes, and release it back into the wild as soon as it is well. Seek additional care from a veterinarian or an animal rehabilitation facility if it appears to be recovering after one to two hours, or if it has a broken wing or leg. Continue reading for advice on feeding a baby wild bird under your care!


  • Community Answer: Depending on the species, the birds’ diet can range from earthworms and insects to seeds and other vegetarian options. Question Is there anything else we can feed the birds? To assist you in identifying the bird and determining its optimal diet, look up your species online or give your local wildlife rescue organization a call.
  • Community Response: Generally, you shouldn’t bathe a wild bird unless it is covered in an alien substance (like oil). Question Should You Bathe the Bird? Some birds are bathing species, however. If you give them a bowl of water, they will take a self-bath in it.
  • Question: I recently discovered three baby birds without feathers. Community Answer You can place a heat pack underneath a blanket or something similar and place them on it to keep them warm.
  • Let the bird rest if it needs to rest. Avoid waking the bird repeatedly as this will make it overtired. They need rest to recover and grow. Thanks Helpful 21 Not Helpful 1 .
  • Dont let little children handle the wild animal. Thanks Helpful 137 Not Helpful 50 .
  • When given the option, birds would rather rest on a raised surface like the top of a table or a shelf than on the ground. They feel secure and akin to being in a tree when they are high. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 0 .

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  • Dylan “My friend saw a poor bird that had been attacked when we were hanging out at high school, and I knew what fruit I could feed it.” She took it home after school because I didn’t have that stuff. Hopefully this helps me next time. “. ” more .


How do you get a wild bird to trust you?

Never approach a wild bird without speaking to it all the time. Always move very slowly around birds until they become accustomed to your presence. Always try to remember that there is no such thing as a naturally tame wild bird. You are its greatest enemy until you have gained its confidence.

How do you calm down a bird?

Instead of talking to the bird, find ways to make him feel safe that don’t involve human interaction. This can include playing soothing music or switching on the television. Of course, if you have a rapport with your bird already and they trust you, then talking to them is an effective way of lowering anxiety.

How do you make a wild bird not scared of you?

Birds respond best when we are patient. Approaching birds slowly over time and allowing them to become accustomed to our presence and movements is perhaps the most important technique for getting close while they continue to behave naturally. When we give birds time to get used to us, they can be remarkably confiding.

How do you make a wild bird comfortable?

Provide a nice, safe space to get easily accessed food and water, then hang around the site. Most “backyard” birds come to tolerate the presence of humans as long as the humans are not noisy, move around a lot, or act like they are approaching the bird in any way.