What bird is this?
My cat injured it, I want to keep it util it can fly again, but I dont know what to feed it.
Im in Argentina.
Not that anon, but if you don't know what species it is, how can you be so sure it's an adult? To me, it has all the characteristics of a fledgling.
If I were you, I'd look for a shelter to put it in as soon as possible. Until then, I have no idea how you should care for it.
well, my cat found it in my terrace (only place my cat can get), no nests there.
The bird has full feathers, or had before the cat rip off its tail.
And it can actually fly, a bit, before getting tired and falling to the floor.
If its injured too badly it might not be able to be released into the wild...not all injuries ever heal well.
It might be a kind of bird that could theoretically (but not necessarily legally) make a good captive specimen. Some birds are incredibly easy to take care of in captivity. Others are very difficult. Unfortunately I don't know what kind of bird that is. I've never seen it before.
Your heart' is in the right place, OP. Thanks for caring enough to try to save this bird.
Is there a wildlife center you could give the bird to? I don't know if such things exist in your area. In mine they're very rare and the general advice is to just leave birds alone.
But a flying bird that can't fly properly due to an injury is basically a sitting duck, unless its a fledgling that's about ready to learn to fly. And since the cat has ripped out its tail, whether its a fledgling or not is a little less of a big thing because either way it's fucked if you let it out in that condition.
The important things to figure out are these things:
1. What kind of bird is it (this is going to be a hard question, there are well over 1,000 different birds in Argentina)?
2. Is it weaned?
3. What are the extent of its injuries?
A bird that hasn't been weaned needs to be hand-fed baby bird formula. A weaned bird can and will eat on its own, unless it is in so much pain that it has no appetite.
Try to keep the bird calm. Birds can die from stress, so don't make any sudden movements.
The ruffled feathers indicate the bird is sick or stressed. Put it somewhere dark and warm, like a shoebox with some bedding and holes for air cut into it.
Wow, worst advice ever given.
This is good advice.
First, you want to figure out whether there are any bite or claw injuries on the animal. Cats have a high bacterial content in their saliva and the bird will die from even a small scratch. This is the highest priority. If the animal has an open wound, I would recommend euthanasia or taking it immediately to a bird carer/vet as you are unlikely to have the resources to treat it.
If it lives through the night, then start worrying about what to do next. Depending on the species some birds will go into shock and die no matter what you do. Others are fighters.
And, good on you for having your heart in the right place. Just don't let that stop you from giving it up to a carer if there's one available and that's the right decision.
Also I want to add that to my eye, this bird looks like a fledgling.
I hesitate to recommend anything because like I said, I don't know what bird that is and so I don't want my advice to be wrong. But in the US, in captivity common birds like unweaned fledgling finches or sparrows are normally raised on bird formula.
The formula is mixed up from a powder with warm water, allowed to cool just slightly and then fed from the back (the tip of the handle part) of a plastic fork or spoon.
If you can't get baby bird formula, then if this were a bird whose diet was like that of a sparrow you could (in the short term at least) feed it canned dog food or human baby food with meat and rice.
The biggest hurdle to me giving you good advice is I don't know what that kind of bird that is and I don't know whether its weaned.
Of course trying to take care of this bird might also be illegal in your area and its not my intention to encourage you to break any laws.
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They often do live if you know what you're doing. You're talking out your ass, bro.
Yes, a lot of them die, but a lot of them actually can be saved. I've saved lots of animals from cats and about a third of them have lived and been returned to the wild.
I sent the picture to an ornithologist friend who has travelled through argentina before. Hopefully she'll be able to ID it. It's very hard to ID fledglings (which this probably is, I think there's some down on the chest).
Its an adult Picui Ground Dove. It is severely dehydrated and I am guessing its probably dead by now. If you've only had the bird for a few hours, then you can rest assured that the bird was probably dying before your cat got it and that is why it was so easy for your cat to snatch.
This board is basically 100% posers. See:
>I don't know what a fledgling is
It's a white bird of course.
I mean you are in Argentina!