Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Baby Birds

If you find a young bird on the ground it is best to leave it alone. If it seems threatened, place it under a shrub or, if possible back in the nest.

Often the mother is nearby trying to feed it. It is a natural event for a young bird to leave the nest while learning how to fly. When handling birds use gloves. Do not take wild birds into your home. Mother birds will eventually reclaim their young, and they do a much better job raising their young than we ever could!

• If the young bird is hopping and running away from you, leave it be. His parents will find him.
• If he is in immediate danger of outdoor pets, scoop him up (wearing gloves!) and put in a nearby bush or shrub out of harm's way.
• If you find a baby with little or no feathers and you know where the nest is, then return the bird to its' nest.
• If the baby/fledgling is cold to the touch, take it inside to warm before placing back in the nest.
• Nestle the bird in a warm towel or use a hot water bottle with a towel between the bird and the bottle.
• Place the bird in a warm dark, quiet place away from children and pets.
• Do not attempt to feed baby birds or fledglings.
• If you cannot find the nest or the bird appears to be sick, injured or your pet brought the bird home still alive, then contact a rehabilitator (external link) close to you.


Bird Nest Destroyed:

• If the nest has been destroyed, you can construct a makeshift nest using a small basket or Cool Whip container.
• Put holes in the bottom of container for drainage.
• Line the container with material from old nest or dry grass or leaves.
• Wire your nest to a branch or place it security in a branch fork close to or in the same spot as the old nest. If you are not sure where the bird was nesting, find a safe place in bushes or trees where pets can not get to it.
• Place birds into new nest.
• Do not attempt to feed baby birds or fledglings.

Found A Bird's Egg:

• If wind knocked egg out of nest, and you can locate nest, gently place egg back into nest. • If nest cannot be found, place egg under a small shrub or bush.
Last updated: April 16, 2014