If you find a lonely baby bird your first instinct might be to take them to a vet or your local RSPCA.

Before you take any action make sure you know when to provide assistance and when to leave them.

RSPCA baby bird out of the nest

Credit: Baby bird out of the nest – An infographic created by the RSPCA

Nestling vs Fledglings

As you can see in the above graphic, there is a vast difference in the level of assistance needed between a nestling and a fledgling bird.

Nestlings are baby birds, this can be identified by the fact that they have no feathers, or only a few. If you find a baby bird outside of their nest then please take them to your nearest wildlife centre.

Helping the right way – how to capture a baby bird

First, check if the surroundings are safe for you to try and catch the baby bird, then while wearing thick gloves, place the bird into a sturdy cardboard box.

Ensure that this box is ventilated and lined with a towel or newspaper.

Do not try to offer the bird food or water as they require a special diet and outside food can be quite harmful.

Ensure that there aren’t any loud noises and that the bird is kept warm while transporting them to your nearest wildlife centre as soon as you can.

What if your local wildlife centre is closed?

If you have found an injured or lonely baby bird outside of your wildlife centre hours, then please transport the bird to your nearest animal emergency care centre. If you are located in QLD then contact us and we will be more than happy to assist.