Found baby bird with bald spot

makotoJuly 3, 2014

Hi! There's a lot of maya birds in our area and this is my first encounter with a helpless baby bird on the ground. I kept it away from cats, dogs, and vehicles. As you will see on the photo, it is being nursed by another bird but after closer inspection, I also noticed a bald spot. Is this normal?

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I think his feathers just haven't grown in yet. It does look a bit young to be fledging tho. Are the parents near? Can you see his next and put him back?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 10:49AM
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That baby bird is still fledging since it is still young. Maybe that's the reason it has bald spot. Good thing the baby bird's mum is always their for him/her to give him/her food. Do you still have the baby bird or it flew away together with its mum?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 8:51PM
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It's much too young to be leaving the nest and the bald spots are either undeveloped feathers, or nest mates may have plucked a few feathers.
I suggest soaking some dry dog food in water and setting it out for the parent bird....this will make feeding the chick easier and also provide a nutritional diet for the chick. If the Maya will eat it, you can also offer canned dog food. You've done a great job and the parent is definitely dedicated!
I would try raising the chick higher in the basket by placing mats, cardboard or papers under it's bedding. Raise him enough so it's not so difficult for the hen to feed, yet keep the sides tall enough so he can't easily fall out.
If you can keep cats and dogs away it has a good chance of survival.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:16PM
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