Yesterday evening I found this baby bird in one corner of my house's verandah on the floor. I picked it up and placed it safely in a tray hoping that tomorrow morning its parents will find it (actually I initially suspected it to be a sparrow hatchling). When I saw it today morning I found that it is probably a bird of prey. As you can notice the large long beak and claws. I'm really confused now what to do with it. Please suggest something.enter image description enter image descript pic


  • I live in Uttar Pradesh, India.

  • Its relatively plain where I live. (No mountains or lake nearby)

  • Temperature: 35-20 degrees Celsius

  • Added a photo for size estimation


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    $\begingroup$ RSPCA would be a good start. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 5:15
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    $\begingroup$ Identification may or may not be possible, but more information is needed, e.g. your location, bird size indication, and whether near seacoast, lake or mountains.. $\endgroup$
    – mgkrebbs
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 5:19
  • $\begingroup$ @GrahamChiu What's that? $\endgroup$
    – Serotonin
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 5:34
  • $\begingroup$ Royal Society for Prevention to Cruelty to Animals. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Serotonin I guess, you already know that you can write (and accept) your own question and describe, why/how you identified the hatchling? $\endgroup$
    – Arsak
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 17:01

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As you've pictured this is a fledgling that you found which has a mixture of adult feathers and immature feathers. This indicates that it flew to your location, and a nest is nearby. You should either attempt to find the nest, or just leave the fledgling alone and let it make its own way home as indicated in this online resource.

Fledglings are juvenile birds who have a mix of fuzzy down and adult feathers and are learning to fly. You may come across them hopping along on the ground, perching on low-hanging branches, or hiding under bushes, but as long as they’re healthy, just let them be.

Note: Fledglings are often “rescued” from their natural environment when they don’t need to be.


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