Use this quick step-by-step guide to find out if the bird you've found needs help, and if so where to find assistance.
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If the baby has been brought home by a cat, contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Cats carry bacteria in their mouth and on their claws that can be fatal to small birds. Even if you do not see any wounds, you should assume the bird will need medical care.
If the bird has been brought in by a dog, assess whether the bird is alert and can move around well. If the bird seems in good health and you know where the dog found it, you may be able to return the bird to its parents.
If the baby is a nestling, look for the bird's nest around the area where the dog has been. It may not be in a tree - some birds nest in buildings, shrubs, or light fixtures. The best way to find the nest is to sit quietly out of the way and watch where adult birds go. If you can find it, you can place the baby back in its nest.
If the baby is a fledgling, place it back in the area where the dog likely picked it up, and monitor from a distance for at least one hour. Keep the dog away from the baby during this time. If parents return to feed the baby, leave it alone. If no parents come, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
If the baby seems injured or you cannot return it to its parents, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.