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#1 liko

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:40 AM

Hello,

I've attached these two photo of these birds that fell out of their nest but unable to identify them. The birds are two young to fly. The birds have a large wingspan. The mother was flying around trying to observe them. I did not physically touch them with my hands. I wore garden gloves and placed them into a box lined with a t-shirt to keep them warm and safe. I don't know how to care for them as far as food or if I should attempt to feed them.

I live in Diamond Bar California.

Can anyone provide some useful assistance on identification and food that can be provided for these two young birds?

Thank you,

Liko

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#2 Limpkin

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:31 AM

These are fledgling Mourning Doves. My best advice is to put them back where you found them and see if the parents continue feeding them, and if they don't, take them to a wildlife rehabilitator near you. It's really difficult (and illegal!) to care for these birds by yourself.

ETA: Here are some helpful links for you:
http://www.nwrawildl...ve-found-animal
http://wildliferehab...rehabber-search

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:57 AM

Agree with Limpkin, on all points.
Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. - Doug Coupland

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:24 AM

Agree. However, it's a myth that the parents won't take them back if you touch them. They'll take them back just fine after they're handled.

#5 fisherman1313

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:55 PM

These are fledgling Mourning Doves. My best advice is to put them back where you found them and see if the parents continue feeding them, and if they don't, take them to a wildlife rehabilitator near you. It's really difficult (and illegal!) to care for these birds by yourself.

ETA: Here are some helpful links for you:
http://www.nwrawildl...ve-found-animal
http://wildliferehab...rehabber-search

Also, welcome to WhatBird!

I agree. Doves are especially hard to care for because the parents secret a "milk" from the lining of their gizzards which is very difficult to synthesize.

Agree. However, it's a myth that the parents won't take them back if you touch them. They'll take them back just fine after they're handled.

Most birds have a very weak sense of smell and would have no clue that a human has handled the chicks.

You should read my post in this thread (http://www.whatbird....__fromsearch__1) for advice on what to do when you find a "baby" bird.

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