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    • Aveschapines

      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.

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I am pretty sure this is a Bronzed Cowbird, but not certain. Request confirmation or correction. South Texas, scrub brush, a few days ago. Also, the red on its right leg--is that a tag of some sort? Thank you for sharing your expertise.

a bronzed cowbird test.JPG

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Thanks, that was my first guess. In the book I have the beak of the E. starling is yellow, and that got me looking for another species. Thank you both.

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Starlings' bills change in color depending on the season. Yellow is typical of the winter -- apparently the weather down there can confuse their timing. Also, the red does look like a band -- if so, there should be an aluminum band as well. Color bands are used for identifying birds without having to capture them again just to read the number. But they're not supposed to be put on a bird without the FWS aluminum bands.

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