Forages in low vegetation and on the ground. Western Tanager: Medium-sized tanager with brilliant red head, bright yellow body, black back, wings, and tail. Depending on the species, baby birds can spend days to weeks in the nest, where they are cared for by their parents. Head has stark black crown, face, and throat. Belly has dull white center; white undertail coverts. They may drown or get inhalation pneumonia. Bell's Vireo: Small vireo, faint, broken eye-ring, thick, slightly flattened hooked bill, one or two faint wing bars. If a bird hits a window: Check it for signs of injury such as bleeding, head tilt, broken wing etc. Eyes are yellow. Wings and notched tail are dark. Find your baby bird in the list and confirm that you have made the correct identification. Thin thread or fish line can strangle the young. For information on how you can become a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, visit our wildlife rehabilitation training page, and contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries [PDF] or your state's wildlife agency. Black tail is notched. The face is pale with finely streaked crown, crisp brown cheek patch, white eyestripe, and gray nape. Lazuli Bunting: Small finch, bright blue upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast and sides, white belly. Birds need several days up to four weeks, depending on their species, to learn how to fly and forage for food. Tail is dark gray with white corners. Works may be shared publicly with full attribution to WCV. This will frighten it and possibly cause more injuries). Alternates rapid wing beats with brief periods of wings pulled to sides. Name changed in 2017 from Le Conte's Sparrow to LeConte's Sparrow. Eats seeds, insects, caterpillars. From the seashore to the mountains, Virginia is home to every naturally occurring species on the East Coast. If a wild animal has been injured or truly orphaned, locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator by calling the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003, 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday or visit the licensed wildlife rehabilitator section of this website. Dark gray back and nape. Townsend's Warbler: Olive-green upperparts, black throat and upper breast. As of October 2019 the list contained 474 species and three species pairs. Whatbird.com logo design courtesy of The Haller Company Web01 11/24/2020 04:14 Short, bounding flights, alternates rapid wing beats with wings pulled to sides. Eastern populations are red-brown, Northwestern birds are more brown, and Western Interior birds are gray-brown. Feeds on insects, caterpillars, fruits and berries. If a parent does not visit the nest after a half day, contact a, For an injured bird: Place a towel over the bird to calm it. However, make sure the young are warm to the touch. Hoary Redpoll: Small finch (exilipes), buff-gray, brown-streaked upperparts and brown-streaked white underparts washed pink. It is normal for birds at fledging to be on the ground unable to fly! It forages for insects on or close to the ground. Of course this isn't all of the different types of baby birds we see. Legs and feet are gray. Here is a small sampling of baby songbirds. White eye-ring is broken and slate gray hood extends to upper breast where it darkens to black. Wedge the nest into a convenient crotch and tie down with thick string. © 2020 Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. As baby birds take their first flights, many species stay close to the original nest, where their parents continue to care for them. If the baby is not, you can simply warm the bird in your hands before returning it to the nest. Say's Phoebe: Medium-sized, active flycatcher with gray-brown upperparts and head, paler gray throat and upper breast, and pale rufous belly and undertail coverts. To identify a baby bird, check to see if the bill is much larger than its head, since heads on baby bird’s are not fully formed. Black legs, feet. As the babies develop, they grow in feathers and get ready for the next stage of development – fledging. Tail is brown with white edges. If you can’t find the nest or it is unreachable, put the bird into a bush or tree close to where it was found. It is a ground nester, prefers Jack Pine stands over 80 acres in size. Hovers in display flight and when foraging. Wing linings are white. Bill is huge, with arched ridge and narrow grooves. Legs and feet are gray. If it is injured, contact a rehabilitator. The face is black with a broken white eye-ring. Bewick's Wren: Small wren with unstreaked, gray to red-brown upperparts and plain white underparts. Bill is pink. Wings are brown. Mountain Bluebird: Small thrush with brilliant blue back, head, and wings. Mitch Waite Group. Birds do not abandon young feathered chicks. Bobs tail and often makes short flights to hawk insects. Varied Thrush: Large thrush, dark gray upperparts, rust-brown throat, breast, sides, eyebrows, black breast band, and white belly and undertail. Field guides, illustrations, and database Copyright © 2004 - 2013. Lark Sparrow: Medium sparrow with streaked, gray-brown upperparts and buff underparts with black breast spot. Sage Thrasher: Small thrasher, gray upperparts, dark-streaked white underparts with pale brown wash.