What Should I Do If I Find a Baby Starling?

A baby starling? Found one? Don’t worry, we got the information! These birds are unique, with beautiful songs and playful behavior. But they’re wild birds, so their natural habitat’s the best place for them. If it’s in danger, you can help.

If you take on the responsibility, you need to provide a warm, safe environment. A cardboard box lined with cloth or towels is ideal. Put it in a quiet area – not in direct sunlight or drafts.

You need to feed it too. Ask local wildlife experts or avian experts for advice on formula and feeding schedule. Don’t use cow’s milk – it’s bad for their delicate digestive system.

Fun fact: Humans introduced European Starlings to North America in 1890. Now they have spread across most of the continent!

Remember, keep the bird’s needs in mind. Contact local wildlife authorities or licensed rehabilitators. They can care for it and release it back into its natural habitat.

Now you know what to do next time you come across a baby starling. Make the best decision for its survival!

Understanding baby starlings

Baby starlings can be found in many places. It is essential to know their needs and behaviour if one is to come across one. These young birds are delicate and have special features, like fluffy feathers and a wide-open beak. Comprehending their characteristics is vital for providing them the necessary support.

Do not handle baby starlings without proper knowledge or training if you happen to encounter one. Even if they appear helpless, their parents are usually close by. The best course of action is to observe from a distance and make sure the baby bird is safe.

Note that these young ones rely heavily on their parents for feedings. They need a combination of insects, fruits, and seeds in their diet. If you find an orphaned baby starling, contact local wildlife rehabilitation centers or bird welfare organizations for instructions on how to give the right care.

Did you know starlings are known for mimicking sounds from their environment? From car alarms to human voices, they can imitate a lot of noises precisely. This skill helps them communicate with other starlings and adjust to different habitats.

Why you should help

Helping baby starlings is essential! Here’s why:

  • Feed them: They need special diets for growth.
  • Keep them safe: Protect them from predators & hazards.
  • Help them grow: Offer shelter & warmth.
  • Support conservation: Contribute to their population.

Plus, a baby starling may just have fallen from its nest!

Fun Fact: The common starling was introduced to North America in the 19th century.

Preparing to rescue a baby starling

  1. Assess the situation. Ask yourself: Does the bird need help? Or should it be left alone?
  2. Gather supplies. Get a box, soft cloth, and heating pad. These will provide warmth and safety.
  3. Contact local wildlife authorities. Ask for their advice and help to care for the baby starling.
  4. Rescuing a baby starling needs attention and expert guidance. Don’t miss out! Make a difference in its life!

Approaching the baby starling

  1. Observe the situation from a distance.
  2. Make sure the baby starling is alone, injured, or in danger.
  3. Gather gloves, a small box, and a soft cloth or towel.
  4. Calmly and quietly approach the starling; no sudden movements or loud noises.
  5. Use the cloth to scoop up the baby starling, without squeezing it.
  6. Put it in the container, with soft material inside.
  7. Keep it warm and away from drafts.
  8. Provide fresh water and proper bird food.


  • No feeding or water directly to the baby starling.
  • Avoid handling, as human scent may attract predators.
  • Consult a wildlife rehabilitator for assistance.

These steps can help the baby starling’s survival and ensure proper care.

Handling and caring for the baby starling

Caring for a baby starling needs attention and special knowledge. Keep these key points in mind:

  1. Provide a warm and secure place: Put the starling in a box with soft material, such as paper towels or cloth. Make sure it has proper ventilation, but also is safe so they cannot escape.
  2. Feeding: Give the starling special formula made for baby birds every 30 minutes during day-time. Don’t give them cow’s milk or human food, as it’s bad for them.
  3. Temperature: Room temperature should be between 80-85 Fahrenheit (27-29 Celsius). This mimics their natural habitat and keeps them healthy.
  4. Hydrate: Give water to keep the starling hydrated. Use a small dish or droplets on their beak with a syringe.
  5. Gentle handling: Handle the baby starling with gentleness. Remember they are delicate.
  6. Solid food: As the starling grows, give them small pieces of soft fruits and insects. This prepares them for freedom.

Remember, ultimately, wild animals should be released back into their natural environment when they can survive on their own.

Pro Tip: Get advice from local wildlife rehabilitators with experience hand-rearing starlings. They can give advice for your situation to ensure the best care for the baby starling.

Contacting a wildlife rehabilitator

Discovering a baby starling can be exciting – but it’s also worrisome. If you spot one, contact a wildlife rehabilitator right away. These experts have the know-how and resources to give the bird the best care.

When talking to the rehabilitator, get ready to give info about the starling’s state and where you found it. They may ask about its behavior, looks, and if it’s hurt. This will help them decide the right action for its well-being.

Remember, taking care of a baby starling needs training and skill. Unless you have the experience, don’t try to raise or rehab it yourself! The wildlife rehabilitators are ready to deal with this professionally and safely.

Act fast and call a wildlife rehabilitator! Doing so gives the baby starling the best chance of survival. They will assess the situation, give the right care, and release the bird into its natural habitat when it’s ready. You contribute to giving these gorgeous creatures every opportunity to do well in their environment.

If you come across a baby starling, don’t wait – contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately! Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to rescuing and rehabilitating them. Every minute counts in their journey to recovery and freedom. So don’t delay – join their incredible story by getting expert help as soon as possible!

What not to do

If you find a baby starling, you should know not to do certain things. If you follow the proper steps, you can help the creature stay safe.

  • Don’t try to raise it alone.
  • Do not feed it without guidance.
  • Don’t keep it as a pet; let it be free.
  • Don’t put it back in its nest if it fell.
  • Do not handle it too much; it could be stressed.
  • Stay quiet and still around it.

Also, remember that these birds need socialization. Isolating them can be damaging.

For instance, someone saw a baby starling on the ground near a bench. They contacted a wildlife rescue group. With help, they made sure the young bird was with its flock soon.


If you spot a baby starling, handle it with care.

Ensure it’s really in need of help.

Contact a local wildlife rehabilitator for help.

Give the bird a warm and safe environment to wait in.

Don’t feed it yourself – starlings have special dietary needs.

Remember, wild animals are best cared for by experts!

Raising a baby starling without the right knowledge can be harmful and limit its chances of surviving in the wild.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do if I find a baby starling?

If you find a baby starling, it’s best to leave it alone if it appears healthy and fully feathered. Starlings are capable of leaving the nest before they can fly and their parents continue to care for them on the ground until they can fly.

2. Can I touch a baby starling to help it?

It’s generally advised not to touch a baby starling unless it is in immediate danger. Human contact may cause stress or injury to the bird. Instead, observe from a distance and ensure the area is safe.

3. What if the baby starling appears injured or sick?

If a baby starling appears injured or sick, it is best to contact a local wildlife rehabilitator or animal rescue center. They have the expertise to provide proper care and treatment to injured or sick birds.

4. How can I help a baby starling that has fallen from the nest?

If the baby starling has fallen from the nest and is unharmed, you can try gently placing it back in the nest if it’s safe and reachable. However, make sure to assess the situation and be cautious not to harm the bird or interfere with the natural process.

5. Should I feed a baby starling I found?

Feeding a baby starling you found is not recommended unless advised by a wildlife expert. The diet and feeding requirements of young birds can be very specific, and improper feeding can be harmful or even fatal to the bird.

6. How can I prevent baby starlings from falling out of nests?

Preventing baby starlings from falling out of nests can be difficult, as they tend to leave the nest before they can fully fly. However, you can try installing a properly designed birdhouse or nesting box to provide a safe and secure place for starlings to nest.

Julian Goldie - Owner of ChiperBirds.com

Julian Goldie

I'm a bird enthusiast and creator of Chipper Birds, a blog sharing my experience caring for birds. I've traveled the world bird watching and I'm committed to helping others with bird care. Contact me at [email protected] for assistance.