Searches for “abandoned baby hummingbird” and similar keywords are through the roof this week, so here’s a repost of what you need to know before you decide to “rescue” nestling hummingbirds.

Life, Birds, and Everything

NOTE: This post is about how to determine whether or not baby hummingbirds are actually in need of rescue (spoiler: most “orphans” aren’t). If you need help for a baby hummingbird in obvious danger or distress (fallen from the nest and unable to fly, injured, peeping constantly, covered with ants, etc.):

  • Contact a wildlife rescue organization IMMEDIATELY. To find one, use the links at the end of this post or a Web search, or call your state wildlife agency for a referral.

  • DO NOT contact me about it—I can’t help you, and the bird may die while you’re waiting for me to respond.

  • If the baby is still the in nest and not peeping constantly, read on…

It’s wildlife baby season over much of North America, a time when people with big hearts and inadequate information sentence untold thousands of young wild birds and mammals to needless suffering…

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