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I'm sorry to post this in the topic meant for budgies but the circumstances are such and I hope you people will understand. I found today a bird (possibly a baby dove) on my way back to home. It was sitting in a corner of the road. I tried to find it's nest and even waited to see for a distance whether it's parents would come for it but it didn't happen. fearing that the stray dogs or cats would kill it, I brought it home. I researched about it on internet and it looks like a dove to me. I gave it some millets, canary seeds and rice to eat but it didn't even tried eating them. I fed it a mixture of millets, sesame seeds grinded and mixed in water via a dropper. Also fed him lots of water. It's been 6 hours now and it's night time. His tail feathers are short and feet are black which I guess are signs of baby pigeons/doves. He was and is scared and right now is in my spare cage meant for my budgies. I'm posting some of his pics. Please guide me how and what to feed him and when will he be able to fly. Thanks.
This bird really needs some good expert advice. Can I feed him pedialyte or electrolyte? And should multivitamins be given to him? Thanks.
I'd say you are correct and this is a dove. I do not know which type it is though, but I can see this bird is already fully feathered (is at least 25 days old). Since this is a wild bird who's been parent raised, it must already be in the process of weaning if not already fully weaned.
You can offer him/her seed for wild birds, little pieces of bread (breadcrumbs), corn, peas, rice and some veggies. If you have on hand, you can offer moistened doggy biscuits or even mashed up moistened dry food for dogs.
You can put some pedialyte into the water. I don't think you need to give him/her vitamins as the bird seems to be in good shape.
Looking at the wing feathers and at the dove's size, I'd say it's very likely to be able to fly and fend for itself, that is if there is no visible injury.
If tomorrow the dove is more energetic, you can release it on a safe place, maybe a park area or a place where there is usually a flock of doves/pigeons.
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Looks like you have found a mourning dove. These birds forage on the ground for seed. Since you don't know what may have happened to the bird it may be traumatized and is probably scared as it is in unfamiliar surroundings. Here in the USA many pet shops sell food for doves, perhaps that is also the case in your country. Here is a link to some info about doves. Mourning Dove, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Are there any wildlife rehab facilities where you are?
I agree, this is a definite little baby dove. He's very cute
I would keep offering him food and water, keep him warm, and see how he's doing in the morning. You're doing everything right so far! In case he wants to sleep on the ground, though, you maybe should try and put a blanket or towel at the bottom (if you can do this without scaring him).
He looks like he's in pretty good shape, so I think he'll be okay
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I agree with Ana, This appears to be a dove and mature enough to have the distinctive black ring around the back of the neck. If the tail is thin and come to a point it is a morning dove .It appears to have a thicker broader tail which is consistent with the ring neck which is genetically close to the white dove. They do interbreed and produce beautiful brown and white pieds , There are a lot of breeders who bread different colors , I have read that they may have originated somewhere in the middle east, but this is in question. There are several free colonies in the US-Florida-Texas-Arizona come to mind. they live near humans and can be quite tame. Their cooing is wonderful to awake to in the AM Wild bird seed and dove seed are good to feed them. They produce a type of crop milk like budgies. The immature birds are gray while adults are a soft tan , some times with a pinkish blush Flight feathers tend to be gray. and the tail fans out more than the morning dove They are listed in wild bird ID books along with pigeons, rock doves, and diamond doves which are smaller and lovely gray color. They can live easily to 25 years and are vary peaceful and quiet most of the time. The hen we had loved to hang out with me for hours perched on my knees. While I was reading or studying. Try letting it loose in a small room where you can catch it again, to see if it can fly. it is always easier to catch a bird in a darkened room. I would look for a wild life rescue. If it was that easy to pick up there may be wing injury or a contagious infection. . So keep it away from your house birds.
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You have been given great advice regarding this little dove, I hope he settles for you. perhaps it might b a good idea to take him back to where you found him and try releasing him there, Then step back a ways and watch if he is approached by other bird. Best of luck and I hope you have success.
Thanks everyone(Jo Ann, Ana, Cathy, Deb, Starlingwings, Cody) for your exceptional advice regarding this dove. It's morning and he hasn't eaten anything but is very active. He's been preening himself/herself and is even aggressive towards me when I put the seeds and water in the cage. I'll fed him crushed seeds mixed in water via dropper and also electrolytes. There are a few pet shops near my place. After feeding, I'll take him there and see if anyone agrees to keep him.
I took him out of the cage this morning and placed it in the balcony in open. It ran very fast but didn't fly as I guess it's still a baby which some of you have suggested.
Thanks once again for replying. Hope he lives long enough to fly on his own.
You have a baby ringneck dove there . He/she looks around 25 days of age. He must be almost completely weaned but might still be fed crop milk by his parents.
Most likely you will have to hand feed him for a few days until he figures out how to eat by himself. In the long run it would be better for him if you kept him as a pet or found another home .
Hand raised doves generally don't do well after being released and die within a few days. They lack the survival skills even after being cared for in full by their parents . The survival rate for chicks in the wild is very low .
Pigeons/doves do not husk their seeds like finches and parrots swallowing them whole. You will have to provide grit which will help grind down the seed in the stomach .
Over here in Dubai , I find babies like these ( pigeons/laughing doves/ringneck doves )all the time of various ages. I have rescued a few and tried to find fosters or homes for them . Unfortunately it is virtually impossible to take in all the babies. It is also heartbreaking when you have a baby die on you. It might seem cruel but I place them above ground level away from cats and roads and leave them be .
I decided to do otherwise. I didn't take him to any pet shop and decided to feed him myself the mixture of millets, sesame and linseed. For this, I even got a long dropper which goes deep in his mouth. He slept a lot during the day but now, in the evening he's active again and preening himself. I might not be able to keep him once he's ready to fly. Thanks.
Can I feed him some oats?
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