Always wear thick gloves while handling birds. Even a small bird can cause injuries with its sharp beak and talons. Wash your hands and arms after handling the bird.
Moving the Bird
Drape a towel over the bird’s back to calm it and gently restrain it, then lift the bird carefully. Move slowly and gently to avoid startling it, which may cause it to fight back.
Once you have caught the bird, move it to a warm, dark, quiet area while you wait for a specialist. Keep pets and children out of the area. If the bird is an adult, place a shallow bowl of water where the bird can reach it.
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