Hello - my friend found a juvenile magpie yesterday which seems unable to fly. It seems the bird had been abandoned by its family... (friend probably would have been swooped otherwise)
Now, we're not entertaining the idea of a shiny new fid, however local wildlife carers have a history of putting more common species to sleep as opposed to rehabilitating and releasing, and we want to keep this little guy alive.
We figure a normal insectivore mix will be okay for the time being (maybe with meal worms) but we need more information.
I'm only used to parrots... Not so much magpies.
He seems to be having trouble vocalising and we can hear the rest of the magpie group but they're not coming nearer. My friend brought him indoors last night (when photo was taken) however he is currently outside, and apart from feeding/giving water to him my friend is keeping away from him hoping the parents will return. But we're worried about birds of prey...
Has anyone here advice? Right now I'm looking for a carer near to my friend who won't just put the magpie to sleep...
Edited by Monica, 10 November 2010 - 03:24 AM.