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What are the signs a young house sparrow has imprinted itself on its human caregiver? (1 Viewer)

Ivanamaria

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What are the signs that a young house sparrow, or any young bird for that matter, has imprinted itself on a human caregiver? Not a hatchling just born but a fledgling that I had taken in after noticing she had an injury to one of her wings. In the past two weeks her wing has improved and isn't crooked anymore but she's still not able to fly higher than about five feet. If her wing and flight improves to that of a normal bird how can I tell if she would be able to survive on her own in the wild or if she is already dependent, or has imprinted on humans? Is there some sort of time frame or specific signs to look for that would indicate the bird has imprinted itself on humans and would not survive on their own in the wild? Or signs that she actually would if released? There is surprisingly very little information about this topic online and I appreciate any feedback. Thanks
 

KC Foggin

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I don't know what the nature laws are in Canada but here it is illegal to have a wild bird in your possession. I would either take a chance and release it or take it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

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raymie

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I don't know what the nature laws are in Canada but here it is illegal to have a wild bird in your possession. I would either take a chance and release it or take it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

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It's not illegal if it a non-native species such as a House Sparrow, though.
 

KC Foggin

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Can you call a vet and ask if they can suggest where to take it for care?
 

Tired

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Good job for raising her, but I would agree that you should probably give her to a wildlife rehabber. That way, she can either be released when she's ready, or kept as an educational ambassador bird.

House sparrows are indeed not protected in the US. One of the few exceptions.
 

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