Help a Bird in Trouble

Help a Bird in Trouble

Millions of birds migrate through and nest in New York City. Densely packed with concrete and glass and sparse in high-quality habitat, our city presents unique challenges to migrating and nesting birds. It is sadly far too common to find an injured bird that has collided with one of our city’s many buildings. We recommend if possible that all injured birds be taken to the Wild Bird Fund, which is open every day, including holidays, from 8am to 8pm. If you have questions about an injured bird that you intend to take the Wild Bird Fund, email the rehabilitators or call them at 646.306.2862. Messages left on the Wild Bird Fund’s voicemail will be retrieved at 10am, 1pm, and 5pm. A message left after 5pm on weekdays will be returned at 10am the next day.
 
The Wild Bird Fund:
565 Columbus Avenue (between 87th and 88th Streets)
New York, NY 10024
646.306.2862
 
In addition to injured birds, you may come across young birds, especially during nesting season in spring and summer. Despite how precarious they might look, most of the time young birds should be left alone to continue under the care of their parents. 
 
Learn more about what to do if you find a wild bird in New York City below.
This nestling American Robin shows the patches of bare skin and sheathed “pin feathers” typical of birds this age. This bird is too young to leave the nest. Photo: Megan Jankowski
This nestling American Robin shows the patches of bare skin and sheathed “pin feathers” typical of birds this age. This bird is too young to leave the nest. Photo: Megan Jankowski
What to Do If You Find a Young Bird
While it can be distressing to find a young bird that seems to need your help, it is important to not inflict further harm despite good intentions. First determine whether the bird is a hatchling, nestling, or fledgling, and then follow the instructions in our guide. 
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dBird is optimized for mobile and can determine your location for reports via GPS
dBird is optimized for mobile and can determine your location for reports via GPS
Report Bird Collisions with dBird

In 2014 we added an important tool to Project Safe Flight: dBird.org. An online crowd-sourcing data collection tool, dBird provides a way for the public to enter records of dead and injured birds, contributing to our collisions research by providing context and guidance for more scientifically rigorous research efforts like Project Safe Flight monitoring. Beyond NYC, we’ve received dBird reports from 24 U.S. states as well as Canada, China, India, and Norway. 

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This Blackpoll Warbler was found injured on the street after colliding with a building in NYC. It was taken to the Wild Bird Fund rehabilitation facility for professional care. Photo: NYC Audubon
This Blackpoll Warbler was found injured on the street after colliding with a building in NYC. It was taken to the Wild Bird Fund rehabilitation facility for professional care. Photo: NYC Audubon
What to Do If You Find an Injured Bird
The most common reason for finding an injured adult bird is due to a collision with glass. Up to 230,000 birds collide with glass each year in New York City. Learn how to identify whether you have found an injured bird and how to help it recover safely using our injured bird guide. 
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A Mallard ducking with broken leg recovering after being treated at the Wild Bird Fund. Photo: The Wild Bird Fund
A Mallard ducking with broken leg recovering after being treated at the Wild Bird Fund. Photo: The Wild Bird Fund
NYC Region Animal Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers
A number of quality rehabilitators and hospitals are available to care for wounded birds and other wildlife in New York City and surrounding areas. While all of the listed rehabilitators will receive birds, many will also care for other wildlife. Please read the specific restrictions and requirements of each site listed on this page carefully. 
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