• This book presents a detailed guide to hand-rearing techniques for raising young birds, providing complete coverage of a wide variety of avian species and taxonomic groups for all avian care professionals. Chapters are written by expert rehabilitation, aviculture, and zoo professionals, and include useful references and bibliographies for further reading and research. Each chapter provides valuable information on appropriate intervention, housing, feeding, and care.

    Hand-Rearing Birds, Second Edition presents 50 chapters, including 12 new chapters on species or groups of species not featured in the previous edition. It also features color photographs that help illustrate many concepts pertinent to birds. This important reference:

    • Offers a detailed guide to hand-rearing techniques including species-specific guides to caring for and raising young birds
    • Covers a wide variety of avian species and taxonomic groups
    • Discusses how to examine a chick to identify problems such as hypothermia, dehydration, injuries, and common diseases, and what to do
    • Combines information on the science and skill needed to successfully hand-rear birds
    • Presents full-color photographs throughout

    Hand-Rearing Birds, Second Edition is an essential resource for avian rehabilitators, breeders, veterinarians, and zoo staff.

  • List of Contributors



    1 Baby Bird Basics

    2 Identification and Aging

    3 Incubation

    4 Ratites

    5 Ducks, Geese, and Swans

    6 Sea Ducks

    7 Domestic Poultry

    8 Wild Turkeys, Quail, Grouse, and Pheasants

    9 Loons

    10 Grebes

    11 Flamingos

    12 Penguins

    13 African Penguins

    14 Shearwaters and Petrels

    15 Cormorants

    16 Brown Pelicans

    17 Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns

    18 Ibis

    19 Vultures

    20 Diurnal Raptors

    21 Eagles

    22 Coots, Gallinules, and Rails

    23 Cranes

    24 Shorebirds

    25 Alcids

    26 Gulls and Terns

    27 Pigeons and Doves

    28 Touracos

    29 Cuckoos

    30 Roadrunners

    31 Owls

    32 Goatsuckers

    33 Swifts

    34 Hummingbirds

    35 Mousebirds

    36 Hornbills, Kingfishers, Hoopoes, and Bee-eaters

    37 Toucans

    38 Woodpeckers

    39 Wild Parrots

    40 Lorikeets

    41 Insects and Other Arthropods as Food

    42 Corvids

    43 Small Insectivores

    44 Swallows

    45 Thrushes, Mimids, and Thrush Relatives

    46 Towhees

    47 Grackles, Blackbirds, and Other Icterids

    48 House Finches, Goldfinches, and House Sparrows

    49 Grosbeaks and Cardinals

    50 Java Sparrows

    Appendix I Rehabilitation Animal Record Example

    Appendix II Energy Requirements for Growing Birds

    Appendix III Songbird Washing Instructions

  • Rebecca S. Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is Clinical Veterinarian and Research Director at International Bird Rescue in California, USA.

    Laurie J. Gage, DVM, DACZM, is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian from northern California, USA.