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Texas Bird Family
Katy, TX, USA
Female Mourning Dove
Female Mourning Dove with a badly injured crop. The orange things are old seeds.
Hello, Please do not attempt to catch this bird – Only veterinarians or federally licensed wildlife rehabilitators can legally treat wild birds. If you see a bird that appears to be compromised in some way, perhaps due to sickness or injury, do not try to care for the bird yourself. It is illegal for you to possess most wild birds unless you are under the direction of someone licensed for their care. Whenever a sick bird comes to your feeder, we recommend that you remove the feeders the sick bird is using for a couple of weeks to ensure that disease is not being spread at your feeders and to give birds a chance to disperse. While the feeders are down clean your feeders and feeder area thoroughly. Remember that prevention is the key to avoiding the spread of disease. Regularly clean your feeders even when there are no signs of disease.
If we did catch her we would bring her to a wildlife rehabilitator. I know that it is illegal to process wild birds unless you are under the direction of a licensed professional. Also, this bird is not sick, just badly injured.
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