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We don't rescue crows as we only rescue native wildlife mammals. We have permits for all native small mammals coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, gophers, rats, mice, voles, moles ... all the way down to bats. This information is for educational purposes so we can just send someone a link instead of writing an individual response. During crow fledgling season we get 20 emails a day and ten calls.
Here in Southern California it's fledgling crow season from about June to July. Crows like most birds need to fledge on the ground from three to seven days to build their strength to fly. During that time they will hop around and fly maybe a few feet up in the air. Eventually they will be able to fly higher and higher and finally fly to a tree. Their parents and sometimes their entire family will be near protecting them. Parents will continue to feed them while they are on the ground. Eventually mom and dad will refuse to feed so the baby will find food on his own and eat it on his own.
Below is video of a fledgling crow. Notice the blue eyes. Adults have dark brown eyes. Notice the pink, red mouth when he gapes. Adults have black mouths. Listen to the call. It's very distinct from an adult crow call.
Now this is a baby crow, a nestling. Nestlings don't have all their feathers. They should be in the nest only at this stage. A young baby crow, only a few days old. Photo by Melanie Piazza at Wild Care. If you find this on the ground and can't get it back into its nest, call a wildlife rehabilitator to take it. Their nests are generally pretty high and impossible to re-nest.
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Here is an adult crow. Dark eyes, all feathers, dark mouth (you can't really tell here).
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Now if you see a crow with one wing hanging lower than the other, unable to stand, blood, bone sticking out, obvious injury, contact a rehabber at the links below. If you do pick up a fallen nestling or injured crow, the family, parents, mate may swoop your head. They are just protecting their family member. You will hear the family screeching at you generally before they swoop. Protect your head with a hat. Place the bird in a pet crate with newspaper on the bottom. Put a towel over the crate to keep it dark. Place the crate in a quiet, darken place away from other animals and humans while you find a rehabber. Thanks so much for caring about crows and wildlife!
In SoCal try California Wildlife Center. In NoCal try Wild Care. Here is a list for other wildlife rehabilitators in the US and the world by country, state, county and city.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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