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Dear Roger, today we found a helpless bird on the road in Uganda.
I feed it with a syringe with hardboiled egg blended with milk and silver fish. What kind of bird is it and how can we help it.  Thanks a lot!

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It appears to be Allen's Gallinule. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen%27s_gallinule  What you are feeding it is fine. These birds are omnivorous taking plant material, small rodents, amphibians and eggs.. Why is it helpless? Looks like an adult. Good luck and thanks for your concern.

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Roger Lederer

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Any and all about WILD birds - the science of ornithology. Information about birdwatching, ecology, conservation, migration, behavior, banding, rehabilitation, feeding, songs, binoculars, identification, and careers in ornithology. No questions about pet or caged birds, please.

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Have a PhD and over forty years as a professional ornithologist - research, teaching, author, speaker, webmaster of Ornithology.com . Have written thirty scientific papers, three bird field guides, a textbook in ecology four other bird books, the latest being "Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs". Have traveled to 100 countries watching birds and have spoken to hundreds of groups about birds.

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PhD in Zoology/Ornithology; Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences; former Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico

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