Birding/Baby Sparrow

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reevesbilly wrote at 2011-04-26 13:24:29
Whoever Roger Lederer is, his answer to your question is 100% wrong about releasing your sparrow.  Your baby sparrow has long since imprinted on you.  In essence, you are his family now.  His chances in the wild should you release him are almost nil.  You will find that sparrows make excellent pet birds in a family environment.  They can be trained to do many things that parakeets and other pet birds can do.  You should make sure your sparrow does not have any parasites on him, such as mites.  Other than that, it sounds as if you are doing a remarkable job of raising your little guy.  If you already have him eating fruit, the hardest part of your job is already done.  You can expect a long life from your new friend, something along the lines of 10-15 years with the proper nutrition.  Good luck, and congrats on a job well done.  


Roger wrote at 2015-01-20 05:03:33
First, you are taking the bird out of the gene pool so it will never reproduce - almost as good as killing him. Second, it is ILLEGAL to keep a wild bird in captivity.


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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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