Keeping wild birds is illegal in the USA, but that didn’t stop this girl from flaunting her ‘pet’ at the Saturday Market in Portland. I told her that it was illegal after snapping the photo.
Oh fuck off, you don’t know how she got this lovely animal. A lot of people find hurt ones and nurse them back to health (which i’m guessing is the case, sense its happily sitting on her shoulder) but decide to keep them becuase most will have hurt wings that won’t be able to ever fly again and would die in the wild. It takes somebody with great knowledge to successfully take care of these birds. This one seems well taken care of, well socialized. Would you rather have had it put down? I would hope not.
You understand so little.
The woman pictured told me herself that she bought if off a friend who found it fallen from its nest. Birds ‘fall’ from their nests all the time - it’s part of the process of fledging. This does not mean the bird is hurt, nor was it abandoned by its parents as many people believe (nor does handling a baby bird mean that its parents will abandoned it because it smells like human. That, too, is a load of bullocks).
In the event that you find a bird, even one that is obviously injured, the worst thing you can do is try to help it yourself. Instead, call a local shelter and let them handle the situation. Bird rescue centers are located in nearly every city, and staff is liscenced by the Fish and Wildlife department to handle wild animals. Most people, even those with veterinary training for domestic pets, are not qualified to handle wild birds.
Keeping a wild bird is illegal for a reason. Let the pros do their jobs and stop Disney-fying wildlife.
Learned the hard way when I was a kid. :/
Not to mention baby crows are incredibly stubborn and are likely to starve to death because they don’t want to be fed by you. What they DO want is their family. And birds are wonderful because any one from the family group will take the fledgeling in. It doesn’t have to be a parent that finds it.
*Especially* corvids like crows and ravens. They have the longest weaning period of any bird, almost five years, and the strongest knit family units. It’s like taking a baby out of a stroller at the supermarket and going home and raising it. Crows are ridiculously smart. You shouldn’t keep them as pets.
Cool photo, cool bird, but my God, people are so ignorant/selfish/unknowledgeable. I’m pretty sure everyone above me who replied has summed up all of the ridiculous responsibilities and skills that are required to raise wild birds, ESPECIALLY birds as smart and family-oriented as corvids. Like jeez, anyone who raises young pet parrots knows how difficult that can even be; I wouldn’t even want to imagine raising (and weaning) a pure wild bird. Well I would love to in the future, but without any training, absolutely not.
Only issue I have is with what I bolded above; the “_____ are smart, you shouldn’t keep them as pets” argument can be used to counsel against every domestic animal we have. That argument is basically PETA thinking, and I cannot get behind it.
Better phrasing for the same point would be to point out that they’re not known to do well as pets for inexperienced owners. Ta-dah! Same exact point without the nasty implication that no smart animal can be a companion.
Wait no I have another problem. This naturepunk person is kind of an idiot if they honestly think it’s easy to find a local bird rescue center. The Department of Fish & Wildlife isn’t exactly a priority in terms of funding, and it’s NOT always as simple as “oh I’ll take it somewhere!”
Still not saying picking up a wild bird is smart, but in certain cases it really is all that you can do.