Hand-Rearing Birds, 2nd Edition

This book presents a detailed guide to hand-rearing techniques for raising young birds, providing complete coverage of a wide variety of avian species and taxonomic groups for all avian care professionals. Chapters are written by expert rehabilitation, aviculture, and zoo professionals, and include useful references and bibliographies for further reading and research. Each chapter provides valuable information on appropriate intervention, housing, feeding, and care.

Hand-Rearing Birds, Second Edition presents 50 chapters, including 12 new chapters on species or groups of species not featured in the previous edition. It also features color photographs that help illustrate many concepts pertinent to birds.  This important reference:

  • Offers a detailed guide to hand-rearing techniques including species-specific guides to caring for and raising young birds
  • Covers a wide variety of avian species and taxonomic groups
  • Discusses how to examine a chick to identify problems such as hypothermia, dehydration, injuries, and common diseases, and what to do
  • Combines information on the science and skill needed to successfully hand-rear birds
  • Presents full-color photographs throughout

Hand-Rearing Birds, Second Edition is an essential resource for avian rehabilitators, breeders, veterinarians, and zoo staff.

About The Author

The editors

Rebecca S. Duerr, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is Clinical Veterinarian and Research Director at International Bird Rescue in California, USA.

Laurie J. Gage, DVM, DACZM, is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian from northern California, USA.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxi

1 Baby Bird Basics 1
Rebecca S. Duerr

2 Identification and Aging 19
Linda M. Tuttle-Adams

3 Incubation 53
Susie Kasielke

4 Ratites 75
Dale A. Smith

5 Ducks, Geese, and Swans 89
Marjorie Cahak Gibson

6 Sea Ducks 107
Michele Goodman

7 Domestic Poultry 119
Nora Pihkala and Yuko Sato

8 Wild Turkeys, Quail, Grouse, and Pheasants 137
Marjorie Cahak Gibson

9 Loons 151
Renée Schott and Jesse Menne

10 Grebes 167
Jessika Madison-Kennedy and Rebecca S. Duerr

11 Flamingos 183
Laurie Conrad and Susie Kasielke

12 Penguins 201
Linda Henry

13 African Penguins 219
Nicky Stander and Romy Klusener

14 Shearwaters and Petrels 237
Tracy Anderson

15 Cormorants 251
Michelle Bellizzi, Isabel Luevano, and Jennifer Linander

16 Brown Pelicans 265
Yaritza Acosta

17 Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns 273
Megan Shaw Prelinger, Jennifer Linander, and Rebecca S. Duerr

18 Ibis 289
Laurie Conrad

19 Vultures 307
Susie Kasielke

20 Diurnal Raptors 329
Louise Shimmel

21 Eagles 345
Marjorie Cahak Gibson

22 Coots, Gallinules, and Rails 363
Marie Travers and Isabel Luevano

23 Cranes 377
Marjorie Cahak Gibson

24 Shorebirds 393
Libby Osnes Erie and Aimee Greenebaum

25 Alcids 407
David A. Oehler

26 Gulls and Terns 425
Meryl Faulkner

27 Pigeons and Doves 437
Nancy Eilertsen and Guthrum Purdin

28 Turacos 457
Kateri J. Davis

29 Yellow-billed Cuckoos 467
Maureen Eiger

30 Roadrunners 477
Elizabeth Penn (Penny) Elliston

31 Owls 485
Lisa (Elisa) Fosco

32 Goatsuckers 497
Linda Hufford

33 Swifts 509
Jayne Neville and Veronica Bowers

34 Hummingbirds 521
Elizabeth Penn (Penny) Elliston

35 Mousebirds 539
Kateri J. Davis

36 Hornbills, Kingfishers, Hoopoes, and Bee-eaters 549
Patricia Witman and Nicole LaGreco

37 Toucans 567
Martin Vince

38 Woodpeckers 575
Nancy Barbachano and Rebecca S. Duerr

39 Wild Parrots 587
Nikki Buxton and Sophie Hebert Saulnier

40 Lorikeets 611
Carol Stanley

41 Insects and Other Arthropods as Food 623
Mark Finke, Liz Koutsos, and Diane Winn

42 Corvids 641
Elaine Friedman

43 Small Insectivores 665
Veronica Bowers

44 North American Swallows 683
Veronica Bowers

45 Thrushes, Mimids, and Thrush Relatives 705
Linda M. Tuttle-Adams

46 Towhees 719
Ashton Kluttz and Dana A. Glei

47 Grackles, Blackbirds, and Other Icterids 731
Maureen Eiger and Guthrum Purdin

48 House Finches, Goldfinches, and House Sparrows 741
Guthrum Purdin and Rebecca S. Duerr

49 Grosbeaks and Cardinals 759
Veronica Bowers and Jessika Madison-Kennedy

50 Java Sparrows 771
Jo Gregson and Andrew Bowkett

Appendix A Record Sheet Example 779

Appendix B Energy Requirements for Growing Birds 781

Appendix C Songbird Washing Instructions 785
Veronica Bowers

Index 789

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