Information for People with Rescued Starlings

We have found that rescued starlings are incredible, intelligent birds that can live a long time if properly fed and cared for. Our own starlings (Stormy, Sunshine, and Shadow) are now 12, 10, and eight years old. If you are a new starling owner and are wondering how other starling owners successfully share their homes with these birds, these webpages are for you. In this section we offer some of our thoughts and experiences as starling owners. Our purpose in doing so is to give you some insight and ideas about living with one of these amazing little birds. Remember that YOU are responsible for deciding how to do things for your own bird.

Pet Starling Topics:
Baby Shadow's Photo Albums (What a baby starling looks like)
Due to several requests, we have put Shadow's photo albums back online temporarily. His first photo album shows how he looked each day from
five days old to one month old, and his second photo album chronicles
his molt into adult feathers.
Keeping A Starling: Is a starling right for you?
What to expect when raising & keeping a rescued starling or adopting a
starling. A starling companion is a longterm commitment, and a starling is
NOT the right pet for everyone.
Feeding An Adult Starling
Stormy, Sunshine, & Shadow's diet. Why we feed this diet. Healthy
spacer treats (& our birdie bread recipe). Foods to avoid. Live insects.
Starling Cages
Info about flight cages, cage furnishings, cage location, cage liners.
The Starling Toy Box
Stormy's favorite toys and a list of toys to avoid.
Common Household Dangers
Known household dangers to pet birds. Dangers of nonstick coatings, etc.
Keeping Them Safe
How we keep our starlings safe during free flight in our home.
Vets, Starling Illness, and Injuries
Illness in starlings. Injuries from cats or dogs. Avian vet information.
Those Wondrous Wings
The importance of free flight. Why we do not clip our starlings' wings.
Flightsuits & starlings. Links to info about bird flight.
Nails and Beaks
How wild starlings keep nails and beaks trim. Maintaining a starling's nails
and beaks.

Reminder -- It is not the purpose of our website to teach European starling care! If you have questions about caring for a rescued starling or about raising a baby starling, please go to the Starling Talk Website. Thank you.

For help with a baby starling, go to Starling Talk's Baby Starling Care Information page.

DISCLAIMER -- We do NOT condone stealing baby starlings from nests! Our birds were found as nestlings in trouble, and our only option was to raise each one and keep it. However, when possible, we always return fallen baby birds to nests! A starling raised alone by humans cannot relate to other birds. It has learned no survival skills that would have been taught by its parent birds, is dependent on humans for food, and cannot be released outdoors. A rescued starling is a huge responsibility and is not an appropriate pet for everyone!
NOTE -- European starlings are not federally protected in the U.S., yet some states require a special permit to keep one. If you rescue a baby starling and cannot keep it, contact a wildlife rehabber, and ask if he or she rehabs starlings. (Note: Be sure and ASK, for many rehabbers will euthanize all starlings taken to them.) If you cannot find a rehabber who will raise it for release, then join the Starling Talk Message Board. -- Many rescued starlings have been placed in good homes via the board.
KNOW THE LAW -- If you find a wild baby bird other than a Starling, Pigeon (Rock dove), or House sparrow, U.S. law dictates that you cannot keep it without a Federal Permit. Contacting a wildlife rehabber in such a situation is best. For more info about the laws regarding possession of native birds, see Possession of Migratory Birds

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