How to look after a bird that has hit a window
Unfortunately across the world millions of birds die in window strikes. There is little we can do to prevent it however if a bird hits your window then we have written some advice on what to do to help it make a recovery where possible.
Make sure you have the confidence and skills to help. If you make a mistake it could seriously harm the bird and make it worse. Also it is recommended that if there is any serious damage such as blood wounds or damage to wings or limbs then go to your local wildlife centre or vet. Where you will be often able to help is if the bird looks shocked and stunned and not moving much. This will be your chance.
You should first of all be able to identify the bird. This can help when giving it the necessary requirements it needs. Knowing this information can also protect you. For example marine birds have large beaks and if they feel threatened then they can attack you while you are trying to look after it.
Make sure you have all the equipment ready. For example a safety glasses to be protected from a bird trying to attack, gloves which protect your hands from getting contaminated and clean towels.
You should have a box and blanket or towel ready. Place the bird in the box and apply the towel over it to prevent it from flying away. Make sure you are able to see the head. To but the bird in the box you need to hold it around the neck very lightly with your thumb and index finger. Its back should face the towel/blanket to prevent it from choking.
Place the bird into the box and shut the lid. Make sure there are holes so the bird can breath and place the box in a warm and sheltered location which is out of the direct sunlight and also the room is not too cold for example has air conditioning. Monitor this for 20 minutes to 2 hours.
After a while, when you feel comfortable, you can then release the bird out of the box. Make sure you are in the same area where you found the bird. Also make sure you are away from the window they flew into as it could happen again. If the bird does not move then seek professional help.
~Be careful with bars or flying foxes as these carry dangerous diseases that can be easily transmitted to humans.