Thank you for the information provided, however there is no useful information when you have no choice but to keep the bird and help it learn to fly to be able to go back "into the wild".
Where does one find this information? Where I am living there is no animal conservation in this small town. It´s me or the bird´s dead.
I (well, I should say the dog) found a small fledgling nowhere near a nest and with no parents to be found. In fact, many of the feathers on the back/side of its neck were yanked out and I assume a predator tried to get at it.
During the day, it is in a very large makeshift cage -- but with the top open should it desire to fly away and at night it´s moved into the garage where the wild cats can´t get to it.
I realize I am doing harm (I am not hand feeding it though) but if I didn´t take it in, it would have died from heat and dehydration.
It´s eating every half an hour, drinking every few hours and is starting to stretch and flap its wings.
I figure at this rate it will be able to fly soon. Problem is, where will it go if it doesn't have a nest? Help!