NEVER attempt to give food or water to a bird that appears asleep, semi or unconscious.
When a purple martin fledgling is found, unable to fly or a purple martin nestling is thin and malnourished, you can guarantee that the martin is also dehydrated. Since purple martin nestlings receive all of the water in their diet from the insects that are brought to them to eat, they are at a high risk for dehydration which is much more dangerous than malnourishment.
A drop of water is placed on the top of the tip of the beak.
The water drop will slide down to the side of the purple martins mouth by gravity.
The purple martin will then drink the water as it slides between its beak into its mouth.
A couple of points:
Return to Emergencies page
Go to Feeding purple martins page
Many thanks to Wildlife Rehabilitator and Certified Veterinary Technician Vered Nograd and "Faith" for their assistance, reviewing of and approval of this information.
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