I found this bird outside today, it wasnt moving when I picked it up. We live in Shanghai (big polluted city.) I'm not sure what kind of bird it is, and if its a wild bird, or if it just escaped from someone. It looks like a pet bird to me, because a lot of people in China keep small finches and other birds as a tradition but my dad's not convinced. I have absoulutely no where to put it, so I put it in a plastic critter keeper thing. Its just temporary for today until I can get hold of a bigger cage of some sort. I'm not sure if I should let it go, or keep it as a pet. I know that pet birds don't do very well in the wild. Please tell me what you think. Thanks! I really need a fast reply. Here are two pics, one with the flash and one without.
Thank you so much for that site, I couldn't manage to find one myself that had birds from Shanghai.It looks like one of those Flycatcher birds. I'm not sure if its friendly or not, but when I found it, it didn't move when I picked it up.Once I brought it in though, it started flying all around the house. I'm just about to move it to a really big cardboard box. I'll leave the top open and put some sort of mesh on it untill i can go buy a cage.
I think vaygirl hit the nail on the head! If it is a wild bird and not sick or injured, it'll probably die if you keep it. Birds don't handle stress very well at all, and taking a wild bird out of its natural environment would be an incredible stress for this bird. It's diet is another consideration. You'd have to know what types of food it eats... not all birds eat the same stuff. Maybe contact a veterinarian or a wildlife rescue person and get their advice.
Good of you for finding this bird. You said it wasn't moving when you picked it up, so it could be hurt/sick, or just maybe stunned from bumping into something. Hope the little bird is ok!
Its a fly catcher hands down, it is a wild bird and should be fine if you release it and its uninjured you should do so. These birds have special diets and are very hard if not illegal to care for but i dont know about your laws and if wild birds are kept as pets. If it is a pet it should come to an offering a food perhaps meal worms. But best of luck to you and if it is injured hope you can help it. :)
Thanks for all the help. I still can't figure out if it's wild or not though, because many Chinese domesticate wild birds. But I don't think that I should release it yet, because when I tried to pick it up to move it to a new habitat (a HUGE hamster cage with 3 ramps and a nest house at the top) it didn't try to escape from me. When I walk away, it starts moving and walking around, but when I pick it up, it makes no effort to try to escape. I'm just worried that if I let it go, and a cat or other predator tries to eat it, that it won't try to escape and just stay there. There are no vets in China that care for birds lizards etc, only ones for dogs and cats. But I can take it to a bird specialist here (they raise small finches and expensive/rare birds.) I gave it some grinded corn, nuts and apple. So far I haven't observed it eat yet. I'm soo worried for its health and survival :(((/.