House Martin (Delichon urbica) flying again

Every year numbers of house martin nestlings arrive at Milvus Group when the weather becoming unstable at the fall of August. Nest collapse from deliberate destruction by people is also not uncommon. This year we got a weakly House martin  (Delichon urbica) at the stage of development only days away from fledging. Swallows are difficult birds to keep because of their aerial feeding habits and swift flight. The nestling get feeding immediately. His diet consist of:  Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor), flies  and minced meat .  After one week the bird acclimatized to flying in room. Here is a short video footage from “Cheeby’s” life :)

2 thoughts on “House Martin (Delichon urbica) flying again

  1. I’ve always been curious how you’d rehabilitate a swallow fledgling, given their aerial feeding habits — now I know! A good demonstration of why people should always take young birds to an experienced rehabber, and not try to raise it themselves.

  2. I saw the bird when it was found. It was in very bad fisical condition and I had a big doubt about this house martin could be saved.
    Your effort was successful!
    Congratulation!

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