Ruby-throated Hummingbird #17-0557

Admission Date: 
April 21, 2017
Location of Rescue: 
Natural Bridge
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Likely flew into a window
Transferred for continued care and release
Patient Status: 
Patient Archive

On April 21, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was admitted to the Center as patient #17-0557 after being found in a driveway in Natural Bridge. It is suspected that this bird flew into a window.

Upon examination by our veterinary team, the bird was bright, alert, responsive, and in good body condition. This bird is able to flap his wings, but not able to fly. No other abnormalities were noted on physical exam, or radiographs. Potentially, this bird suffered a musculoskeletal injury or spinal/nerve damage after flying into the window.

There are no obvious injuries to the hummingbird, but because this species is susceptible to stress in captivity, the staff are cautious about the bird's prognosis for recovery.

Hummingbird #17-0557 is receiving pain medication for potential injuries caused by trauma. He will be monitored daily for his ability to fly and maneuver in his cage.

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May 2, 2017

On April 26, Hummingbird #17-0557 was transferred to a rehabilitator who specializes in hummingbird rehabilitation.