This Blackbird juvenilewas fetched, unwell, on the side of the road, taken care of and released where it was found a couple days later. The parents took no more than 20 minutes find the fledgling after hearing his high pitched calls. They instantly recognized and welcoming him back. Before these pictures were taken, the hungry fledgling was given some banana-plum mix; some leftovers can be seen on the tip of its large bill.
Blackbird chick some time before release outside. Credit: Yalakom
Blackbird fledglings really look like little chickens as their tail is amazingly short. And indeed, for a few days after fledging, they are unable to fly and must hide at near-ground level to survive. This is the most vulnerable period of their life and mortality is high. Credit: Yalakom