Can anyone help me id this bird species so I know what to feed this little guy? (found in Northern Portugal)

@rlafuente you better contact an animal rescue center, they will know what to do

There's a rescue center some 20km away but are only open during the week. Indeed, this species needs special care (unlike most swallows, TIL you shouldn't pick those up)

Running to get some insect-based feed and see if we can hold the situation until then

@rlafuente @ranx Swifts are amazing birds. Can live two years without landing, sleeping half (like dolphins).
Insects indeed, they dive around and scoop them out of the air.
Due to their very short feet and legs, it's very hard for them to fly off starting from the ground.
Take care R, I hope it will turn out ok. 🍀

@wendy @ranx
he's fine and resting for tonight. Someone knowledgeable looked at him and advised us to try releasing him from a high spot so he can start gliding and get to flying.

The two first flight attempts ended in gentle (and promising) crashes. Tomorrow we'll take him to a higher spot and hope for a little wind to help him out.

Thank you for the warm words 🐦


hi, I had the case some weeks ago .. and indeed they need some space/height to take flight, I had one rescued and he/she needed to be thrown in the air, with some lowering terrain so there was room to take speed ...
all the best ;)
(and don't try to feed : they only eat small flying insects so they need special food)
@wendy @ranx

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