What Are Baby Bird Called? All You Need To Know

What Are Baby Bird Called

We all love birds, and baby birds are special. The little creatures are always so adorable.

You can’t help but smile when you come across one. Their squeaky calls and interesting colors are always impossible to miss.

Imagine this. You come across a baby bird in the nest or pathway crying for help or food. Then you wonder what its name is.

I’m sure there are many out there that have no clue how the baby bird is called. Like all other animals in the universe, the baby birds do have a name.

The baby bird names do vary according to the various factors. It may include age, species of the bird and many more. So, let’s find out.

What Are Baby Bird Called?

The chick is the most common term used. Many people refer to the baby bird as a chick. However it has its specific meaning, which many aren’t aware of. The chick is any baby bird that cannot fly.

General Terms

The baby bird name indeed sounds generic. However, when we come to reality, the names differ as the baby bird grows. Let’s take a look at other baby bird names.


It’s the name for a newborn bird that is no more than a few days old. The hatchlings are mostly naked (with no feathers) with closed eyes.

It’s always so helpless and cannot perch or walk. The hatchlings spend most of their time in the nest.


It’s the next phase after the hatchling. The nestling is a bit older (a few days) than the hatchlings.  The nestling is still in the nest and has ventured into the outside world.

The nestling gets feathers that resemble fur, and their eyes are open. It still fully depends on its parents for food and protection.


The fledgling baby bird is more developed and can leave the nest. The baby bird is, however, yet to learn how to fly.

Mostly you will find it fledging funnily. I’m certain you have once come across a baby bird near the nest or on the groundhopping awkwardly.

The baby bird has developed most of its flight feathers in its stage but can’t fly perfectly. It still needs nurturing from its parents.

They can only fly for short distances and hop on low branches. Mostly the fledgling does crash when it lands.

To some extent, the fledglings do resemble their parents. Only except for their shorter tails and a few downy feathers.


The juvenile birds are teenagers. They have crossed the youth stage but are not fully adults. At this stage, they can look after themselves.

But at times, they might need protection and food from their parents. The juveniles do have similar characteristics as their parents.

What Is A Group Of Baby Birds Called?

Now you know the name of a single baby bird at different stages. But the birds do lay several eggs and hatch several baby birds.

What will happen when you luckily come across a group of baby birds? How will you refer to them?

In another instance, you might locate a nest with several baby birds and capture the moment.

You might be unable to caption the picture because you do not know what a group of baby birds is called.

Okay, let me not work up your brain with a lot of if’s and what’s.  A group of baby birds is known as clutch or brood. You can also refer to them as hatchlings or chicks.

The Special Names For Baby Birds

The generic bird names such as chick can be used to refer to any baby bird. But the various species tend to have more specific names. Let’s look at some of the common species of baby bird names.

  • Chicken: Poult (both genders), Pullet (Female), Cockerel (Male)
  • Dove: Squeaker, Squab
  • Duck: Duckling
  • Goose: Gosling
  • Owl: Fledging or Owlet
  • Swan: Flapper or Cygnet
  • Turkey: Poult (Both genders), Jake (Young male), Jenny (Young Female)

Handling Hatchlings And Nestlings

It’s quite common to come across a hatchling or a nestling on the ground. The best care that you can offer these baby birds is returning them to their parents.

If you can’t locate the parent, you can surely return it to the nest. Mostly the hatchlings and nestlings fall from a nearby bush or tree.

The fall can be brought about by overcrowding, wind and other natural occurrences. Keenly scan for the nest in the nearby bushes or trees.

For some species like the woodpecker, you should check for wood cavities. Luckily, if you find the next, confirm that the baby bird matches the others in the nest.

Do this by physically removing some baby birds from the nest and comparing them to the one you picked.

Then try and warm the nest using your hands before returning the baby bird. If the mother finds the nest is cold, it may assume that something is wrong with the baby bird and even abandon it.

After placing the baby bird in the nest, stay around the place for around two hours. You will be able to confirm whether the baby is fine. Only make this conclusion when its parent returns.

If the parent fails to return, it’s a bad sign. Two hours is too much time for hatchling or nestling. The cold can kill it. So, you can contact the wildlife center for help.

Raising A Baby Bird

The idea of raising a baby bird is not great. In some states, it’s illegal, meaning it can land you into unnecessary trouble.

It’s advisable not to keep the bird for more than 24 hours. Reporting to a nearby wildlife center, human society, or veterinary office will help save the bird.

You should note that the birds’ species are so many. A fact is that each species requires a specific diet, nutrients, supplements, handling and housing.

If you happen to give it incorrect care, the bird can have defects in behavior, growth abnormalities, and other contaminants that might lead to death.

Some wild birds also have zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted to humans. The disease can be fatal to the very young and old.

What To Do With An Injured Bird

If you come across a baby bird with an injury or bleeding and the parent does not return after two hours, you must intervene. The baby bird might certainly be facing danger from predators.

You’ll need to pick up the baby bird. Do this using a small washcloth. Then place the bird in a closed container or box.

Any of the two will protect it from the wind or cold. Ventilate the box by making small holes in the box and tape the top securely.

Once you get home, keeping the bird in a warm, quiet, and dark environment is advisable.

Keeping it in a warm place protects the baby bird from hypothermia or cold. A quiet space lowers the stress level of the baby bird while the dark place calms the bird.

You might be tempted to feed the bird after keeping it for hours. However, if you do not know about bird keeping, do not try.

You can choke it with fluids or food. At times the foods and fluids can cause infections that lead to death. The best thing to do is keep the bird warm and seek professional help.

Things You Should Do When You Find A Baby Bird

Cuddle Them

The parent birds have a poor sense of smell and won’t reject their baby bird because you touched it. However, the smell you leave on the baby bird attracts predators.

Therefore you will have endangered the baby bird. In addition, baby birds’ bones are still very fragile.

If you handle it inappropriately, you can surely cause serious injuries to it. Wild birds can carry mites or zoonotic diseases that are not good for humans.

Study Them

In general, stress is a very common issue among all birds. The young birds are so susceptible to it.

Studying them closely when they are in the yard or walkway will certainly stress them a big deal. Again if you stay too close to the baby bird, you might scare the parent from coming to pick the baby bird.

The best way to go about this is by using binoculars to observe the baby from a distance. However, the first time you spot the baby bird, you can closely study it for any illness or injuries. After making the observations leave the bird alone.


In summary, we all love birds, and baby birds are cute in all the stages of growth up to maturity.

It’s great to know their specific names at each stage. Knowing the specific names will help you to communicate clearly.

In addition to the baby bird names, finding a baby bird on the walkway or garden can be exciting. However, you should try and help it as soon as possible.

If you are not able to help the bird, you should contact the nearby wildlife service office. They’ll give you further advice and rescue the bird.