Name: J. S.
I have found a blue jay that has only one tail feather. May
have been a cat. Will the tail feathers come back. I have him in a large
cage with card board around it. He can jump and hop. Any ideas on what
should be done.
The tail feathers will grow back. However it is not a good idea, and is in
fact a violation of the migratory bird regulations of the US Fish and
Wildlife Service, for you to keep the bird even with the best of intentions.
Locate a licensed wildlife rescue or rehabilitation service in your area by
contacting your state natural resources agency, a local nature center or
audubon chapter or similar resource, to find out what you should do to give
the bird the best chance of surviving.
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Update: June 2012