The "star"-ling of the show

rainbow starling
Tyler Bird

Photo by: Douglas Lawrence, Pacific City, Oregon

Lately we've received a number of, errr, "unusual" pets--many with wonderful stories of survival, strength and love. For example, meet Tyler the rainbow starling.

Doug writes, "Tyler Bird fell out of its nest shortly after birth. He was nursed to health, and has survived to his present age of 3.5 years. Like some other bird species, he is capable of talking, and has acquired quite a vocabulary of words and sounds. Among his favorites is to mimic the sound of the telephone, and the theme song of the 60's "Andy Griffith" television show. This was a wild bird at birth, who was rescued, and has become very much the domesticated pet as any other. From time to time he is let out of his cage, and is allowed to fly about the house, with not the slightest desire to leave his situation. He dines on small dog food, and copious amounts of water. He lives with four dogs and five cats very pleasantly!"

Paw-purr-ee selection, November 2

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He is very nice and Im glad he is doing well. I also have entered pictures of my pigion. She also fell out of nest and nursed to health. She goes in and out. Has the run of the house. Wild birds are a joy if cared for correctly.

Amazing story. Especially with the other animals in the house.

He's so pretty - I've never seen one up close like that. Very clorful. And they sing too? i would love to hear him sing Andy Griffith!

Wow...that beak sure looks sharp! I'll bet you're glad she's not a woodpecker :).

I love that you've done this. Has an avian vet seen him to confirm that small dog food is appropriate?

I am a "bird person" and was interested to know if you have starlings where you live?
I am from England originally and there are great numbers of starlings there, but I have never seen even one in the U.S. (mainland).
Right now I live in Hawaii, and we have many different and interesting birds here (but no starlings!).

To Tania H.: We have millions of starlings in Austin, Texas. In the evenings when they come to roost in the trees along the highways and other places, their "singing" is deafening. (But I still like them!)

That truly is an amazing story. We have been starlings around here, as well.

Congratulations on your success story.

By the way, Stormy says "chirp".

That truly is an amazing story. We have many (not been) starlings around here, as well.

Congratulations on your success story.

By the way, Stormy says "chirp".

I have never seen a Starling before. It is a beautiful bird. Keep up the good work.

Have you read the story about Mozart's Starling? He had one as a pet about it here.
I love starlings...they are have great personalities and make lovely sounds...someday I hope to be blessed by one that I can rescue too.

Below is a list of Avian Veterinarians in the state of Oregon to try. I do not know them, and certainly do not recommend one over the other, or advocate for any particular one, but people from the area thought highly enough of them to recommend their services. I hope that one of these Veterinarians work for you. If not please look one up in your local telephone directory under Veterinarian Services. Birds are very special creatures, and need to have special diets, and care. Although dog food is great for dogs, and Tyler Bird has survived on it for quite sometime, it is not the best for his/her long-term health. I hope that you will love him/her enough to seek the proper nutrition for his/her needs. Happy flying!

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Ken Fletcher, DVM
Albany Animal Hospital
629 Madison St SE
Albany, OR
(541) 926-8817


Larry K. Goza, DVM
576 31st Street
Astoria, OR
(503) 325-2250
recommended by: DS Nudo

Lake Oswego

Marli Lintner DVM
15952 S.W. Quarry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 635-5672
recommended by: Lloyd & Melinda


Patricia Huff, DVM
2519 E. Burnside
Portland, OR 97214-1753
(503) 233-5001
recommended by: Self


Matthew Fricke, DVM
5303 Main Street
Springfield, OR
(541) 747-3859
Recommended by: Beth Davis

What a great story! Good job on that rescue. I was wondering if you get your birds nails clipped or if you do it. It doesn't look like they've been done recently in the photo. This and their beaks need regular trimming. Really! Their beaks do grow, slowly but they do grow. This is why there are sand paper-like toys to attach to the sides of their cages. So they can work at it and keep that beak from being too long.And sand paper perches. To keep thier little feet clean soft and their toenails filed. Their beaks being too long will keep them from eating properly, or enough. If you do not remember to file those toe nails it causes eventual arthritis from impaired repetitive movement. Just an FYI! Good Luck and Congrats again on your long lived rescued beautiful Starling!

What an awesome story about the rescue of "Tyler bird"! I'm a wildlife rehabber, and stories like this truly warm my heart. I'm glad that you are going to allow this bird to live out his life as a part of your family. For those individuals who don't think they can make a difference in our world, think again!

In our family growing up we were always rescuing wild birds nurturing them back to health and not always releasing back in the wild, many times keeping them and training them to talk or teaching them tricks. The last two were robins and cardinals. They were just delightful and what a lesson to teach our children all animals small or big need our loving care. thanks again for a touching story

Re: "Life of Birds" tapes. This tape showed that all or many birds (been a while since I viewed the 5 tapes!) see in ultra-violet light. When they see a Starling, all those "spots" appear as neon white dots...quite a sight.
What a great story. There is a Starling family around my work place. When I get to my parking space at work they are all "chatting" amongst themselves high above my head. Their many different clicks, whistles, and buzzy sounds are not what I expected to hear from them. I had no idea they were mimics. How wonderfully interesting!

Now I feel really bad. This summer at the Cecil County College kids art program in MD a hike in the woods reveled a tiny bird on the path. It had obviously fallen. The kids wanted to rescue the baby. I had always heard not to touch wild birds that mom would never come back. We moved her into the leaves. I am an animal person but did not think we could really care for such a tiny bird. I had tried once as a young person without success. Glad my students won't read this.

The greatest joys in life seem to be the small ones. I adore my birds. Each has his or her own personality and get along with the cats who want nothing more than to be left alone by them.

I rescued my Starling, Buddy, in a similar fashion as you did. He ended up @ the National Aviary in Oittsburgh, Pa where he is (or was) the star of the "backyard" display.

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