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I found an injured magpie with a concussion. The vet treated the bird and recommended to wait 24 hours for any signs of improvement, before making further decisions. Can you advise please?

Concussions and contusions can take a long time to fully heal, but if there is progress made within a fortnight, chances are good that the bird becomes releasable again. However, there is always a risk of a relapse, most commonly occurring 72 hours after the accident. I understand that the situation is sort of a compromise, and of course that there is a risk of imprinting. The risk and extent of imprinting is decreasing with increasing age. Problems are later on more related to habituation than imprinting, which can be easier addressed. For further information, please check out the links below.

Corvid Care

First Aid for Birds – Impact Trauma

Some Thoughts About Animal Learning And Imprinting