I found a pheasant in the road. He is very dazzled. I think he may have been hit by a car. He is now walking about in the garden, a lot of it in circles. He hasn’t eaten or drunk, and seems to stop just to close his eyes. What shall I do?
Please check out our corvid care page, which also contains first aid measures applicable to pheasants and other bird species.
You should also get as soon as possible in touch with an experienced bird rescue or rehabber near you. It seems that the bird has suffered a severe concussion, and needs to rest in a safe, quite and darkened room. He shouldn’t roam in the garden, as he is confused and may disappear, meaning the chance to help him will be lost and the bird is likely to be predated on. It is also likely that the bird is in need of more treatment, such as rehydration and pain relief. The bird might also need to be tube fed when not eating by himself. Pheasants are stressed out easily and are prone to die when handled, either due to cardiac arrest or due to exacerbation of a bleed in the brain caused by the initial head trauma.