Found a European Starling, took to rehabber, "air sacs are blown?"
Hi, I was at a supermarket today talking to some homeless kids and their dog in the parking lot, when a little starling hopped up onto one of the kids' hoodies and hung out there, before hopping onto the top of his head! We tried to get him to fly, and he could flap his wings and glide a bit, but didn't really fly. When he tucked his wings, the right one dragged a little but was not obviously broken.
I volunteered to put him in a paper bag and figure out what to do with him. I took him home initially and set him up in my bathroom with a bit of water and some seed and a mat in the tub. He made himself at home, flapped around, and seemed bright and alert and actually downright cheeky. I took a shine to the little fella.
I wasn't sure what species he was (at the time I didn't know he was a European starling), nor whether he was a juvenile who hadn't learned to eat on his own, so I decided it would be wisest to take him to a wildlife rehab center in a nearby town that accepts ordinary street birds - even pigeons!
They took him in and on the initial exam, they said his air sacs were blown (whatever those are, and whatever that means), perhaps due to some trauma, but they'd keep him overnight and that sometimes air sacs just repaired themselves.
I told them that I would like to release him, if he can be rehabbed. I will call tomorrow, as I am not sure whether they will euthanize him if they think he cannot be released into the wild. I cannot adopt him because I have cats who would kill him in a second (one of my cats has never killed anything but I can tell by the way he launches himself at the window when he spies a pigeon outside, that he's a born killer).
So, anybody who know anything about air sacs and how they get "blown" - some feedback would be appreciated!