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I am glad to hear you rescued this humming bird. Can it fly?
In most areas of the US, there is a wild bird rehab specialist. Since wild birds like hummers are protected by federal law, these folks are the only people legally allowed to treat wild birds. They also have the knowledge and experience to not only treat birds like hummingbirds, but to do so and still be able to release the birds into the wild. If you tell me where in NC you are, I can find a wild bird rehab specialist in your area.Until then, keep him confined, safe, with sugar water available. If he seems to be able to fly normally, you might just release him when it is light out.Let me know what other questions I can answer.
The waterfowl center is probably the same place you would call. It is hard to say if he can navigate and migrate with a missing tail feather, but he might. The wild bird folks can help with that assessment.There are still a few hummingbirds at my feeder and our nighttime temperatures go down to the 30s now; he should not get hypothermia in your house.Thanks for the great rating and let me know what else I can answer.