Finding the nest in a nearby bush or tree and lending a helping hand by placing it back into the nest is frequently all that is required.
If it becomes obvious that the chick has indeed been abandoned, the difficult task of feeding it may be taken on.
Particularly weak babies need to be fed every 15 minutes, increasing the time between feeds slowly to half an hour, then an hour, as the chick grows stronger.
Due to the frequency of feeds, it is advisable to prepare a day's worth of food at the outset.
For the first couple of days, sugared water mixed with the yolk of a hard-boiled egg and small amounts of baby cereals, if available, should be fed.
After this, canned dog food, raw kidney or liver cut into pieces small enough for the chick to cope with are a good source of protein.
Dried dog or cat food soaked well in hot water may also be offered. Any food to be used within a short time should be kept at room temperature.
Letting the bird know that feeding time is imminent can be done by gently placing a hand over its back and wings, and carefully lifting the neck up slightly.
Another method is to gently tap the base of the beak. If all else fails, it may be necessary to carefully open the beak for the bird.
Using tweezers, small amounts of food should then be dropped into the chick's mouth, aiming for the throat, until the bird stops asking for more.