What to Do When Your Parrot Flies Away

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Birds are majestic creatures that were created for one purpose; flying. However, if you own a pet bird, their ability to fly can also be their downfall. When a beloved pet bird flies away, it’s always a bad situation for everyone especially if it’s a domesticated one. However we cannot really say that they won’t fly away as they do have the wings to and ability to do that but if your pet bird flies away then it’s always devastating.

Parrots are among those birds that can fly and if you happen to have a pet parrot that flew away then you know it’s not going to be an easy scenario. However we can always do something about that, wing trimming for example can prevent them from flying away but if your pet bird still managed to fly then there are also ways that you can do to recover them.

When a bird flies away, the first thing that you need to do is to act on it immediately. Try to visually locate your bird first. If you live in a wooded area, see if you can find them in trees and other perches in your property. Since parrots are colorful birds (although that may depend on the kind of parrot you have), it will be easy for you to spot them among other things. If the bird is domesticated and tamed, it may eventually fly back to you once you call it.

Placing a bird’s cage near the site where it left might also be helpful. There have been cases that some pet birds return to their cages once they see it. This is also because the cage represents comfort and security compared to their overwhelming surroundings. Parrots, particularly those that are domesticated, can usually identify their cage and often return home.

Putting tasty treats can also lure your parrot back. If your parrot has been known to identify a certain type of “calling”, returning home should not be a problem. This calling can be a whistle pattern, a sound familiar to them, their name, phrases and the likes.

However, if all of your attempts to lure your parrot to come home fails, it’s time to ask for help. Pets especially birds like parrots that have been missing for over 24 hours must be reported immediately. You can always ask help from friends and family members to help you look for your parrot. You can also post flyers and posters with your bird’s picture as well as description in it. Call animal control, local veterans, humane society, pet shops or anyone else that might have seen your parrot. Placing an ad for lost bird can also help. Make sure to avoid putting your parrot’s band number as this might be removed in case your pet falls into the wrong hands. Keep in mind that it is important to locate the person who has found your bird before you.

Losing a pet can be heartbreaking but while there is still a chance of recovering them, don’t ever give up. Pets are part of your family and we all know that you don’t give up on family no matter how hard it is, right?