Lost and Found Parrots

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It is always sad to learn of an escaped parrot, especially when it is a juvenile.

There are sometimes happy reunions but there are sometimes sad situations where the bird is never seen again or was, sadly, found dead. Please don't give up hope if your bird has escaped, as there are many things you can do to help increase recovery, and the more positive action you take the better are your chances of recovering your beloved. We hope you find the following tips and information useful.

  • The initial flighted escape usually lands closer to home than most people are aware or at least within 5 mile radius and, if the the bird is a strong flyer, will often settle in a tree or rooftop and will be stonely silent due to shock of unfamiliar territory. If the bird is not a strong flyer and has incurred clipped wings, he or she might only make it to fence height or land on the ground.
  • If you saw which direction your bird flew in, I am sure you will have immediately followed in pursuit and hopefully you were lucky enough to retrieve your bird. If this was not the situation and you couldn't locate your bird's exact whereabouts, then you will need to:

a) Make flyers with a picture of your bird but do not give out the name of your bird or any details that could later dispute ''ownership''. It is advisable to offer up a reward. Don't forget to leave a couple of contact numbers. Post the flyers through doors of the immediate neighbourhood and around the area where you think your bird is. Extend flyers to regional schools, vets, petshops and high streets, including supermarkets and local shops - as far and wide as you are able. Tell everyone who you encounter.

b) Notify the Police, vets, petshops, schools, local and national animal/bird/parrot sanctuaries, RSPCA and local newspapers, which are often helpful in covering your bird's story. If local newspapers are not interested then take out regular advertisements with them. c) Notify the 'Pet Search Register' - this link is included in our links base under the category 'Registers for Lost and Found Parrots', as with the National 'Lost, Found & Theft Register for parrots' - John Hayward - Tel: 01869 325-699 / Mob: 07802-404-929.

Please don't forget to notify us at: admin [dot] nlpr [at] ntlworld [dot] com or by telephone: 01480 390040.

  • More often than not, one will hear the bird before visual sighting. This is when the initial shock has worn off and before the bird has moved on from his/her initial landing sight. Keep looking and listening and note that early morning bird chorus and just before dusk is an expecially good time to go out and look for your bird, but listening is the assisting key. Call your bird's name or a familiar phrase and pause each time to listen for a response before repeating the process.

Good luck and our sincere best wishes. In brief, here is a little encouraging story. A few years ago, we received a call to help remove a cockatoo from a local industrial factory. The bird was well and very flighty and was many feet high up above factory materials. Unfortunately, we couldn't coax the bird down. The RSPCA were called and they finally retrieved him. Here's the encouraging part ....... the bird's people had registered their lost bird with the Pet Search Register at the time one of our trustees was operating it, therefore we were able to bring this to the attention of the RSPCA. The bird had originated from the South of England, been here, there and everywhere over a period of approximately 18 months, was retrieved in Cambridgeshire and reunited with his people in the South. An amazing accurate journey of an escapee cockatoo!