What Do I Do If My Bird Flies Away – Advice To Find Lost Cockatiel

One of the most common accidents that happen with cockatiels is that they fly away. Then you have the problem of trying to find lost cockatiel.

This can happen all too quickly, as your cockatiel can easily escape through an unseen open window, or get a fright and take off through an open door.  Here is some help and tips to find lost cockatiel.find lost cockatiel

Unfortunately, it is hard to find lost cockatiel.

If your cockatiel does fly away, it is highly unlikely that you will get him back, because cockatiels are so aerodynamic and very strong fliers. They can travel a long distance without realizing it, and then not be able to find their way home again.

I have had a couple of incidents where my bird flew away.  The first escaped out of his cage, and I never found him again.  The second one that escaped did it three times and each time he came back, but I think he must be unique, as I haven’t heard of many lost birds that are able to do that. Cockatiels can fly fast and quickly lose their sense of direction in a matter of minutes, especially if they have been used to being in a cage all their lives.

If despite your best efforts your bird does escape, react quickly for best results. I remember as a child one of our birds flew away, and we chased him around the neighborhood for five hours, but we did eventually coax him back into his cage. I think the temptation of food and water eventually did it.

Just because your cockatiel has shown no interest in flying or leaving his cage, anything could happen. He could get chased by something or even get a fright. If you don’t believe it can happen to your bird, check the lost and found adverts in the newspaper for proof. Chances are that there are more cockatiels in the lost column than the found one.

Lost cockatiels rarely come home for a number of reasons. They could become prey to predators, join up with flocks of wild parrots or fly so frantically that they end up miles away, and the people that find them don’t live in the same area and so the lost and found ads are never seen.

To prevent your cockatiel from becoming another statistic, make sure that for one his wings are kept trimmed. Remember to trim the wings regularly and especially after a molt. Also, make sure that the cockatiel’s cage is secure and the doors lock firmly. The food dishes should also not slide out too easily, as some cockatiels are escape artists (like mine).

Here are some more things you could do to prevent the loss of your cockatiel.

  • Make a recording of his voice. Playing this loudly will help lure him back home.
  • Place the cage in an open spot where the bird will see it with lots of titbits and treats on the floor of the cage to lure him back inside.
  • Post flyers in yours and surrounding neighborhoods and offer a reward for his return.
  • Try using another caged bird to attract his attention.
  • Let your local vets know that your cockatiel is lost.
  • Last but least, do not give up hope.

Try using the power of the internet.  Advertise online as lots more eyeballs will see your advert to find lost cockatiel.


  1. Lost Grey pied cockatiel male answers to Ajax. Flew out of his cage this morning. Lost in Kingstjorpe area qld 4400

  2. my poor baby bird flew away today and he was the best I still can not get over it. I am praying he comes back. his name is snit and loves head scratches and whistles la cucaracha. He was lost in EL Monte. Please help me find my baby!

    😢😞😩😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭💔💔💔 please!😊💕👼🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

    1. I feel for you as my cockatiel flew off as I moved the cage and the door flew open .. so angry at myself, we are on 5 acres and there is lots of bushlands, and predators like kite hawks. so I pray too for her return. I have put out a cage with food and water and put her friends out so they can call to her, and I have walked solidly whistling around the streets calling her. I will not stop trying.
      They are blessed, little creatures, but good advice especially on cages with secure doors, and trimming wings. Reel so angry at myself.

  3. Diva flew away on 7/12/19, my local bird store said cockatiels can often stay in a one mile radius, her distinguishing mark is NO CREST. She’s pale yellow with white and grey and pearl markings on her back. Friendly bird. we are so sad!

  4. My grey cocktail flew away two weeks ago and she meant a lot to me plzzz if someone find her bring her back to me she has red cheeks and grey and a bit white on her plzzzz help me 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭☹️

  5. I lost my cockatiel Reggi on 8-25-19 in Toledo OH, Whitmer High School area. He’s very friendly and will come to you if you call him. Please keep an eye out for him! He’ my buddy😔

  6. My sweet Cockateil, “ Sunny” escaped this morning in Scituate Massachusetts. He is grey and white with yellow face and orange cheeks. His wings are not clipped and he has been on his own before. We adore him and are hoping beyond hope that someone will find him . Please notify me if you find him.

  7. My son’s grandmother accidentally let out his pet Bernie this morning in East Ivanhoe, Victoria this morning. Bernie has been with us for six years. There have been many tears.

  8. I lost my
    Cockatail yesterday Her ñame Is minnie she is light grey around her stomach and dark grey around her wings with a tad bit of white and her face and cheeks are yellow she was lost in riverhead in New York

  9. Thanks so much for this article. I feel a little better. I thought I am a bad owner. My cockatiel grey and white called Pepper, flew away from the cage on 10-06-2019 in Frisco TX. The cage was not clasped all the way and Pepper’s wings grew so in a way I am a bad owner. I am heart broken and I do not want to have a cockatiel anymore. I have read that even if their wings are clipped, they can still fly. Is there any other bird or big bird that will come back to you even if it did fly.

    1. I don’t think that they don’t want to come back to you, they just get lost. Also if you clip the one wing short, and leave the other the bird won’t be able to fly away. It’s when they are both clipped that they can still fly.

      The only birds that I am aware of that come home are pigeons. This is unless you can find your pet and coax him back to the cage as I have done on two occasions in the past.

  10. On 11 17 19, our dear cockatiel (SIMON) flew off my son’s shoulder at about 3:15–4:00 PM) in Pa (Old Forge area). We are sad and want him returned safely. We are doing what is suggested and hope to find him or hoping he returns on his own. He is yellow with gray and a white chest (yellow crown). He likes unsalted saltine crackers.

  11. Our cockatiel flew away today on Nov 30, 2019 in Falls church, Virginia. Her name was Coco or Cocoshechka and she could even say her own name. I feel so bad and I hope she comes back or someone finds her.

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