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.
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.