Out on a Limb with a Parrot

From South Africa:

     Paramedics and eThekwini Metro firefighters rushed to the rescue of an unusual damsel in distress stuck in a tree in Summerveld, Shongweni, on Monday afternoon.
     ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the 16-year-old girl had been chasing her parrot which flitted from tree to tree. Banks said the girl scaled a large tree but lost her footing, fell and became wedged in branches below.
     The girl was uninjured and went home with a bruised ego but without her errant bird. – Mercury Reporter

Ever been out on a limb? Yeah. Me too. Only it was to untangle a redtailed hawk on a creance (line tied to her equipment because I wasn’t ready to free fly her) that was up in a pine tree. The fire department laughed when I called for help. I got her down, but it wasn’t enjoyable.

So what do you do when your parrot has flown off? Remember that flying down takes much more skill than flying up. Try to make the leap as easy as possible. Directly beneath the tree is not going to be as easy of a flight as further out and a nice glide down. A steady ladder is preferable to crawling out on a branch, where you’ll make the perch wobble and perhaps not have such steady hands yourself.

And check out Good Bird Inc’s article on parrot escapees. Barbara and I have stood under many a tree together trying to figure out how to get a wayward macaw back down from the branches. She knows her stuff better than I do! And this is the most comprehesive set of tips I’ve ever seen. Check it out here!

Do you have a lost and found parrot? Share your tips too!

2 thoughts on “Out on a Limb with a Parrot

  1. My clipped timneh grey flew off in 2005. We found her 34 hours later in a field of chest-high weeds. She didn’t respond to any of our calls, but did respond to a call made by our caique that we’d brought out in a carrier.

    We were so lucky to have found her! She’s flighted now and we take all precautions to make sure none of our birds escape again. In the meantime, we work on having her fly down to us as much as possible (I squat down and call her to me after placing her on high places in our house). Hopefully I never need to test our work on that, though!

    I agree that Barbara’s article in the best I’ve seen for recovering a lost parrot and I was planning on linking to it in a few weeks when I retell Max’s story as my annual spring warning about parrots (even unclipped) outside, unrestrained.

  2. Never take your eyes off them and the direction they are flying in. If i had i would never have found my guy. He flew in a straight line. And knowing this was his first flight wouldn’t know how to turn around. Luckily, that is where i found him 9 hours later.

    Another thing that helped me find him is we talk and whistle to each other every morning. He starts it, i finish it or vice versa. THIS is how i actually found him. He was whistling the beginning of a wolf whistle.

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