Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where, despite trimming wings and/or keeping your parrot on a harness, your bird has still managed to get away!  Don’t lose hope; there are resources out there for you to search for your missing parrot.  Sometimes, we may even find a parrot and need to look for the owner!  Read on for some suggestions on what to do next!

IF YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BIRD

First, place flyers all around your neighborhood and a sign in your yard, sometimes birds have been picked up by a neighbor close by.

Place your bird’s cage outside with food and water, your parrot may see the cage and come back to eat.

Place flyers at local veterinarian offices and pet stores.

Register a lost animal with your local animal services.

Place ads in the paper and on craigslist – a reward offer may help.

Register your bird as lost with 911 Parrot Alert, Parrot Alert, BirdHotline. Also make sure to register with Lost & Found Birds Worldwide on facebook, and Florida Parrots Lost and Found on facebook. Make sure you also share your bird’s picture on your personal facebook page, and if you live in a neighborhood with an association, share the information on the neighborhood page or in their newsletter as well. Make sure you also look in all of these places for found birds ads.

Lastly, please e-mail us at flparrotrescue@aol.com with the day, time, city/town and state, and cross streets of where your bird was lost and we will share it on our facebook page and will let you know if we get any leads for you.

IF YOU HAVE FOUND A BIRD

First check to make sure the bird is not injured in any way.  If the bird is injured, please take him/her to a qualified avian veterinarian immediately.  If you need our assistance, please e-mail us at flparrotrescue@aol.com and we will have you take the bird to one of our vets for care and relinquishment to Florida Parrot Rescue. From there, we will search for the bird’s owner.

Provide fresh food and water to the bird and bring the bird into your home and keep him/her in a safe area inside. You can see our nutrition and health page on how to properly feed parrots.

If you decide you would like to search for the birds owner yourself and keep the bird in your care during this time – before you begin to register the bird as found in several locations – please check to see if the bird has a band.  If the bird has a band, advertise the species of the bird and location found freely; however, do not give out the band number.  Require that people contacting you provide the band number to make sure you are placing the bird back with the proper owner.

If the bird does not have a band, make your ads for a found bird not as clear, such as “found small bird” and then provide location.  Require that the person contacting you provide the species and description of their lost bird as well as any quirks the bird may display such as odd feeding habits, favorite foods, or phrases the bird may speak in order to verify ownership.

Also check to see if the bird has a microchip as this could provide you with direct bird ownership information.

Once you are ready to place found bird ads, place flyers in your neighborhood, a sign in your yard, an ad in your local newspaper, on craigslist, and place flyers at local veterinarian offices and pet stores.

Also register a found animal with your local animal services, 911 Parrot Alert, Parrot Alert, and BirdHotline. Also make sure to register with Lost & Found Birds Worldwide on facebook and with Florida Parrots Lost and Found on facebook. Make sure you also share the found bird’s picture on facebook and if you live in a neighborhood with an association, share the information on the neighborhood page or in their newsletter as well.

Make sure that you also check all of these locations for lost bird ads as well.

Lastly, please e-mail us at flparrotrescue@aol.com with the day, time, city/town and state, and cross streets of where the bird was found and we will share it on our facebook page and will let you know if we get any leads for you.

Please e-mail us at flparrotrescue@aol.com if you have any questions or concerns.