Last Updated on August 20, 2022 by Ali Shahid
When you are leaving for a trip, it might be a good idea to leave your lovebird with a friend. You expect it to be safe and happy. But things go wrong and your lovebird flees the house.
Perhaps you are at home working and someone knocks on the door. There’s a moment when you forget there’s a clever bird around and she escapes. Given this situation, what should be done?
First of all, don’t panic! Moments following a bird’s escape are crucial to recapturing it safely. It’s a bit more difficult to locate and capture your lovebird after it’s escaped. After all, they are capable of flying!
Additionally, even if you find your lost bird, you can’t guarantee that you will be able to capture it.
There are some areas where non-native breeds eat native bird food in the wild. Recovering your pet bird is important for more than just your happiness. Furthermore, it’s vital for the health and safety of your bird.
Here are some steps that can be taken to locate a lovebird. However, before we embark on that journey, let’s look at ways to prevent lovebirds from escaping.
How to Prevent Lovebirds from EscapingClose Cage Door
1. Close the Cage Door
Leave the house with the cage door locked at all times. Ensure that the bird is inside the cage before you leave.
2. Close House Doors and Windows
If a bird is out of its cage, keep doors and windows closed. It prevents your lovebirds from escaping and can prevent your neighborhood cat from entering.
3. Screen Windows
Ensure windows and doors are screened as an extra precaution. This will allow your lovebird to breathe freely without escaping.
4. A note Reminder
If you tend to forget things, put a reminder on your front door to remind you to shut it.
5. Educate Family Members
Be sure caregivers, especially kids, know how to secure your lovebird.
6. Keep a Photo of Your Bird
You should always keep a digital photo of your bird with you. These photos can be used for “Lost” posters if it escapes.
7. Inform Your Neighbors
Tell your neighbors what kind of bird you have. They may have the best chance of finding it.
8. Clip Wings
There is the option of clipping the bird’s wings. This will prevent long-distance flight and escape attempts.
9. Calling your Lovebird
Practicing whistling or calling your bird. If she is out and about, she will be more likely to respond with an echo call.
10. Microchipped your Bird
Make sure your lovebird is microchipped or banded.
How to find an escape lovebird
When your lovebird escapes, you must act quickly to ensure its return. Birds are capable of traveling long distances quickly. The farther away they are, the less likely you are to catch them.
Get everyone involved in finding and capturing the bird as soon as it escapes. Splitting tasks allows you to conduct multiple rescue operations simultaneously. Often, it is hard to find birds on the ground. So having many eyes on the ground is imperative.
Imagining What the Bird Sees
Occasionally, a bird won’t move due to shock. It is important to keep an eye on the bird whenever this happens. Identify a way to bring the cage closer to your bird. Generally, lovebirds prefer familiar food and shelter as long as they can land downward.
Still, lots of pets who grew up indoors haven’t learned to fly and land downward. It may take some hours before a bird finds the courage to flap its wings. However, escaped birds often flee right away.
When birds escape, they’re scared and don’t notice where they’re flying. Take a bird’s eye view of the scene. Understand that your bird cannot identify its home from the air. Assuring that your bird maintains non-stop visual contact with you is imperative.
Wear brightly colored clothing. Utilize yourself as a slow-moving familiar object to encourage the bird to approach. If you’ve spotted the bird, gather a team and track its location around the clock.
Bringing the cage near the bird
It is always best to bring the cage close to the bird. If a bird has gone missing, place a cage near the place where it flew away. For example, if your bird flew out of your front door, place the cage near your porch or on your doorstep.
If possible, hang the cage outdoors to make it look like an indoor cage. Put tasty treats in or around your bird’s cage to lure it home.
It is best to use large, easily visible pieces of food. Set up a trap door latch on the cage’s door to automatically lock when the bird enters.
Using Familiar Sounds
When cages and food fail to bring home a lost bird, call it by name instead. Repeat familiar sounds, words, and phrases in the area. You may be able to lure your pet down to you in this way.
Utilize the Community
After waiting all day for your bird, it’s time for Plan B. After a couple of hours, your bird usually gets scared and flees in some random direction. As a result, they may not be able to return home.
Let the neighbors know the bird is missing. It is still an option to reach out door-to-door, but social media is often more effective. Share your posts on your community’s Facebook page.
Do not allow anyone to attempt to catch the bird. Instead, you can request that they give you the location. Bring the cage and a few items you need to capture the bird. Be sure to alert your local vet clinic, bird club, and shelter.
People will bring lost birds to shelters. Therefore, if they know you’re searching, they can get in touch with you right away.
Once you’ve followed all these steps, the only thing left to do is wait. Luckily, you won’t have a hard time finding it after the first day. Immediately after the following freedom, birds are either terrified or excited. It can cause all kinds of erratic behavior.
They may be flying around randomly without paying attention. Most birds will calm down by the second day. They may recognize landmarks, like you or their cage. Often, an excited bird will begin searching for a home.
My lovebird flew away will it come back
In most cases, they will come back because they need food. Definitely. They’ll try their best. This situation still needs to be handled carefully. But lovebirds can’t navigate very well, and your bird hasn’t seen your house from the sky.
It has no idea what to look for. Although, if it can find its way home, it will fly home naturally. In many cases, lost birds return to their comfortable, food, and water sources on their own.
The good news is that there are many ways to prevent the escape of your bird or capture it again. In general, birds don’t like to stay outside for long periods. It is your responsibility to assist them in returning home.
A landmark such as your cage and the bird’s cage can help you achieve this. Alternatively, you can try calling the bird to see if they can locate you. Birds that hang around your house are usually easy to catch.
Give them a chance and they’ll fly back to their cage. To avoid the headache of catching your bird, it is better to prevent the escape.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.