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Lost parrot in my area

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There's been what appears to be a yellow napped amazon hanging out in my neighbourhood for almost a week now. I live in a tiny rural town with few resources for bird owners. I haven't seen any missing ads and no one knew who he might belong to so I'm wondering if maybe he was abandoned. He was first spotted on Wednesday afternoon and I've been putting pellets and nuts out for him since Thursday. He ate from my yard Friday and Saturday mornings, but didn't show up Sunday or today (Monday). I haven't actually seen him yet as he comes out at dawn, but others have seen him and shared pictures. I'm starting to worry though. The Wednesday he was first seen, we had a huge blizzard and temps have been well below freezing ever since. He survived for sure until at least Saturday, I have parrot prints in my driveway and around the food dish I put out for him. I'm starting to fear the worst though since he hasn't been here in two days, although I have heard some sounds like a parrot trying to imitate other birds.

Is there anything else I can do? There are no rescues to contact, animal control would euthanize him, and the SPCA here only accepts cats. Right now all I have out there is the dish with some zupreem, tropican, and some peanuts and almonds.


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Do you have a spare cage? If you do, get that outside with the door open and some food and water inside. When he comes down again he will climb inside and you can shut the door on him. That way you can easily get him back inside and see where you can go from there. You can put up found ads if you do get hold of him but don't reveal anything about him himself as loads of people will say it's their's. I lost my Alexandrine and when somebody found him and put an ad up it had been less than 24 hours and everybody jumped on it saying oh he's mine or oh the old owner doesn't want him. I was FURIOUS! I had photos and videos to prove it was him and got him back immediately. I can't imagine why anybody would have abandoned him. A lot of people may not use much technology and wouldn't know about sites like parrotalert.com

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Unfortunately I don't have a spare cage he could fit into. But I found a private rescue and they are going to drive another cage over from two hours away. Is there any chance he could still be alive?


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If he has been eating and has been finding somewhere sheltered to roost AND has survived up until the other day then there is a very good chance he could still be out there My biggest concern isn't the weather, it's predators. Birds of prey are VERY opportunistic, especially during cold weather and storms

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That's my biggest concern, too. There are a lot of outdoor cats around and a LOT of bald eagles. A lot of the eagles are pretty young though and are usually very well fed as we are a protected wildlife area. They do weekly tourist things where they put a bunch of meat out in a field and all the eagles come eat it. It's really cool to see and means the eagles don't hunt much. But I feel like those are probably his biggest concern.


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It's your hawks and falcons that will be the problem, not eagles. Eagles are a lot slower and I don't think they'd bother trying to chase a bird. Fingers crossed for him!

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Little update: We set a live trap, he chewed his way out of after eating all the Zupreem inside. Then he stopped coming all together and we assumed he was dead. But then he showed up looking for food with two crows as company. No one's been able to catch him, he's living with crows. It's almost spring. I'm starting to think we might just have a local parrot!
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Corvids are just as bad for killing other critters as the birds of prey! Fingers crossed somebody can get him down before they do have a good go at him I can't believe he chewed his way out of the trap! What a clever/strong bird! Is the weather getting any better? He could most certainly be adapting, but I'd still have everybody trying to catch him

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There was a blue fronted conure in my neighborhood last summer. All summer it would show up around the same time to roost in a tree by my house. My father and I were trying to lure it down, but it didn't seem interested. Near the end of the summer it disappeared and we thought maybe one of the hawks got it. A few weeks later there was an add on craigslist that was for a found parrot. I contacted the person and it turned out to be the same bird (same area). She said she was feeding it all summer and just kept bringing the food source closer and closer to the entrance of her house, until the bird was eating inside and then just closed the door.

Unfortunately, without a net, these things can't be rushed. Hopefully you can lure the parrot into another trap and try to figure out where to go from there.

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Oh yes, I know all too well how dangerous corvids can be. The last lost parrot I found, a CAG, was being absolutely tormented by crows. Eventually, they buggered off long enough for me to convince her I was good people and she flew down, landed on my arm, and happily rode in the car to the emergency vet, who reunited her with her family. The vet said she was lucky to escape with her life the way the crows were chasing her.

It does indeed seem to be a waiting game with this one, so we're just continuing to put out food for the poor guy and hoping eventually he will come to trust us and we can coax him inside. I'll keep everyone posted, thanks for all the advice and support!
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Hi Ariel,

Just wondering what the outcome was regarding the lost parrot?

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He's still out there! We feed him every day and he comes while we're away, usually leaves prints and only takes the almonds and walnuts He's evaded all the traps we've set but we're getting a huge blizzard tonight so I'm leaving my insulated pet carrier out there with a hot water bottle, as well as leaving the shed door open with a blanket and another water bottle.
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Thanks for the update Ariel, it's good to know that he's still alive and a free spirit, even if he's somewhat elusive. Thank you for caring for him.

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He's a silly boy. I'm starting to doubt he'll be caught, so we are just going to keep providing for him for as long as he comes to visit. We'll be here at least another year so he's got loads of time to be elusive
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