• Species: Cockatiel (See species list for details)
  • Location: Norwalk, Connecticut, United States 06850
  • Date Lost: March 20, 2011
  • Banded: Yes
  • Microchipped: No
  • Contact Person: Daniel Gravereaux
  • Phone Number: 203-xxx-xxxx

Hi Karen,
Many thanks for your email.  We have our cockatiel back.

Miraculously, we were called by the Wilton Animal Hospital that the Wilton
Animal Shelter had received a cockatiel from a local person.  The cockatiel
landed on his shoulder and he notified the shelter.  And we went over there with
pictures to confirm we were the owner and we now have our bird back.

Some interesting stats.  The bird flew rapidly past me as I opened the kitchen
door around 4 pm. She flew straight up, about 400-500 feet.  Then hit a wind
current and she  flew far, going out of sight about a half mile away.   I Drove
and  searched and called her for about 2 hours.   But no bird. The temperature
was near freezing, and it snowed at night.  Two days later, she landed on a
man’s shoulder.  This was about 8 miles away.  So, the bird had been outside,
below freezing both nights, flew 8 miles and she survived.

My wife had notified the local animal shelters and the veterinarians that handle
birds the morning after the bird “flew the coop”.

The only problem we had at the Animal shelter was that we needed to confirm that
it was our cockatiel.  The photo did it. So everyone should take a photo of
their birds and also record the banding number and color.  It’s the proof needed
by the animal shelter folks.


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