Missing Bird

Birds not used to free flight will generally only travel about 200 metres before they tire out, so make sure you check locally for the first 3-4 days.

  • Send a Facebook message to the QLPR.  Please include:
    •   a photo of your bird
    •    where it went missing from
    • when it went missing
    • details of any leg rings, identifying features
    • a contact telephone number
    • any other relevant information
    • Notify local vets that your bird is missing
  • Door knock your area to let your neighbours know that your bird is missing. Ask them to check their garage and any trees in the yard (including low shrubs)
  • Leave some of its favourite enticing treats around your yard and in your trees (ask your neighbours if they would also be happy to do this)
  • Talk to children in your neighbourhood as they will often notice things that adults miss
  • Register your bird on Parrot Alert
  • Place a free ad on Gumtree and on the RSPCA’s website
  • Print a poster/flyer and deliver it around your area
  • Place posters on noticeboards at shopping centres, local schools, and corner stores. Ask employees of local shops to keep an eye out too


  • Focus your energy for your bird search at dawn and dusk. Birds tend to be more vocal and active during these times. In the wild, this is when the flock is called together
  • Birds tend to get very hungry around the third day and come in for food. If they are tame they may go to just about anyone
  • Make an audio tape recording of your bird’s playful vocalisations to keep on hand and play intermittently as you are looking for the parrot
  • Keep a supply of your bird’s favourite and treats foods to entice it down. Throw the food on rooftops and place some in a cage that is placed on the roof of the house that the bird has been spotted on last
  • Gather several pillowcases or travel carriers to loan to the search team that is looking for your bird. Sometimes recovery is made by an inexperienced person who is afraid of being bitten. Your bird may also feel "spooked" and need to be restrained
  • Use water hoses to temporarily weigh the bird down if spotted. Most captive birds are out of shape and unable to sustain flight with the extra water weight. Be sure to not drench the bird in the evening unless you are sure you can catch it
  • Contact all bird and animal rescue organisations within an 80km radius
  • Prepare a flyer to give to all the neighbourhood children. It should have a picture of your bird, along with its name and a list of the words it recognises. Offer reward money for anyone who locates the bird. Neighbourhood children are often aware if someone holding the bird captive and may report it to the search committee, especially if reward money is involved.
  • If spotted, have someone keep watch of it at all times
  • Ask friends and family within at least an 80km radius to keep an eye out for found bird advertisements
  • When a roosting bird is found near or after dark, catch it after the sun has set. Birds don’t want to fly in darkness. Use a spotlight or flashlight to temporarily blind the bird while another person uses a net to grab it
  • Try to keep the search as low key as possible. It may be harder to coax a bird in if there are crowds of unfamiliar people around