Strays

Have you lost your parrot?

What is a stray?

A stray is an escaped captive parrot that has been found again. Unfortunately, it is not possible to trace ownership using the foot ring that some parrots wear. The South African Parrot Breeders Association does not keep track of buyers and the information on the ring is not tied to the owner. Only information recovered from a microchip can help to locate the family of the lost bird. We do encourage anyone who finds a stray parrot in their garden or home or in a public space to take it to an exotic or avian vet as soon as possible to scan for a microchip.

What can we do about strays?

Below are some of the parrots that are currently in foster care and looking for their families. These parrots often remain with the members of the public who have found them – Cheeky Beaks Rescue was just contacted to help with networking. We do not have control over these individuals or their choices when people come forward to attempt to claim the parrot.

We can only encourage these people to sign these birds over to an avian vet, a registered and SPCA approved sanctuary or the SPCA themselves, but we cannot force them to. We do our best to support and advise and raise awareness through social media, but we cannot force anyone to let strangers into their homes.

Contact us via our contact form or the details provided on each ParrotAlert and we will do our best to assist in returning your beloved parrot to you. In all cases, proof of ownership is required to claim a lost pet.

Please note that we are familiar with NSPCA legislation and collaborate with them in the cases of strays that are found by members of our team, so that these birds can be housed by approved sanctuaries on a more long-term basis. 

Stray birds that we have been alerted to by members of the public/volunteers that asked us to help network

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