I might add to all this that if the bird is hanging
around but refuses to go in a cage or allow itself to be caught, a
Have-A-Heart chipmunk trap may do the trick. This is a small live trap.
We recaptured a hawk headed parrot with
one. With this sized bird, which is roughly the same size as a Timneh
anything larger will not work because the bird can go in and out with
impunity. We know this from experience. After watching in total
as the hawk head repeatedly walked in and out of a Have-A-Heart squirrel
trap to eat, we got a chipmunk trap. She went in, she was caught.
Place the trap high in the area the bird is frequenting. Remember that
height equals safety to parrots and most other birds. Be sure to check
frequently. If the bird is caught, it may panic. And, there is a good
chance you will catch native birds, which won't appreciate it a
I have released a few extremely irate grackles and such.
For little birds, such as lovebirds and budgies, a sparrow trap works
We had a black-masked lovebird show up at the aviary. I suppose it was
attracted by our birds' calls. Given that lovebirds can carry PBFD, to
which all our birds are very susceptible, two vets told me to get a
gun. I didn't have the heart to do it. But, I caught him in a sparrow
within a half hour after I set it.
Finally, a hose does work, but don't be shy. The idea is to totally soak
the bird in a big hurry to the extent that it can't fly. If you're shy
the hose, you will simply watch a damp bird fly away.
Note from Gary Miller (STARescue)
If you are going to teach your bird to talk, what better way to safeguard
your feathered friend than teaching him or her your telephone number or address.