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I’ve heard about many pet birds that have been ‘released’ or ‘freed’, and every time I hear this my heart breaks a bit more.
Most stories I’ve heard are people who have ‘accidentally’ left the cage open; the noise or care became too much for them, and leaving the cage open was easier than finding a new home.
Perhaps even more sadly is people letting birds go with the best intentions – thinking the bird deserved freedom and to live in the wild with other birds – not realising they probably wouldn’t survive.
Released pet birds face many life-threatening challenges: they do not know how to survive; finding food, shelter, avoiding and escaping predators, or simply dealing with weather. Many of these things are learned from their parents and not instinct. .
Then there’s the risk posed to wildlife. Captive birds may carry disease which can then be transferred to wild populations.
Instead of feeling sorry for birds, we need to encourage people to make the best of the circumstances; provide the best and most natural life possible, or seek help if they are unable to provide this.
What else can be done? Adopting and rescuing instead of funding breeders and bird mills. And we need to stop breeding pet birds while so many need homes.
Enriching a bird’s life includes providing mental and physical stimulation: foliage, branches, opportunity to forage, fly, play and flock.