Changed Bird

by Steph
(Western Australia)

A year and a half ago, a Red Collared Lorikeet flew into our life. It was attracted by a caged bird we were looking after at the time, and was easy to catch by simply reaching out.

The bird was obviously human oriented as loved to share time with us, was affectionate while not finger trained or liking being touched. We watched the papers for a add re. a lost bird, but nothing was forth coming so we decided to keep it.

The bird has been a great attraction to customers at our boarding kennels, enter acting with all. It was a real sweet bird.

A door was not clipped correctly and the bird got out. It came to my call the next morning, but even with bobbing up and down up in a large tree (dance cocky) above my head, it would not come down as was with a flock of wild Galas.

We put a add in the paper. It was found and returned to us a very different bird. Timid, untrusting hides behind toys in the cage, etc.

This bird was lost once before, that's how we got it. It was happy and friendly from the start. No apparent shock from being lost the first time, but not so this time. It was starting to molt when lost. Could that or some other human interaction caused such a change in the bird that had been so OK after being lost the first time?

It was flying free for 3 days, then landed on a apartment balcony some 10km away. It was caught by seabird rescue and returned to us 2 days later. I gather the catching was not easy as it flew into the apartment and was chased about for a bit before being caught. It was not fed correctly after being caught. Was fluffed and sad when I got to it.

It has to be the same bird as there are no Lorikeets wild here, and the chances of 2 such birds being lost in the same area is very remote.


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Jun 23, 2011
re changed bird
by: steph

The bird was not sick. Should have said I was writing 2 weeks after the event.

I was interested if anyone knew bird behavior well enough to say if trauma could cause this, and to help us help the bird if poss.

She is starting to come around, but still just a shadow of the friend she once was.


Jun 15, 2011
Changed Bird
by: Linda

New birds of any kind and especially rescues have to be examined by an Avian Vet as quickly as is possible. There are many diesases and parasites carried by wild birds, and I think your bird is sick. Lack of good nutrition has some to do with it, but I'd have her examined by Avian Vet in your driving area because nine times out of ten, rescues are sick and in need of medical services.

Thanks for writing and let us know what avian vet has to say about her and send picture when you can.


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