Not Turquiose Parrots but more cockatiels

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Subject: Not Turquiose Parrots but more cockatiels
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 15:51:13 +1000
Who's letting all their cockatiels go?

A friend found a near-dying and harrassed by noisy minors cockatiel in Paddington, Sydney, which I agreed to look after. I put posters all over Paddington 5 ways advertising a found pet cockatiel. Within days, I got about 6 different callers all of whom had lost a cockatiel in the Paddington, Edgecliff, Rose Bay, Bondi Junction area. None of which was the actual owner of this particular cockatiel. Apparently they have a habit of just taking off. You can have a very tame, human-bonded pet cockatiel that for years never looked like trying to make a break for it, despite opportunity, until one day it suddenly just takes the bolt through an open window. The previously placid nature of the bird makes their owners complacent, I guess, and escapes very frequent. The avian vet in Alexandria reckons they get about 500 metres before running out of puff (and thence eaten by a cat, raven or currawong).

The bird eventually went to a good home in Double Bay.



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