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Old 06-27-2013, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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This is the strangest thing I've ever seen. Do parrots and other birds bond with their humans to the point of being able to fly free and return?

Pet parrot flies along with lady on a scooter. [VIDEO]
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Wow!! Thanks for sharing that.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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That's pretty cool. I used to work at a Parrot Avairy and the owner had a big blue and gold who was injured long before he aquired him, so the bird could not really fly. But he did ride on the quad to check on the spring and gates.
It is not typical for a parrot to be this attached, but they can be, it's just really rare.
There are many videos on YouTube of Tui, an African Grey, he was a flighted parrot and he flew away never to be seen again. The grey was rather young and that may have been a factor. The parrot in the posted video could be several decades old.
And it's hard to tell, but it looks like it is a Conure.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I am fairly certain it is a Sun Conure.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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This is the strangest thing I've ever seen. Do parrots and other birds bond with their humans to the point of being able to fly free and return?
Seems a little extreme in this case, but sure.

And yes that's a Sun Conure.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:58 AM
 
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That is pretty neat, but I would worry about the birds safety. I would worry about predator birds swooping down on it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:11 AM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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When I had my lilac crowned Amazon his wings were clipped. But I would "walk" him in the neighborhood by putting him on the ground/sidewalk and we'd walk our corner lot. He would follow me by my side faithfully. If I got one step ahead he would stand still, squalk and wait for me to back up to him and then we'd continue along. It was great for his nail maintenence and he got some exercise, and got out in nature where I could still look after his safety.
Sometimes the neighborhood kids would see us and trail along.
I felt like the pied-piper. I sure wish back then I had the foresight to take pictures. Fond memories.
I'm sure the bird in the video has imprinted with the women. Just like the story of the man and his cranes. Remember that story?
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:01 AM
 
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Thumbs up Lol...

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This is the strangest thing I've ever seen. Do parrots and other birds bond with their humans to the point of being able to fly free and return?

Pet parrot flies along with lady on a scooter. [VIDEO]
When I lived in Corvallis, Oregon, a long time ago, I saw a guy leaving his apt and watched as a pet
pigeon flew overhead and followed him to the grocery store. It perched on a telephone pole until he
came out them it followed him home. It was amazing...all I could do was clap. I went to his apt and
told him how cool I thought it was. Seems he found the fledgling pigeon on the ground and they just
totally bonded. I loved it...
Koale
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: so cal
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Letting any captive exotic bird fly free outdoors is foolish. I remember back in about 1986 there was a couple who would bring a collection of their parrots to Dana Point Harbor. They were all unclipped and uncaged. I had already been breeding and selling birds for years and knew this was a bad idea.
Well one afternoon sure enough the man let one of his blue and gold macaws fly. Almost immediately a couple of crows appeared and began dive bombing it. The macaw climbed higher and higher into the sky to escape and eventually disapeared above the cliffs over the harbor. Quite a loss.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: somewhere down the crazy river
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I'd never try that with any of our birds. We've been lucky. We once walked outside and our cockatiel was on Mr. Augusta's head, but Donald just stayed put. I did the same thing once with our lovebird.

We wouldn't chance it; too risky!
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