Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are you missing a bird?


So, a reader just spotted this bird outside his window on East Second Street apartment (between First Avenue and Second Avenue).

Per the reader: "Bird seemed quite agitated and freaked out, but with the help of a neighbor we were able to get the bird inside and are now trying to find its owner/what to do with it. It does have an identification band on its right leg, but I couldn't quite make out what it said on it."

Anyone?

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16 comments:

Melanie said...

What a cutee!!The band may just signify where the bird originally came from--ie breeder. I don't believe it is a tag which names his owner.

troyst83 said...

From a friend who is a bird owner: "That's an ecclectus (SP?) a very sweet, quiet breed of bird. Female (males are Christmas green). If it's outside you should let it in. Read up on their diet: fruits and juices I think. Poster the pet stores And the owner will show up. That is much more rare than Chloe."

SpragueD said...

"Bird seemed quite agitated and freaked out, but... we were able to get the bird inside" You know you're in the East Village when...

Anonymous said...

I just want to take the time to compliment the reader who took this bird in. You are really great to do that. I am sure the bird's owner, who is probably freaking out right now, will be happy that you cared enough to take care of the little guy or girl. :)

Stiggly Holistics said...

that's my back yard! :) good luck finding her home.... x

Marion said...

I think this bird may be a Cardinal Lory because of the beak color. The female Eclectus beak is black. If your bird is a Lorie, it needs a very special diet of nectar. Many nectar formulas are now easily available in a liquid or powdery form. Also, you can make it from: lactose-free baby cereal, honey, and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, with the addition of wheatgerm if desired, made fresh once or twice daily; fruit once or twice daily: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, papaya, mango, kiwi and bananas; one or more of: carrots, fresh corn on the cob or unsalted tinned sweet corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, dandelion, sowthistle or chickweed; rearing food made from hard boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency.

Anonymous said...

Oh no... I accidentally kicked this bird last week (Wednesday?)... It was late in the evening and the bird must have been hurt, because it was on the sidewalk, in front of a bar on 1st Ave, near 1st St. I didn't see it while walking, but after the unfortunate kick, pedestrians helped catch the bird and we asked around who it belonged to. I thought someone said the bird's owner lived on 1st Ave and 2nd St, but apparently the owner wasn't found or the bird escaped again. So sad :-(

Kathryn said...

Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn (Kensington area) handles exotics. They have licensed folks and access to a bird sanctuary if the owner can't be found. I highly recommend contacting them to identify the breed and see if they can help.

Chris said...

Hey everyone,
I'm the guy who found the bird initially, so thank you all for your comments, advice, and info. My neighbor who helped me get the bird inside has found out from their dog's Vet that it is in fact a Cardinal Lory, so it is good we know that officially. No one has stepped up yet on ownership, but we're about to put fliers up in the neighborhood and see what pops up.
My neighbor also was referred to a bird store in Manhattan who gave her some food to feed the bird, and some info on caring for it for the time being. They have also stated that if no owner shows up, and neither of us wants to keep the bird longer term, they will graciously take it since they apparently have other Lories.
I'll update this post, hopefully with some good news on a worried owner who now has their bird back... OR, a bird who has a new owner who will take better care and help this beautiful bird live a long healthy life. I have to say this bird seemed very intelligent and at one point even seemed to be playing a game with me, so fingers crossed it turns out well.

Thanks again for the info and kind words.
- Chris

pluto said...

A closer hospital would be St. Marks on E.9th Street. Dr. Haddock, the owner, specializes in exotic avian care. Phone is 212-4772688. They are open 8 AM to 8 PM M-to Friday. Sat-Sun 9AM to 5PM. Good luck and thanks for your humanity.

Anonymous said...

Another choice is to (please) take this bird to The Center For Avian and Exotic Medicine on 88th and Columbus. They are completely equipped to provide the medical attention that the bird needs. It most likely is dehydrated and will need fluids and probably some minor medical attention for stress. Birds sicken fairly quickly if they are not treated, so please consider bringing the bird there.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, anon 7:16 PM
Great idea, because I'm sure that stuffing the bird in a box and carting into a 200 degree subway station for a 5 mile jaunt won't dehydrate or stress the bird in the least.

Any good vet anywhere that treats birds can handle a checkup on this bird.

spottydog said...

good for you on getting him in. he was outside my window on my neighbor' fire escape squalking away for about an hour on the afternoon of 7/25. i live on 3rd st bet 1&2 so we no doubt share the same courtyard. i tried to coax him in with some carrots but he wouldn't come in. it's better that you got him as my dog is a bird dog by genetics and it might've been a disaster if i did get him in.

if you haven't found his owner yet i suggest you go to the pet supply store "whiskers" on 9th st off of 2nd ave. they'll help you with food and maybe put you in touch with the "pet bird community"(i'm sure there is one: rescue groups, bird specialty stores, afficianado groups, etc). if you need a vet, i suggest east village vet (dr moscovich). he's reasonably priced and a great vet and also might be able to help with finding the owner.

i'm involved a bit with the dog community so i might have a few more ideas. if you need help, post it and we'll figure out a way to get in touch. either way, good luck and keep us posted.

Hayne said...

He's a lorikeet and I can't believe he is still so close. He got spooked and flew, he NEVER flies, into the trees in the park behind 2nd St. Very high up, I called to him, and he called back for days, to have had someone go up the tree would have spooked into flying further away. Had to go to a doc's appointment and when I got back, he was no longer calling out. When I stopped calling, he must have tried to get to where I was and got stuck on the fire escape of one of the buildings on 2nd St. I walked around everywhere, he would have called back. He won't let anyone touch him but me, so I assumed that he had just flown far away. He is a red Lorikeet, eats fruit, nectar and special Lorikeet food. But he loves dog and cat food as well, total clown. I can be reached at 646.734.4782.

faces said...

we're gonna need pics of the reunion!

Anonymous said...

I am sure the rescuer has thought of this already but if someone claims the bird you should get them to prove ownership. Pictures and maybe a contact at the vet where this bird is treated so you can confirm this person really does own the bird. Even if you do find the rightful owner I am concerned this person might not be the most responsible owner. How did this bird ever get outside?