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How Get a Pet Bird From a Tree

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Treats

  • Bird cage

  • Familiar birds

  • Bowl of bird food

  • Hose

Despite your most conscientious efforts, at some point, your pet bird may escape. Birds of all types and sizes can find their way outside, either through an open window or a door that is not closed all the way. When this happens, the first thing to do is remain calm and look for your bird. If you find your bird in a tree, it likely wants to return to you, but is probably too afraid. Luckily, there are a few ways you can successfully retrieve your bird without injury.

Use a Ladder

Situate a friend or family member your bird is familiar with underneath the tree, where your bird can see him. Have this person talk to the bird calmly. This will help calm your bird and help prevent it from flying farther from you.

Climb the tree to retrieve your bird. If you cannot climb the tree, send someone the bird knows. Sending a stranger can be frightening and your bird may take flight to get away. Ladders are an option; however, a ladder can be frightening to your bird, so use it with care.

Take a treat with you. This can help encourage the bird to come to you.

Familiar Birds

Place your bird’s cage on the ground outside where it can see it. This is most successful if there are other birds in the cage your bird will recognize. Make sure the cage is closed securely.

Place a bowl of food near the cage.

Talk calmly to your bird to coax it out of the tree and down to the other birds.


  • Do not chase an escaped bird. This will only instill more fear and cause your bird to fly further away.

    Trim your bird’s flight feathers to help prevent the bird from going too far. Trimming will need to be performed regularly.