Can Parrots Find Their Way Home?

Parrots find their way back home provided that they are well-trained and happy in their coop!

It is exceptionally uncommon for parrots to lose their way back home.

According to a report by discover magazine, parrots and other migratory creatures often lose their way back home.

However, they find their homes within three days of flying away, with some returning after the sunset. 

Here’s what you’re going to discover in this article

  • Do parrots know their way back home? (Answered in detail)
  • Do parrots have a homing instinct?
  • How do you find your lost parrot?

Lots to cover!

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Do Parrots Know Their Way Back Home?


There are myriads of parrots out there.

Each of them has been gifted with an extraordinary super sense that helps them identify and navigate through precise locations from one corner of the planet to the other.  

So, this means no matter how far your feathered friend goes, after some time, it definitely returns! 

But the main question is, why does your parrot fly away from their aviary in the first place? 

Parrots fly away from their home for various reasons.

Maybe your little companion needs food, love, or it just wants to fly freely out in the open and admire the beautiful sights surrounding it. 

That’s why it’s important to allow your parrot some out of cage time

Have a read of my article – How long should a parrot be out it’s cage?

I go into much detail about letting your parrot roam around free in the house and the precautions you need to take before you let them out of the cage


It’s normal for parrots to leave their homes.

While wild parrots wander confidently as far as 30 miles away, pet parrots don’t fly for this long as they are raised in confinement and rarely exposed to the clouds for flying freely.

Tamed parrots are like infants dependent on their owners and can’t stay alone for long periods. 

Being parrot owners, you must ensure your pet parrot is tamed enough to return home safely.

Take your parrot regularly on walks.

Make it familiar to the outskirts of your home, so it can track back home with the help of the landmarks and sounds that it has been observing daily. 

Imagine your parrot flies away really far and wants to come back home.

If the poor parrot is unaware of its home from the outside, how will it relocate it?

That’s why acquainting your parrots with their homes and surroundings hold immense significance when it comes to parrots returning home safe and sound.  

This is entirely up to you allowing your parrot to freely roam outside

I would advise on keeping your parrot indoors and allowing them to roam around in the house

If you do want your parrot to have some freedom outside and want to make sure it’s safe

It would be a good idea to have a big aviary so your parrot can experience the outdoors but they’re safe

Want to build an aviary?

Check out this guide “how to build an aviary

You’ll learn in depth how to build an awesome aviary!

Do Parrots Have a Homing Instinct?

Pet parrots are not naturally armed with strong homing instincts.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t capable of developing homing instincts. 

If you give them proper attention, care and love, no matter how far your feathered friend wanders, it will always return to home, to you! 

Treat your parrot like your family member.

Interact with your birdie.

Sometimes, sit by the cage to tell your bird that you are here for them.

Let your little companions freely roam around the house.

Check out my article – How much time should I spend with my parrot?

Take good care of its diet.

Fill up their food bowls multiple times a day.

Feed them with your own hands – that is even better!

Get new toys to play with but make sure to familiarize your parrot with the new toy. 

You can even teach your parrot funny things to say!

Check out my article – 7 funny things to teach your parrot to say

Being a parrot owner, it is your responsibility to treat your parrot such that it feels home.

Negligence on your part will destroy this homing instinct of your parrot. 

Will you be willing to return to a place where you are not comfortable or welcomed?

Be considerate.

Treat your parrots the same way you want to be treated. 

Your parrot loves you so make sure you love your parrot back (Which I’m sure you do)

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Now if your parrot has flown away and has not come back

How do you find your bird?

Let’s find out what you can do

How Do You Find a Lost Parrot?

Do not panic!

If your parrots get lost, call your friends for help.

Hunting in pairs is ideal in this scenario.

It is advisable to carry your search in groups rather than alone.

The next thing you and other searchers are supposed to do is “LISTEN”.

Walk around your neighborhood calling his name and listen carefully if it responds. 

If your bird retorts to any particular sound like a bell or something then use that, it might lure him back to that sound.

Your parrot might show up to get its food supplies so just move the cage outside in the yard or on the roof, and fill it up with his favorite food.

If you have completely lost track of your feathered friend then print gazillions of posters with your pet’s picture, your contact details and the word “REWARD”.

Spread these posters as much as possible and also make use of social media forums to spread the news of your lost parrot.

Pet parrot is like your own child, could you leave your child on the streets alone?

Be persistent with your search and do not lose hope even if a few days have passed.

Wrapping Up 

Pet parrots always find their way back home provided you feed them properly and on time, spend time with them – interacting, and playing. 

It is also essential for you to make your feathered friend familiar with your neighborhood so if and when it gets lost, it gets back home without any difficulty. 

Always keep your parrot in sight.

Keep a solid track of your parrot’s whereabouts and you are good to go.

Despite all this, if your parrot gets lost, do not panic!

Try all the possible ways to retrieve your lost friend.

Usually, lost birds are found after months and years so you should not give up on your search. 

Finding a lost parrot can be hard, especially when you share a deep connection with it, but if you stay calm, optimistic and put all your efforts then there is a high chance of getting it back. 

My personal advice would be to keep your parrot indoors

That way they are safe

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