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Photo of a parakeet at a backyard bird feeder

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 at 7:12 am in Escaped pet birds, Exotic wildlife, Parakeet.


Dear Gary:
I saw a parakeet at our backyard bird feeder! Where in the heck did it come from? Will it be OK? It flew off with a bunch of house finches.
Lisa, Oakland

Dear Lisa:
It came from where all loose parakeets come from … it escaped from somebody’s cage or aviary.

Feral parakeets are pretty common, actually. Someone is always letting parakeets fly around free in their house and then leaving a door or window open when they shouldn’t. ZIP, and the parakeet is now flying free with our local wild birds.

When parakeets occur naturally in the wild, they fly in flocks, so parakeets that escape locally will usually team up with flocks of our local wild birds. I’ve seen them with house sparrows, house finches and blackbirds. Most area backyards have bird seed feeders, so there’s plenty to eat and life can be pretty good for a lost parakeet. They learn the ropes of surviving from the sparrows or finches they fly around with.

If you’re interested in trying to find the bird’s lost humans, check with the Feathered Follies store in Lafayette:

They specialize in exotic birds like parakeets, parrots, etc., and keep a list of lost and found birds. They also can advise on ways you MIGHT (or might not) be able to catch the bird.

In any event, our Bay Area climate is moderate and I’ve known of parakeets that have lived around here in the wilds for years, so enjoy your visitor. /Gary

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5 Responses to “Photo of a parakeet at a backyard bird feeder”

  1. BHF Says:

    A couple of years ago I saw a parakeet similar to this one with a flock of finches in the parking lot at Cosco in Concord. It was quite a site to see.

  2. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Gary, There was a parakeet in my backyard (at the base of the feeder) a few months ago. My son brought her in, and when we couldn’t find the owner, our family increased by one. Was this the right thing to do? I just assumed that they couldn’t live outdoors…..had to be kept out of drafts etc. I’ve already been stressing about my cold house in the winter…..I suppose I don’t need to worry after all! (She’s staying in though! :-)


  3. Maggie Says:

    Hi Pat,

    Thank you for rescuing the little budgie! (parakeet is a generic term used by pet stores). Budgerigars are native to Australia. It’s important that the budgie eat more than just seed. Please visit where you can learn a lot about how to care for your bird. We also offer FREE bird care classes around the Bay Area. Also, budgies do much better if they have at least one other budgie friend, so consider adopting another one from Mickaboo or your local shelter and then get the biggest cage you can afford with no more than 1/2″ bar spacing.

    Maggie, Mickaboo volunteer

  4. Pat in Antioch Says:

    Hi Maggie, I wish I’d known about you sooner….I did purchase another bird (Casey) to keep Danny company. They’re really sweet together! If possible, I’d love to “talk” to you. My email is
    I’ll also look for you at mickaboo!


  5. Parakeet Tricks Says:

    it looks cute Gary! is that an actual pic of the Parakeet? Maybe it came just for a visit because you have a beautiful house. :)

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