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Old 09-14-2012, 08:28 PM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

Quote: Originally Posted by BillsBirds View Post
Although, I know of one African Grey that was on a perch, close to screening, and a hawk went through the screen, and grabbed the bird!
Sounds like a horror movie scene where no one or no bird is safe.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:28 PM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

I think it is relatively unlikely that a wild hawk would take a bird of a person's shoulder, but not impossible. I've heard anecdotes of it happening, but they always happened to a friend of someone someone knew... and I've never seen it documented. I would not count the bird in the video, since it was well habituated to humans.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:02 PM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

Hawks fly our area quite often and although I've seen them zone in on Amigo, they stear clear. I think because he may be a threat to them! There was one time when a hawk stationed himself on an antenna, on our garage roof, checking Amigo out, Amigo yelling at him the whole time, this was one BOLD hawk! As soon as I stepped outside, The hawk flew off. Moral of this story being, I scared him away. I've taken many, many walks with Amigo on my shoulder, have seen hawks and have never beeen approached by them.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:17 PM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

This is something I have wondered about also. A couple times when I have had Jasper out I have seen a hawk flying overhead but pretty far up. After watching the Cornell hawk cam this spring it makes me a little nervous. Pigeon seemed to be a regular meal there, I suppose because they were so abundant. I try to keep an eye out but of course with his prey eyes I notice if he sees something overhead. I suppose it would happen too quick to do alot about it. I do tease him though and call him an oversized pigeon.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:19 PM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

No your point was taken correctly just different points of view. haha
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:30 PM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

That video is scary.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:39 AM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

I would certainly refrain from taking my birds out if I were you
It is not worth the risk, tragedies like this happen so quickly.
We have had many members of the forum, losing birds due to hawks, Falcons etc, snatching their birds.

Please read Lost my little friend

Here a member mrgoogls tells the most tragic story, and warns members, against taking their birds outside.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:45 AM
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Re: Safety Question: Is he safe from hawks and crows while on shoulder outdoors?

ugh. i used to have this huge hawk who 'lived' in my back yard at my last house. i had to even keep my eye on my puppy (he was 1.4 lbs when i got him-- a chihuahua). hawks scare me. but like MonicaMc said, you can do your best to protect them, and something 'weird' can happen. (Georgie died in her own cage from a 'freak accident' after all i did to even overprotect her from harm.) I often took Georgie on her T stand on the front porch (covered) or if i took her out into the yard, i have a smaller cage for that. She can get sunshine and play outside, but be safer. I sometimes feel guilty for being overprotective because most likely these things won't happen to me but they certainly CAN happen to anyone.
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