Have you ever wished you could get a wild bird to perch on your finger? While it may seem hard to earn their trust, there are ways to achieve it.
With the right knowledge and patience, you will be able to befriend a wild bird in no time. So, let’s get started and learn how to tame a wild bird. Who knows? It might just be your next best friend.
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Guide to Tame a Wild Bird
Before you start with your bird-taming journey, it’s important to know that not all wild birds can be tamed. For instance, those that are raised by their parents or have little to no interaction with humans can be more challenging or can’t be tamed at all.
So, don’t get frustrated if you encounter a bird that’s difficult to tame, some birds are just not trusting enough with humans. You can consider these steps to tame a wild bird:
Step 1: Observe them from afar
Like any animal, birds need to know they can trust you. But how do you get a bird to trust you?
A lot of people make the mistake of interacting right away with wild birds. As a result, instead of letting the birds come to them, they end up scaring them.
So, what should you do? Let them be at first and observe them from afar. Learn about their routines and the food they enjoy eating. Try to understand their body language to better communicate with them in the future.
Step 2: Make your presence known
Once you know their habits, you can start letting your presence known. But don’t get too close right away. Stay at a safe distance to give them enough space and to become comfortable with your presence.
Once you feel the birds have started getting acquainted with you, slowly walk near them. Try to be as quiet as possible, and don’t make any loud sounds or unexpected movements, as this may scare them away.
Step 3: Get their attention
As they get more comfortable, you can start moving closer. Talk to them with a calm voice or get their attention with a soft whistle.
Offer food to encourage the birds to get near you. Start by scattering the food on the ground or by using a bird feeder. Soon, you can put the food on your hands and let them feed from it.
Helpful Tips for Taming a Wild Bird
1. Offer the right food
During the observation stage, you’ll get to know which type of food these birds love. Most wild birds love seeds and fruits, while there are some that prefer insects and nuts.
It’s important that you offer the right food, so they’ll always come back to you. If you think that they enjoy different types of feeds, make sure to give them variety. They will not only enjoy them, but they will also get all the right nutrients.
2. Be consistent
Consistency is the key. Make sure you interact with the birds regularly. Being consistent with your actions will help create a strong bond with the birds. This will show them that they can trust you and that they can rely on you.
3. Keep a harmonious relationship
Over time, you’ll develop a good relationship with the birds. Maintain it by not breaking their trust and constantly following your routine.
Give them lots of attention and be thoughtful. Show appreciation by giving compliments and praises every time they do something good.
Also, remember to respect their space. Not because you’ve gained their trust you have the right to invade their space and time anytime you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to tame a bird?
There’s no definite time when it comes to taming a bird since not all birds are the same. But it could take a couple of days, weeks or even months. It could take longer to tame a scared bird that’s parent raised.
This is why it is important that in the first few days, you focus on earning their trust and learning about their body language. Also, it’s a continuous process, you need to be patient and if you’re successful, it’s really a rewarding experience.
Once you’ve mastered it, you’d be able to befriend any wild bird or even tame a bird that bites.
Can you keep a wild bird as a pet?
Keeping a wild bird as a pet is still a debatable topic. In the United States, it’s illegal to own a wild bird. If you’re caught keeping a wild native bird, you can be convicted of a felony.
However, in some countries depending on the species, they may allow some wild birds to be kept as pets. To be sure, it’s always best to visit the local wildlife conservation office in your area to get advice.
How can you get a wild bird to land on you?
Getting a wild bird to land on you can be a bit challenging. However, once you’ve gained their trust and they’re used to your presence you have a better chance of getting a wild bird to fly to you.
You can start by offering food in a container and holding it out for them. They would be more comfortable feeding in a container than your hands at first. Also, they may feel safer if they’re not too close to you at first.
Just continue doing it, until the birds feel comfortable enough to land on you and feed directly in your hands. Soon, you’ll not only be able to get them to land on you but also hold a wild bird.
Is it hard to tame a parrot?
While these talking birds are highly intelligent, you might think that it would be easier to tame a parrot than any other bird. However, it can still take a few days or months to tame a parrot.
The length of time to tame and train them would also depend on where they come from. For instance, parrots that were abused or rescued might take longer to gain their trust. So more patience is needed.
One thing to remember when it comes to taming a parrot is giving them positive reinforcements instead of punishing them when they do something wrong. A tame parrot is also easier to train if you want to teach them how to speak.
Now that you know how to tame a wild bird, are you ready to make friends with these lovely creatures in your yard? It may seem like a lot of work and can be frustrating at first. But don’t give up, in the end, all your hard work will pay off.
However, always keep in mind that the majority of these birds are not meant to be kept as pets. So no matter how cute they are, stop yourself from putting them inside a cage and treating them as pets.
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