Lost & Found BirdsThis page is for anyone in Arizona who has lost or found a parrot. We will try hard to help you either reunite with your bird or to find the owner of the one(s) you have found. Please e-mail us at admin(at)tarafoundation(dot)com with details on any lost or found birds, and we'll put your information on our site within, normally, a day of receiving it. (Please do NOT send info as an attachment.) Please also e-mail Mary Boger at mary2441(at)cox(dot)net or contact her by phone (829-8756) to let her know about lost and found birds. She'll send out a notice to her e-mail list and will also post notices on the birdhotline.
If you've lost a bird we'd urge you to do several things, besides having us put up a listing: 1) Walk around your neighborhood—lost birds generally don't go very far; 2) Place an ad in the classifieds in the Arizona Daily Star (or your local daily paper if you're not in the Tucson metro area) as well as craigslist.org (under "pets" in their "community" section); 3) Check the ads in those places every day; 4) Put up flyers around your neighborhood; 5) Go door to door asking about your bird; 6) Don't give up — you have at least a fair chance of finding your bird if you do all of these things. (We just took down our two recent "lost bird" listings [from March] because, by doing the above, both owners found their birds.)
Please spread the word about this site. Our links page lists a few other sites that will help you find your lost bird or find the owners of birds you've found.
Lost birdsSeptember 18, 2009—Congo African Grey (baby), lost in Phoenix near 35th Avenue & Loop 101. Please call 623-399-5508 or 623-204-7413 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any info.
July 12, 2008—White Fronted Amazon, lost near 22nd & Country Club. Please call 730-9209 with any info.
June 28, 2008—Normal Grey Cockatiel, lost in southeast Tucson. Please call 271-7769 with any info.
February 19, 2008—Sun Conure, lost in Pearce, AZ. Please call 520-609-5070 with any info.
December 10, 2007—Scarlet Macaw & Military Macaw, stolen from a home on the west side of Tucson near Silverbell. The scarlet is a 7-year-old male in good feather. Please call 609-2889 with any info.
November 8, 2007—Normal Grey Cockatiel, near I-17 & Greenway in Phoenix. If found, call 602-866-3995 or e-mail lcarp(at)cox(dot)net.
November 7, 2007—"Red Throated" Conure lost in Hereford, AZ. Call 520-378-0773 if found.
October 3, 2007—Timneh African Grey, near 33rd Ave. & Bethany Home in Phoenix. Three years old with very distinctive feet: no toe nails and a couple of deformed toes. If found, call 480-227-5930.
August 2007—Lineolated Parakeet (aqua/turquoise bird with black barring on her tail/wings) lost on West Side. Reward for her safe return. Please e-mail parrotsrfun(at)cox(dot)net.
September 1, 2006—Stolen Birds—Congo Grey (Sequoia, 13 years old, talks, fully feathered at time of abduction) and Blue & Gold Macaw (Baby, 18 years old with only half a wing on one side, not a friendly bird). Reward offered. Birds can be turned into Valley Animal Hospital or OK Feed with no questions asked, or call 520-360-1263
Found BirdsWe do not list details (normally not even the species) on medium-size and large found birds (that is, conures and larger), because, sad to say, there are unscrupulous people who falsely claim ownership of lost birds in order to obtain them and then sell them. (If you're one of the kind-hearted folks — or know anyone else who is — who will put an ad in the paper upon finding a lost bird, please do not put in any identifying information in the ad, for this reason.) We do, however, facilitate the reuniting of found birds with their companion humans. We do this by listing where and when the bird was found and the size of the bird.
When people turn in found birds to TARA, we run an ad in the daily paper for two weeks and also post information on this page. If no one claims a found bird within a month, it legally becomes an abandoned animal, and becomes the property (though we really dislike that term and what it implies) of TARA. We'll then place the bird for adoption.