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BTT: Outdoor Freeflight Training Parrots


We get so many questions regarding outdoor freeflight parrot training, we decided to finally answer all these questions in one video – while flying our camelot macaws Comet and Tusa in Bermuda!

Why do we even risk taking our birds outside just to watch them fly?

Why don’t we offer a DVD series teaching people how to do this with their birds?

How do we train the birds to do it?

What about predators?

Have we ever lost a bird?

And much more… plus, you get to have Comet and Tusa entertain you throughout this video with their antics.

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We get so many questions regarding outdoor freeflight parrot training, we decided to finally answer all these questions in one video – while flying our camelot macaws Comet and Tusa in Bermuda!

Why do we even risk taking our birds outside just to watch them fly?

Why don’t we offer a DVD series teaching people how to do this with their birds?

How do we train the birds to do it?

What about predators?

Have we ever lost a bird?

And much more… plus, you get to have Comet and Tusa entertain you throughout this video with their antics.

For more freeflight videos, and our documentary on freeflight training parrots, check out the Freedom of Flight and our other freeflight videos on youtube.

19 comments


  • Really great video. Lots of great information for those following this week. The ultimate bird owner experience, I love to see my birds fly and play in the wind, and return to me when I call. The relationship with my birds moved to a very special level once we started flight training, we have a closeness and trust that almost feels spiritual. Thanks to Dave and Jamie for their help and continued advice on flight training maintenance with my birds. Looking forward to next year’s free flight trip already.

    Chris Armstrong on

  • Hi, I am happy you put this video on and I want to flight train my birds but I have the problem of Red-tailed hawks in my area which one time came down after a new puppy we just got but realized it could not get her Well, last week I almost lost my 9mon old Umbrella Cockatoo Kiji. I did post this story to your FB page, but as it goes I always put a flight suit on her with a leash and thought I had the leash wrapped around my left arm. I was going to take her for a ride in the car and opening the door startled her and she went to fly off and I thought I had her but then she kept on flying up and landed in my neighbors tree. I was frantic and tried calling her down because she will come to me in the house from her cage or house perches, but she just looked down at me and fluffed her feathers as to say I am staying right here. The fire department would not help me but I was lucky enough to have a neighbor with a huge ladder who climbed up the tree and was able to get hold of her leash. I was so happy to have her back down and my greatest fear was the hawks that hang around and scared to death they would get her. I have your other training tapes, but I am going to get your flight training tapes if you have them. Thank you again. (I wish I could have you both visit to help with my little flock, but I live too far away)

    Denise Zmijewski Bunch on

  • Hi guys, again a great video and a lot of fun to watch!

    What also might be a very informative (and maybe life saving) topic is something about bird diseases and how you would handle a sick bird.
    I’ve already been looking up a lot of information about this topic because one of my Lorikeets is sick for at least half a year now (she keeps retching after eating her food), but I found out that I knew very little about diseases amongst parrots until one of them got sick and I started researching.
    In most cases this might be too late to rescue the bird.
    Not a fun topic to talk about but (I think) incredibly important.
    Thanks again for the video’s!

    Tom on

  • Thank you Dave and Jamie for the information great help look forward to your next video.

    Randall Miller on

  • Have to tell you both how much I enjoy your videos, and all the info you pass along!! I really look forward to the Tuesday sessions.
    My husband and I have most of your training videos. (We have a patagonian conure and an indian ringneck.) I also have the cookbook- it’s so helpful to get different ideas! (most of the stuff in my freezer is for the birds-lol)
    My son recently gave us an awesome surprise… he purchased a baby african grey for us! (We don’t get her home until the end of July) we are so excited!! It’s going to be so much fun using the methods we’ve learned from you, this is the first time we have had a baby bird!! We are always checking out information on your blog as well, to do research on the right way to do things! We think by using the clicker right from the start, she’ll be a happy bird.
    Keep up the great work!
    Lynn

    Lynn Murray on

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