Uncaged: Malaysian Bird Keeper Tells Us Why He Lets His Birds Fly Away

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“It’s a sense that’s exhausting to explain. Watching them fly fortunately,” said 30-year-old Syimir Ahmad Safawi when expressing the love he has for his pet birds and the wondrous world of ‘free-fly’ parrot teaching.

Sharing his Shah Alam condominium with numerous feathery friends, Syimir’s curiosity in hen preserving began all through his principal school days, the place he would uncover his atmosphere in quest of completely completely different creatures and critters.

“I’ve cherished animals, particularly birds, since I used to be just a little child. Each hen that I can catch I’ll take again residence to my mother and father,” he said, reliving how his childhood curiosity had sparked his future pursuits.

Later as an grownup (with a disposable income), Syimir made the leap within the path of turning right into a seasoned hen fanatic when he impulsively bought his first pet parrot – a teeny-tiny Peached-faced Lovebird he took to calling ‘Picit’.

Sadly, Syimir had misplaced all pictures of Picit. So listed below are two completely different cute ones for reference.
(Isaac Benhesed/Unsplash)

I found a juvenile parrot on sale and as soon as I obtained right here nearer to it, I was shocked that the hen was very tame. It immediately obtained my consideration and I decided to buy the hen. In Malay we known as it Picit which in English means squeeze. As a results of it’s very small and cute, it feels reminiscent of you should squeeze it.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

Like most parrot keepers, Syimir had fallen in love with the hen’s magnificence and persona. Being very good creatures, Syimir went on to make clear that parrots could also be primarily probably the most loyal of companions and should particular fierce affection all through interactions with homeowners.

Most people know that parrots can focus on once more to us, you presumably can see it’s like two-way communication, nonetheless it’s largely merely mimicking. Parrots have a very intelligent thoughts, they’re very clever and some people say that they’ve the ideas of a 5-year-old youngster. They’ve their very personal pondering, their very personal persona, their very personal character. Each hen could possibly be very completely completely different.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

Flying free

Having saved numerous completely completely different parrot species since 2012, Syimir is among the many many founding members of the Free Fly Parrot Malaysia Neighborhood (FFPMC), a neighborhood whose passion is to current pet birds a possibility to fly freely throughout the sky – merely as nature supposed.

The time interval free-fly, throughout the hen neighborhood, describes the movement of teaching a pet hen to fly freely outdoors. Which signifies that instead of merely having birds confined to a cage, free-fly followers repeatedly uncage their pets, allowing them to soar extreme and free in wide-open areas, sooner than coming residence to roost.

Syimir and his flock of free-fly hobbyists sending their parrots off to the sky.
(Credit rating: Hisham Noh by Syimir Ahmad Safawi)

“That is like bringing out your canine for a stroll, besides, parrots fly!” Syimir exclaimed, saying {{that a}} hen desires merely as quite a bit bodily and psychological reinforcement as us folks do.

The intention is to get the birds healthful every bodily and mentally. Identical to us, they need their practice. We should spend time partaking and interacting with them. They nonetheless reside in cages, nevertheless I enable them to out to free-fly throughout the neighbourhood and when the neighborhood will get collectively.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

Members of the FFPMC ceaselessly accumulate in an effort to let their birds share the skies, and seeing these majestic avian creatures glide effortlessly by way of the air can be a highly effective sight to behold.

Every free-fly session can last anyplace from half-hour to an hour as homeowners enthusiastically launch their birds into the air, then identify them to return and perch on their arms.

A flock of Macaws in flight.
(Credit rating: Hisham Noh by Syimir Ahmad Safawi)

Nevertheless, Syimir burdened it takes further to free-flying than merely letting birds out of cages as every birds and homeowners need the appropriate amount of teaching and experience.

“You attempt to practice them indoors first, see how they reply in the direction of you. As soon as you’ll be able to try this easily with out hesitation from the birds, then we are able to switch to outside coaching,” he said, explaining the completely completely different phases that are required sooner than a hen could also be let free to fly.

Syimir moreover says that it takes the suitable circumstances in an effort to perform a protected and worthwhile free-fly and that homeowners ought to be attuned to their birds pure instincts.

We as parrot homeowners want to provide the perfect life for them. They’re born to fly due to this fact we will’t take meaning and freedom away. However to have this opportunity and such a life-style we’ve got to have the info on how one can take care of and follow them. Free fly is for all birds nevertheless not for all parrot homeowners.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

As a seasoned free-fly coach himself, Syimir continued by explaining that it’s often quite a bit safer to free-fly in big groups – to avoid birds being disoriented, injured or getting misplaced.

They’ve their very personal widespread sense, or nature to data them to flock collectively. Some birds change into followers, some birds change into leaders. So the lead (hen) will lead the birds to return once more to us.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

Having misplaced a few birds over time whereas free flying, Syimir says that the life-style will not be suited to all people.

We as parrot proprietor want to provide the perfect life for them, they’re born to fly due to this fact we will’t take meaning and freedom away. However to have this opportunity and such a life-style we’ve got to have the info on how one can take care of and follow them. Free fly is for all birds nevertheless not for all parrot homeowners.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

Nevertheless, the hen lover nonetheless impressed anyone who wish to resolve up on the curiosity to take motion with the right amount of knowledge.

For inexperienced individuals, we now have expert people who can data and follow them to free-fly safely.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

The bird-man himself.
(Credit rating: Hisham Noh by Syimir Ahmad Safawi)

Clipped wings

Because the Covid-19 pandemic launched movement restrictions all through the nation, Symir reveals how troublesome it has been for him and completely different free-fly hen keepers to proceed with their aerial life-style.

There’s good and unhealthy. Most parrot homeowners are blissful because of they’ll work from home and spend time with their bids, nevertheless the cons are that it’s troublesome for us (as a neighborhood) to gather. We wish to see birds flock collectively.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

He added that for some hen keepers, the movement administration order (MCO) has made it troublesome to find a protected open home to let their birds out.

Subsequent to my house is an open home, so I don’t have a problem. However a couple of of my friends and customers (who reside throughout the metropolis) don’t have the possibility.

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

(Credit rating: Hisham Noh by Syimir Ahmad Safawi)

Syimir nonetheless stays hopeful that the neighborhood would persist and develop, whatever the challenges they confronted all through this trying time.

Really, a lot of folks have gained an curiosity in hen preserving as a result of the pandemic. Not that many youngsters nevertheless women, positive.”

Syimir Ahmad Safawi

Be at liberty to try the Parrot Recall Venture on Fb for further particulars on the free-flying life-style, or be a part of with Syimir on social media for solutions and strategies to get your self started in hen preserving.


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