Warren family searching for missing parrot

By: Andy Kozlowski | Warren Weekly | Published August 9, 2018

 Buoy, an African grey parrot, went missing around 12 Mile and Schoenherr roads Aug. 8. He is the family pet of the Dutz family. If you see him, call (586) 634-2910.

Buoy, an African grey parrot, went missing around 12 Mile and Schoenherr roads Aug. 8. He is the family pet of the Dutz family. If you see him, call (586) 634-2910.

Photo provided by Wally Dutz

WARREN — A family in Warren became separated from their fine-feathered friend when the pet parrot was spooked and unexpectedly took flight. 

Buoy, a 12-year-old African grey parrot, was last seen in the area of 12 Mile and Schoenherr roads the evening of Aug. 8. Buoy belongs to the Dutz family. 

Wally Dutz said that the bird normally has his feathers clipped so he can’t gain lift to fly away. The bird also doesn’t usually show an interest in flying. But while taking Buoy outside that evening for a veterinary appointment, something spooked the bird. His feathers were growing long, so he took flight. 

“He is a friendly bird,” Dutz said. “He’s just so scared right now.” 

If someone sees Buoy, they should keep an eye on him and call the Dutz family at (586) 634-2910. 

“The unfortunate thing is obviously he doesn’t have survival skills,” Dutz said. “If we can’t find him soon, my fear is something will get him, or he’ll fly into a pond or a pool, or he might starve.”

One can also try approaching him, slowly so as to not startle him. They can also call out to him — he responds to a whistle and his nickname “Boo Bird” — and once you’re close, extending your finger will invite him to climb on.   

“Even if he goes to bite, his beak isn’t strong enough to break the skin. But if you just gently extend your finger, he should get right on the finger,” Dutz said. “He’s been around people. He’s used to people and has had a lot of social exposure. He’s a very friendly bird, but unfortunately in this case he’s feeling very frightened.” 

The Dutz family had Buoy for four years. Then their son developed allergies, so the bird went to live with a neighbor for six or seven years. The bird recently returned to the Dutz family.