And now a scene from tonight’s action-packed late movie, “The Squawkshank Redemption,” in which a pair of jailbirds make a run for it…



  1. A.K. Strong says:

    They make a run for it…
    And then don’t know where to go!

  2. I love how the first bird keeps the cage door open for his/her buddy to follow. Teamwork.

  3. The second one is all “Look what I did!!!”

  4. Espilonarge says:

    I swear if our rats begin doing that, you’ll pay for teaching them! 😛

  5. Now what Jake?

  6. “I would run, but my wings are clipped!!! Waddle for your life!!!”

  7. Kristabelle says:

    Awesome background music!!!!!! Now I’m wondering if my cockatiel has been secretly getting out of her cage during the day!!!! I’d better not show her this video! :-O

  8. Leslie Thomas says:

    evidently the sponsors have decided to yank the scheduled film and preempt it with an empty spot (sure that it wasn’t the fault of Our Fearless & Wonderfully Cute Editors..)..ich bin sad. 😦

    [What? No, it’s still there, honest… – Ed.]

  9. brinnann says:

    Naughteh birdehs!

  10. “What we have he-ah is a failyuh to communicate…….”
    “Boids filthy disgustin’ boids! I’m not a madame, I’m a conseierge!”

    Great boids, who, I see, have taken custody of the couch.

    “Birdland” or “Freebird, from whichever generation you hail.

    [Buh buh buh bird bird bird, The Bird is the word… – Ed.]

  11. They look so proud of themselves!

  12. skippymom says:

    Smart birdies! Very funny!

    Katrina, I was hoping you would be here. I haven’t been to the site for a couple of days and wanted to explain something. The other day when I made my little smarty-pants Donovan reference, it was without actually knowing all the lyrics. Which is why your clever response went right over my head. I was quiiiiite embarrassed when I figured this out. Yeah, I’m kind of beating a dead horse here, but felt the need to acknowledge my doofusness.

  13. balamuthia says:

    “Girl there’s a better place, for me and you!”

    Haha, so cuuute!

  14. He’s all, “Yeah? What are you looking at? You leave the damn door unlocked–of COURSE I’m going to get out!”

  15. Twistedsoul says:

    Aww, my parakeets used to do this, so much to the point that we had to weigh down the cage doors. Except it was more like “I’m free! Oh crud, there’s no table here *plop*”

  16. Katiedid says:

    Twisty ties will prevent more jail bird escapes lol
    When I worked in a pet store we used to have to use padlocks for the parrots..
    Birds are very crafty creatures lol…

  17. They are so cute and look proud of themselves for what they have done.

  18. “Ok, now we’re out, where do we go from here?”

  19. “Cheeze-It: the cops!!” We used to have tie our parakeet’s cage closed with a twist-tie, or he would fly the coop…. 😆

  20. We would clothespin our parakeet’s cage door for this exact reason. Most of the time it was pinned open so that he got free fly of the house. But there were times when dive-bombing guests would not have been appropriate so we had to keep the door pinned closed.

  21. My bird is lovely escape artist as well. He learned how to open all his doors (different sized and types). I put twist ties on and he learned to remove them. Now I have locks that require a key. He escaped once since I put the locks on, I swear I locked it and he knows how to pick them. I’m hoping it wasn’t locked good on that occasion, but I’m not sure. I should mention he’s a small parrot that is very smart.

  22. Anybody else hear the theme music from The Great Escape starring Steve McSquawk and Donald Pheasant

  23. Oh, Skippymom, you are such a dear. Now, shed you cloak of doofusocity- it isn’t your color! Sing with me now- Oh, Juanita, Oh Juanita, Oh Juanita, I call your name! But thanks for the New York Times-like correction! Very claassy!

  24. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    I bet that’s the last time they buy from CheepCages.com.

  25. skippymom says:

    Thanks Katrina! You don’t know how I’ve fretted over this silly little matter! Now back to the cute!

  26. Squawkshank Redemption. Mua ha ha.

    Harold: C’mon, dis way, dis way! To the cookie jar!
    Nancy Sue: Oh dear oh dear oh dear, let’s ask this nice camera person for directions. Helloooo!

  27. Laureling says:

    OH CO, you really are not helping me here! I’m trying very hard to resist getting a birdy just like our little escape artists here. I am very quickly discovering that my will power is not very strong. So cute and so funny. Little trouble makers!

  28. I’m also seeing Bonnie & Clyde… just give ’em l’il machine guns…

    Hey pal, this here’s Miss Bonnie Parrakeet. I’m Clyde Birdow. We’re jailbreakers who rob cookie jars.

  29. Noelle (the First) says:

    Gizmo…so which one gets the ball and mitt? All we need is a little birdy sized motocycle and we’re all set.

  30. Many moons ago my best friends had ferrets. I was conscripted to pet-sit for them one weekend, and was told that while they could open their cage, as long as twist-ties were used, they wouldn’t make their great escape.
    The little buggers -watched- me untie the ties, and figured out how to do it! Soon, I couldn’t keep them in their cage with anything short of bribery (they loved raisins!). Awful cute, but frustrating!

  31. Teughcats says:

    Leslie Thomas – That probably means that YouTube (or video streaming in general) is blocked from the network you are on. Work, perhaps? I won’t be able to see it either until I get home tonight.

  32. claudemarie says:

    Radiobleep: it looks like a travel cage, not a home cage.

    Cuuute cute vid.

  33. charliewabba says:

    I bet you could teach these guys to whistle the theme song from The Great Escape without too much trouble.

  34. Juniper Jupiter says:

    Agreed, Kristabelle, LOL!!



  35. Ha. I love that Escapee #1 looks like he’s opening the door for his buddy, then shuts it in his face and boogies away. Teamwork!

  36. Clovina should name her boid Houdini!

    Hee hee hee, I’m holding the door for you – PSYCH!

  37. justsomeperson says:

    This really made me miss having birds! Mine were never escape artists, but maybe that’s because our cages had locking mechanisms built in. The little links at the bottom of the video cracked me up, someone’s owner plays a lot of Final Fantasy!

  38. Clever girl…

  39. you were supposed to put LOCKING MECHANISMS on the vehicle doors!

  40. I had a mouse named Raymond (his full name was Raymond Badger Mouse) who could open the door of his cage. We didn’t realize he was doing this until we saw him out in the laundry room. Then we put him back and watched him pull up the door of the cage, then shinny down the shelving to the ground, then make a beeline for the laundry room – which is like 30+ feet away! What a guy!

  41. Oh, and…


  42. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    I’m thinking this isn’t the first time these two have done this!

  43. Mary (the first) says:

    Ok maybe I’m crazy, but it looked like they were sitting quietly until the music started. Do you think the human has trained them to stay inside until they hear the “we gotta get out ” music as a cue that it’s ok to come outside?? Like, meal time or something?

  44. What a pair of feathery Entertainers! I hope you don’t mind my purloining that to mine this evening, of course I gave your linkback… I love your blog and “follow” it every day via Blogger ;->…

  45. This reminded me of an old Mork and Minday episode, where Mork was tossing eggs around: “Fly! Be free!!” Looks like gravity and wing-clipping claim two more victims.

  46. Von Zeppelin says:

    The Personbird of Alcatraz.

  47. Christine says:

    Yeeeeah. One of my sweet little parakeets did that while I was at work and I came home to find a trail of feathers leading behind my couch. Did I mention I have a very big cat with very sharp teeth?

  48. Chris Berosik says:

    My cockatiels did this all the time until I put latches that require two hands to open. They figured out the twist ties right away and chewed through anything else I used. so far they can’t chew through metal.

  49. skippymom says:

    Christine, that’s too sad.
    I had a wonderful parakeet named Jim who would land on my cat. Fortunately, she was a fat, very lazy cat who didn’t give a darn about anything, so there were no mishaps. I hope your remaining birdies stay safe!

  50. Good for them – that cage is far too small. Don’t agree with keeping pets in cages anyway 😦

  51. dawgpup93 says:

    its always the jailbirds tsk tsk

  52. dawgpup93 says:

    awww my cats wouuld never dare to hurt one of my pets including my parakeet Lulu they are waaaayyyy too lazy!

  53. LOL to the max! As the Mom of two cockatiel cuties, I LOVED this. One word of warning though– some twist ties contain heavy metal and are poisonous to birds. I almost lost one of my babies to this a few years back. He spent a couple of days in birdie ICU, and I missed a family vacation to the coast to stay home with the “invalid” while he recuperated and “detoxified”. Needless to say, I am very picky about what clips are used in my house.

  54. This would be even better if the theme from The Great Escape had been used instead of The Animals.

  55. DaytimeDeb says:

    ‘TeilRun!! It’s much easier to go through the door in the wall than to fly over it (especially when there is a roof there).

  56. DaytimeDeb says:

    Oh and Paunchie, exactly what I thought — “Here’ let me hold the door for you… psych!”

    Maybe the birds should be named Lucy and Charlie Brown, just like when she holds the football and promises not to pull it away when he goes to kick.

  57. Ronin101 says:

    Aw! That brings back memories – my cockatiels did that all the time. We had to wire the windows & doors shut! Crafty little guys…

  58. BostonBunny says:

    Theo – that is hilarious!!!

  59. What the birdy says at the end, in Morgan Freeman’s voice: “I hope…”

  60. Hi guys, I actually posted the video on Youtube and they are very mischeivious pair of many that I have and yes the cage is just a travel cage – they are usually out and have a really huge cage when they have to be locked up. I have more videos like this at http://www.youtube.com/user/tbirdtricia
    and have a look at my blog with lots or videos and pics of cockatiels at

    enjoy!:) Tricia (tbirdtricia)
    P.S the yellow one is Danny Boy – I’m thinking of changing his name to Steve(from the Great Escape movie)LOL!

  61. berthaservant says:

    Bird #2: Wait a sec, hold the door open, I can almost…

    Bird #1: THERE’S NO TIME! FEND FOR YOURSELF! (hops away)

  62. kibblenibble says:

    Tricia, thanks for the background info. I love Dannyboy’s little waddle and twee-eet at the end as he looks right at the camera. Birdies are *so* sweet and smart.

  63. puddlepeppers says:

    VonZeppelin–“The PersonBird of Alcatraz”…Great on so many levels!

  64. heat1313 says:

    ha that bird said “What tha hell?”

  65. Nice Parrakeets mam
    What did I say what did I say?

  66. Wow, I loved it! They are so smart and cute. 🙂

  67. Lol my bunny uses his mouth to open the cage like that too!

  68. earlybird1 says:

    Ooooh, by the looks of that couch cushion, they’ve done this before! Naughty boids.

  69. okaasan59 says:

    The background music made this video perfect.

  70. I used to have some rats and a cockatiel that used to do the exact same thing.

  71. What an appropriate Animals song in the back ground!

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  73. We had cockatiels like that, and the grey was always smarter than the Lutino. We finally used clothes pins on all openings to keep them in.

  74. oh yay the vidoe is fixed .. that was so funny.

  75. Tonight there’s gonna be a jail break!

  76. platedlizard says:

    When I worked at the pet bird store nearly all of our cages had to be clipped shut since they all will learn how to do this. And cockatiels aren’t even that smart as far as parrots go. One time we had a pair of Goffins cockatoos in boarding, the male unscrewed every bolt and completely dismantled their cage overnight! I’ve heard of other birds reaching through the bars to get the keys for their padlock, and watched another cockatoo slowly and methodically over the course of several months file down a bar in his cage with a D-ring from a toy. These guys are smart!

  77. IHATEIT! one of my cockatiels cant even figure out how to get out of her cage WHEN THE DOOR IS OPEN

  78. And now a scene from tonight’s action-packed late movie, “The Squawkshank Redemption,” in which a pair of jailbirds make a run for it…

    The above should be changed to Prison Break. lol.]

    They are clever and cute btw.

  79. Jailbreak, Jailbreak!!!

    the jailbirds make a run for it!!


  80. Jackie says:

    I really am not surprised, most Cockatiels are like Houdini. At least the ones I’ve own, you turn your back, and it’s like “How’d you get out of there?!”