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So it's a beautiful spring day today, and I got home from work early and decided to open the windows. There's a good breeze going, so I just opened one window in each room about three-four inches, and put up the screens to prevent animal accidents. My budgie, Raz, has her cage in the living room between the two windows. She came to my home in July but we had such a weird fall that I don't know if I ever had the windows open before when she was here- I went straight from the AC to it being too cold to want the windows open. So this was probably the first time she experienced that window being open.

At first she didn't pay much attention. I had let her out of the cage to play and she was flying back and forth from the cage to the bathroom like she does, when all of a sudden on one of her stops at the cage she flipped out. She zoomed all over the whole apartment, bumping into walls and stuff, and finally lit on the shower curtain rod in the hall bathroom. It's dark in there and she stayed crouched quietly on the rod for almost two hours before she calmed down and I could coax her back to her cage.

I didn't notice anything in particular, but she must have seen or heard something out the window that scared her, I guess? I do live on a busy street so there's quite a lot happening. I closed the blinds to where they usually are, to reduce the visual field out the window, and I put a blanket over the rear top third of Raz's cage so she can hide up there if she wants. She's back in her cage making a normal amount of noise now so she seems recovered, and she doesn't seem to be injured at all.

Has anyone ever had this problem? Does anyone have any further suggestions for how to get Raz comfortable with sights & sounds out the window without scaring the heck out of her?

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It could be that something spooked her from outside. You can help her by putting the cage next to the window, allowing her to see outside from the security of her cage. If she's still scared, you can cover her cage on 1 or 2 sides to give her a bit more security.

You can also play some videos that have street noises similar to those that you hear on your street at a lower noise and with lots of millet treats.

Hopefully some experts will chime in with good advice! Best of luck
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I would be wary of moving her cage closer to the window if it were me.
I have had hawks actually come and attack my budgies through the cage bars it ended very sadly.
Budgies bred in captivity still have the instincts to hide and flee from predators even shadows of other birds flying cause my budgies to move away from the window.
I have had hawks fly into the window as well trying to get my budgies sitting on the window sill. Please be vigilant and take appropriate steps for safety.
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I would be wary of moving her cage closer to the window if it were me.
I have had hawks actually come and attack my budgies through the cage bars it ended very sadly.
Budgies bred in captivity still have the instincts to hide and flee from predators even shadows of other birds flying cause my budgies to move away from the window.
I have had hawks fly into the window as well trying to get my budgies sitting on the window sill. Please be vigilant and take appropriate steps for safety.
Holy cow! That is terrifying...I didn't think a hawk would come and attack a bird through a window, you tend to assume that they wouldn't come into the house like that!

It seems unlikely that a hawk would be peeping in my window, since I live in the middle of the city (mostly all I ever see are pigeons and sparrows), but then hawks are indigenous to the area so there probably are some around... And I happen to know for a fact that there are peregrine falcons in the city, there's been a mating pair nesting on a particular skyscraper since the 70s. I will definitely have to keep safety in mind.

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Yes it is something you wouldn't think about unless a situation like mine happens.
I still place my budgies outside to get sunlight but never without myself sitting near by.

Even when they are sitting on the sill inside the hawks have flown into and hit the window a couple of times stunning themselves, they are usually young ones learning how to hunt.
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