You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
August 25th, 2009 by Les

Quote by William Henry Hudson.

This morning I went online and typed the following query into Google, “How can I bring my cockatiel into Mexico?”

Gilbert & Mandy

Gilbert & Mandy

Google, being Google, immediately responded with a page full of information about traveling with a cockatiel. Low and behold and to my great surprise the only URL that turned up (mid-way down the page) that even dealt with someone attempting to bring a bird into Mexico was ! Too funny!!!

Many of you have written about the inability to bring animals, other than cats and dogs, into Mexico. We’ve heard stories of birds being confiscated on the border never to be seen again conjuring up terrible thoughts of just exactly what happened to them.

Now, admittedly, our Gilbert is not the most social of birds. Since we bought him his 3-way mirror he seems quite content to spend his entire time on top of his palatial cage – that is where we installed the mirror on a ladder that “rainbows” the cage. He spends hours upon hours talking to himself, whistling the one song he knows (Row, Row, Row Your Boat – only the first few stanzas), doing his Gilbert dance, and bellowing at the top of his lungs.

He is an entertaining bird in the sense that he has no navigational skills what-so-ever. His taking flight, which, thank goodness, does not happen too often, sounds like this huge eagle is flapping its wings frantically to gain altitude and, as he “stumbles” through the air (the only way I can describe it ), the realization sets in…he can’t stop without running into something…a window, door, a table, a picture – well you get my drift. After taking a direct hit, he tumbles like a hockey puck to the floor. Immediately he gains his footing and stretching his entire body to a cool 7 inches or so high (from tail feather to head plumage) he saunters across the floor strutting as if to say “I meant to do that”, with our cat Mandy in tow.

How could we possibly leave this lively and delightful little fellow behind?! Some of you have been kind enough to respond to our email queries in regard to bringing Gilbert in and we do appreciate those responses. However, is there anyone out there who was successful in bringing their bird(s) into Mexico? Surely there is someone! We wait in desperate anticipation.

3 Responses  
  • David writes:
    September 2nd, 20095:07 pmat

    Hi Chrissy,

    Well, sneaking him in early in the morning sounds like a plan. Some blogs we’ve read say you have to get them past US border patrol, then into Mexico border patrol, and then, of course, the border stop about 10 miles into Mexico.

    Let me know how it goes. I hope it works out.

  • Les writes:
    September 2nd, 20094:46 pmat

    Hi Chrissy,

    As you can see from David’s post, it is not easy to get a bird into Mexico because of all the requirements. A letter from the vet saying the bird is healthy won’t work if they stop you. What really worries me more than anything is we’ve had others on the blog write their birds have been confiscated on the border and they have no idea what happened to them. I’d sooner find a good home for our Gilbert then take a chance that he would be disposed of by the Mexican authorities. I have traveled over the border only once in mid-day and it was quite busy. I wish you luck on the 6:00 a.m. crossing. I sincerely hope it works for you. I’m sure Tango, like Gilbert, is a part of your family.


  • Chrissy writes:
    September 2nd, 20094:33 pmat

    I think we are just going to drive across at 6AM. There is never anyone there to stop us or to give us the green light. If we do get stopped, we will just have to deal with it then. Plus, for all they know I could have purchased the bird on the side of the road in Guaymas, nearly everytime we are there i see love birds for sale. Tango is our Sun Conure. He is a nasty 2 person parrot. i doubt they would want to keep him for long.

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