Parrot Travel Carrier for International Flight

So we get a review for this parrot travel carrier 

the other day

Milano Purse Bird Carrier with Sandy Perch

 Fits my blue fronted amazon with space to spare. Squished down to fit under airline seat. Travelled from Brazil to US in comfort, no squawking. Warm and cozy for cold spot like onboard plane. CANNOT TELL that bird is inside — looks like regular purse. Fits small dog or cat too I would think.
 Reviewed by: liz from chicago, IL. on 11/5/2011

(Click here to see more info on this parrot travel carrier)

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the carrier had been used on an international flight. Especially for a bird the size of Blue Fronted Amazon parrot. So this was good information that we can use for future customers. We posted the review to the website, and put “blog post about the Milano parrot travel carrier”on our to do list.

A couple of days later a customer comes in to the Birdie Boutique seeking a travel carrier for her to Quaker parrots for an international plane trip to Israel in a few months. She has some ideas and was thinking about a hard plastic bird carrier but was concerned about water and how to mount a water bottle into a bird carrier.

I walked her over to the computer on the counter and showed her the review that we had just posted which certainly got her interest. She was concerned about the water issue on the long flight, so I reached out to the customer that posted the review and asked her how she kept a the size of an Amazon parrot bird hydrated during the long flight.

Here’s the answer we got back from our customer 

Hi Mitch, the trip from Brazil to Chicago is 10.30 hours, plus wait time, boarding time, arrival time, etc.

Midway through the flight, I took her (in the bag) into the bathroom and served her a few gulps of water from an empty airline size liquor bottle which I filled with water.

I know the trip to Israel is longer, and may require a connection through Paris, Frankfurt or Athens (I have made this trip many times myself).

As long as the folks understand this bird carrier is for ON BOARD, CABIN travel, accompanied by people, and not IN BAGGAGE as cargo, they should be fine.

I hope that helps! Be sure to check which airlines offer in cabin pet birds. The information you get in the US is different than what they say abroad — here United told me NO, cargo only. In Brazil, United told me YES, never in cargo! 

Also check to see if there is a quarantine period in Israel, and be sure have them get a vet certificate about 72 hours prior to departure.

The least said, the better, as far as travelling with birds, although I was honest and paid the fee for pet cabin travel.

Best Liz

That response triggered some more questions

Hi Liz, 

How does this tall looking bag with an Amazon in it, collapse DOWN to fit under the seat in the airplane? where is the perch located in the bag? or is there no perch?

And did the airlines give you a hard time when you showed up with this bag? ….like telling you it wasn’t “airline approved”?


Mitch I will send you a pic of my bird full adult in the bag (see pic below). Plenty of head room. Yes it comes with a good sandy cement perch that anchors on both sides, though Jade preferred the floor which I covered with newspaper. 

She did shred the netting a bit, but nothing serious. So there is plenty of headroom under the seat since there is about 6 inches of head clearance. Soon as I got the bag, I stuffed it full of my pc, all the uusual junk in a woman’s purse and used it prior to travel for a week, to get it all nice and stretchy. More pliable if you see.

These are airline approved parrot travel carriers at least by United, Korean Air, etc. Frankly if you just shoved it birds and all thru the xray machine they would never notice. However I didn’t want any hassle. Just tell them its IATA approved (the international pet airline travel authority). No one is going to take responsiblity for a bird in cargo all the Israel (or anywhere that long without a break).

They asked me when booking, wow — is it a peacock? a falcon? ha ha. I said a parakeet, these people don’t know the difference. Some airlines seem anti-parrot cuz of noise concerns but my parrot, who can be very happy, loud, shrieker, she slept all the way.

Oh, have the birds sleep in the carrier for a week prior to travel to get used to it. There are pockets in the carrier for other stuff. Avoid any other purse, no one will even notice. Maybe leave the carrier on its’ side on the floor and let the birds explore it on their own, put their favorite treat inside, make it no big deal.

I only had one night to get my bird used to it, however I used to travel with her alot in those bird backpacks. They will NOT fit under the seat, and a pet dog or cat carrier is too cold for a bird, and no perch. I don’t like those acrylic ones, I feel a bird who is used to having its cage covered at night won’t perceive a big difference.

 Hope this helps. It really is a great product.


Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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