The Aviator Harness constitutes a new mindset necessary to provide safe and effective harness and leash restraint systems for birds.
Elastic leash safely absorbs impact shock and keeps bird from being injured if they unexpectedly fly to the end of the leash. Also quickly teaches them to turn around and fly back to you.
Now your bird never has to be home alone again.
The only escape-proof bird harness!
Installs in less than half the time it takes to install all other harnesses.
Fits cockatiels and conures up to the largest macaws.
Petite; X-Small; Small ; Medium; Large; X-Large
Weight: 75 - 110 grams
Fits: Small Parakeets, Small Indian Ringnecks, Cockatiels, Small Conures (Green cheek, Brown throat)
Purchase from: Parrots and Accessories Australia - Petite Harnesses
Weight: 110- 190 grams
Fits: Quakers, Rainbow Lories, Rosellas, Noble Macaw, Large Conures (Suns, Jendays, Nanday, Blue Crown), Caiques, Senegal, Doves, Medium Parakeets (Indian ringneck, Port Lincoln)
Purchase from: Parrots and Accessories Australia - X-Small Harnesses
Weight: 190-425 grams
Fits: Small Cockatoos (Goffins, Major Mitchell, Galah, Lesser Sulfur), Small Amazons (Lilac Crown, Blue Front), Large Parakeets, Chattering Lori, Yellow Collar Macaw, Timneh African Grey, All Pionus
Purchase from: Parrots and Accessories Australia - Small Harnesses
Weight: 425-600 grams
Fits: Eclectus, Medium Macaws (Severe, Red Fronted), Large Amazons (Double Yellow, Yellow Nape), Congo Grey, Umbrella
Purchase from: Parrots and Accessories Australia - Medium Harnesses
Weight: 600-1000 grams
Fits: Large Macaws (Scarlet, Blue & Gold), Triton, Small Moluccan Cockatoo
Purchase from: Parrots and Accessories Australia - Large Harnesses
Weight: 1000-1600 grams
Fits: Large Moluccan, Green Winged Macaw, Hyacinth Macaw
Weight: 1600+ grams
Fits: Hyacinth Macaw, Green Wing Macaws (Mostly Males), Chickens, Geese, Pheasants.
Purchase from: Parrots and Accessories Australia - XX-Large Harnesses
Preparing your pet to meet The AVIATOR
Following these very important steps will make it easy to install and use The AVIATOR.
First: You will need to groom your pet to accept two new behaviours that will facilitate installation of the harness.
1.Most birds allow the owner to pet under the wing but few birds experience their wings being held up when nothing else is going on. Birds normally do not like this position, they feel vulnerable to predators. Work with your pet until he allows you to hold his wing straight up for a few seconds. The exercise will progress faster if you gently pet his side when doing this exercise. As soon as he resists, let the wing down. Try this several times a day, a few seconds each time.
2.Most birds never had anything placed over their head or around their neck. Practice wrapping your hand around his head and neck as though you are slipping the harness over his head. Using a toy that is familiar to your pet, approach his head touching and rubbing his beak, head and neck. Start with a favourite toy. Once he freely accepts the exercise try different toys.
Second: Do not attempt to put the AVIATOR on until he is familiar with it. Introduce your pet to the harness in the same way you would introduce a new toy. This is easy for birds that look forward to new toy. For the others the slow approach is necessary and can take several days.
*For difficult pets place the Aviator in sight and slowly move closer to your pet over a few days.
*Wrap harness around your wrist or neck when you are with your companion.
*Lay the Aviator on a table or the top of the cage where the bird will end up standing or walking on it.
*As you play with your pet alternately lay the harness and leash on and around him.
*Hang the Aviator in the cage just as you would a new toy. Move Up Move Down Select Delete Fitting
Installing the Aviator
The first few times you put on the AVIATOR will be a learning experience for you and your pet. The biggest inconvenience he is likely to experience is being pushed off balance while you learn to tighten the belt. If the experience begins to get frustrating for you or your pet, stop and try again later.
1. Expand the belt of the harness, pulling leash #1 through slide #2 to a diameter large enough so that after you slip the belt #1 and collar #3 over the bird's head, you can pull one wing through the space #4.
2. Place the bird in front of you on a stable surface. Right-handed owners face your pet to your right.
3. Orient harness assembly so the back of the harness #5 is on top and the expanded belt loop #6 is directly in front bird.
4. Move harness assembly toward bird passing the belt loop #6 first, and the collar #3 second, over birds head until the belt is around the wings and the collar #3 rests on the neck.
5. With collar in place around the bird's neck, pick up left wing and pull through space #4 between belt and collar.
6. Pull the belt to the right side of the bird until it is tight against the left side. Pull the right wing through space #7.
7. Tighten belt by pulling leash #1 through slide #2. Tighten until belt is snug around the waist leaving just enough space to insert your index finger, between the bird and belt, on medium size bird. Space is necessary for the bird to breath and for the slide to rotate from the chest to back.
Using the Aviator Harness and Leash
Most birds need to learn two things about the Aviator. First, he will catch his toes in the belt as he tries to grab it with his foot. Second, he will need to learn the concept that there is a limit to the length of the leash. With a little help he will learn to get his toe unhooked and that, the leash has limits.
The leash can be connected to a longer leash up to 40 feet depending on size and flight capabilities of bird. We recommend The AVIATOR FLIGHT LINE or a retractable extended leash. This style of leash limits the amount of slack where a bird can become entangled.
Your bird can learn to fly in a circle on the end of the leash for extended distances. Direction of flight is determined by which side of the bird the slide is on. The slide should be on the side of the bird facing the handler when flying. This allows the belt to self-adjust as the bird moves.
Never leave a bird unattended while wearing a harness!
Handy Tips from Parrots and Accessories Australia
• When putting it on hold the bird against your chest. You have greater control and bird is comforted and feels safe.
• Try to fit harness with the welds/joins on the inside against the bird’s body as they can be distracting and birds may play with them if fitted on the outside facing away from the bird’s body.
• Once adjusted use a pen and draw a line on the leash in the center of the buckle, this can make it easier to fit the next time it’s used.