[Update: August 22, 2019] A young man named Mohammad has claimed Jail Bird, whose real name is Sammy. The family had left a window open of their home near the jail, and the bird escaped. Local media coverage helped them figure out what had happened to their pet, with whom they had a tearful reunification on Thursday, Lt. Erik Raney reported.
“Jail Bird” is still looking for his owner, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Erik Raney. The gray cockatiel was found behind the main jail yesterday, “likely an escapee from its home,” Raney wrote in a press release. He doesn’t fly well, and the officers have no idea how he made it into the fenced area, Raney said, but he was very hungry when found. The staff have taken to the little guy, whom they also call “John Doe Bird,” and are keeping him safe for his owner. Raney said to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to bail him out.