Large parrots (Macaws, Cockatoos, and Amazons) are arguably some of the world’s most beautiful animals. Endowed with every color in the rainbow, intelligence equal to that of a young child, and the ability to mimic and even understand human speech, these birds are captivating. Unfortunately their captivating virtues led to widespread capture and confinement for human enjoyment. These large birds are simply not suited for life in a cage. In addition, even those birds lucky enough to find an owner who can properly provide and care for their needs (Flight, complex diet, companionship, and mental enrichment) will outlive their owners and may become unwelcome inheritance.
We do not believe in wing clipping. Flying is the single most important exercise a bird undertakes. The oxygen needs and muscle coordination used during flight cannot be replicated in any other manner. Birds who are allowed and encouraged to fly are less insecure, better adjusted and less likely to bite out of fear that they cannot get away from a potential threat. Those who do not have the time to commit to the proper training and maintenance of a flighted bird, including flight training and use of a flight harness, should consider a pet without wings. We will not adopt out any birds to homes who intend to clip their wings. Flight training is a requirement of our adoption agreement. While this may be controversial, it is not negotiable.
The birds here at the sanctuary come from the following situations:
- Pet birds who are no longer wanted due to changing circumstances of their owners or to behavioral problems.
- Pet birds who have outlived their owners
- Birds with special needs who are not adoptable and need to live their lives out in a sanctuary setting
We provide huge flight aviaries where these birds can fly, interact, and exist in a state much closer to what nature intended than anything they have experienced before. Those who are unable to adjust to another human home create lasting bonds with other flock members and thereby fulfill their immense social needs. It is important to take note of the following:
1. These large birds pair up for life in the wild
2. They grieve deeply upon loss of a mate
3. They begin to play with their young a few days before its egg hatches and dote on their youngsters thereafter
4. They and care for their young intermittently for almost a year
Owning a large parrot is a huge commitment. Please be sure you are up for the challenge as well as the lifetime plus commitment. Please see our adoption page for available birds.
We maintain a flight field for bird owners to use free of charge. Please e-mail us for availability.
We recommend the aviator harness for flight training. These harnesses are available online in several sizes and colors.
Photos: Sanctuary Aviaries
Aviary 1 – 35ft x 35ft and 40 ft high
Aviary 2- 35ft x 100ft -under construction – completion date is December 2014
Aviary 3 – 15ft x 30ft – construction to begin January, 2015