The World Parrot Refuge (Closed)

Some birds have cancer; some birds are addicted to drugs or alcohol; a large number come from abusive homes; and, some owners bring their birds to the parrot refuge because they are no longer able or willing to care for them.

This is the Parrot Refuge in Coombs [link removed] and to visit is an eye-opening but worthwhile experience.

The special needs area is loud and heart-wrenching. Birds here are struggling to adapt to a life of sickness or one where they are no longer abused. They are scared or depressed and will self mutilate (pull their own feathers out). Some just want love, like a one-legged cockatoo that Niña held for a really long time. The more love it received, the wider it opened its mouth.

Here you will hear a bird say: “shut up” or various swear words instead of a gentle “hello.”

From the entrance, if you walk down the corridor to the right, you’ll see some of the good that the refuge has done for these birds: the flock cages. Here are the macaws who look peaceful and happy as they live out their lives with their family and mates.

If you walk down the corridor to the left of the entrance, you’ll head through the cockatoo flock. These birds will happily say hello and some will even shake your hand. Again, happy birds living together.

The room at the end of the cockatoo walk has more traumatized birds, sick birds, or ones waiting for a place. Many vie for a chance to sit on your shoulder and at one point I had one lovely bird on each shoulder, one on my head, and one clinging to my purse. That was until our new friend Socrates staked his claim and sat on my shoulder and in my hair for both of our visits.

While in Costa Rica we learned about the plight of both parrots and toucans. And, we’ve now seen this problem on both sides of the world. As such, I will actively discourage anyone who wants to own an exotic bird. Trade only exists as long as people buy birds from pet stores. These creatures belong in the wild and certainly not in North America.

In the meantime, I would also encourage anyone who wants to help the Parrot Refuge to visit or donate [refuge is permanently closed]. Like many non-profit organizations, the Parrot Refuge has its ups and downs financially and donations of any size are more than welcome.

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  1. Parrot poop belongs in the wild and not in a house. Birds eat berries and seeds, poop their poop, and the fertilized seeds become new plants that give us air. Parrots belong in the wild.

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  3. There’s more to this story… Niña determined that she wanted to help the bird with one leg. We found out later that his name is Bailey the Umbrella Cockatoo.

    To help, on her birthday she asked people to donate money to the Parrot Refuge instead of buying gifts. When all was said and done she raised $500 and it was enough to sponsor Bailey for a year.

    Bailey was so happy that he painted her a picture:

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