HELP SUPPORT OUR WORK

Can you help us care for injured wild raptors or our parrots? We are a non-profit run by a small team of staff and volunteers. We greatly appreciate any and all donations. Below is a “Donate” button, where your funds go towards the rehabilitation of injured birds. If you would like to support our parrot team, you can donate directly or sponsor one of our lovely rescued parrots and learn more about them.

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SPONSOR A PARROT

Help us care for a parrot of your choosing

All of our parrots are rescues from the World Parrot Refuge in Coombs that shut down in 2016. For more information, please click the link below.

The care cost for one parrot is approximately $30 per week, not including staff or volunteer time. Your generous sponsorship donation will be put directly towards food, enrichment and vet care for these amazing birds.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the parrots, or SEE BELOW for sponsorship information

Why do we have parrots?

In 2016, the RRS decided to adopt 13 parrots from Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary. These parrots were originally from the World Parrot Refuge, which closed in 2016, and unfortunately came with very little background or information on their lives prior to adoption.

 

We decided to adopt parrots that required more medical attention than the other parrots that needed homes, as we are able to provide comprehensive medical care. Due to the medical attention needed by these birds, some are considered palliative care. Despite this, we hope to provide the best quality of life and care for these lovely characters for the rest of their lives.

 

Early in 2020, we finished renovating a large barn for the parrots to live in. Each bird has their own aviary and they have common areas and flight areas to explore and engage in during the day. We hope to expand this area to have two larger flying areas for them in the near future, and we also hope to finish renovating the area to open parts of their space to visitors by 2022.

  • $25.
  • Your sponsorship package will include:

    • A personalized certificate of sponsorship
    • Photos of your sponsored bird

  • $50.
  • Your sponsorship package will include:

    • A personalized certificate of sponsorship
    • Photos of your sponsored bird
    • A parrot fact sheet

  • $75.
  • Your sponsorship package will include:

    • A personalized certificate of sponsorship
    • Photos of your sponsored bird
    • A parrot fact sheet
    • One naturally moulted feather

  • $125.
  • Your sponsorship package will include:

    • A personalized certificate of sponsorship
    • Photos of your sponsored bird
    • A parrot fact sheet
    • One naturally moulted feather
    • A personal encounter with your sponsored bird

  • $175.
  • Your sponsorship package will include:

    • A personalized certificate of sponsorship
    • Photos of your sponsored bird
    • A parrot fact sheet
    • One naturally moulted feather
    • A personal encounter with your sponsored bird
    • Monthly emails for 6 months with updates and media related to your sponsored bird.

Select a parrot below to sponsor them!

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Jupiter

Moluccan Cockatoo

SPONSOR JUPITER

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Jupiter is a Moluccan Cockatoo. She is a joyful bird and absolutely loves people. Attention is her favourite thing and she would spend all day with you playing, talking and dancing. She loves to play catch, whistle and zoom around all over the place.

Jupiter is a bird that has developed a destructive feather plucking behaviour due to her traumatic past (although most of her past is unknown to us). Parrots pluck their own feathers when they are bored, stressed, or depressed. Even after they get adopted into a great home, the habit can be so ingrained that it may persist for years or even the rest of their lives. Since she has done it for many, many years, she has ruined the feather follicles so she will unfortunately never grow all her feathers back. Despite this plucking behaviour, she is a happy girl and enjoys spending her days destroying things or watching us putter about the building.

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McArthur

Military Macaw

SPONSOR MCARTHUR

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McArthur is a Military Macaw. He is full of energy and is always moving about his aviary and the common areas (larger aviaries). When we adopted this boy, he was very timid and did not like to be near people, but now he will come up to us for treats. This fills us with joy that he is developing trust and enjoying having people around. He is a very dainty boy and never wants to do wrong. He is excited about toys just as much as treats and when he gets a new toy he immediately investigates, taking his time to carefully pick apart every piece.
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Boy George

Hybrid Macaw

SPONSOR BOY GEORGE

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Boy George is a Harlequin Macaw. This guy has a lot of energy and is not afraid to let his presence be known. He likes to keep to himself, and does not currently have a mate. Since we adopted him, he has come out of his shell immensely and will now let us approach and offer treats. Boy George loves to dance, and is very eager to please. He will play with toys at times, but often enjoys just hanging out instead.
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Olivine

African Grey

SPONSOR OLIVINE

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Olivine is an African Grey. She has really come out of her shell over the past year, and now enjoys being around people. Her favorite spot to hangout is on your head! She may groom you and give your hair great volume, or just have a nap. Olivine can be a stubborn girl but has been building trust for us as time goes on. Our African Greys tend to not interact with toys, but more so like to chew on wood and cardboard.
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Sidney

Green-winged Macaw

SPONSOR SIDNEY

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Sidney is a Green-winged Macaw. She is a staff favorite and is one of the loveliest parrots. Sidney always wants to be in the same room as us, and will hangout on our arm as long as we will have her. She likes to gently nibble clothing, as she is a very curious bird. Her papilloma is beginning to progress, so she is in palliative care. However, that doesn’t dampen her spirit. Sometimes Sidney gets into mischief, and when she is caught she turns the cuteness meter up by saying “Hi, hello”. Her and her mate Charlie are not the most destructive birds, but do enjoy ripping up boxes and paper.
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Charlie

Green-winged Macaw

SPONSOR CHARLIE

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Charlie is a Green-winged Macaw. He is a gentle giant and enjoys hanging out with people. Charlie is trained to fly to the hand and he is very happy to do so for his favorite treats. He is often found chilling out with his mate Sidney, and is one of our quieter birds. When there is a towel or kennel around, he bee-lines to it and makes pterodactyl noises. He is a very brave bird and will pursue what ever he pleases. Him and his mate are not the most destructive birds, but do enjoy ripping up boxes and paper.
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Pyroxene

African Grey

SPONSOR PYROXENE

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Pyroxene is an African Grey. He tends to keep to himself and isn’t too interested in people. However, he is comfortable around us and will happily watch us go about our day. Our African greys tend to not interact with toys, but more so like to chew on wood and cardboard.
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Lily

Lilac-crowned Amazon

SPONSOR LILY

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Lily is a Lilac-crowned Amazon. She likes to keep to herself, but sometimes will fly onto your shoulder and hangout while eating a treat. She has a good repertoire of sounds, such as alarms, robot noises and words. She likes to say, “Hi, bye” and “How are ya?” which she learnt from her mate Yukon. She enjoys playing around with dangly toys.
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Yukon

Chestnut-fronted Mini Macaw

SPONSOR YUKON

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Yukon is a Chestnut-fronted or Severe Macaw. He is a feisty bird and strongly protects his mate Lily. He is very cheeky and loves to sing and chat. His catch phrase is “How ya doing? How are ya?” along with his dinosaur growl. Yukon is one of our parrots that is in palliative care, as his papilloma has been progressing. He is still an energetic bird, and enjoys hanging out with his mate. He loves to demolish new toys, and tends to throw them on the ground if they aren’t secured well!
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Madame

Bare-eyed Cockatoo

SPONSOR MADAME

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Madame is a Bare-eyed Cockatoo. She is the cheekiest bird and is always getting into trouble. She is one of the smallest parrots we have, but tends to “rule the roost”. Madame has a huge personality, and speaks French quite well, often repeating “Hello, bonjour”. She loves to hang out in the food-prep room while we work, but will often undo any cleaning we have accomplished. Jingly, dangly toys are her favourite. She also enjoys chewing up cardboard.
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Gracie

Scarlet Macaw

SPONSOR GRACIE

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Gracie is a Scarlet Macaw. She is very strong willed and will do almost anything for a treat. We often find her trying to sneak into the kitchen when we aren’t looking, although her pterodactyl noises blow her cover. Gracie loves to be loud, and when she’s not screaming her favorite phrase is “Hi guys”. Her and George are bonded, and she enjoys being preened by him. A cardboard box stuffed with goodies is her favorite enrichment item.
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Hunter

Umbrella Cockatoo

SPONSOR HUNTER

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Hunter is an Umbrella Cockatoo. He loves specific people and dislikes others, but for the lucky few he is a cuddle bug. Hunter is a very sensitive bird and tends to react to things abruptly, but a gentle hand from his favorite person calms him right down. Scratches are his all-time favorite thing (he will turn into a ball of mush). He is not much of a chewer but loves to fiddle with intricate things such as pinecones, jingly toys, stuffed toilet paper rolls and wood slices.
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George

Blue and Gold Macaw

SPONSOR GEORGE

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George is a Blue and Gold Macaw. He is the biggest clown and loves to follow you around for treats. He is trained to fly to the hand and will hang out with you while he eats his reward. George is deeply bonded with his mate Gracie. They spend the day preening each other, napping side by side and screaming together. A cardboard box stuffed with goodies is his favorite enrichment item, which he demolishes very quickly.

WISHLIST

Want to donate items?

We also appreciate donations of items on our wish list. These items help us keep our hospital and parrot refuge clean and safe. If you are able to contribute anything on our wish list, we greatly appreciate your assistance. If you are interested in helping to provide toys and enrichment for our parrots, please follow the guidelines provided here: Parrot Enrichment Activity Book and CONTACT US to arrange drop-off. We appreciate all the extra toys, as our parrots destroy them quickly!

WE CURRENTLY NEED:

Rehabilitation:

  • Large and medium towels
  • Non-fitted Sheets and blankets
  • Tarps
  • Medical Supplies (please no medications), specifically:
    • Sterile Syringes
    • Sterile needles
    • Vetwrap
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Betadine solution
  • Kennels (medium and large sizes)
  • Cleaning Supplies (strong preference for eco-friendly/sustainable brands) like dish detergent, laundry detergent, spray cleaners, floor cleaners, mops/brooms, scrub brushes, etc.

Parrot Enrichment:

  • Non-battery operated baby toys
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Manila rope
  • Seagrass string
  • Non-treated wood blocks
  • Toys built specifically for parrots, using a guide like this one: Parrot Enrichment Activity Book