Blue & Gold Macaw

We have taken in many ‘special needs’ parrots over the years. With all of them, we constantly endeavor to find creative solutions to minimize stress and discomfort. We are not a ‘shelter.’ Instead we provide an in-home environment.
Special needs parrots often remain at the sanctuary for life. Others are stabilized and offered for adoption. How can you help? Sponsorship is a great way to help us provide medicine and surgery for these special needs parrots.


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Lily, an Umbrella cockatoo, is our namesake parrot. She was diagnosed with pbfd as a baby. We adopted her and worked with an amazingly creative vet who supplied us with interferon. We lost her in 2011. She survived 21 years and will remain in our hearts forever.


Pinky, a Moluccan cockatoo, came to us nearly naked with a large wound on her chest from self-mutilating.  We worked with her behavior until we felt she could handle surgery, which occurred in 2011.  She adapted to her new sweater wardrobe that covered her tummy and a neck collar to keep her from picking again. She learned to step up for cuddles and even ventured to an outdoor aviary to enjoy the sunshine. Pinky never missed a chance to get her head stroked. We lost her in 2012. She survived 21+ years and will remain in our hearts forever.


Tara, is a Congo African Grey. He lost a foot during a medical procedure and was scheduled for euthanasia. Instead, he came to the sanctuary and is happy and healthy. His cage has been adapted with soft perches, easy climbing and access to food dishes. He is quite a talker, always amusing volunteers with his chatter. His favorite toy is a plastic ball that when he pokes it, the toy blurts out phrases. He spends hours talking to the toy. Tara is ~24. Sponsor Me!>>



Chelsea, a Goffins cockatoo, is a mutilator/ plucker who had surgery three times on her severe wounds. She was also a candidate for euthanasia who found her way here instead. She wore her collar constantly for 5 years. Her beautiful new feathers grew back in. Now she wears her collar intermittently as she reacts to her environment. She is good with leaving it off, but anything that upsets her, she plucks, and the collar goes back on. She is a sensitive and lovable little girl. Chelsea is ~15. Sponsor Me!>>


Popeye, a Yellow-Naped Amazon,  came to the sanctuary 14 years ago with missing toes on both feet and a beak encrusted with years of rotting dead layers. He has been known as a biter although he loves to talk in an endearing voice. He also loves to escape from his cage and lie in wait for Venette. She calls him the Sweet Talkin’ Flesh Eater.  Popeye is ~44. Sponsor Me!>>


Indigo ‘Indy’ literally ‘died’ in Venette’s arms from aspergillosis in the middle of the night. She came back and we treated her for two years to complete recovery, during that time she was diagnosed with serious cataracts and is nearly blind. Indy is a blue & gold macaw, now ~24 years old. Sponsor Me!>>


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Tiki is a greater sulfur-crested cockatoo, raised in his native Australia by a family who eventually brought him to the US. He is a sanctuary ambassador, attending events and wowing the crowds with his size, beauty and sweet personality. Tiki is an enormous, 38-year old love marshmallow. Tiki loves lots of toys and boxes to chew. Sponsor Me!>>


Wally is a scarlet macaw with the well-known full-color attitude of his species. He is breathtaking to behold and hilarious to hang out with. Wally’s owner had to keep him at her factory, which was not the best for him; she brought him from San Francisco with the agreement that we would provide lifetime sanctuary.  He’s a trickster and laughs when he fools you, sings and talks all day long.  Wally is ~16. Sponsor Me!>>


Kona is a blue & gold macaw who lost her privileged home because of a family suicide and ended up in the back room of a pet store. She pulled out most of her feathers from stress and permanently damaged the follicles. Kona is an amazing talker–she taught all the macaws to shout “Venette,” which they do throughout the day—followed by laughter.  She is “special needs” because of a medical condition. Kona is ~35. Sponsor Me!>>


Alfie is a rose-breasted cockatoo, a species very dear in the US but treated like pests in Australia. Alfie freaked during the 1994 earthquake and tore out her chest and back feathers. They have not grown back. She was distraught when her human daddy passed away, but placement at the sanctuary brought new love—Venette. If she ever gives her heart to another, adoption will be considered.  Alfie is ~28. Sponsor Me!>>


Huey aka Baby Huey is a strapping male cascade, or mo-brella Cockatoo (umbrella and moluccan).  He is Lily’s baby, his dad was a Moluccan rescued from the Bird Mart. The sanctuary does not advocate breeding, but this was an accident that snuck up and surprised us. Huey was raised from an egg, but turned into a lunatic at age 2 and became rather dangerous to handle. He could leap tall buildings in 3 seconds flat. He is at last transforming into a beautiful soul to match his outer beauty. His favorite treat is a warm sweet potato. Huey is ~18. Sponsor Me!>>