Conures

Conures

Ricky, Lucy, and Fred, hybrid crosses between the sun conure (Aratinga solstitialis) and the nanday conure (Aratinga nenday), were born in 2014. They came to the Foundation from a facility that took excellent care of them to be a part of our educational program. They are healthy and love to greet all the guests who come to visit the Foundation. The sun conure, also known as the sun parakeet, is a medium-sized brightly colored parrot. Sun conures have predominantly golden-yellow plumage and their face and belly are orange with red around the ears. Young sun conures are predominantly green and...

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Checkers – Great Horned Owl

Checkers – Great Horned Owl

Checkers is a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) who came to the Foundation from Bidwell Rehabilitation Center. Checkers is healthy but unable to be released back into the wild. Checkers has come to the Foundation to join our native species educational program. The great horned owl is also known as the tiger owl or the hoot owl. Great horned owls are generally colored for camouflage protecting them from predators as well as hiding them while they are hunting their prey. The great horned owl’s primary diet includes rabbits, rats, mice, and voles although it will freely hunt any animal it can...

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Macaws

Macaws

Tiki, Gizmo, Pauly, and Penny are blue-and-gold macaws, Andy and Gadget are catalina macaws, Elmo and Lucy are scarlet macaws, and Sergeant is a military macaw. Elmo is one of the Foundation’s special need residents. Elmo joined the Foundation because he was plucking out his own feathers. He has transitioned well and no longer plucks his feathers but he did permanent damage to the feather follicles and is missing most of his chest feathers. The scarlet, blue-and-gold, and military macaw are all naturally occurring macaw species. Catalina macaws are a hybrid cross between the blue-and-gold...

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Dewey – African Gray Parrot

Dewey – African Gray Parrot

Dewey is a male African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) who joined us in July, 2014, and was born around 1980. He came to us from a woman who had him as a pet but moved to a nursing home and couldn’t keep him. The African grey parrot is mostly grey, with a black bill, with red tail and undertail. Both males and females are similar in appearance; however juveniles will have dark grey to black eyes while adult eyes are greyish-yellow. Little is known about how these birds court each other in the wild, however they are known to be monogamous, and nest in the cavities of trees. After 3-5 eggs...

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Sherlock – African Gray Parrot

Sherlock – African Gray Parrot

Sherlock is a male African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) who joined us in 2010, and was born around 1997. Sherlock’s owner passed away and his family wasn’t able to keep him. We are happy to have him as part of our family. The African grey parrot is mostly grey, with a black bill, with red tail and undertail. Both males and females are similar in appearance; however juveniles will have dark grey to black eyes while adult eyes are greyish-yellow. Little is known about how these birds court each other in the wild, however they are known to be monogamous, and nest in the cavities of trees....

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Sweetheart – Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sweetheart – Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sweetheart is a female Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) who arrived the foundation in the summer of 2013, and we believe her to be born sometime in 2008. She came to the foundation because she was ill, due to losing her beak and being malnourished. Thanks to the foundations resources for the first few months here, she received 24-hour care with lots of love, creative enrichment to help with her nutrition, and was trained to use her beak as a shovel. Her diet consisted of a smoothie made of fruits and vegetables, bird starter food and many supplements. She is now able to eat more...

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Juan & Maria – Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

Juan & Maria – Double Yellow-Headed Amazon

Juan and Maria are Double Yellow-headed Amazons (Amazona oratrix). Yellow-headed Amazons have a wide variety of subspecies that are found from Mexico to northern South America. Double Yellow-headed Amazons, like Juan and Maria, are native to Mexico and northern Central America, and are given this name based on the yellow feathers on the crown and nape (back of the neck). They are found in forests near bodies of water. Juan and Maria love to mimic our words and also love to eat peanuts! They talk so much that it sounds like they are talking on the phone! They are a popular pet because of...

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Olli – Great Horned Owl

Olli – Great Horned Owl

This is OLLI, a Great Horned Owl. We believe Olli is a male, native to our area, and is about 3-4 years old. Olli came to us with an injured wing. He is a joy, and will be an ambassador of his species. Due to his injury, he is non-releasable. He will be a wonderful addition to our educational programs, and we are delighted to have him here in his permanent home! The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common birds of prey and lives throughout the Americas year round. There are a large number of subspecies, whose main differences are mainly in color and size. Olli is a California Great Horned...

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Buitre – Turkey Vulture

Buitre – Turkey Vulture

This is Buitre (boo-ee-tray), a female Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), who came to us in 2012. She was born in Summer 2011. She is non-releasable because she was hit by a car, which required surgery on her wing. She will be an ambassador of her species. We are very pleased to have her here at the Foundation. The turkey vulture’s head is bald and red. Its plumage is primarily dark brown. Males and females appear identical. Turkey vultures have weak, chicken-like feet, which are suitable for running on the ground but not for grasping. These vultures cannot lift or carry food with their...

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