Sadly, many birds come to us with physical and behavioral problems that make placement in adoptive homes difficult, if not impossible. For birds with special needs or behavioral problems who cannot be placed in new homes, we provide a safe haven with nurturing care. It is our goal that the birds that are not adoptable remain safely in sanctuary for the duration of their lives. We call them “The Forever Flock”. Sponsoring a bird in the Forever Flock helps us defray the costs of food and care and allows us to continue our work as advocates for these beautiful, yet misunderstood, creatures.
Small Bird – $20 monthly or $200 annually, i.e. Cockatiel, Lovebird, Parakeet
Medium Bird – $35 monthly or $350 annually, i.e. Conure, Amazon, African Grey
Large Bird – $50 monthly or $500 annually, i.e. Macaw or Cockatoo
This is Scarlette, named for her color and species, a Scarlet Macaw. She was rescued from the home of an elderly scientist who hoarded animals and was unable to provide for her nutritional needs. Despite her humble beginnings, Scarlette is as confident as a Southern Belle. She enjoys lunching with ladies at the Sanctuary and socializing with her new feathered friends. Thanks to your contributions to SBBS, Scarlette is able to spend her days in a large aviary enjoying the ocean breeze!
Ko is an umbrella cockatoo who lives in the large communal aviary, Ko, spends his days with male cockatoos fondly known as, "The Boys in the Hood." They are all in the three strikes program; adopted out three times and brought back again, and again---and again. Members of our forever flock all have innate macho behavior with which humans tend to have a problem; typically, it's excessive screaming and biting. Ko is usually a cuddly, sweet bird. He's very intelligent and a great talker. When hormonal, horns sprout and his personality changes. If on the ground, he starts to cuss violently and chases perceived enemies (usually men), intending to remove a toe. With a firm approach that turns the focus back on positive behavior, he is easily calmed.
Kali was relinquished to the Sanctuary due to his excessive screaming and aggressive nature. His owner kept him on haloperidol for 10 years, a psychotropic drug that turned him into a sweet quiet stupefied zombie. Of course he no longer takes drugs now that he is in our forever flock and spends his days screaming and hopping around his aviary that he shares with the cockatoo flock.
Moluccan Cockatoo - Age: Unknown
This very sweet Moluccan cockatoo was abandoned in front of the Santa Barbara Zoo with a note on her cage that said, “Please help me, Doodle.” At that time she had chewed a hole in her chest the size of a golf ball. Because we have no history on her we have no idea how old she is or how long she has been feather picking and mutilating her chest. It took 8 months to heal her wound and we now make her bullet proof jackets lined with Kevlar to prevent her from continuing to mutilate herself. Due to her special needs, she will remain in our forever flock.
Meyers Parrot - Age: 7
Kiwi was relinquished to Sanctuary due to a high pitched noise she makes that bothered the aging family dog. We have since adopted her out numerous times only to have her returned again and again. This little screecher is exquisitely beautiful with a delightful personality and will remain in our forever flock where she can screech to her hearts content.
Yellow Naped Amazon - Age: 25?
20 years ago this bird flew onto a roof and was rescued from a cat by a young man. The young man took the bird into his home and they were best friends until he went off to college. His Mom kept Mr Bill thinking that after graduating the bird could resume his relationship once her son had a house to live in. Unfortunately he also found a wife who was unwilling to share her home and husband with a raucous parrot. Mr Bill is a companion to Lapa and resides on the front porch as an official greeter.
Yellow Fronted Amazon - Age: 30
Lapa spent 25 years as a beloved companion to his ailing owner. His owner passed away and left Lapa to the Sanctuary. Due to his highly aggressive nature Lapa is not adoptable, but has made lot’s of feathered friends at the Sanctuary. He has buddied up with another amazon named Mr Bill and resides on the front porch as an official greeter.