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Welcome to the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary

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Covid may be diminished but the Sanctuary is still feeling the financial effects. We would appreciate donations, volunteers, and anything to help keep us going.

“We feed them and tame them and think we know them”

                                                                         —David Attenborough


Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2004 by Director Jamie McLeod, who recognized the need for a rescue dedicated to unwanted and displaced companion parrots. Only a handful

of parrot rescues serve the entire nation, and most – like ours – function

beyond capacity with limited funding. 

Here at the Sanctuary, our mission not only mandates quality of health and happiness for the parrots in our care, but also emphasizes community outreach and education. Living with a bird is a complicated, full-time commitment that the average person finds difficult to fulfill. People are drawn to the beauty of these extremely intelligent creatures that have highly complex social needs.
They often find they are unable to give them the intense interaction required
in order for them to thrive. We educate potential adopters as well as local
groups of all ages.

Our goals are to create positive, enriching environments for companion parrots, minimize neglect and ignorance that lead to relinquishment, and make space
for birds entrusted to us who outlive their owners.


Please enjoy every page of our website. Meet our beloved birds and learn how you can become an SBBS Friend of the Flock.

Sneak preview of our book Avian Ambassadors with special guest Tutti Frutti the Curl-Crested Aracari 

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