Text Box: The Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary

Welcome to our Photo and Information Tour!



The Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary provides a permanent home where wild caught, Cockatoos, Macaws and Greys can, live out their lives in a peaceful park-like setting. They retire with dignity, in species-specific colonies, among their own kind. 


This site is packed with 150 photos of our Sanctuary and residents!  Click a species from the list, to view colony photos, observation notes, noise levels, how much elbow room each species needs, wild caught to domestic ratio’s and personality profiles.  Learn how new birds, by species, are introduced into existing colonies.  We detail aggression issues, challenges and solutions. Each colony has its own distinct personality. We also provide you with Tips for building Colonies, in case you are inspired to create your own backyard habitat.









Many of our residents are wild caught ex-breeders.  During the 70’s and 80’s, thousands of Cockatoo’s were legally imported into this country.  Upon arrival, they went into quarantine facilities.  Once the quarantine period was over, birds were auctioned off.  A small percentage of the bird were, tamed as pets. The majority were purchased by breeding facilities to start producing babies for the pet trade.  Those wild caught breeder birds are aging and many are no longer producing.  What can we do with these untamed wild birds?  What happens to these older birds?  There is a surplus of unwanted tame birds waiting for adoption.  Why attempt to domesticate or tame “down” ex-breeders?  Haven’t they suffered enough?  Species specific colonies provide a place where wild caught birds can retire with dignity, surrounded by their own kind.


Wild Caught birds of all species have suffered unimaginable horrors at the hands of humans.  From being snagged out of the jungles and cruel inhumane transportation methods with other birds dying all around them……..to captivity. Humans take away their dignity, their choices, family life and then…...their babies.    The wild caught have suffered they still remember freedom.  After everything they have endured, we should help them retire with dignity.


As you navigate through this photo tour, consider this….are humans really the ultimate companion for  Cockatoos? Or, is it our human arrogance? Would they prefer to wait in a cage, in our living room, for scraps of attention we might give them at the end of our busy day?  Should re-homing be re-considered?  Why do so many people think that rehabilitation and adoption should be the first choice and sanctuaries should be a last resort?  Maybe, living with humans should be the last resort?

This site was designed for viewing on the new wide screen monitors. We will have a standard screen version available soon. The photos are slow to load even for DSL users. Please be patient.





We hope the colony photos and  information  provided on this site, will inspire the bird community to look at alternative housing for rescue birds and ALL captive birds. Species-specific colonies really do work. There is no need to warehouse these birds, any longer.


The extensive photo tour  on this site, is an opportunity to see the Sanctuary Residents in their relaxed state. We were able to take candid photos of shy residents, those that would normally hide, if “strangers” were near. Candid shots of their everyday routines. The photos were accumulated over a period of several years, so you will notice various stages of site development. We know you will enjoy seeing Cockatoo’s, Macaw’s, and Grey’s in a more natural environment…...then a small cage.


 We are not open to the public for tours. The Cockatoos, Macaws and Greys that live at The Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary are not on exhibit. We are not a zoo.   We are not zoned for commercial public access or animal exhibition. We have a large population of wild caught birds, they perceive public viewing as intrusive and threatening. We do not have public “work parties”.


Copyright 2007 Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written authorization of The Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary



This is two of our Elenora's sunning themselves.




 The Blunt Truth


Have you ever noticed, the majority of  Rescue and Sanctuary web sites avoid showing pictures of their facility? Instead, you are shown photos of individual birds outside of their cages. This is because, most rescues, house birds in a traditional," warehouse” style. Hundreds of birds living in row after row of individual cages. Some rescues and sanctuaries have birds in every room stacked two or three cages high. A life of solitary confinement, tame birds desperately waiting for someone to stop, and notice them. How can that be considered a Sanctuary?


There is not enough time, volunteers or caretakers to give that many birds the individual attention they want and  need, especially Cockatoos.  Ironically, many of these birds were relinquished because their owners felt guilty they were unable to give it enough attention.


Do the Math: Hundreds of birds = hundreds of cages to clean. 300 cages = 600 food and water bowls! No wonder the people who run warehouse rescues and sanctuaries, are overworked and exhausted from working around the clock. But, they continue to take in birds. Something needs to change before they burn out! We need efficient solutions for this growing problem.


There is a solution….we can take a lesson from nature. After  years of research we found that Cockatoos, Macaws and Greys thrive in species- specific colonies. These habitats offer a family life where they have friends to choose from and room to move. Human contact is replaced by their new feathered  family. It is giving Cockatoos what they really want, attention 24 hours a day, every day.


Above: Each colony has a suspended feeding station that holds a stainless steel buffet pan. An efficient alternative to individual bowls scattered around the colony. The birds politely line up around the buffet and share meals. This method saves time and reduces waste.