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Rescued parrots find homes at event

Beak n Wings Inc., brought rescued parrots to Petco in Lawrence, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, for people to adopt.

January 16, 2011

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Ellen Ross, Topeka, completes paperwork to adopt a friendly parrot that found a comfortable spot on Ross’ head to do some grooming. Beak n Wings Inc. brought several types of rescued parrots to Petco in Lawrence on Saturday for an adoption event.

Ellen Ross, Topeka, completes paperwork to adopt a friendly parrot that found a comfortable spot on Ross’ head to do some grooming. Beak n Wings Inc. brought several types of rescued parrots to Petco in Lawrence on Saturday for an adoption event.

Parrot adoption

Beak n Wings will put on its 11th Annual Spring Bird Expo from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Metropolitan Community College, 1775 Universal Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

For more information about adopting a parrot, visit beaknwings.org, or call 913-322-3398.

A pink moluccan cockatoo, over 30-years-old, keeps an eye on a parrot adoption booth at Petco in Lawrence, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Beak n Wings Inc., brought several types of rescued parrots to the pet store in hopes of finding good homes for a selection of parrots.

A pink moluccan cockatoo, over 30-years-old, keeps an eye on a parrot adoption booth at Petco in Lawrence, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Beak n Wings Inc., brought several types of rescued parrots to the pet store in hopes of finding good homes for a selection of parrots.

Sarah Rooney, left, Lawrence, and her son Micah MacConnell, 3, study a parrot at Petco, 3115 Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, for an adoption event. Beak n Wings Inc., brought several types of rescued parrots to the Lawrence animal store in hopes of finding them homes.

Sarah Rooney, left, Lawrence, and her son Micah MacConnell, 3, study a parrot at Petco, 3115 Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, for an adoption event. Beak n Wings Inc., brought several types of rescued parrots to the Lawrence animal store in hopes of finding them homes.

Debby Smith, Lawrence, befriends a mitred conure parrot named Louie at an adoption event at Petco 3115, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Beak n Wings Inc., brought several types of rescued parrots to the Petco in Lawrence for an adoption event.

Debby Smith, Lawrence, befriends a mitred conure parrot named Louie at an adoption event at Petco 3115, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Beak n Wings Inc., brought several types of rescued parrots to the Petco in Lawrence for an adoption event.

On the street

If you could teach a parrot to say anything, what would it be?

Parrots don’t talk.

More responses

Volunteers from Beak n Wings Inc., a Shawnee-based parrot rescue agency, receive a lot of calls from potential parrot parents looking for a dream bird that’ll chat with them just like a friend.

“They always want a bird that talks,” said board member Jennifer Clair at Saturday’s adoption event at Petco, 3115 Iowa.

But that’s usually a sign someone doesn’t really understand what’s involved in taking care of a parrot, said fellow board member Kevin Patrick.

Only a small percentage of parrots talk, and a lot goes into caring for the birds that can live up to 80 years, he said.

“It’s a lifelong commitment,” Patrick said.

Initial costs for a parrot can run into the hundreds, including the cost of buying the bird and cage. Care for a parrot can then cost an additional $30 to $75 per month.

But for those ready for the commitment, it’s rewarding, Clair said.

Beak n Wings is always looking for homes for the hundred or so birds they receive every year. Some are surrendered by previous owners, while others are found out in the wild in a non-native and potentially dangerous habitat.

For instance, Honeydew, a double yellow-headed Amazon parrot on display Saturday, was found after being attacked by a red-tailed hawk.

As Clair gave kisses to Honeydew, she talked about the joy of owning a parrot.

“They form a bond with a person that is so much more of a one-on-one bond,” she said. “It’s something to be chosen by a wild bird to be a companion.”

Comments

displacedsunflower 4 years, 1 month ago

My daughter here in Louisiana has a small parrot that says quite a few things, one thing being "Good morning" when the cage cover is taken off. It is a funny bird. They found it in the neighborhood, & kept it when they could not find the owner. It flew away once, but was found again in the neighborhood. They had it's wings clipped so that it cannot flew far now.

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