New Aviary for African Greys
Tropical Birdland is a non-profit making, privately owned organisation which started in 1982. Over the years we have taken in hundreds of unwanted pet parrots and rehabilitated them to a more natural environment. Today, we strive to breed endangered species, for future generations to appreciate, because one day they may no longer exist in the wild. We aim to educate all of our visitors of the problems that parrots face both in the wild and in captivity, thus ensuring the bird has a full, active and enjoyable future.
African Greys have recently been listed as Endangered (Appendix 1) by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), an international agreement between governments across the globe. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Now more than ever the unwanted ex-pet parrots that we take in need to be re-educated and encouraged to exhibit their hidden natural instincts. We want to see them acquire basic survival traits and bond with their own species. Our ultimate aim is to see them rear their own offspring to independence – these parrots can then be shared to zoos and breeding centres across Europe, helping to further secure the species survival in captivity and in turn, in the wild through rehabilitation programmes within their natural habitats.
Unlike some other species of parrots, African Greys accept change and can adapt relatively quickly, often within a few years. During this time many mated pairs will learn to rear their own young, from egg laying all the way to full independence. Therefore, producing (when necessary) a juvenile bird that has maximum chance of successfully being released into the wild.
In some cases, such as inexperienced parenting or flock bullying, it is necessary to remove eggs for artificial incubation. We crèche rear these chicks so they do not fear humans and still understand that they are a bird, which in turn will make them more suitable for a home environment. We understand that there will always be a trade in pet birds and it is therefore important that those birds that do become pets can easily adapt to this environment and their new owners are fully aware of the large responsibility owning a bird can be.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
The time has come for us to improve our current aviary, which will start with a complete rebuild. This will make it larger with some indoor accommodation attached to it for winter purposes. This indoor space will also help us to ease new arrivals into the colony. Our stream will be integrated through the aviary, helping give a more natural feel. Attempts will also be made to create more “private feeling” nesting boxes to improve the breeding results on a colony basis.
In the wild African Greys (Psittacus Erithacus) are naturally communal flock birds, only temporarily separating for breeding purposes. This is why we hope our new aviary will work so well, when paired with our extensive knowledge of how to enrich the birds lives.
All funds raised will go directly into the revamp of this aviary so please DONATE now and give us the chance to help these endangered birds.