NEW – Online Avian Wellness Training Series coordinated by The Avian Welfare Coalition and sponsored by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), an international sanctuary accreditation body. The training series, in three parts, describes the best practices in temporary housing, intake, handling, disease, and nutrition, among other topics useful for short-term bird care in shelters and animal care facilities. Read more.
Captive Birds Need Protection Now!
Did you know that captive exotic birds commonly sold in the pet trade or used for other entertainment purposes do not have specific protections under the Federal Animal Welfare Act? Read why.
Birds: Get the Facts at More Beautiful Wild
The popularity of birds — whether captive-bred or wild-caught — as "pets" in the U.S. has enormous global influence, and fuels the trade in exotic birds around the world. The impact of the pet trade on wild parrot populations is devastating, with parrot species more globally threatened than almost any other major group of birds.
Cupid and Kenya: A Tale of Two Lovebirds
Because these species are so common in captivity and are small, I think people tend to forget that they are small parrots, that they exist in the wild and are the native species of other countries. Lovebirds are from Africa.
Symbol of Liberty: The Resplendent Quetzal
It is a historical icon of liberty. Quetzals were revered by the Maya and hey believed the quetzal would not survive in captivity as it would rather kill itself than be held prisoner.
Lorikeets: Too Appealing for Their Own Good?
Lorikeets are admired for their beautiful plumage and amusing antics, yet their food requirements and droppings make them particularly difficult to care for.... Of course, like all birds, they are wild animals and their natural behaviors and activities are constricted when they are kept captive.
“If only I could so live and so serve the world that after me there should never again be birds in cages.”