Captive parrots rehabilitated, returned to the wild

By on September 23, 2013

The Belize Bird Rescue is celebrating the successful rehabilitation and return of wild parrots to the forest.  According to BBR, after two years of rehabilitation, two former captive parrots were set free. 

During their rehabilitation, Belize Bird Rescue officials say the birds were able to grow back their clipped winds, develop muscle tone and flight ability as well as learning to feed themselves in the wild. 

The parrots were released in July of last year in one of the national parks, and last month, this photograph of the former captive birds was captured. 

Despite their early life of captivity, these birds have flourished and reproduced in the wild. They were identified by metal bands placed on the adults’ legs before they were released. The baby parrot does not have that metal band. 

The Belize Bird Rescue wants the public to know that there is hope for captive birds such as parrots whose normal lifespan in the wild would be between 50 and 100 years. But in restrictive cages, they live only a fraction of that lifespan. 

If anyone would like to surrender captive birds for rehabilitation, you can contact Belize Bird rescue at telephone number 610-0400.  According to Belize Bird Rescue “if you love them, then let them fly free.”


  1. Randy Collins

    September 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Thank you, Belize Bird Rescue! My wife and I look forward to visiting Belize to enjoy its beautiful nature and knowing that its people care about these amazing birds.

  2. Julie Lapalme

    December 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I have an African gray Congo and interested in setting her free. Wish to contact the Belize bird rescue by email….please write me back.

    • Patrick Jones

      December 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Julie: I will refer this to the Belize Zoo and someone should be in touch with you shortly. Thanks.

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