Parrot Rehabilitation​

Rehabilitation for release is our primary objective

Capturing and keeping wild parrots is illegal in Belize. The Belize Forest Department is responsible for enforcement of the Wildlife Act which prohibits illegal hunting and keeping wildlife in captivity. BBR assists the Forest Department by providing the rehabilitation facility for confiscated birds, assistance and funding for logistics, as well as educational materials, banding equipment and handling training for enforcement officers.

Confiscation and Rescue:

Two rescued red loreds (over-grooming)
Where do they come from?
  • Confiscated by Government

  • Surrendered by owners

  • Injured wild birds

  • Escaped captive birds

  • At-risk chicks

typical wing-clip in Belize
Injured olive-fronted parakeet (Aratinga nan)
Intake and Quarantine:
The first steps of rehab
  • 30 days quarantine

  • Diet correction

  • Medical care

  • Increased space and perching

  • Introduction to enrichment

Red lored eating berries
White-capped (Pionus senilis) with enrichment
Pre-flight and socialisation
Learning to be a flock
  • Increased space

  • Introduction to other birds

  • Practicing climbing

  • Beginning to fly

Three recently introduced white-fronts (Amazona albifrons)
Three red loreds in our flight aviary
Flight aviary
Faster, Higher, Stronger
  • Flight training

  • Encourage natural behaviour

  • Eliminate human habituation

  • Natural vocalisation

Rehabilitation aviary for release red loreds
Rehabilitation aviary for release red loreds
The primary objective
Released white front
Released olive-throated parakeet 'Pinky'
Released red lored 'Clyde'
Released red loreds
  • 100% fit and healthy

  • Natural behaviour

  • Natural vocalisation

2013 - 2016 wild breeding success
Nesting success with released red lored Amazons

With kind permission of andphotos

With kind permission of andphotos

Our first wild breeding success was documented in 2013 and again in 2014 when a pair of released red loreds produced a chick each year.

Since then we have witnessed many of our red lored and white-front pairs revisiting the rescue with their wild-bred chicks