My name is Sylvester!

Macaw for adoption in Elizabeth, Colorado - Sylvester
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The Gabriel Foundation

Facts about Sylvester

  • Breed: Macaw
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 8032
Sylvester's history was sent to us with many details!
Age: 24 years during 2013
Favorite treats: Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews.
Grapes, strawberries, kiwi, melons and other fruits
Vegetables: snow peas, carrots and unsalted French fries.
Ice Cube: she likes to chew on an ice cube sometimes/sharpen his beak.

She will eat most anything... even tofu.

She will chew-through wooden toys/balls/large beads... good for her beak, and it is sometimes a stress reliever, though she doesn't do this very often.

Hello Baby
How Ya Doin'?
Hello Sylvester (sometimes only "Hello Syl," or "Hello Syl-ve.") Mmm-Hmm
(as-in: this oatmeal-walnut cookie sure tastes good!
Sylvester acknowledges good and unusual food.) C'mere (come here) WaWa, WaWaWa, WaWaWaWaWa (the "a" pronounced as in "ant.") Sometimes she makes a low-pitched, rapid clicking sound.
Normal Macaw noises, and various, random, assorted noises.
Sometimes she "sings-along" with the vacuum cleaner, or the piano.

Sylvester has listened almost exclusively to classical music on WRR 101.1 FM for at least 21 years.

Small Brooms:
Sylvester is not a fan of small brooms
but she doesn't seem to mind regular brooms.

Say "C'mere," or "let's go walking/let's go for a walk," then usually extend your right elbow to her left foot: she will perch on your arm, or walk-up on to your shoulder. Be aware that she might playfully, but aggressively, peck at your ear, without really biting, especially if you're headed some place she doesn't want to go. A strong "NO!" usually stops this.

She will perch on the edge of the kitchen sink and watch the water run.

She walks-around on the floor sometimes.

She loves to be outside on his perch with food and water, but not in direct sunlight for long periods.

Sylvester likes to play tug-o'-war with a newspaper folded lengthwise (so she can latch-on good with her beak poked-through the paper.) Pull it back-and-forth, let her try to shake it out of your hand, etc.
She also likes to be "petted" with the newspaper; she will flip upside-down so you can pet her with the paper on her chest, stomach and tail feathers.
Her "love-interest..." is the football/peanut-shaped, open-lattice-rubber object hanging in her cage.
Shower Bath:
Lightly spray her with water, but avoid spraying water directly into her nostrils and eyes. Sometimes, create a mist around her, rather than spraying directly on her (which she needs from time-to-time, though.)

Sylvester mainly poops in only two areas: to the front-left and to the right-rear, outside of her cage.

Primary Color: Blue
Secondary Color: Gold
Weight: 1.236
Age: 27yrs 9mths 0wks

About The Gabriel Foundation

Our Adoption Process...

The Gabriel Foundation Parrot Adoption Information

We’re delighted you are interested in the birds and programs of The Gabriel Foundation. We have so many wonderful birds in our adoption program just waiting for their forever home! You’ve taken the first step toward adding a feathered friend to your family.

What is the adoption process?
We ask that all adopters begin the process by taking a tour of the Aviary in Elizabeth where the majority of our birds are housed. This will allow you to see a variety of species of birds, see enrichments and housing options and get an idea how the birds are fed and cared for on a daily basis. We will also ask that you fill out an Adoption Application. We use this valuable tool to help us find a bird that fits with your personality, lifestyle, experience and expectations. There is a required class called Beyond Birdie Basics, which is offered every month as an online class through a Yahoo group. We also offer the Mini Birdie Basics class for those interested in the smaller species of parrots such as Cockatiels, Lovebirds and Budgies. Once you have chosen the bird (or birds) that you wish to take into your family, we will do a home visit to help you get everything ready for your new feathered companion.

What if I already have birds in my home?
Great! You have some idea what you are getting yourself into! Every bird that comes into The Gabriel Foundation is screened for viruses and general health. We require birds in the home of the potential adopter to meet those same standards – for the health and safety of our birds as well as theirs. The medical requirements have been set up by our Medical Director, Dr. Noel. A copy of those requirements will be provided.

What are the fees involved in adoption from The Gabriel Foundation?
There is a $75 ($45 for smaller birds) application fee. This fee covers a one year membership to The Gabriel Foundation (or one year extension if you are already a member – value $25), the Beyond Birdie Basics class (value $15), an educational DVD called “Captive Foraging” (value $25) and a book called “A Parrot for Life” (value $20). Regardless of whether you choose to continue with the adoption process or not, these educational materials will be extremely helpful when you do bring a new bird into your home.

The adoption fees vary from bird to bird. The adoption fees range from $50 for the smaller species of parrots up to $850 for the larger Cockatoos and Macaws. Once you have chosen a specific bird (or birds) we can give you an exact fee. In general, you can expect to pay an adoption fee that is approximately 50% of what you would pay from a private party or retail operation.

How long does the adoption take to complete?
Generally, depending on how quickly you “connect” with a bird, you can expect the adoption process to take between 6-10 weeks for the bird to come to your home. There is a 90 day probationary adoption period initially during which time you will be asked to send regular reports to us on how the adjustment is going. At the end of the 90 days, assuming all is going well and you wish to make the bird a permanent member of your household, permanent adoption paperwork will be sent for you to complete.

It seems like The Gabriel Foundation makes the adoption process very difficult! Why is this?
The combined years of experience we all bring to The Gabriel Foundation ranging from veterinary medicine, aviculture, companion parrot care and parrot welfare has helped develop a protocol that sets the birds up for the best chance of success. It is not our intent to frustrate anyone or make it impossible to add a bird to your family. We take the responsibility for each bird in our care very seriously and we want them to be successful in their new home. We take time to make sure the new family has all the tools needed for long term success. We are invested in the lifetime of each bird that comes through The Gabriel Foundation and we appreciate that you are taking the time to commit to that same level of care.

A downloadable Adoption Application is available on our website