My name is Tewa!

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

Facts about Tewa

  • Breed: Macaw
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 7960
Steeped in myth and legend, Ojo Calient ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years. The use of the waters can be traced back to the earliest human migrations in the region. Ancient peoples, the ancestors of today's Native American Tewa Pueblos, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the Springs. "Tewa" is the language spoken by the 8 Northern Pueblos of New Mexico. Tewa People include current residents and descendants of Taos, Picuris, Santa Clara, Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan), San Ildefonso, Nambe, Pojoaque and Tesuque Pueblos. As Tewa was purchased from a bird store in Santa Fe, the indigenous name stuck.
Tewa, this male GW macaw, came to us from a life where his BFF friend was the husband, who after many years together, became terminally ill. His wife was bereft, and could not care for Tewa, and she placed him with us. He was considered a hardship case. Tewa is a big, robust fella who can be easily identified by the slight scissor beak that was shaped as a result of hand feeding and not alternating the sides of his beak that were not alternated properly. We've continued to shape it prophylacticly so the occlusal surface maintains good contact and his diet isn't impacted. He's a bit cautious with new people, but taking it slow with him to build trust is the way to win him over, and using a schedule of positive reinforcement is the core of gaining his trust and friendship .Tewa does well with other macaws and a GW friend for him is a perfect environment for him to flourish. If you are unable to adopt please consider sponsorship of the majestic macaw.

Primary Color: Red
Secondary Color: Green
Weight: 1.137
Age: 24yrs 2mths 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 enrichment 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 Bird Basics, which is available online and can be taken at your own pace.

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.

What are the fees involved in adoption from The Gabriel Foundation?
There is a $75 ($25 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 Bird Basics class (value $15), and an educational DVD or book of your choice. 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 $10 for the smaller species of parrots up to $650 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