My name is Jilly!

Eclectus for adoption in Elizabeth, Colorado - Jilly
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The Gabriel Foundation

Facts about Jilly

  • Breed: Eclectus
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 6629
TGF has a long history with Jilly's family. Many years ago, in 1997, Jilly's breeders contacted TGF about a hoarding situation in Littleton, CO that involved about 45 birds. The owner was in trouble, unable to feed, clean, provide veterinary care, or even remove the dead birds' bodies from her closed in barn cum aviary. From that same rescue came many different species, including several pairs of Eclectus. Some of those birds went to the breeder who contacted us to help the majority of birds. What we didn't know down the road was that we'd be helping that same breeder when he stopped raising parrots.
Jilly was given as a chick to the 8 daughter of the breeder. She cherished and kept Jilly to the best of her ability. Life changed for her, and she joined Americorps. And she called us to please take Jilly and her cage. She wanted another family for Jilly and couldn't find one herself. Jilly knows a lot of words, and her voice is distinctive: deep and rumbling, to sweet and gentle. She says, "Step Up,Hi Pretty Girl, and calls Amber, Paula, Jason..." regularly. She is a fantastic flyer, and is in good feather except for a small bare ring around her neck which at times she makes naked.She likes her baths and showers,and sitting in the sun. Since at TGF she's regularly spent time flying outside in a large aviary, using up some of her energy.
Jilly has some special needs: she absolutely cannot be petted other than the occasional skritch on her head. She must be kept away from dark, tunnel or cave like enclosures, cabinets or closets. When she sees those areas she goes immediately into "nest" mode. She'll defend her area, however big it is from those who dare enter. If a same size or smaller bird goes into her space, that bird stands a strong change of being injured. Jilly can be out and about on her play stand, enjoy foraging toys, stuffed, shreddable cardboard, grass mat toys, and any toy that has hidden food items. She likes musicals on TV and starts to sing and talk when a show such as Glee comes on. Keeping her mind and body focused on activities, exercise, learning new training behaviors and keeping her cage enriched and full of things to do is what this gal needs. She shares room space with other birds and when she's out, everyone else is put away. And Jilly has the best appetite of any bird we've ever met. Like most Eclectus, she hasn't met something she doesn't like to eat. One of her special faves is chicken, cooked, with bones and all.
Eclectus parrots are sexually dimorphic - males are green, females are red. There are 7 subspecies of Eclectus, but three or four species are most commonly found in the US. The Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas. According to Dr. Rob Marshall, " These highly intelligent birds are very animated and love to participate in daily activities and in doing so, will quickly become acquainted with a daily routine.
Primary Color: Red
Secondary Color: Purple
Weight: 0.455
Age: 15yrs 0mths 3wks

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