My name is Rocky!

Amazon for adoption in Elizabeth, Colorado - Rocky
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Facts about Rocky

  • Breed: Amazon
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Senior
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 5072
Orange-winged Amazon
Amazona amazonica

Sometimes the least vocal individuals are the most out-spoken; this is true for Rocky. This long lived Orange-winged Amazon doesn't need words to express himself, he has found his posturing and body language can offer just as much communication as speech. Though he appears to be a tough one to get to know, Rocky has a wonderful parrot personality with a vigilant eye. The Orange-winged Amazon parrot is native to South America, specifically the entire northern part east of the Andes Mountains. In captivity, the Orange-wing is often thought of as having an unpleasant voice, but their plumage is truly gorgeous. When their tail feathers are spread, a melange of oranges, yellows and greens, with every shade in between, can be seen. This can be truly awe inspiring in contrast to the green feathers that dominates the majority of their contour feathers.

In his last home in MN, Rocky's best friend was his Quaker buddy Louie. Since Louie passed away, Rocky hasn't found a special bird buddy, although he is social with many of the other Amazons. Though you may not hear Rocky due to his preference for quiet, he will certainly let you know what is on his mind. While spending time in his outdoor aviary at The Gabriel Foundation, you can often see Rocky flying from perch to perch. At almost 40 years old, Rocky has mastered control of the air with his wings; when time to come inside in the evening, he even prefers to navigate the obstacle course of doors leading from the aviary to his cage. To offer this wonderful aged Orange-winged Amazon the life he deserves, space to fly is certainly necessary. As a wild-caught parrot, Rocky's interaction with people wasn't always based on mutual trust and respect. In the old days before importation became illegal, birds like Rocky were called "broncos". Give Rocky a few reasons to become interactive with you, and along with your patience and understanding he is sure to succeed in a caring home that can offer him the respect a fully-flighted and once wild bird deserves for the rest of his life.

Primary Color: Green
Secondary Color: Orange
Weight: 0.361
Age: 42yrs 6mths 1wks

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