Many people in the United States purchase exotic birds without thinking about the long-term needs of these creatures, who live as long as seventy years and more. Many of these Macaws are bought unwisely by middle-aged adults. They do not realize that their “pet” will long outlive its owner.
Many times their circumstances change through economic difficulties, or moving for work, or some other reason. Then they have to give up the bird. Macaw Rescue recovers these beautiful “feathered friends”.
However, they are not resold to new owners. The end game is to eventually release the birds back into their natural habitats in Central America in designated bird sanctuaries in Panama, Costa Rica, and other tropical habitats where these birds came from and ultimately will be released.
Your contribution helps to make sure that these birds are properly taken care of and allowed to live the long, healthy lives they were created to enjoy. Eventually, your funds will allow them to be returned to the wild where they belong.
Macaw Rescue, Inc. reaches out to save the lives of these birds, threatened by abandonment or seizure and not having a permanent home. You can help bring hope to these magnificent, protected species for a lifetime of better care or provide solutions to owners of these creatures in times of crisis or disaster that threatens their ability to care for their pets. Many Macaw species are endangered in the wild and in the years to come some species will only be found in captivity.
Macaw Rescue, Inc. is located in Palm City, Florida on a 5-acre ranchette called Yardley Farms. Palm City is on Florida's east coast about halfway between Orlando and Miami.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership with voting rights. The day-to-day operation is overseen by an Executive Director along with a staff of care givers and maintenance personnel.
The membership is comprised of various levels of voting and non-voting members. Funds to support operations are derived exclusively from donations. Macaw Rescue Inc. is registered as a non-profit entity under IRS Section 501(C)3 Public Charity Rules. It also enjoys Florida State Tax Exemption privileges and is licensed by the State of Florida to undertake Fund Raising activities. The Facility also maintains a current License to possess CLASS III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Macaw Rescue also provides shelter and continual care for animals abandoned due to neglect or harm, when necessary. They currently have other parrots, a potbellied pig, many geese, peacocks and peahens, two donkeys, and a stallion.
Large, dark (usually black) beaks, and relatively hairless, light colored, medial facial (facial patch) areas distinguish Macaws. Sometimes the facial patch is smaller in some species, and limited to a yellow patch around the eyes and a second patch near the base of the beak in the members of the genus Anodorhynchus, or Hyacinth Macaw. It has been documented that a Macaw's facial feathers are as unique as a human fingerprint
Some of the Macaw species are popularly known for their impressive size. The largest parrot in length and wingspan is the Hyacinth Macaw. The heaviest Macaw is the Buffon's, although the heaviest parrot is the flightless Kakapo. While still relatively large parrots, the Macaws of the genera Cyanopsitta, Orthopsittaca and Primolius are significantly smaller than the members of Anodorhynchus and Ara. The smallest member of the family, the Red-shouldered Macaw, is no larger than some parakeets of the genus Aratinga.
Macaws, like other parrots, as well as toucans and woodpeckers, are zygodactyl, having their first and fourth toes pointing backwards.
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