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Bego & Pina

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Bego and Pina have ventured outside!


They are so brave and really enjoying their life in the aviary to the fullest already.  It is so much fun to watch them continue to blossom.  We are so proud of them!

October 19, 2016

October 16, 2016


The release of Bego and Pina in the avairy on October 12, 2016.  They both did better than expected.  They have really had great care prior to their arrival here at Project Perry.  They handled the whole process very well! 


You will notice that they fly into the polycarbonate wall a little bit... this is normal as they explore a new place.  The polycarbonate is actually softer air filled and bendable material.  No harm came to any of the birds. 


As of a few days later, they are flying like they've been in there forever.  They are still a bit on the weaker side, but they'll be strong flyers in no time...we are positive of that. 

The release of Bego and Pina in the avairy on October 12, 2016.  They both did better than expected.  They have really had great care prior to their arrival here at Project Perry.  They handled the whole process very well! 


Here they are getting familiar with their new home.

Bego and Pina  exploring their home some more.

Bego and Pina  enjoying some dinner

October 12, 2016

Bego and Pina arrived yesterday afternoon right on time.   Two bright eyed surprisingly calm African Grey Parrots.  Bego, the Congo male and Pina, the Timneh female were both slightly on edge but a lot more calm than we expected.  It is obvious that the person that has been caring for them for quite some time took very good care of them and gave them the space they needed to be comfortable.  They are obviously afraid of people, but they do not growl from the sight alone like so many others that did not have the  same respect prior to arriving here.  We are so glad that they are here and in our trusted care.  Wild parrots have a very special place in our hearts.  They have been through so much and they are true survivors.  We look forward to watching them grow and explore here at Project Perry with our supporters. 


Today as they departed the cage they spent the night in... they unknowingly left the last cage they will ever be in.  At this point, the only way they will be in a cage is if they fall ill or get injured and need a bit of down time.  We hope they enjoy their new life here with us at Project Perry!  Thank you to everyone who donated and to everyone who sent their love and support our way!

Currently, this is the only photo we have of Bego and Pina.  They are terrified of humans for the most part and very hard to photograph.

Bego &



Approximately 4 years ago, I was asked to help a fellow board member with the removal of several parrots from a very filthy and dangerous home.

The owner of the home was well known to local police and animal control officers. She has a long history of psychiatric issues. The breeding and sale of the birds was how she supported herself.  We had been visiting periodically, whenever we could talk our way in, to try to talk her into letting us provide her birds with new homes.  She was about to be foreclosed on, and needed to get the birds and her dog out of the house.  She could not take them with her where she was going to live.  On what was to be our last visit, to pick up some paperwork on the birds, she started talking about the rest of her birds.  We checked each room ,  but did not find any other birds.  As we were about to leave, she asked us if we wanted to see the African greys.  In the nearly year that this other board member, and the 3 months that I had been going with her to the house, not once had she ever mentioned the greys.  We were led downstairs to a dark, dank basement, she turned on a small light.  On the back wall, next to an oil tank and furnace, was a filthy cage with nothing in it, but a food dish, water dish and nesting box.  There were no perches or anything else that provide a way for the birds to perch.  We were shocked into silence at first.  There was an African grey, Bego (whose mate had died) and Pina, an Timneh grey in the cage.  She was trying to force them to breed.  Unsuccessfully.  As we had brought the carrier down with us, we told her we could take the greys with us.  She said that she would help us get the birds out.  She picked up a large stick and told us “she got the birds out of the box by banging on the bars behind the breeding box until they fell out”.  Then she netted them, trapping them in the bottom of the cage until she could change their food and water dish.  As she started to swing the stick, I rushed her and immobilized her while telling the other board member to get the birds and get out of the house.  When I met my partner in rescue outside, we were both shaken.  This person had birds throughout the house, in every nook and cranny, but she never mentioned the grays.  We never did learn how long those birds were in the basement.  I called the animal control officer to come pick up the dog, and we went back in the house to check one more time, we afraid we might have missed other birds. Then, we delivered the birds to (initials for privacy) GRL, she has been an excellent guardian for these birds, caring for them on their level of acceptance, and through her patience and love, they became less fearful.  Her care has brought them back to good health. Although the birds are fearful of humans if they come too close, they are curious about who is in the house.  When we would have our meetings at GRL's house, the birds would watch and listen from the other room (they could see us) and occasionally they would chime in.  Unfortunately, GRL has had some medical issues that are now compelling her to find a forever home for Bego and Pina.  All of us are very sad, as we all care deeply for Bego and Pina.


Written and submitted by -Cindy H.

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