New additions are real crackers
HAPPY BIRDS: Flying High Bird Sanctuary owner David Tocknell with three Catalina macaws that are proving very popular with locals and visitors to the Flying High Bird Habitat.
IT'S been a bumper holiday period for Flying High Sanctuary and when you meet its latest additions, it’s not hard to see why.
Three five-month old catalina macaws have been a massive drawcard for the sanctuary in recent months, with the colourful birds’ friendly demeanours winning over adoring families on school holidays as well as bird lovers.
Sanctuary owner David Tocknell said the young blue and gold/scarlet hybrids still had some growing to do.
“They are going to fill out and their tails are going to get a bit longer,” he said.
“They are the only ones on display in Australia.”
The macaws have a lifespan of about 80 years, grow to about 90–96cm in length and feed on seeds, flowers, fruits and nuts.
Mr Tocknell said the birds had fitted in well with their 2000-plus bird mates.
“They are very friendly. People have come in and had their photos taken with them and they love it,” he said.
While the three macaws look very similar, a close inspection reveals their individuality.
“If you look at their face, the white part is their skin and the black is feathers and is like a fingerprint – no two birds are the same,” he said.
Mr Tocknell and his wife are selling the business because of health problems, but they are yet to find the right person to take on the sanctuary and care for the animals.
HAPPY BIRDS: Flying High Bird Sanctuary owner David Tocknell with three Catalina Macaws that are proving very popular.