New ad­di­tions are real crack­ers

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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.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

HAPPY BIRDS: Fly­ing High Bird Sanc­tu­ary owner David Tock­nell with three Catalina Macaws that are prov­ing very popular.

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