Unwanted birds re-homed after love and care
IT’S quite common to be met with a ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ as you enter work, but for the volunteers at Parrots in Paradise their morning greetings are made by clever birds.
Dail Malins runs the registered not-for-profit organisation from her home in the Glass House Mountains to rescue, train and breed birds while educating the community about the intelligence of these winged animals.
In a few weeks, Dail will celebrate 50 years of service to her feathery friends.
Recently the sanctuary just introduced a new bird with the flock of 400 others already calling the paradise home.
“She’s absolutely beautiful, a green-wing macaw. Her life before had been crowded with lots of other parrots battling for morsels of food and being ignored for two years,” Dail said.
“She now only shares with one other bird and she’s just so happy.”
She said having a bird as part of the family is a life-time commitment with some being able to live “more than 100 years old”.
“The average pet parrot gets five different homes in their life. It’s a commitment and we want to make sure they get their forever home,” said the passionate bird trainer.
Dail’s enthusiasm is obvious and she loves to show off just how smart birds are.
“We do shows for people to come and see all the tricks the birds can do, such as basketball and ballet,” she said.
“They are so intelligent, they listen to commands just like a dog.
“Once a bird is taught something it’s taught that for life. They have a huge amount of cognitive ability.”
The sanctuary is multidisciplinary, it offers board for birds when their owners go away on holiday and even provides practise skills for aspiring veterinarians.
“Vet students from Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland have all been here to learn. They develop lots of practical knowledge and usually volunteer for a week or two,” Dail said.
“There’s lots of hands-on experience, such as feeding babies and trimming wings.”
The safe haven only takes domesticated pets, not wild birds and they are currently looking for a female swan for a widowed male, Ebony.
For more information, visit the website parrots inparadise.net.
❝ They are so intelligent, they listen to commands just like a dog.
— Dail Malins
SAFE HAVEN: Abandoned birds find oasis at Parrots in Paradise. INSET: Dail Malins (left) celebrates golden jubilee caring for feathery pets.