Purple Parrot Rescue

Bird shelter, Lost and Found Register, and Adoptions.


Welcome to the home Purple Parrot Rescue. To view the birds currently up for adoption, see the 'adopt a bird' page. Please take the time to read the information pages. Below are the latest news and happenings here. Thanks for visiting :).


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Purple Parrot

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Greetings bird lovers!  After a necessary break, Purple Parrot Rescue is up and fully running again. We have downsized the number of aviaries housing our own birds to make room for rescues. Please don't hesitate to email or call us if you need to rehome your parrot or have lost or found a feathered friend.

General enquiries: Contact Us  or email parrotrescue@optusnet.com.au

Adoption enquiries: see here before contacting us.

Urgent situations: 0418 539 223. (eg. you've found a pet bird to hand in, or otherwise require an immediate response).

Thanks :D

Please note: We are unable to assist with wild birds such as seagulls, pigeons, sparrows, magpies etc. If you find an injured wild animal, please ring Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535.


Melba the Eclectus Parrot, recently reunited with her owner through Purple Parrot Rescue.

Eclectus Parrot

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 3:25 AM

I'm happy to announce the owner of the female Eclectus parrot (see below) has been found! They have been reunited and Melba (as she is now known) was very excited to see him.

Thank-you to all those who've helped and requested to adopt her. Watch this space for more feathered friends in need.


An update on Purple Parrot

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Hi all and happy 2012 :). 

Found: large parrot in Melbourne's outer east. This obviously tame and friendly parrot was found wandering down the street shortly before Christmas. If you or someone you know has recently lost a parrot that matches this description, please contact us with the following information about your parrot

~Species, colour, sex, and distinguishing features.

~Suburb and approximate date the bird escaped.

~Colour and serial number of leg ring if it has one.

~A contact name and phone number.

Please phone or text 0418 539 223 or email parrotrescue@optusnet.com.au with any information that may help.

Miranda :)

Larry the Quaker Parrot

Posted on July 11, 2010 at 2:33 AM

I've recently updated the adoption profile for Larry the Quaker. Here is a recent video of him talking. See here for more info on Larry.


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Adoption Enquiries

Posted on January 31, 2010 at 6:48 AM

Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in the birds currently up for adoption. Due to the large number of people who have applied, it is taking us some time to sort through all the emails. We'll get back to everyone shortly. Thanks for your patience.


The contact form is out of order. Please read.

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 6:10 AM

Important: Due to the large number of messages we've received in the past week, we are unable to use contact form again until February. You will need to email us directly at: parrotrescue@optusnet.com.au. If you have sent a message that did not get through, please resend it.


Thanks :).

A message from Purple Parrot

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Hi everyone. I'm sure many of you have noticed there has been little activity from us lately. I apologise for this, and to those who've emailed us but not received a response. We will reply to you shortly.


Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we'll continue with our bird rescue effort. My husband is having some serious health concerns at the moment, and is unable to assist me in our aviaries, so I will need reduce the number of our own birds we keep.


I will be placing many of my own birds for sale on this site, separate to the rescued birds. It breaks my heart to have to do this, but unfortunately at the moment we don't have a lot of choice.


I will rehome each bird as we do with rescues. They mean a lot to me, and so there will be no 'first in, first served'. You'll need to tell me a bit about yourself, your lifestyle, past experience with birds, any that you currently own, where they'll be kept, etc.


Thanks for your understanding in this matter :).





We are seeking the owners of a tame Amazon Parrot found in Melbourne recently. Every effort made thus far to locate the owner has been unsuccessful. They are obviously very valuable birds, and we are eager to reunite it with it's undoubtedly distraught owners.


If you know anyone who has has lost one, please email or phone me. I need very specific information including the area it was lost in, the leg ring number and the exact species of Amazon.


Please no 'idiot' emails falsely claiming ownership. It will not be up for adoption if the owners aren't found.


Please email parrotrescue@optusnet.com.au or phone 0418 539 223.


Fingers crossed! :)

Please help us find a home.

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 5:59 AM

We are still trying to find a new home for the 'special' Peachface Lovebird with the deformed beak. I've now clipped it so it looks almost normal. It will need occasional trimming in the future. He can now climb the wire, fly much better than he used to, and gets around almost as well as the rest of the Lovebirds. His feathers have started growing back too. His only special requirement is a ladder of some sort off the ground, and someone to trim his beak occasionally.


If you know anyone who'd be willing to take him on, please contact me. We do not have the room to keep him here long term, and he'd be so much happier with other Peachfaces.


Birds still seeking new homes.

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 6:34 AM

Hi all. We're still looking for suitable new homes for the following birds:


-Male green Ringneck Parrot

-6 green Peachface Lovebirds

-2 Peachface x Black Mask Lovebirds

-Disabled female Cockatiel


Details and photos of each are on the 'adopt a bird' page. For information on how to place an enquiry, please see two posts down in this blog. Thanks.



Contacting us.

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 7:01 AM

I have received quite a few notifications today that people are still trying to use the contact form on our site to send enquiries. I put a warning in large letters on the contact page several days ago to say it will be unavailable til the end of the month, but I'm still getting notification that people are trying to use the form.


Please, if you'd like to contact us, you need to email me directly.


Thanks :).

Birds looking for new homes.

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 8:48 AM

We currently have up for adoption:


-Tame Rainbow Lorikeet

-Tame blue Quaker Parrot

-Breeding pair of Budgies

-Pair of Cockatiels

-Lutino Ringneck male

-Green Ringneck male

-Tame yellow Cockatiel

-Peachface with special needs

-Budgie with special needs

-Semi-tame Whiteface male Cockatiel

-11 year old Budgie looking to retire

-Peachface and hybrid Lovebirds


.......and more to come. Details and photos are on the 'adopt a bird' page.


A word on adoptions. Please do not email me with "How much is this bird?". It does not sit well with me that some people are concerned only about the price. If you want to know why we don't list adoption fees with each bird, see the 'adoption fees and information' page.


If you are genuinely interested in one of our birds for a companion or your aviary, please send a polite email with some information about yourself, eg. your lifestyle, past experience with birds, any current pets or small children in the house, or other relevant details. We ask these questions to ensure we match each bird with the most suitable person.


Today's Funny.

Posted on October 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I found this funny picture a few weeks ago and keep coming back to chuckle at it. Hope it gives you a laugh too :tongue:.


Tame Parrot

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 5:53 AM

Hi all :).

We're looking for the owners of the latest rescue to come our way. He flew into a backyard and landed on someone in the Chadstone/Jordanville area. He's clearly someone's tame pet and loves people.



He is safe and well now, and has been pigging out after his ordeal 'in the wild'. He appears to be in good health, and probably under 2 years old. He has taken to us instantly and seems obsessed with preening people's hair. He also loves whistling and kisses and responds excitedly.



If this is your parrot or you may know the owner, please contact us. I need to know the bird's species, any identifying marks, words the bird responds to and any possible leg ring markings. If you have photos that would be very helpful. We would love to see this bird returned to it's rightful owner.



Phone or text: 0418 539 223


Email: parrotrescue@optusnet.com.au


Miranda :)

This week's adoptions.

Posted on October 11, 2009 at 8:59 PM

We have a lot of birds needing loving new homes this week. Already online are:

12 Lovebirds

1 Cockatiel

Ozzie the Budgie

Female Princess Parrot (on hold)

There will be more online soon including:

Two tame Quaker Parrots

Two male Ringnecks

Head over to the 'adopt a bird page'. :)


I am also happy to report that the little blue and white 'special' budgie has found a new home and has been named Frankie. His owner reports that Frankie now rules the house and enjoys the system of ramps and ladders she's made since he can't fly properly. Excellent success story :D.

Harry and Houdini's antics.

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Today has given us another amusing chapter in the ongoing tale of Harry and Houdini, the professional escape artist birds. I woke this morning to find they'd escaped their cage for the 8th time, this time by opening the cage roof. They were sitting there looking all innocent and cute, when I noticed one of my daughter's toys in their water bowl. I turned around to look at the kitchen table where it had come from and discovered this:


They'd climbed the leg of the chair up onto the table, knocked over my flower vase, cotton buds and chewed up sunglasses, toys and fridge magnets.

They'll be going to a new home in a few days where they'll have more space and plenty to occupy them so they won't feel the need to escape and destroy things. :tongue:

Update on the pair of bonded birds found.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 11:46 PM

As some of you may have read in a previous blog post, a few weeks back we were called out to catch two semi tame birds who had been wandering around in a backyard. They each had a wing clipped and one has a legring. All efforts thus far have failed to find their owners unfortunately.


This unlikely duo are a Cockatoo and Galah who have bonded and clearly been raised together. I find them nuzzling and preening eachother quite often, it's cute. I have named them Harry and Houdini. The little devils have made no less than 6 attempts at escaping from their cage, leaving little wonder how they left home in the first place.



They are very young birds, I'd say under 1 year. They're friendly enough to let me open the cage door and change the food and water bowls without worry. Harry is the quietest Cockatoo I've ever come across, and Houdini just makes little squeaky noises, also very quiet. So after chewing his way through the wire of my aviary one day, Houdini the Galah would have got away with his first escape attempt, had he not called out excitedly at Harry to follow him. This loud noise alerted me that something was up, so when I rushed outside I managed to scare him back in and block up the hole.


They've since been moved to a stronger Cocky cage, where they made another 5 attemps at escape. One day they figured out how to open the tough door latch, so I put a padlock on it. The next day they figured out how to turn the key in the padlock, take the key out, twist the padlock, take it off, undo the tough latch, push the door open and get out. They then sat on top of the cage making happy noises all proud of themselves.


We have arranged for them to go to a farm with large flight aviaries, so once their clipped wings grow back they'll be able to fly again and have plenty of room. They will also be kept together. They're so friendly I'd hate to see them separated.


Thanks for reading :).

FOUND: 2 bonded birds, Oakleigh East

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Hi all,


We are hoping to locate the owners of 2 bonded parrots found near the corner of North Road and Clayton Road on Sunday 20/9.


They are fairly friendly birds and let us catch them without too much trouble. Both have one wing clipped and one bird has a legring. They are safe and healthy and are being well fed.


If these are your birds or you know the owners, please contact us with details. I need to know their species, legring number and any identifying features. Providing photos will help. I really want to see these birds returned home where they belong.


Phone or email Miranda:


parrotrescue@optusnet.com.au or 0418 539 223.



Miranda :)

Purple Parrot Rescue

More birds for rehoming.

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Thanks to all those who supported out effort to find our lost birds. Unfortunately none were recovered :(. We just have to hope someone has caught at least some of them and is looking after them well.


On a lighter note, I've just put up cockatiels and budgies for adoption. We still have a few lovebirds left, and will have more lovebirds, cockatiels and budgies coming in soon. I'll also be putting up a tame cockatoo for adoption shortly.

Our birds lost in last night's storms. Please help.

Posted on August 16, 2009 at 6:19 AM

Purple Parrot Rescue needs your help to find our birds this time. We are in Eumemmerring, which is part of Doveton. If you are located in the surrounding area, you may spot some our birds. Please keep an eye out.


Most of you would have experienced the gale force winds we had last night. I was concerned about the aviaries but thought we had them secured well enough. This morning at 7am I discovered our biggest aviary (which is 3 metres long and I thought was heavy and sturdy!) had blown over backwards, and we lost all the birds inside. I  managed to catch my crested canaries who had hung around and weren't good flyers, but the rest had all flown away :(.


I lost:


6 Java Finches (fawns, plains, pieds)- still young so have baby colours



3 Red Factor Canaries



1 White Canary


1 breeding pair of Cockatiels- cinnamon lutino and grey/yellow pied



My favourite pair of Quails:


25 Zebra Finches




If you do spot any of these birds, please either do your best to catch them, or phone or text us immediately on 0418 539 223. They are much loved birds and very sadly missed :(.


For this reason, we will be removing the lizard canaries from the adoption page and keeping them with us, as they are all we have left. Sorry for any disappointment.



Posted on July 27, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Please check out our adoptions page. We have an Eastern Rosella, Zebra Finches and  Budgies. Soon I will have some Peachface Lovebirds ready for new homes. Keep an eye on the adoptions page :).