We currently have 21 colonies completed. Our goal is to build a full size colony for each of the Cockatoo species. We prioritize construction based on species numbers. Some birds, are housed temporarily, in Mini Colonies while we build.


Below: We have a number of these mini colonies tucked around the Sanctuary. Mini’s come in handy if we need to pull a bird out of a colony for observation, quarantine, medical treatment or time out.

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                Welcome to the Sanctuary


We are located about 30 minutes north of Seattle Washington, on 40 acre’s. Log lined paths wind thru the wooded Sanctuary. The colonies are nestled among the ferns, evergreens and bamboo, giving birds a feeling of privacy. We have a huge pond with a fountain, adjacent to the Moluccan, Goffin, Ducorps and Bare Eyed habitats.


The Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary moved to this permanent location in July 2000. We started with raw land and plenty of motivation.  Now that most of the colonies are up and running, we have  more time to observe and learn how the various species interact.


Species Specific Habitat’s VS /Mixed Species Habitat’s


We started building colonies immediately. Because of space limitations, we combined species together. Ducorps and Rosebreasted, were combined with Goffin’s. Citron’s were combined with Elenora’s. It worked well but the Ducorps would stay together, isolating themselves from the other species. They would not mix or socialize with the Goffin’s. We observed the same thing with all of our mixed species colonies. They would tolerate each other.


Once we separated them into species-specific colonies, their mood changed immediately. The birds that had been mellow and sedentary, became animated and lively. The change was dramatic. Keep in mind; there was no data on captive colony behavior, we could reference. Every species that we mixed, without exception, experienced a drastic improvement in attitude, once separated.


Our recommendation is, if you have the space, Cockatoo’s are happier in species-specific colonies.

2006 Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary

2006 Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary

2006 Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary


Most of our residents have acclimated to living outdoors year round. The others come indoors for the late fall and winter. Typically, about 25% of the Sanctuary residents move indoors in the cooler weather. We bring in all feather pickers, old birds, handicapped, and any bird that appears uncomfortable  with the cool temperature change. We house them in a heated building that was custom designed for our birds. It has skylights, a tile floor, a full kitchen for making bird food and an open bright floor plan.


It is a drastic change for the birds to move from a large outdoor habitat, with lots of friends, to indoor individual cages and solitary confinement. The solution was to build indoor colonies. The Moluccan’s have a full sized indoor colony. The other species have mini indoor colonies. This way, they are still living with their friends. The indoor colonies are just as successful as the outdoor colonies. We continue to monitor and modify the colonies, to improve the living conditions.

2006 Cockatoo Rescue and Sanctuary

Other Sanctuary Residents


The ornamental birds shown below, are exotic pheasants and a vulturine.  The pheasants live in the Cockatoo, Macaw and Grey colonies. The Impeyan Pheasant, shown just left of the peacock below, is a C.I.T.E.S. one bird, from Nepal. We have a pair of peacocks in the Main Macaw colony. They clean up the food  parrots drop, to minimize waste. This is a common method used by Zoo’s around the world.


Harlequin Great Dane’s provide security services to keep the Sanctuary safe. We have Dane’s with the world famous, BMW champion bloodline, bred by and provided by, Notoriety Danes in Oregon www.notorietydanes.com.

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