Holliday's Exotic Avian Rescue Team

Helping one beak at a time!



Two locations: Shipshewana, IN and Lowell Michigan
Holliday's Exotic Avian Rescue Team is a family run organization that is dedicated to helping large exotic birds in need. We take in birds that no longer have a home due to any reason and do so without judgement. Our birds have appropriate sized cages and plenty of free time. They also receive a pelleted diet as well as fresh chop(fruit/veggies) and sprouts. Any bird we take in at our Lowell location will see our vet at Jolly Road in Lansing to get bloodwork done, a beak and nail trim if needed and a full exam. At the Indiana location they see Milwood Animal Clinic in Kalamazoo or Bird & Exotic Wellness in Toledo, Ohio. Additional testing sometimes is required depending on the birds condition/where it came from. Some of our birds will be up for adoption after clearing their test results. Adoption fees vary per bird and what vet work was required. We are determined to make sure all our birds are happy and healthy before they are even considered ready to leave for a new home! Please be patient with us as some birds take longer to rehab than others.

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Some FAQ's

Are you open to the public?:
No, we are not. We are by appointment only to protect our hosts and birds. We require our adoption application and the home walk through video to be filled out and sent before coming out to our locations. If you wish to visit, we are happy to work with you when we have time. Just send us a message on Facebook or send us an email and we will be sure to get back with you!

How much are adoption fees?:

Each bird listed will have an adoption fee posted on our website so you can know upfront. These costs go right back into the birds care and help us continue to care for new birds that are coming in. Adoption fees are non-refundable and non-negotiable.


Large Birds(macaws, cockatoos, amazons, greys, eclectus etc) - $600+

Medium(conures, Quakers, etc) - $250

Small(cockatiels, lovebirds, etc) - $75-150

Budgies/Parakeets - $10 single(must have another parakeet to adopt one), $20 for a pair.

Rare Species: case by case for adoption fees.


I emailed and haven't heard back from you:

Make sure you filled out our application AND sent your home walk through video, if either one of those haven't been done that is why you haven't heard back from us. We are happy to answer questions after both of these things have been completed. 

If you emailed about other questions or help, please give us a call if we have not responded within 72 hours. 

I called and haven't heard back:

Did you leave a voicemail? Due to the increase of spam calls, we will not return any calls that do not leave a message. This also helps us know what you are calling about so we can better help you! 

Do you take wild birds?:

No, we are not licensed for native wildlife. We recommend calling Wildlife Rehab Center for the Grand Rapids and surrounding area at 616-361-6109.


Do you take volunteers?:

No, as of this time we do not.

Do you use fosters?:

No. The reason being is it makes everything much more complicated, like getting to know the bird, training, switching diet, vet appointments, potential adoption visits etc. ​

Where are you located?:

Cockatoo Ranch is located in Shipshewana, IN. Shellie primarily does Cockatoos and African Greys. All other birds are located at our Lowell, MI location.

Can clipped birds still fly?:

YES. A clipped bird can and will fly. The only way they cannot is if you get a hack job done on their wings which can cause injuries from falling, not being able to escape from other animals and blood feathers being broken which can lead to the bird bleeding out.


Why do you have cage requirements?:

Unfortunately, most birds come in with inadequate caging. Almost all are in too small of cages or rusty to the point of not being safe. We see parrots come in with muscle atrophy, arthritis and mental issues because they were not provided the correct cage and end up being locked up too often then not. Parrots get sick easier being in small cages, not being able to exercise or stretch their wings can really do a lot of damage physically and mentally on a parrot. We firmly believe a cage should be as large as possible, this keeps the birds healthier. At MINIMUM, all parrots that are adopted from H.E.A.R.T. MUST have a cage that is AT LEAST 1 1/2 times their wing span. 

Why are some of your birds in smaller cages than what you recommend?:

You may notice some birds in our care are in smaller cages than what we recommend, the reason for this is simply because we are not their forever home. We are a rescue, a temporary safe place for these birds while they find their permanent homes. We are able to control their time spent in the cage at our facilities while they are with us. When these birds go to their forever families, we cannot ensure they get as much out of the cage time as they do here. While we do our best to search for the perfect family, we do understand sometimes a bird needs to be kept in the cage for periods of time(training/adjusting, life changes, sickness etc). We want them to go to their forever home and be set up for success and the larger the cage is the more likely a bird will be okay and content with having to stay in it for any kind of life event that may happen with their family.