Photo by Dave Womach Location: Waynesboro, VA Shown: Blue throated macaw "Jinx"
Avoid parrot selling scams online by familiarizing yourself with popular parrot photos that will be used in these scams. If the photos of the birds aren't theirs, chances are they don't have the bird to begin with.
Our photo flickr account is used ALL the time for new and old parrot scams, classified ads in the hopes of selling birds (parrots, macaws, greys, cockatoos, toucans, etc) so familiarize yourself with our Flickr Stream so you can identify fraudulent ads online.
Get to know what we look like - I'm the blonde in the photos, and my photo with my birds is probably used the most because people know my husband and brother in law better than they know me. And when you see someone using our pictures on these websites (which are international, by the way) REPORT it immediately. Help others avoid falling for it too, and thank you to those of you who point us in the direction of these scams. We always report them when you send them to our attention.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.