About Us

Our organization was named after a surly 30 year old, overweight Yellow-headed Amazon parrot, who loved to sing opera.  Icarus came to us from a horrible hoarding situation, along with 9 other birds.  His singing brought me such great joy each and every day!  Instead of stressing over the work involved in taking in 10 additional parrots at one time, I found myself singing right along with Icarus' operatic melodies while preparing bird diets for the day, cleaning  water bowls, and scrubbing  cages.   
Icarus could only be picked up using a perch. One day, while I was busy in the kitchen, Icarus walked up and stood at my feet. He looked up at me as if to say, "Well? What are you waiting for?" I put my hand down and he stepped right up!  He had decided to place his trust in me, and when he did, a very special bond was forged. From that day forward we were special friends. Icarus flew into my heart and touched it like no other.  In my heart he will stay forever. ***   
(Christi Richter, President/Founder)

*** Icarus died from complications due to heart disease, most likely the result of years on a poor diet and lack of exercise. 



A Little About The Sanctuary


The Icarus Foundation's Chesapeake Parrot Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Annapolis, Maryland.  We have an all volunteer staff and the donations we receive go directly to caring and providing for our residents.  All of our parrots are given a thorough examination by one of our experienced avian veterinarians upon their arrival at our sanctuary. 

All of our residents receive fresh, mostly organic diets daily, and loads of enrichment including toys, fresh air, sunshine, and the opportunity to fly, and of course, lots and lots of love! 

Currently we have many different species of parrots here, but our primary focus is on cockatoos.  Cockatoos are arguably one of the most complicated and challenging among captive parrots, and as a result, they are one of the most often relinquished to rescues and sanctuaries.  There is a great need for sanctuaries who cater to the specific needs and demands of cockatoos.

Did You Know. . .?

It has been estimated that as many as up to 40% of captive parrots have some form of undiagnosed heart disease. 

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