Batemans Bay's Birdland appeals for stolen birds' return

The cries of a parrot for the mate she shared her life with for 20 years greet rangers each day at Batemans Bay’s Birdland.

As staff hand-feed newly hatched chicks whose mothers were stolen from their nests last week, Georgette, an Alexandrine parrot, calls each day for her lifelong mate, George.

The 30-year-old parrot was among more than 50 birds taken from Birdland Animal Park overnight on Thursday.

Rangers have launched a social media campaign for the birds’ return.

Ranger Jodie Radburn said George and Georgette had never been separated before.

“They have been together all that time and it is so sad to hear her,” Ms Radburn said.

“You come in the morning and you can hear her calling him.

“She calls him every morning, but he is just not showing up and it is so sad.

“That is a heartbreaker.

“He would be the same because he has been with her for 20 years. He must be so stressed.”

Meanwhile rangers hope to save the lives of chicks whose mothers were stolen, some of whom hatched after the raid.

"At this time of the year we have a lot of females sitting on eggs," she said.

"The female has been taken, so the eggs are sitting there abandoned, or the partner has been taken and there is no one left to feed the remaining partner. 

"We have had babies hatching with no parent to feed them.

"We are taking what we can to hand-raise ourselves, but left to the parents, the survival rate is always much higher."

The list of stolen birds includes one male superb parrot, two galah-cross-corellas, two male regent parrots, a pair of Japanese quail, 16 ring necks of various colours, ten cockatiels, eight grass parrots, seven rainbow lorikeets and two male and one female eclectic parrots.

Rangers have posted wanted lists on 'for sale' and social media websites.

Ms Radburn said they were desperate for the birds' return.

"We have put it on all the media sites, the buy swap and sell sites, any bird sites, anywhere from Goulburn to Canberra, just to name a few," she said.

"We are desperate about it."

Police have also appealed for information regarding the break in or the birds' whereabouts.

Anyone with any information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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