Martin's Aviaries & Rehab Center

Phyllis Martin | Martins Exotic Birds | About Martins Aviaries
Phyllis Martin of Martin's Aviaries has been keeping and breeding exotic birds since 1979. She started out with parakeets (Budgies) and a pair of Orange chinned Tovi parrots. The Orange-chinned Tovis, known as pocket parrots,  raised a couple of chicks and this started Martin's dream of caring for exotic birds as a full time hobby.

As Phyllis learned more about keeping exotic birds she started attending lectures about the professional management of captive raised parrots. Soon Phyllis started showing lories and lorikeets, her specialty, at state-wide bird
shows. This love of birds led Phyllis further into the field of aviculture. She became actively involved in national bird organizations serving as secretary, vice president, convention chairperson and subsequently President of the Amercian Federation of Aviculture.

At one point in her avicultural career, Phyllis had over 21 varieties of lories and lorikeets. Her husband, Charles, developed a nectar diet for the birds which was named Fulphyl Nectar by MARC. 

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In 1997 Phyllis Martin became CEO of the International Threatened Species Foundation which is a parrot sanctuary and breeding farm. Martin cares for her own collection of birds as well as the foundation's birds. In addition to the birds, Phyllis, her husband and son own a retail aquarium store in Tampa, Florda. The family owned store was established in 1971 and is dedicated to offering customers quality service.

Even with her busy schedule Phyllis takes time to be with her two grandchildren, Erin and Christopher. She started teaching the children how to properly care for birds at a very early age. Their first bird pet was Henrietta, a black & white chicken. Soon Erin and Christopher started helping her care for the parrots. Both children have learned how to hand feed baby parrots and what types of foods the different birds get.. This learning experience made it possible for the two children, age 9 and 12,  to care for the parrots and softbills while Phyllis was  hospitalized for five days in January 2008.

Phyllis believes that teaching children to properly care for birds and other wildlife is an important educational experience. She feels that people should learn to live with and protect our wildlife as they enrich our lives.

Birds ... Nature's Delightful Gifts

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