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TXORI Ornithological Foundation is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the conservation of endangered birds in Mexico.

Our name TXORI (pronounced "Cho-ree") means "bird" in the language of the Basque country in northern Spain, the homeland of our founder Mr. Candido Busteros.

We completely rely on donations from generous supporters to enable our vital work. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram for regular updates on our activities.

We are currently raising money required to buy a larger piece of land in a region suitable for building the "TXORI Sanctuary", a natural reserve where chicks born in our aviaries are able to be returned directly to the wild, to boost wild populations.

The TXORI Sanctuary is conceived as a refuge that, as well as the breeding, socialization and rescue aviaries, also includes an area where birds can live in a semi-wild state under careful supervision. This will best prepare the birds for eventual reintroduction and survival back in the wild.


Our history

TXORI was founded in 1986 by Mr. Busteros, who became aware that deforestation and the wild bird trade presented a serious threat to many Mexican bird species.

In 1989 Mr. Busteros rescued several captive birds, many in very poor condition, and housed them in a spacious and comfortable aviary that he built at his home.

The first projects of the foundation were aimed at rescuing members of the Corvidae and Ramphastidae families. However, realizing the alarming rate of deforestation in Mexico, Mr. Busteros decided to expand his work to include macaws, parrots and parakeets of the Psittacidae family.

Since then, years of observing and analyzing the behavior of captive birds has yielded much vital new information, and important results. Mr. Busteros is justifiably proud that all our birds are kept not only healthy, but happy. This was confirmed when, by accident, several birds escaped from the aviary, only to return back soon afterwards of their own free will!

Website translated to English by Maricel Carreras and edited by Coll Kretz