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Click here for full biography of Brian "The Bird Man" Wilson.

Brian Wilsono was rehabilitated by parrots to walk and talk after his car accident in 1995. Now Brian gives back once again rehabilitating unwanted parrots and placing them in their new forever homes.

Today, Brian Wilsono is a retired firefighter and emergency medical service technician with 24 years of service dedicated to saving lives in suburban Washington, D.C. But at the age of six, he saw an exotic bird show in Florida and was instantly hooked. He informed his parents that, one day, he was going to get one bird. At 29, after years spent reading everything he could find about parrots, Brian bought his first macaw - a green wing he names Rocco. A year later, Daisy - a blue and gold macaw joined the family, followed by Rosebud, a double yellow-headed Amazon. Brian taught them all to talk and do tricks.

In 1995, 2½ months after he retired from the fire department, Brian and his parrots developed a new way to continue saving lives. To illustrate the most important aspect of fire safety, he trained Rocco, on cue, to stop, drop and roll, showing what to do in case one's clothing ever caught on fire - stop running, drop on the ground, and roll to extinguish the flames. Daisy was taught to roll over and play dead when Brian pretended to shoot her with a toy gun as part of a lesson on firearm safety. Rosebud entertained the crowds with her non-stop talking and raucous laughter.

Brian and the birds began making public appearances at daycare centers, nursing homes, birthday parties, etc. The combination of serious messages, the beautiful, talented birds, and Brian's warmth, wit and outgoing personality proved to be extremely successful.

A devastating automobile accident on October 17th, 1995 left Brian with a long road to recovery, permanent disabilities, and the loss of his beloved Rocco. He credits the amazing progress he's made in walking and talking again to his love for the birds and theirs for him. He became recommitted to helping people and birds live happier, healthier and longer lives.
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