Charlie Bird of Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana's favorite bike-riding parrot

Charlie Bird Loves Bloomington

A children's book fundraiser for Charlie's medical care

Charlie is the star of a new children's book, Charlie Bird Loves Bloomington! The book was successfully funded via a Kickstarter campaign that ended on May 13th, 2021.

Books are expected to ship out to Kickstarter backers in August, and will be available for sale online and at select locations in Bloomington thereafter.

Charlie Bird Loves Bloomington is a children's picture book that follows Charlie as he enjoys his favorite activities in Bloomington, from bike riding to paddleboarding, visiting the farmers' markets, and even sledding.

Proceeds from the book go to Charlie's care and medical needs.

Charlie Bird Loves Bloomington by Sarah Milward, illustrated by Winnie King

About Charlie

Charlie is a green-winged macaw, a type of parrot native to northern and central South America. He was hatched in 1983 and could live to 80 years of age or more.

Charlie met Jojo Porowski in 2004 after his previous owner passed away. Charlie was distraught and had plucked almost all of his feathers out - something many birds don't recover from. But after a year with Jojo and socialization in the Bloomington community, Charlie's feathers came back completely.

Charlie doesn't fly, possibly because he spent the first 20 years of his life in a cage. But today, Charlie gets to live large by riding on the back of Jojo's bicycle, going hiking and boating, and meeting lots of fans all around Bloomington.

Filmed & produced by Nick Bauer in Bloomington, Indiana.

Charlie's Health

In 2018, Charlie had a health crisis. He nearly died from an avian virus that affects his central nervous system. With treatment from an avian veterinary specialist, including antibiotic and antiviral injections (some directly to his brain), he survived and is thriving! His treatment and recovery would not have been possible without the generous support of the Bloomington community.

However, Charlie requires daily medication and regular visits to the specialist to keep him healthy. He'll need medical care for his condition for the rest of his life, with total costs estimated at over $25,000.

You can help fund Charlie's medical care by purchasing his children's book, Charlie Bird Loves Bloomington.

Jojo, Charlie's Best Friend

Jojo Porowski, Charlie's chauffeur, is a retired, part-time carpenter and native Hoosier. He's an avid cyclist, Hoosiers basketball fan, and outdoorsman. He's peddled thousands of miles with Charlie on his bike, and has loved every one. You can contact Jojo by email.