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Amazing Photo Opportunity

A Pirate's Life is an amazing photo experience where everyone from children to adults can come and take photos with Captain Dogfish Briggins and his beautiful Macaws. For an extra fee the Captain can provide clothing for children and adults for their photo opportunities. Tova and Ronin are sure to delight at your next event.

These birds are very talented, well trained and love kids. Perfect for birthday parties, pirate themed parties, fairs, malls, or any event and is professionally insured.

The Captain has a collection of themed props, costumes, and more to make sure your next event is memorable. 

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Educate Beyond the Classroom

A Pirate's Life takes education outside of the classroom. It is a real world experience covering the Golden Age of Piracy 1650 c - 1730 c. Captain Dogfish Briggins brings history to your event with authentic wardrobes, effects, and the macaws: Tova and Ronin!

Guaranteed to be an educational experience that not soon forgotten. 
Captain Briggins combines years of experience and knowledge with an interactive opportunity with the macaws. Tova has become somewhat of a celebrity in the pirate community and is featured in the book "Parrots of the Cape Fear, Pirates for Parrots Saga - Book One" by Anna Maria Sophia Cancelli.

Whether it be the historical focus of the golden age of piracy, seeing historical props, or gaining a deep understanding of Macaws (their needs, care, handling them responsibly), it will be a fun learning experience for all.

Meet Tova

Tova is a beautiful female Greenwing macaw who was hatched June 9th 2016 in Winters, California under the care of a reputable macaw breeder. A happy, playful, well socialized Greenwing macaw who loves to spend time attending pirate festivals and other events with the Captain. Hundreds people including children of all ages have experienced Tova's calm personality while taking photo opportunities with her. Tova has a vocabulary of about a dozen words she says when she feels like talking. The meaning behind the name Tova is "Beautiful" in Hebrew.

FUN FACTS:Scientific name : Ara chloropterus, The Greenwing Macaw is one of the most recognizable of all the parrot species. Also known as the Red and Green Macaw or the Red and Blue Macaw these bright red birds have wings trimmed in bands of green and blue, and their legs and feet are a deep gray. Their beaks are horn colored with a black lower mandible, and they exhibit eye patches on their faces. These are one of the larger parrot species, measuring 40 inches from the beak to the tip of the tail feathers, with a wingspan of more than 40 inches. In terms of length, this species is second only in size to the hyacinth macaw, the largest of the macaws

Meet Ronin

Ronin, our newest baby boy Blue and Gold Macaw. Ronin was hatched on August 21st, 2017 in Elk Grove, California and brought home October 13th 2017 to Sparks, Nevada.

Ronin was purchased from, a responsible Northern California Macaw Breeder.

Ronin is a very large male macaw with an even bigger personality. He can be very curious at times, is learning fast and loves attention.

The meaning behind the name Ronin is "Joyful Song".

FUN FACTS: Scientific Name: Ara ararauna, Origin: Swamp and forest areas of South America, Size: Blue and Gold Macaws are large birds and can reach lengths of up to 33 inches from the beak to the end of the tail feathers. Average Lifespan: 60+ years, Temperament: Intelligent and sociable, the Blue and Gold Macaw usually does well as a pet when the owners are dedicated responsible and well informed.