Omar’s Exotic Birds

Best Pet Birds, November 2004
If there’s such a thing as a bird boutique, Omar’s Exotic Birds in West Hollywood is it. The store’s immaculate interior showcases a menagerie of colorful divas, which preen in the open air on circular perches designed by proprietor Omar Gonzalez. The birds seem content, and they come with their hatch date, a money-back health guarantee, and free grooming for life. There’s a wall of toys that’s absurdly large, and the bins of birdseed and treats—Omar’s own recipes—look like they were trucked in from Whole Foods. The store also provides a boarding service, Camp Omar, where homesick birds can listen to jungle sounds and watch cartoons.