– When pscittacines meet celebrities: African grey Einstein serenades former VP Al Gore and does impressions: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e55_1242940826 — Conan O’Brien meets black palm cockatoo, crocodile and animal expert David Mizejewski. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMBFhaxUIew
– E-I-E-I- uh, oh: African grey sued with legal action when he won’t stop singing “Old McDonald”. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2400862/Owner-Buddy-parrot-threa…
– Sammy the therapy cockatoo is the focus of examiner George Sommers’ feature story in this month’s “Pet Gazette”. Click on the cover, scroll to page 10 and click on the page to enlarge. http://duxburypetgazette.ma.newsmemory.com/
– Goldenfeast Inc. recalls bird food due to possible salmonella contamination from parsley: bhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm366526.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_m…
– Who’s the ugliest of all?: Kākāpōs have been nominated as one of the world’s ugliest animals. Vote for YOUR most unattractive at: http://ow.ly/okCqb — And speaking of New Zealand parrots, Wellington’s kākāriki/red crowned parakeets chatter away “kikikiki-kikikiki-kikikiki” and unlike kākāpō are great breeders: http://ow.ly/ofR77
– Bird Endowment’s work to provide nest boxes for wild blue throated macaws has had a positive impact on the wild population. Adopt a nest here http://www.birdendowment.org/inBolivia/nidoAdoptivo.shtml
– Psittacine cinema: Funny parrot compilation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6wSRH7Iths — When Triton cockatoo meets lobster: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypuNkuB7ppk&nomobile=1 — Half sider budgie looks like two halves of separate budgies sewn together! Bilgrami http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0gc3msewgY — Budgie romping in the kitchen sink => http://www.windycityparrot.com/Bird-bathing-parrot-bathing-bird-misting….
– Media matters: Preview of the upcoming Nov. 13 “Nature” program spotlighting parrots as pets. The show apparently focuses on some of the less glamorous aspects of parrot keeping; and features Marc Johnson of Foster Parrots of New England; much to the consternation of certain elements within the American Federation for Aviculture; who fear there is a plot afoot to ban pet birds. (See editorial below.) http://www.thirteen.org/13pressroom/tca-tour/nature-parrot-confidential/ — Fred, the cockatoo from “Baretta” is among “TV Guide”‘s Top 50 TV animal stars. The only other avian entrant on the list is Woody Woodpecker.– “Colorful macaws can live sixty plus years,” notes Boston car magnate Ernie Boch, Jr. in a radio ad promoting the “lifetime” longetivity of Toyotas.
– Toy stories: A certain toy website apparently is trying to steal customers from well-established reputable bird vendors, such as Creative Bird Toys and 8 Beaks, among others, according to Dr. Amy Hopkins; who says, “They are selling toys under product lines which are very slightly altered from the real lines, such as “Green Feather Bird Supply” instead of the real “”Greenfeather Bird Toys”, and “8-Beaks” instead of the real “8 Beaks”. The REAL website for Greenfeather Bird Toys (Creative Bird Toys) is: http://www.creativebirdtoys.com/ The REAL website for 8 Beaks toys is:http://www.8beaks.com/ — Make foraging toys for your parrot. http://frombeakstobarks.me/2009/04/04/how-to-make-cheap-and-easy-foragin…
– Alex the African grey article: http://centraljersey.com/articles/2013/08/31/time_off/entertainment_news…
– Parrot & other pet enrichment – solving problem behaviors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WruOuwVJ-4&feature=youtu.be
– Talking bird people talk: Patricia Sund blog on the American Federation for Aviculture: http://parrotnation.com/2013/08/24/the-afa-and-why-it-makes-me-crazy/ — Lara Joseph is having two live, on-line presentations upcoming webinars: Getting A Grip On Behavior, and Teaching Your Bird To Forage. http://theanimalbehaviorcenter.com/theanimalbehaviorcenter.com/ABC_Webin… — Sally Blanchard says: “Most of the foods people feed parrots foods that are high in phosphorus. These include beans, legumes, seeds, nuts, and grains. The proper calcium/phosphorous ratio is about 2/1 so if your parrot eats a lot of phosphorous rich foods as mentioned above, she or he needs to eat about twice as many high calcium foods or have an added supplement without added phosphorous. Calcium rich foods include: leafy greens; collards, mustard, turnip, dandelion, bok choy, and kale. Other sources for parrots include broccoli, yogurt, cottage cheese, almonds and almond butter. Some greens such as spinach, chard, parsley, and beet greens have good amounts of calcium but it is not usable because of the oxalic acid in the food. If these foods are gently cooked, it makes the calcium more usable. Check with your veterinarian before giving any additional calcium supplementation. Too much calcium can also cause problems. The calcium level in a companion parrot, particularly a hen, should be checked once a year.”
– Picky, picky, picky: Kathy Pierce reports, “While feeding my African grey parrots this evening, one of them Merlin was throwing her food, out of her dish, such as a child would, my other grey Marlow, was happy eating his food, and he turned to her, as there cages are side by side. Marlow said ‘DON’T LIKE IT?’ he was serious too. I thought I would “wet my pants” laughing.”
– Livin’ in the USA: one man’s passion for “native” parrots. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/salvatore-angius-is-passi_n_3796349.html
– “See my completely naked and wet birds!” says Monika Dimick Weise in blog: http://www.bubblews.com/news/1010007-bathing-birdies For more on her adventures with budgies, see: http://www.bubblews.com/news/1003340-bird-wars
– Clubbin’: Celebrate Connecticut Parrot Society‘s seventh anniversary with pizza and anniversary cake at their September 5 membership meeting featuring Dr. Marc Valitutto, VMD, who will describe his work as curator of the Staten Island Zoo. — If you happen to be in England on Halloween, take the kids and enjoy the big Halloween night at Tropical Birdland. www.tropicalbirdland.com
– Foster Parrots/New England Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6th annual fundraiser extravaganza featuring live music, open beer and wine bar and vegetarian buffet is Sat. 9/14 in Hope Valley, RI. http://www.fosterparrots.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Event-Flyer-2013…
– Showtime: 8/30-9/1: BAA Grand National – Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore, 5303 West Kennedy, Tampa, FL – 954-252-0033 – email@example.com — 9/7-8: Tim Vogle’s Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair – Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA – Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4 – 843-216-1553 – firstname.lastname@example.org — 9/8: Exotic Bird Fair Expo – Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, 129 North Robbins Station Road, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 – 10 am – 4 pm – 419-685-2412 – email@example.com
– World Parrot Trust’s 8/13 “Flock Talk” online publication includes > Guinea Confiscated Parrots; > Species Profile: Yellow-collared Macaw; > New Blogger, Steve Brookes and much more!
– Found: Timneh African grey parrot on in Ballard, WA Wed. 8/21, surrendered to the Seattle Animal Shelter on Leary Avenue in Interbay. http://images.craigslist.org/00Z0Z_f3znz80j9QB_600x450.jpg — Lost: African grey went missing from a San Juan Capistrano, California home 2 weeks ago. Missing Parrot Talks Like Widow’s Husband sanjuancapistrano.patch.com
– Last word this week comes from Riley the eclectus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMx10BUgzEM
– EDITORIAL: A speaker at a recent national bird conference made an unfortunate comparison of bird rescue groups to the Taliban(!) To their credit, many of the other members decried the wording. Nevertheless, there still is a bizarre distrust among assorted parrot clubs, breeders, conservationists, rescue groups, owners, etc. You would think people in aviculture could drop the acrimony and find some common ground.
– News tips from: Five Grey Parrots, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Mary Angel, Irena Schulz, Barbara Heidenreich, Sheldon Orloff, Flapping Feathers newlsetter, American Federation for Aviculture group e-mail, Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, Thea Cosmopulos, Donnie McCrary, Linda Rubin, Amy Hopkins, Arlene Levin, Dennis Bohn.