– PHOTO CAPTION: Boston’s bird examiner ponders a libation break.
– Professional parrot trainer Lara Joseph visits to Wheaton College in Norton MA: this month’s feature Pet Gazette story by examiner George Sommers. Click on the cover; scroll to page 12 and click on the page to enlarge.
– David Letterman – Stupid Pet Tricks: Bird & Baby – YouTube the clip; and the Parrot Wizard reviews his appearance on the show in Michael Sazhin & Senegal Parrot Kili on David Letterman Show From Dennis Bohn. And some of Michael’s training videos http://TrainedParrot.com/Clipping http://TrainedParrot.com/Recall -http://TrainedParrot.com/Cape_Harness –Parrots Fly at the Gym – Trained Parrot –Video – Trained Parrot – Blog Articles About Training Parrots Tricks
– Just ignore that screaming bird! « Bird Training Blog Easier said than done! From Kathy Heaton.
– Trivia time: The smallest parrot is the 3 1/2″ long buff faced pygmy parrot of New Guinea. One of many fun facts to be found in “Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo” by “Boston Globe” contributor Sy Montgomery. — Wing clipping is considered animal cruelty and is about to be made illegal in Finland, reports Barbara Heidenreich.
– Pscittacine cinema: Bad bird; worse owner(?). https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=NdhlPHEIkss –Yellow headed Amazons and Nanday Conure flocks during California’s mild December days.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljQDtrUO104 — A male and female eclectus spar over a straw. Toby wants to share. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAeCm6yNx4&feature=fvwp&NR=1A BBC Courtesy Karen Wingrove “Winged Things” newsletter. — Poppy preens Buttercup in this video from Midland Parrots. May 8, 2013 2:48pm— Elke Hanna‘s golden conure in Dec 18, 2012 7:47am and Jan 9, 2013 4:15pm— Kultatukku Metallitili – YouTube Clara the scarlet macaw stars in this commercial from Finland. Thanks to Barbara Heidenreich.
– Species specifics: The maroon-fronted parrot is an endangered parrot native to Mexico. BirdLife estimates there are 1,000 to 2,499 adults in the wild; the World Parrot Trust estimates the population to be around 2,500 to 3,000 birds. Learn more about the maroon-fronted parrot here: http://www.birdchannel.com/endangered-parrot-species.aspx — The hyacinth macaw is the world’s largest parrot, and is endangered in the wild. BirdLife estimates there are around 4,300 mature adults in the wild; the World Parrot Trust estimates the total population ranges from 2,500 to 10,000 birds. Learn more about the hyacinth macaw in the wild here: http://www.birdchannel.com/endangered-parrot-species.aspx
– “When I was about seven, we had a wonderful budgie named Mickey Finn. When my grandmother came to visit, she fell in love with him. He was quite a talker. One day she walked out of the front door with him on her shoulder. It was only when he said, “Shut the door stupid, the bird’s out” that she rushed back in the house with him still on her shoulder. Of course, he learned those words because my father said it so often with great enthusiasm to my brother and I,” Sally Blanchard.
– The Unnatural History of the Kakapo will be available in full HD on Vimeo’s new Video On Demand channel soon. From Barbara Heidenreich.
– Tips from the experts: Get Your Amazon Parrot To Exercise – Pet birds and Parrot Target Training – Pet birds More informative articles from the Bird Channel.– (Don’t) smoke ’em, (even) if you got ’em: Due to an entirely different respiratory system, cigarette smoke is even worse for your bird than it is for you, as birdtricks.com points out.– Birds need full spectrum lighting, close to natural sunlight, for proper nutrition and the digestion of certain vitaminsl. Spectrum 15 Watt Spiral Compact Bulb emits the same color temperature as the sun at high noon. Full Spectrum Bulbs have a CRI will bring out colors in your bird’s feathers that you may not have even known existed while using a standard fluorescent cage light. From Dawn Korpalski.–Parrot Training – Indoor Flight Skills – Bobo-Zorro-Grasshopper Parrot Training – Indoor Free Flying – DUCK!! Crazy Idea or Good Flight Training? come to us from Barbara Heidenreich.
– Bird people in the news: — “Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo”‘s author/“Boston Globe” contributor Sy Montgomery; Hancock, NH artist Judith Oksner and Hancock publisher Sarah Bauhan appear at Hancock Town Library, Hancock, NH 25 Main Street, Hancock, New Hampshire on Thurs. 5/16 at 7 p.m. Copies of the new book available for sale and signing. Author’s proceeds benefit the parrot rescue where Snowball lives. Free! Families with children 8 and up are encouraged to attend.— “Bubba and the Sweet Pea” is a new book by Australian Gladys Boutros about her beloved pet, Bubba the sulphur crested cockatoo – who had beak and feather disease. 100% of the profits from books sales will go to researching the avian disease.– Barbara Heidenreich on a radio show this week. ReMIX on KOOP 91.7 FM
– Clubbin’: Join avian powerhouses Concetta Ferragamo (northeast chair of American Federation for Aviculture) and Robin Shewokis (internationally known parrot enrichment specialist and founder/owner of Leather Elves bird supplies in Weymouth MA) for what promises to be an informative and eclecticly fun parrothead afternoon at the New England Parrot Safari Club meeting Sat. 5/18 1:-4:30 at the Best Western Executive Court 13500 South Willow St. Manchester NH. “Bad bird behavior” will be discussed; wing and claw trimming offered and toy making/shopping featured as well. Hank the rare black cockatoo will be there- and your own pet birds are welcome, too! $3 members/$5 nonmember fee goes toward snacks and hall rental. — An inside peek at a bird club Birds of a Feather Flock at The Long Island Parrot Society From Lanette Raymond. –A Parrot Conference Not To Miss – Parrots International 2013
– Showtime: TASC’s Midwest Bird Expo Sat. 5/11 9:30-4 at Kane County Exhibition Hall 525 South Randall Hall St. Charles, IL .Seminar speakers this year will be holistic vet Dr Karen Becker, Alycia Antheunisse, Carolyn Efstathion, Patricia Sund, and Lara Joseph. Irena Schulz will be at the Bird Lovers Only booth with pre-autographed copies of the “Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo” book – all signed by author Sy Montgomery, illustrator Judith Oksner, and Sir Snowball. www.midwestbirdexpo.com 855-76-BEAKS – TASCChicago@aol.com– Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair 5/11-12 9-5; 10-4 North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA 770-279-9899 – firstname.lastname@example.org– Sandhills Budgerigar Society Show
5/11 Holiday Inn I-95, 1944 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 9-4 – 910-574-3426 email@example.com– Baltimore Bird Fanciers 22nd Annual Bird Mart 5/18 9-4 Tall Cedars of Lebanon Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave., Baltimore, MD 410-256-9326 – firstname.lastname@example.org– Expo Arizona Aviculture Society Spring 2013 Bird Mart Sun. 5/19 9-3 . El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th Street (just south of the 202 Freeway on 40th Street), Phoenix, Arizona. FREE Parking AAS is a non-profit organization. and proceeds benefit aviculture-related educational programs.– Baltimore Bird Fanciers 23rd Annual Bird Mart 5/18 Tall Cedars of Lebanon Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave.,Parkville, MD 21234 – 9-4 – 410-256-9326 – email@example.com — Charlotte Pet Expo 5/18 Chantilly Shopping Center , 800 Briar Creek Road , Charlotte, NC 28205 – 10- 6 – 800-977-3609 x110 – firstname.lastname@example.org — Erie Cage Bird Club 27th Annual Bird Fair 5/19 Perry Highway Hose Co. Social Hall, 8281 Oliver Road, Erie, PA – 10- 4 – 814-734-1538 – email@example.com
– Down Under news: Youngsters are encouraged to enter the Young Bird Keeper Writing Competition. Details are at http://www.birdkeeper.com.au/Default.aspx?PageID=2024211&A=SearchResult&SearchID=5485155&ObjectID=2024211&ObjectType=1 Read this year’s co-winner Tabitha Brown‘s story here: http://www.birdkeeper.com.au/young-birdkeeper-articles/decision-of-a-lifetime– Canaries are the focus in http://birdkeeper.com.au/latest-issue/buy-now/item-880-volume-26-issue-8-april-may-201 — Crikey!”ave a go at Barbara Heidenreich‘s upcoming seminars in Australia.http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/index.php?mod=Dynamic&id=108
– Alex news: Andy Sterner will match all individual gifts to The Alex Foundation between now and 7/4/13 up to a total of $10,000! But there is a catch! The matching is contingent on The Alex Foundation receiving the entire $10,000 in that time! Donate via PayPal or send checks to The Alex Foundation to: Brandeis University Pepperberg Lab/ MS-062 415 South Street Waltham, MA 02454 — “In Your Flock magazine” will give a 20% discount off the advertising price of your insertion order in the magazine to any business that donates any amount to The Alex Foundation. Just another incentive to give to a worthy cause. Check out their website www.InYourFlock.com!– “Life with Alex”‘s West Coast Premier to be at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival. in June.
– Rescue me: Adult macaw in need of a forever home; New England area. There is an adoption fee of $500 for those who qualify. (May even go lower for the right person). He/she comes with all supplies plus all his activity items. Please contact Pets101Z@aol.com — When is a rescue NOT a rescue: Forgotten Flock of Asheboro-Parrot Guardian rescue – YouTube Thanks to Viki Bullock.
– I.A.A.T.E. – International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators Attention IAATE members! Have you ever thought about hosting our annual conference? We are currently accepting bids for our 2015 conference, and want to hear from you! If you are interested to learn about what it takes to host the conference you can download our Annual Conference Potential Host Information pack at this link: http://www.iaate.org/pdfs/AnnualConferencePotentialHostInformation.pdf and after reading that, if you are inspired to “go for it” you can download our application to host form at this link: http://www.iaate.org/pdfs/AnnualConferenceHostApplication.pdf SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR BIDS FOR IAATE 2015 IS JULY 31, 2013. to firstname.lastname@example.org. From Robin Shewokis.
– We’re only human (not parrots) after all: and we do make an occasional error. Last week’s photo was of a mitred conure, not a cherry head conure; as long time friend o’ the column Marc Johnson of Foster Parrots points out.
– Last word this week comes from Talking Parrot Einstein – YouTube