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From the parrot's beak: midwinter's night dream edition

Updated on January 23, 2016
Have ya heard the latest parrot news? - Photo by George Sommers
Have ya heard the latest parrot news? - Photo by George Sommers

- They know their way to San Jose: Those "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" are moving to the 'burbs. Part of the mitred conure flock featured in the 2003 documentary is taking up residence in San Jose, CA. Mark Bittner, the human "star" of the film says, "There was the Sunnyvale flock, and I suspect they are the same ones." "You have a matrix of people's yards with persimmons, cherries, oranges...and then natives like elderberries and chokeberries," adds Toby Goldberg, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society education and "They're not directly competing with other species" for resources, Mitred conures are also know as cherry head conures.

- No sale: The military macaw and the Buffon's or great green macaw cannot be sold or adopted across U.S state lines without a permit, per 11/2/15 Endangered Species Act (ESA) decree. A similar decision, expected soon, may be in the work for the scarlet macaw and hyacinth macaw. American Federation for Aviculture tends to oppose these rulings; arguing that it limits domestic breeding and thus is counterproductive to the aim of propagating the species involved.

- Pollytics '16: The Barking Parrot might growl at Donald Trump if he ever sets foot in Canada's Penticton Lakeside Resort. The Barking Parrot pub, located in the resort, banned "Donald Trump Banned" posters. "We're concerned that if Trump ever becomes president he could retaliate against the Parrot and we'd have a cruise missile coming straight up the lake and heading to the Parrot's patio," jokingly remarks David Prystay, general manager of the resort. Apparently it's a good thing for Mr. Trump that neither Canadians nor parrots can vote in the U.S.

- Pscittacine cinema: Parrot flies onto violinist's head and sings along - -- Parrot Paints for Conservation - YouTube -- I'm a Parakeet, Not a Meteorologist! - YouTube -- India’s ‘Birdman’ Feeds 4,000 Parakeets A Day -

- Flattery will get you... a sunflower seed (maybe): A New Hampshire parrot owner reports that upon her arrival home one day; her African grey parrot Marlo said, "Your hair looks nice."

- American Hoarder Story: Cockatoos, Amazons, conures and cockatiels were among over 200 birds found in the 8' X 10' back room of a second hand store in Passaic, NJ. SPCA officials say that the owner of the store "got in over his head." SPCA is being assisted by the Under My Wing bird rescue in rehabilitating and placing the birds.

- Didja know: Your parrot can beat you in a jalapeno pepper eating contest, as parrots are the only species immune to the hot in hot peppers. When wild parrots "recycle" the seeds ingested in their diet, they propagate new pepper plants.

- Let's go Disco: Disco, the talking budgie phenom, has been "helping" a Duke University neuroscientist, Dr. Erich Jarvis, with some presentations over the last six months or so. Much of Dr. Jarvis' work has to do with vocal learning, and he uses Disco's videos to help illustrate their findings. Disco's human trainer also wrote to note that the BBC program he was featured on also recently appeared on PBS. And a correction: Disco resides in Rochester, western New York; not Long Island as I (oops) stated last issue.

- Quote o' the week: Dogs have owners. Cats have staff. Birds have slaves.

- Eye see: Most animals that live in darker areas have larger eyes to let in more light. Parrots with proportionately larger eyes live in habitats with dense foliage and parrots with smaller eyes usually evolved in areas where there is less protection from the bright sun.

- Conservation corner: Thirteen birds vinaceous Amazon parrots \have been released into Brazil's Araucucarias national park; the fourth of such releases since 2010, totaling 76 birds in hopes of reinforcing the wild population. -- Better late than never, a plan is being put in place to help protect the Swift parrots of Tasmania, under siege from predatory sugar glider opossums.

- Hot dates: Times are EST unless otherwise noted.

1/23: Why does my parrot DO that? Understanding Behavior – Observation is Key 1-3 MSPCA at Nevins Farm– 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA.

Toy making class 11 am. Parrot University. 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC,

No place like home class [satisfies Phoenix Landing adoption process requirement]. 10-12. The Landing, 31 Landing Place, Alexander, NC.

Solutions for Parrot Behavior Problems Related to Hormones Barbara Heidenreich webinar. 11-12:30

Fun with food class Parrot University. 2 pm. 321 South Polk St, Pineville, NC.

1/24: Addressing Screaming for Attention in Companion Parrots Barbara Heidenreich webinar 11-12:30.

1/27: Addressing Screaming for Attention in Companion Parrots. Barbara Heidenreich webinar. 7-8:30 p.m. Central..

1/29-31:Parrot Festival 2016 - Doubletree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, 15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Houston, TX, (713) 557-2473

World of Pets Expo - Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD - Fri 2- 8 pm, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6

Lehigh Valley Pet Expo - Ag Hall at Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown, PA - Fri 4-9, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5

1/30: Enrichment & Making Foraging Toys Workshop. Reservations not required, but space limited to the first 30 guests. Sessions are free, but donations gratefully accepted. 1-3 p.m. Noble Family Adoption Center; MSPCA at Nevins Farm 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA. .

Positive reinforcement training class.11 a.m. Parrot University - It's About The Birds - Home Page 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

1/31: So you want a talking bird? class. 2 p.m. Parrot University - It's About The Birds - Home Page 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

- Lost/stolen: Macaw, Pahrump, NV. Reward offered. Email: -- Spotted: Parakeet, Ronkonkoma, NY -- Lost: African grey parrot, Miami, FL. (305) 776-2203.--Lost: Female African grey, Boca Raton, FL. Can be dropped off w Avian Vet Dr. Backos, 3432 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, no questions asked or call (954) 943-5455. .


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