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From the parrot's beak: oh, Canada? edition

Updated on April 23, 2016
Two 'toos show how different members of the cockatoo family can look. - Photo by George Sommers
Two 'toos show how different members of the cockatoo family can look. - Photo by George Sommers

- Parrot is radio show stopper: The Mounties always get their man, but it took a Canadian DJ to get the bird. Peter Potipcoe was in the middle of his country western broadcast when he got a call about a loose parrot. "I'm used to getting calls about lost dogs. But a parrot? I had to see it for myself," he explains."I put the show on auto pilot, and jumped in the company vehicle and drove right over there." Sure enough, high up in a birch tree was a Quaker parrot. Quakers have proven to be remarkably adaptable as ferals as far north as Chicago and southern New England, but Fort McHenry, Alberta in still wintry late March likely exceeds even these tough birds' limits. Besides, as Potipcoe was soon to discover, this Quaker's wings were clipped. "I got on the fence, shimmied up the tree, poked the bird with a stick." said the DJ. The bird fluttered to the ground where Potipcoe grabbed it with a sweater. "He is a Quaker parrot and we're in oil country, so I called him Lil' Quaker State." The parrot was brought into the studio, where he perched on the microphone while enjoying some water and blueberries. LQS didn't seem overly grateful, though; as "It pooped everywhere. And when you're in a studio, with a bird flying around, it's a little sketchy."

- California Parrot Carnage: The mysterious parrot shootings in the Point Loma/Ocean Beach areas continue with 11 fatalities, most recently on March 31, April 3 and April 6. Four conures and a lilac-crowned Amazon are among the confirmed victims. Two dead conures were found near All Souls' Episcopal Church on Easter Sunday. On April 3. Reverend Joseph Dirbas invited So Cal Parrot, a rescue organization, to set up an information booth. A man reportedly told the Reverend that workers repaving the church parking lot were shot at in 2014, and a local family was approached about the incident. There are no suspects in the parrot shootings, although some feel it is the work of a juvenile boy or boys with an air pellet or BB gun. San Diego County Department of Animal Services has a hotline: (619) 767-2766

- Man/parrot dispute causes cop intervention: Brighton, Ontario police were called in when neighbors reported a loud domestic disturbance. "They heard him yelling and saying, 'I hope you die," and so on and so forth," Const. Steve Bates said. "So we attended and we located the male of the household alone in the house screaming at his pet parrot who apparently was 'beaking off' at him, in his words." Alcohol, as you may have guessed; was involved- on the man's part, not the parrot's. The bird was unharmed and no charges were pressed.

- Psittacine cinema: Parrot Show | CTV Edmonton News

- Pollytics '16: Some say this year's batch of presidential candidates is for the birds but one analyst takes it a step further; comparing the candidates to birds; including parrots (charismatic/enthusiastic), eagles (direct/results-driven), doves (soft-spoken/harmonious), and owls (logical/analytical).The last two parrot presidents were Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan; with one characteristic being that bad things tend not to stick to parrot presidents. While there are no "pure" parrots in this race; the analyst allows that Donald Trump's abrasive eagle style is tempered by the charm of a parrot. Unlike her '08 attempt, Hillary Clinton's owl factor has some parrot seeping in; which may explain her current success. Bernie Sanders is an intriguing blend of eagle energy and dove style, while John Kasich's reserved manner places him squarely in the dove designation.

- Hoarded birds confiscated: Thirty five parrots and other birds were removed from a Kitnersville, PA garage by the Bucks County SPCA. “The unsanitary conditions we witnessed inside the garage included two-foot high piles of excrement,” remarked Chief Cruelty Investigator Nikki Thompson. The birds are now housed at the BCSPCA’s Quakertown animal care facility, which is currently seeking donations from the public of parrot food, supplies and cash.

- What's that in your coffee?: The Perch, “America’s first parrot cafe” is opening in Colorado Springs. The business offers parrot adoptions from the nonprofit Metro Denver Parrot Rescue, bird food and supplies, and for humans (presumably) free Wi-Fi, locally roasted coffee and baked goods. Grand opening at noon on April 30 will feature a ribbon cutting, the High Grade Food Truck, and an opportunity to meet lives birds of prey, courtesy of Nature’s Educators.

- Conservation success stories: A kaka recovery program in Wellington’s Zealandia wildlife sanctuary started in 2002 has been so successful that conservationists decided to stop monitoring nests. Six kaka parrots were released here and provided with artificial nestboxes. Today, there are about 750 individuals locally and in the last two seasons the birds started using natural tree cavities for nesting. -- Nine captive bred scarlet macaws were released in Sierra Lacandón National Park in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve in October 2015. . Today, there are some 300-400 scarlets living in this area.

- Parrotrivia: Jay Leno as host of the "Tonight Show" once held up a copy of "Bird Talk" magazine; pointing out a Sally Blanchard article titled "Think Your Bird Hates You?" He cracked that you really had to be a loser for that to happen

- Quote o' the Week: Silence is golden unless you own a parrot. Then silence is highly suspicious. (From a Facebook meme.)

- Hot dates: (All times EST unless otherwise specified.)

4/23: Earlybird Spring Fair 9-4 Mayborn Convention Center, 3303 N. 3rd St., Temple TX -- Parrot care information class. 10-12. Stahl Veterinary Services, 4106 Rust Rd., Fairfax, VA. (Satisfies Phoenix Landing adoption requirements.) --Toymaking class.11 a.m. Parrot University 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

4/24: Jason Crean speaks on "Feeding Natural Foods to Our Parrots" at Oklahoma Avicultural Society. Brunch at 11 CST at First Watch Restaurant (near Woodland Hills Mall) followed by talk. -- So You Want a Talking Bird? class. Parrot University 2 pm. 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC -- Ohio Bird Fair - Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, 129 Robbins Station Road, Irwin, PA - 10-4

4/27-30: Avicultural Society of America Conference - Red Lion Inn, 221 N Lincoln St., Port Angeles, WA

4/30-5/1: Phoenix Landing 2016 Wellness Retreat - The Sherrill Center, 227 Campus Drive, Asheville, NC - 9-5 each day

4/30: Positive reinforcement class. Parrot University. 11 a.m. 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

5/1: Florida West Coast Avian Society Exotic Bird Extravaganza - Potter Building at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL - 10-4 -- Parrot 101 class. Parrot University. 2 p.m. 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

- Lost: Congo African grey parrot 'Peppi' Mastic, NY. Reward offered. (631) 615-9972. -- Lost: Small blue parrot 'Lucy', Las Vegas, NV. text: (702) 278-4663 -- Found: African grey. Trenton, NJ. Proof of ownership required Text only (609) 558-6912 -- Lost male blue parakeet 'Polly' Valley Glen, CA. Understands only Russian. Banded left foot - last numbers 24 (818) 584-9365 -- Found: Blue and white parakeet. Huntington Beach, CA.(847) 636-3409.-- Lost: cockatiel. Roanoke, Va. Says "pretty girl". (540) 525-6128



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