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From the parrot's beak: 4/30 edition

Updated on April 29, 2017
I didn't know that. Boy is my face red! - Photo by George Sommers
I didn't know that. Boy is my face red! - Photo by George Sommers

- Forbidden Lovebirds: Four special agents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) served warrants on an Avon Park, Florida couple for allegedly smuggling prohibited wildlife into the United States, a felony with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.The wildlife in question was lovebirds, Although the species was unidentified in the original report, they are likely Fischer's. The couple could face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.- From

- Controversial California Assembly Bill 485 has cleared a first hurdle; passing the Committee of Business and Professions. The bill would ban the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores except those obtained from shelters. American Federation for Aviculture opposes the bill, in the belief that pet parrots may also ultimately be effected, Last week's "Beak" report stirred up heated Facebook debate among this column's readership. - - Didja Know:

- Didja Know: Scientists “harass” captive bred Puerto Rican parrots to determine how well they can fly. The ones that can fly well for a least three minutes are candidates for release in the wild under the assumption they have a good chance of escaping pursuing owls or hawks.

- That Bites: It's that time of year. "My African Senegal and double yellow-headed Amazon transform like clockwork into evil mutants for a couple of weeks every April and October," laments one bird owner. Novice bird owners might not get how their bird can go from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde, but the reason for these seasonal personality changes is that birds go through a hormonal period in mating season. Excessive screaming and biting are symptoms that many bird owners cite for surrendering parrots to shelters and rescues. A hormonal bird may become possessive over their cage, food, toys or even their favorite human until the season ends. You may notice some awkward new ways in which the bird carries him or herself, or odd physical displays including eye pinning, regurgitation, wing flapping or tail fanning. Over preening may lead to feather plucking, which can be a potential long term problem. As our previously mentioned social poster notes, "Don't take it personally. Be patient, forego the urge to give skritches, use dowels when step-ups are required, stay alert to bird body language - and know that it's temporary.... until next season." - Compiled from a Facebook post and

- Congrats, Grampa: Pukakuro I, a scarlet macaw that hatched on Christmas Eve '16 and fledged on 3/21/17, was with his parents last week and will stay with them until he learns everything he needs to know about foraging and going to the claylick. What makes Pukakuro I special is that he is the grandkid of one of the Tambopata Macaw Project "chicos", a group of hand raised macaws that were reintroduced in the wild in the 1990's. - From a Tambopata Macaw Project Facebook post.

- Parrotrivia: On a classic "Rowan & Martin's Laugh In", Goldie Hawn says her parakeet learned to talk. When asked what the bird said, she replies "I don't know, I don't speak parakeet." -- "Amazon Adventure", showing at Omni theaters including the one at Boston's Museum of Science; features cameos of scarlet macaws and Amazon parrots along with many other of the region's critters as it documents the studies of a Charles Darwin contemporary.

- Meeting Adjourned: (It is? No, you say that Governor- apologies to "Blazing Saddles"). Many local bird clubs are on the ropes or have gone the way of the Carolina parakeet in recent years. Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society had to cancel its upcoming bird mart due to declining vendor interest combined with a temporary unavailability of their traditional locale. Declining club membership may be a function of people being overscheduled, or perhaps they feel like they are getting the information they need from the Internet. The Georgia Companion Bird society may be on to something by referring to their gettogethers as "meet ups"; which may imply a welcoming of newcomers afraid of making a long term membership commitment.

- Quote o' the Week: Read my beak. I'm innocent.

- Me and Bobby the C: "So last night Bobby (Congo African grey) and I were just hanging and I decided to mess with him. Instead of trying to get him to repeat me, I just repeated every noise he made to the best of my ability. Once he caught on it appeared to freak him out. He got really agitated and I got the distinct impression that he wanted to say 'Dad, she's copying me!' Of course I stopped but it was an interesting and unexpected reaction." - From a Facebook post

- Hot Dates:4/26-30: Santa Barbara Bird & Reptile Fair. Santa Barbara, CA -- 4/29: Motor City Bird Expo. Featured speakers Jason Crean and Lara Joseph.10-4. Madison Place UFCW Local Union #876, 876 Horace Brown Dr., Madison Heights, MI -- 4/29: Meet a couple of cool macaws & help special needs children of @leeway_school .Bring unwanted clothes, shoes, electronics & to turn into $ for the school. 9-12, 335 Johnson Ave Sayville NY. -- 4/30: Exotic Bird Events Inc, The largest “All Exotic Bird Event” in Florida . 9-4. $5 /Under 10 FREE One free door prize ticket per admission Central Florida Fairground 4603 W Colonial Dr -- 5/6: Parrot Behavior and Training Workshop, 12-5. Patti Christie CVT and Travis Kelin. Lunch provided. Registration and fee required. Pines and Plains Library, 651 Beverly St., Elizabeth CO -- 5/7: Birds of a Feather Spring Expo Dr. Alex Kilgore - Littleton Animal Hospital - Bird Respiratory Issues; Dr. Rod Arad ("Dr. Rod") - Littleton Animal Hospital - Avian Acupuncture; Dr. George Messenger - Avian Consultant - Avian First Aid and/or Grooming. Dr. Messenger will groom your birds. Free, but a donation to BOAF is appreciated. 9-4. $5/ under 12 FREE (w Paid adult admission), early bird (before 9) $10. Auburn Village School. 11 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn, NH -- Florida West Coast Avian Society Annual Exotic Bird Expo.10-4 - $4.00/under 10 FREE. Sarasota County Fairgrounds Potter Building (next to the Roberts arena) - 300 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL -- Want your parrot show/event/speaker featured here? Email info to

- Missing: Pistachio, Senegal parrot. Used as education bird by AZ Exotic Bird Rescue. (480) 306-4690.

- Have an issue missing issues? Past issues of “From the parrot's beak” and current “Pet Gazette” feature articles by George Sommers can be found on the Facebook Pet Bird Owners page.

- A-tha-tha, a-tha, a-tha That's All, Folks!: "See Also" links appearing on this page are the provided by Hubpages and may not have any direct connections with the editorial content.


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