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From the parrot's beak: return to childhood edition

Updated on August 1, 2015

- Kakapo no mo: Ellie, a female kakapo, reportedly died at Whenua Hou/Codfish Island last week. The New Zealand native died young, at 16, when other kakapos often live more than 60. An autopsy to determine cause of death will be performed at the Auckland Zoo. Currently at 125 individuals, the loss of even one bird -especially a potentially breeding hen - jeopardizes the species' survival. However, conservation officials are hoping that good conditions for breeding might yield two dozen or more chicks next summer -which occurs during North America's winter.

- 1948 feature film Bill & Coo features lovebirds, budgies, canaries and assorted other critters in a tale set in Chirpendale, USA. There's a tux shop where molting birds can rent “tails” for the night and one that sells Bald Eagle Feather Tonic. A statue to The Wrong Brothers, the first birds to walk, includes a couple of penguins. All is harmony until (cue Ride of the Valkyries) Black Menace the crow swoops into town to wreak havoc. Bill, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks and fiance of Coo, comes to the rescue. The film was shot on the world's second smallest film set, a miniature village built onto a 15' x 30' tabletop. Thanks to Amy Hopkins of The Parrot Club for this classic film review, which was shown at a recent TPC meeting.

- Parrotrivia: Parrots were apparently among Dr. Seuss' favorite subjects to illustrate. "What Pet Should I Get?" is a "lost" book newly published last 7/28 featuring a parrot, among other critters, on the cover.A bewildered parrot has the cover spotlight to himself in "Oh Say Can You Say", a Seuss book of tongue twisters.

- Adult coloring books (I guess coloring books FOR adults sounds a bit less suggestive) are apparently the latest fad. You can print your own FREE parrot themed coloring book created by American Federation for Aviculture- and suitable for ALL ages- here:

- Pscittacine cinema: A parrot-y candidate from an election past: Sesame Street - H. Ross Parrot - YouTube -- Germany - Biggest Parrot Harness Outing in Germany - YouTube -- Everything is awesome with Princess Yellow Feather - YouTube-- I Kissed a Bird That Talks! - YouTube

- Bits 'n' pieces: When we feed our birds we sometimes cut it into bite size bits. Pretty sure no one in the rainforest cuts wild parrots' food into little pieces. Offer large chunks of fruit and veggies. See how your bird reacts to having to work at getting just the right size bite, it could be fun for your both! Don’t leave ;leftovers in the cage any longer than you would small pieces of fresh produce. Tip from Robin Shewokis, founder of the Weymouth, Ma Based bird supply store, The Leather Elves.

- Hot dates: 7/29-8/1: American Federation of Aviculture 41st Educational Conference & Avian Expo Hyatt O'Hare, Chicago, IL: -- 8/6: Fear Free Veterinary Care for Companion Parrots Train your parrot to accept oral medications, be comfortable wrapped in a towel, participate in preventative care, etc. without creating fear responses. 7-8:30 PM CentralLimited to 24 participants. 1 hour plus 30 minutes Q & A with Barbara at the end.Fee is $34.95. Participants will also get access to recorded version of the live event. Register at this link. -- 8/8: The Parrot Club -- (Connecticut) Annual picnic at Wickham Park. -- Fear Free Veterinary Care for Companion Parrots 7-8:30 PM Central PM Central. See 8/6 listing for more info.

- Lost: Cockatiel - Punta Gorda, FL. Pastel cheeks - not much yellow on head yet. Very friendly. (423) 914-8888


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