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From the parrot's beak: 8/21 edition

Updated on August 21, 2016
Ebony and ivory....- Photo by George Sommers
Ebony and ivory....- Photo by George Sommers

- Pokemon Parrot: Chatot the parrot is a "music note Pokemon" with a "keen eye, tangled feet and big pecks". (I don't think they're referring to physique here).. It can mimic human speech and has a black head like a nanday conure. Just in case you're among the few including myself who don't quite get the Pokemon Go craze.

- Psittscine Cinema: Pollytics Double Feature: How is the parrot vote likely to go in the election? Judging from the company they keep in the following films, it's pretty evenly split. Parrot riding donkey- Pangani - YouTube -- Elephant and Parrot Training Together.m4v - YouTube

- Well Scuttle Me Cuttlebone: It looks like a cross between an octopus and a surfboard with a parrot's beak; out of some cheesy Syfy channel movie. It's a popular public aquarium attraction but is better known among bird owners for its calcium rich bone. The cuttlefish is the source of cuttlebone; which hookbills like to gnaw on and helps keep beaks trimmed.

- Dig it: A Bahamian subspecies of the Cuban Amazon nests in holes in the ground formed by geological processes in limestone; rather than the tree cavities that most parrot species favor. The adaptation serves as protection against hurricanes and fires, although it makes the birds vulnerable to predation. It is a rare conservation success story, with wild numbers increasing from 2000 in 1994 to close to 8000 today..The Patagonian conure also is an underground dweller, much to the consternation of local farmers.

- Parrotrivia: "The Incredible Hulk", on the lam in Mexico, mellows out and reverts to mild mannered Dr. David Banner when he comes upon a pair of squawking macaws and a cuddly bunny in the classic Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno series.

- Quote o' the week: Avian paralysis: a condition in which a person is unable to move due to the presence of a parrot on his or her body.- Facebook meme.

- Help Wanted: Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA is looking for 18+ y/o trainers with interested in positive reinforcement for its bird training program as much of its summer crew departs for college and other pursuits. -- Selden, NY resident looking for help with extreme cleaning situation in bird room and with cages, then ongoing help with maintenance. Paid position. 8 birds from lovebird to macaw size. If interested, contact Long Island Parrot Society Facebook page. (Umm, think I'll pass on this one.)

- My Mistake: A sharp eyed reader noted a discrepancy in last week's item on senior psttacine Cocky Bennett. The sulphur crested Aussie cockatoo was not born in 1916, as stated; but rather died a the age of 120 that year; having been born in 1796. Fire that proofreader. Never mind, that's me.

- Hot Dates: 8/20-25: Positive Parrot Training Retreat with Barbara Heidenreich - Cockatoo Downs, 15365 May Road, Dallas, OR -- Toy Making class. 11 am. Parrot University, Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC

8/20-21: Tri-State Budgerigar Society Show - Middlesex County 4-H Youth Center Log Cabin, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ- Sat 10-4, Sun 10-3 Aug 20 - 25 Dallas, OR - Positive Parrot Training Retreat with Barbara Heidenreich - Cockatoo Downs, 15365 May Road, Dallas, OR

8/20: The Parrot Club Picnic - Wickham Park - Williams Pavilion 11:00—4:00 (Grill open 12-2) The Parrot Club will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, soda, water, condiments, plates, flatware and ice. Bring sides, desserts, etc. to share. If you choose to bring a guest please bring additional food. Wickham Park has a $5.00 entry fee for admittance into the park on weekends. -- Adam Patterson: the Professional Parrot. Lead bird show trainer at Zoo Knoxville on what his birds do in the show. 10-12; The Landing, 31 Landing Pl., Alexander, NC.--Things I Wish I'd Known class. 10-12. Anne Arundel Animal Control Facility, 411 Maxwell Frye Rd. -- Adam Patterson: the Professional Parrot, class.-- The Contented Companion class. 10-12. Stahl Exotic Animal Veterniary Services, 4105 Rust Rd. Fairfax, VA.

8/27-9/1: ExoticsCon Veterinary Conference - Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR

8/27: Parrot 101 class. 2 pm. Parrot University.321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

8/28: So Cal Parrot fundraiser for The Indonesian Parrot Project. Sample wine and munchies, tour the ranch, auctions featuring items from Indonesia, learn about the Indonesian project 2-6. Hillcrest Farm, 3411 Hillcrest Ave., Sebastopol, CA.

- Lost: Double yellow head Amazon. Makiki/Ward HI. Reward offered (808) 381-5545, or -- Lost: Hahn's macaw 'Bebe' Vernon Hills, IL (847) 702--9820 -Lost: Alexandrine 'Meeto' Bellrose, NY Very friendly.(646) 3615068 -- Found: Green Quaker parrot. Hicksville NY Contact Kaitlin at f


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      Jane Mason 

      2 years ago

      Hi, George -

      Thanks for putting out this newsletter. It's the only parrot one I subscribe to and look forward to reading!

      Your note about the burrowing parrot vs. hollow tree nesters reminded me. My Amazon Myka (7yrs, 6m) was on my shoulder the other day when I decided to empty the dishwasher. He decided to investigate the cabinets and 'helped' me by trying to toss coffee cups out. Post a pic of him on my fb cage inside one of the cabinets. Talk about Amazon Overload!


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