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From the parrot's beak: 9/13 edition

Updated on September 12, 2015
Macaw on display at the Marshfield, MA Fair. - Photo by George Sommers
Macaw on display at the Marshfield, MA Fair. - Photo by George Sommers

- Singing the Blus: Presley the Spix's macaw, said to be the inspiration for Blu in the "Rio" movies, died last week. The species is almost certainly extinct in the wild, and 40 year old Presley's death leaves somewhat more than 100 Spix's left in captivity, according to Lew "Buddy" Waskey. Deforestation, wildlife trafficking and the introduction of African honeybees which compete for next space are fingered as the main culprits in the species' decline. Director Carlos Saldanha of the two "Rio" movies said he hoped the movie would raise awareness of endangered birds in Brazil. "The Spix's macaw truly is the rarest," he said in an interview with the Bird Channel website.

- Point/Counterpoint:Fly vs. clip debate: "...most older birds really don't want to learn to fly so they are not 'missing' what you think they are missing. I have had over 100 birds given to me, most of which lived in a 3000 sq ft aviary I built for them. Only about 20 want to fly," says Chris Niro, Executive Director of Bird Recovery International at the Pirate's Parrot Show. The comment generated some support, but a lot of dissenting views as well, proving yet again that parrot fanciers are not monolithic in their views. On the opposing side: "There is no natural enrichment that can compare with it. I am extremely passionate about helping those who want to keep the birds in their care flighted. I used to clip my birds' wings. I no longer do but I understand people do what they need to do in their individual situations," says Lara Joseph, President/founder of the Animal Behavior Center.

- Psittacine cinema: AUSTRALIA's WILD PARROTS & COCKATOOS - PBS ... - YouTube -- AUSTRALIA's WILD PARROTS & COCKATOOS - PBS ... - YouTube -- Shuka Vana ~ Rehabilitation Centre for Birds - YouTube -- It's been a long week....time to relax!

- Parrotrivia: Oscar the Amazon parrot had a screen career that included "Fantasy island" and "Home Alone 3". Sadly, Oscar passed away just a little over 4 years ago.

- Rushing the seasons: We've all seen those posts "Only (fill in the blank) days until Halloween/Christmas/whatever". Well, it's only 3/4 of a year until next smmer's American Federation for Aviculture 2016 conference in Connecticut will feature Laney Rickman of the Bird Endowment as keynote speaker in Connecticut

- Obit: Dr. Al Decoteau, familiar to may in bird breeding and contest circles, passed way last week.

- Hot dates:9/12-20: Parrots of the Pantanal - The Pantanal of Brazil, fly into Sao Paulo, Brazil - -- 9/12-13:Tim Vogle's Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair - Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA - 9-4 both days -- Alamo Exhibition Bird Club Show Patricia Sund demos making Chop. Tom Kinsey will give a Nature talk. Jan Graham & Nancy Marbach will hold a toymaking class & Jennifer Crider will talk about perches and toys, placement and texture. 9-5 Seguin Guadalupe Coliseum 950 S. Austin St Seguin, Texas -- Heart of Tennessee Exotic Bird Show and Sale MTSU Livestock Center 1720 Greenland Dr. Murfreesboro TN -- 9/12: Birds of a Feather 28th Annual Bird Show & Mart- All Dogs Gym, 505 Sheffield Road, Manchester, NH - 9-4 pm - 603-362-6106 - -- Clicker training workshop sponsored by Phoenix Landing 10-12 Midway Veterinary Hospital Midway Veterinary Hospital Chesapeake, VA --Avian health & medicine workshop Parrot University. 11 a.m. . Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC --9/13: Erie Cage Bird Club Annual Bird Auction - New Perry Highway Hose Company, 8281 Oliver Road, Erie, PA - 9-4 - (814) 490-9339 - -- Parrot Society of Palm Beach Toy Workshop. RSVP a must. 3319 E Rd, Loxahatchee, Florida 10:30. -- Avian anatomy workshop. Parrot University 2 p.m. Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC -- An afternoon with parrots at Jungle Bob's- Outback Centereach NY Long Island Parrot Society event has been CANCELLED. Sorry! -- 9/19-20: Long Island Pet Expo in the Park - Tanner Park, 123 Kerrigan Rd, Copiague, NY - 11-6 -- Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair - North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA - Sat 9-5 pm, Sun 10 -4 - 9/19:Peninsula Caged Bird Society Fall Festival and Bird Mart Lew “Buddy” Waskey showing video on free flight. April Blasich speaks on herbs for birds. Sorry, please don't bring your pet birds due to avian flu concerns. FREE 9-4 Columbian Ctr. 100 Columbus Way (fmrly. 12742 Nettles Dr.) Newport News, VA -- "The power of pellets" presentation by Andrew Hagner DVM. 2:00 Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd. Ballston Spa, NY. -- Fort Worth Bird Club 6th annual bird show. 9-4 Cleburne Conference Ctr. 1501 W. Henderson, Cleburne, TX -- New England Pet Expo - Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA - 10-6 -- Virginia Beach Pet Expo - Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA - 10-6 -- Astoria Bird Club Annual Show- St. Jude’s School, 1696 Canarsie Road, Brooklyn, NY - 8-5 -- Foster Parrots Fall Fundraiser Extravaganza - New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI 02832 - 12-7 -- Birdie Glossary: terms you should know Topics include such interesting things as hypersensitivity syndrome, the uropygial gland, cloanas and regurgitation 10-12. 31 Landing Pl., Chesapeake, VA -- Toy making class 11:00 Parrot University.Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC -- Positive Reinforcement 2:00 Parrot University. Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC -- 9/20: Featherific Bird Expo, 10-4, 700 Pike St. Marietta, GA.

- Stolen: Six-month-old African grey 'Zephyr' from Omar’s Exotic Birds in Brea, CA. Still hand-fed, could die. At the store, young parrots are put out on hanging play stands where they can interact with customers. Thieves took apparently advantage of this, as seen on surveillance video. One had the bird on his arm, and it looks like his partner caused a distraction. -- Found: African grey parrot in Neptune, NJ now at Associated Humane Society 2960 Shafto Rd Tinton Falls. Call (732) 922-0100. -- Lost/sighted: African grey 'Leela', South River, NJ.
(732) 289-8212 -- Lost: Canary winged Bebe parrot lost in Ridge, Suffolk County NY.Email -- Lost: Congo African grey 'Renee' Zephyr Hills, FL. Banded, speaks in a female voice very clear, sings Old MacDonald and How Much is That Birdie in the Window. (440) 725-1778 -- Lost: Blue and gold macaw flew away from the Animals On Safari show area at the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo & Aquarium. (614) 563-8608. Thank you for your help.


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    • Monika Weise profile image

      Monika Weise 

      3 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I always feel a little guilty when I clip my bird's wings, but I found does help to tame parent-raised birds and get them to bond more closely to me. I believe that young birds shouldn't be clipped for the first year if possible so that they can develop their flying skills. But even when fully feathered, my flock only seems to want to fly from the cage to the top of my head lol


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