From the parrot's beak: April Fools edition
- Cyclone Permanantly Cancels 'Too's Flight: The image of a cockatoo; battered and soaked by Australia's Cyclone Debbie was captured in a photo that transfixed bird lovers and went viral. “There was a whole group of cockatoos sitting way up in the trees just clinging on during the gale force winds.” says "Townsville Bulletin" photographer Alix Sweeney. Road closures and telecommunication issues hampered efforts to get the one dubbed "Debbie", after the storm, to a wildlife center.Instead, she got rock star treatment; spending two nights in a seaside motel enjoying a tucker of crackers and pumpkin seeds, although her lack of bathroom usage was noted. Despite the valiant rescue effort, and an apparent rallying on the 'too's part, she eventually succumbed. Some observers believe she had a feather wasting disease which may have weakened her defenses.Other birds, bats, snakes, kangaroos, wallabies, and possums are expected to be injured or in distress from the storm. - From http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/cockatoo-rescued-after-being-left-battered-by-cyclone-debbie/news-story/7a402bfece631a1a6b583b997a853586
- Parrotlegal: Just settled a divorce over visitation of a parrot. Neither may teach it negative phrases about the other. I went to law school for this. - Facebook post which we don't know if it's from a real lawyer and/or if it's for real.
- Kea born in Denver Zoo: The female, named Scarlet; is one of 38 keas in the USA and a first such birth for the zoo,.The endangered kea is difficult to breed and in fact Scarlet's parents broke 2 of 4 of their own eggs before zoo staff intervened. (No wonder they're endangered.) One of those eggs successfully hatched and the fluffy bird emerged. = From http://www.9news.com/features/the-denver-zoo-has-officially-hatched-a-kea-which-is-very-fluffy/426538756
- Parrotrivia: An Amazon parrot leads Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 to a pet store fronting as a KAOS headquarters for "Smiling Killer" Melnick. The enemy spy agency is training parrots to memorize and repeat secret formulas to overseas KAOS outposts. - From a classic "Get Smart" episode.
- Macaws Dig the New Digs: The four macaws at the Oakland Zoo are moving to a substantially larger new aviary exhibit. Two currassow birds, new to the zoo; join them. “This progressively-designed aviary gives these highly-intelligent animals much choice and control over their environment, which is important to their mental and physical well-being as well as a platform to talk about the challenges of keeping parrots as pets, the exotic pet trade, and how choices we make can affect populations in the wild. This exhibit is one of best examples I’ve seen of giving former pet parrots, as our parrots at Oakland Zoo are, the best possible future,” says Leslie Storer, Zoological Manager at the zoo. The new exhibit includes plenty of room for flight. - From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/03/prweb14177172.htm
- Didja Know: Yellow crested cockatoos incongruously fly among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong. The species' native habitat is Moluccas, Indonesia where the wild population is in rapid decline; unlike most so-called invasive species. Along with the Philippine cockatoo, this species is the rarest of all Cacatua species. Nevertheless, these parrots are still being exported to Hong Kong where escaped or released 'toos have established a feral population.
- Birdy Words: From AFA to zygodactyl - pet bird owners have a language of their own. See Words on Birds".page 8; April '17 "Pet Gazette".http://duxburypetgazette.ma.newsmemory.com/
- April Fools: Bouton,the scarlet macaw, was kicked out of Montreal's Biodome when she would only speak English and no French. “She asked for crackers, not craquelins,” explains Florence Laplante, Chief of Animal Compliance at the Office Québecoise de la Langue Française. Bouton's trainer, Jacques Delorme frantically attempted a French immersion course in a bid to stave off her deportation. “Every night, we made Bouton listen to ‘Star Académie’ and audiobooks about Lucien Bouchard,” Delorme explained. “However, these efforts were in vain.” (It's a hoax, says Snopes) -- A flock of scarlet macaws were reported to be living in the wild in Vermont after an abnormally warm, winter a few years back. Naturalist George "Bird" Grinnell happened to be in Vermont at the time and raced to catch a glimpse of the normally tropical birds. "This is sweet," he said. The report, of course; was a hoax. -- A somewhat more credible hoax was the report of a newly discovered flock of Carolina parakeets in Honduras, well after their extinction. The report, issued on April 1, 2009, was made by pranksters to look as if it was issued by Cornell University and the Nature Conservancy.
- Quote o' the Week: Life with parrots - it's kinda like a blender with no lid that's always on.
- Help!: Tinker the corella, has twice called out for help when Beeper, green cheek conure, got in trouble. Beeper broke her wing years ago and can no longer fly. Twice she has gotten into trouble with an old favorite toy on the bottom of her cage. The first time she was on her back and it was on top of her, and last evening she got her toes/claws tangled in the now-tattered toy and was helplessly struggling. Both times Tinker began hollering persistently until I went to check Beeper, which probably saved her life. (The toy made the trip to the waste basket.) - From a Facebook post.
- Contest benefits Young Hobbyists: 250 "likes' and 24 "shares" of a photo posted on Avitech Bird Supplies Facebook page will get 6 lucky youths memberships in the American Federation for Aviculture's Youth Sponsorship program. Deadline is midnight, 4/3.
- Hot Dates: 4/1,2: Bird Fair Acadiana Bird Club Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4. $4/Under 6 FREE. Pls. Pls. Do not b ring birds from home.Lafayette Event Center, 4607 Johnson St., Lafayette LA --4/1: Peninsula Caged Bird Society (PCBS) Exotic Bird Festivalraffle table, Dr. Greg Burkett, Avian Certified Veterinarian. New location at the Greet Orthodox Church Hellenic Community Center, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, Virginia -- 4/8,9: Int'l. Assoc. of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference, Los Angeles, CA -- 4/9: Exotic Bird and Animal Expo, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced, California -- 4/11: Parrot researcher Kevin Burgio is scheduled featured speaker at The Parrot Club meeting. Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse, 100 Sunset Ridge Road, East Hartford, CT -- Want your parrot show/event/speaker featured here? Email info to email@example.com
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