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From the parrot's beak: July 19 edition

Updated on July 17, 2015

- Parrot poaching perfectly legal: Blue and gold macaws are one of several parrot species that have adapted quite nicely to a feral life in Florida. Poachers are apparently taking advantage of this by raiding nests and stealing the young to sell. Ironically, there are no legal protections for this non-native species. Read more here: Parrot poaching: Animal lovers work to save young ... - Miami Herald

- Five foot tall quaker parrot is environment crusader: OK, he's really a guy (or lady) in a quaker costume, but Birdie is the official mascot for GreeNYC. New York City’s public education program ” dedicated to educating, engaging, and mobilizing New Yorkers to take simple, but meaningful, steps to reduce their energy use, generate less waste, and live more sustainable lifestyles. ” At a recent appearance at birding hotspot Greenwood Cemetery, several (much smaller) naturalized non-native quakers flew by to take a look at their giant lookalike.

- Crazed squirrel aids in lost parrot recapture: “Igby”, a pineapple conure, escaped while owner Sabrina Drury hosed off his cage outside. Drury, a volunteer at Lazicki's Bird House and Rescue in Warwick RI, called on fellow rescuers for help. “When I arrived, Igby was high up in a tree,” says Erica Collins. “He was calling to his owner and sounded desperate. Parrots who are not used to flying outside often do not have the flight experience to know how to decrease altitude.” Other volunteers took turns helping in shifts, with some on site throughout the day. With nightfall just a few hours away, the situation was becoming desperate. On a hunch, Drury headed to a tree two blocks away from her home. She tried to encourage Igby to fly to her with his favorite treat, sunflower seeds, which had trained him to come to her when she shook the container. The rescue team figured they might be able to access the tree and Igby from a neighboring yard, but complicating matters, “This crazy squirrel came out of nowhere ,” said Collins. “He was moving very quickly and aggressively towards Igby. It frightened him so much, he fell a couple branches lower and climbed towards us. I stood on an outdoor patio table and Heather helped me pull branches down until Igby could reach my hand and stepped up. Once I had him I quickly cupped my hand around him. He was frightened, but okay.“ Igby is resting comfortably at home after the ordeal.

- So happy he could just barf: A lovebird flew out an open window and went missing for 5 days. the owner was going to give up after a diligent search- until he heard a lovebird's chirps coming from inside a building. The owner knocked on the door and was asked for a picture; and as he relates, "He was there in a small cage and he started regurgitating for me. I couldn't stop crying and they told me I could bring him home. Best day of my life."

- Meanwhile, in Australia: a couple's cockatiel flew out the door in January. Lulu was located 7 months later and 7.5 miles away thanks to a Local Lost & Found pets page on Facebook. Although cockatiels are native to Australia, this domesticated pet was pecked and near starvation when she was found. However, she recovered nicely and had a joyous reunion with her original owners; getting right back on the husband's shoulder "like she'd never been gone"" and getting acquainted with five new flockmates that they acquired during her absence.

- Justice for all: A Bristol County Grand Jury indicted Sabrina Harding and Jake Brousseau on six counts each of animal cruelty connected to the 6/10 discovery of dozens of dead or mistreated animals in their South Second Street, New Bedford, MA apartment. New Bedford Police received an anonymous call regarding a foul odor emanating from an apartment. Upon arrival, police found 46 animals in total, half of which were deceased. Of the 23 animals discovered to be deceased inside the apartment, 10 were birds, 11 were reptiles, two were rabbits and one chinchilla. The 23 surviving animals, in various states of malnourishment, are comprised of 11 birds, six reptiles, five cats and one dog.

- The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, an AFA-affiliated organization, has long supported Cookie Cockatoo and the other birds at Brookfield Zoo. In honor of Cookie's 82nd birthday this year, TASC will be presenting a $500 donation to the zoo's Bird Department at the American Federation of Aviculture's annual convention in Chicago at the end of this month. TYou can help, too. Email your donation to with the memo "Happy Birthday, Cookie!" 100% of these donations will go directly to the bird department at Brookfield Zoo who has provided such a wonderful life for Cookie since 1934.

- Researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Pontifical Xavierian University in Columbia studied scarlet macaws (Ara macao) that were reintroduced to the tropical rain forests of Palenque, Mexico, in spring of 2014. Prior to reintroduction, the scarlet macaw had been absent from these forests for 70 years. After training the birds to eat wild food, project staff released 96 captive-born macaws into the forests of Palenque between April 2013 and June 2014. They released the birds in several batches throughout the spring, and observed that later batches were able to learn successful foraging techniques from those released earlier. Read more:

- Psittacine cinema: Homeless jazz musician finds solace singing with parrot -- Tricky macaw: -- Sexy eclectus: -- More Disco hits:

- Must see TV: Quaker parrots at a feeder on a snowy day were featured on the syndicated "Wild America" episode entitled "X Rated Imports" focusing on exotic invasive creatures in the USA.

- Contests: Avitech's 2nd Annual American Federation of Aviculture Youth Convention Program fundraiser: When their FB page reaches 16,500 page likes they will provide 6 free tickets to local youths to the 2015 AFA convention this 7/30-8/1. -- AFA Silent Auction: Win a King Size Quilt decorated with parrot images Highest bid to be announced every day.Last announced bid was $800. Send your full name, city and state with your bid in an email to: The auction will end on Saturday night at the AFA Convention in Chicago at the banquet dinner. You do not be present to win. Shipping is at winner's expense.

- Hot dates: 7/17,18,19: Weekend of special events at The Bird Shop, 5553 Auburn Blvd.,Sacramento, CA. (916) 338-0505. Featuring special guest Concetta Ferragamo and the Ultimate Cage Challenge. -- 7/18, 19: Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair - North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA Sat 9 -5, Sun 10-4 - (770) 279-9899 -- Triangle Bird Clubs 22nd annual Exotic Bird Expo Bowers Civic Ctr. Port Arthur, TX 9-5; $3; under 12 FREE.-- 7/18: 'Live' webinar on Taking The Aggression Out of Living with Your Parrot with Lara Joseph, The Animal Behavior Center, LLC. Environments and interactions that may be contributing to aggressive behaviors. Approaches in changing these behaviors used at the center and with some of their parrots.12 noon EDT. -- Toys with Attitude- What does your bird do all day to stay busy? It's up to you to provide fun activities such as chewing, shredding and foraging. 10-12, 31 Landing Place, Alexander, NC -- No Place Like Home What does home mean? For a parrot it might mean a place to be safe, be healthy, have a sense of family, and be provided positive opportunities to live and thrive. [also satisfies Phoenix Landing adoption process requirement].10-12. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1415 West 7th St., Frederick, MD -- Smoky Mountain Cage Bird Society Fair & Sale $3 Admission at the door Under 12 and over 65 FREE. $100 Door Prize. 9-5. Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960-A 13th Ave. Drive SE, Hickory, NC -- 7/19: Comedy show to benefit Lazicki's Bird House and Rescue, West Warwick Elks Club #1697, 60 Clyde St., West Warwick, RI.Doors open 4; show starts at 5. Tix still available online @ -- 7/25, 26: Treasure Coast Budgie Club Show - Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL - 9-5 pm - 732-277-2245 - -- 7/25: No Place Like Home 10-12:00. Fairfax, VA (See 7/18 listing for description.) -- 7/29-8/1: AFA (American Federation of Aviculture) 41st Educational Conference & Avian Expo

- Lost:Amazon parrot, Vernon Township, NJ (973) 764-2511 / (201) 927-4541 -- Lost: African Grey 'Kitty', Sacramento CA. Please call Parrot Planet (916) 594-9290 or (530) 295-7673.


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