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From the parrot's beak: bad habits edition

Updated on July 24, 2015
Despite the cute Cape Cod souvenir, alcohol is not good for your parrot.
Despite the cute Cape Cod souvenir, alcohol is not good for your parrot.

- No show bird shows: flu fallout:There will be no birds for sale or display at Peninsula Cage Bird Society's 9/19 Fall Festival and Bird Mart. Although the Virginia Department of Agriculture has not enacted any restrictions, club directors voted to take a cautious approach "due to recent bird flu concerns." Guest speaker Lewis "Buddy" Waskey from Freeflight will be showing a video.The club hopes flu concerns will ease and live birds will return for their spring show. Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society's expo, previously scheduled for the same date, is cancelled. The veterinarian division of the NC Dept of Agriculture is putting the kibosh on bird gatherings in NC from 8/15 through 1/16.

- Hooker not happy about hookbills: Heidi Fleiss, the one time notorious "Hollywood Madam" owns some 20 macaws and was even featured with them on an "Animal Planet" special. The birds were formerly showcased at Las Vegas' Tropicana Hotel. Now, citing the birds' typical long lives; she is pushing for a ban on ownership of macaws in Nevada, generating consternation among many parrot owners; along with a few snarky comments.

- Polly-tical quote o' the week: "What is he, a parrot?" - "Hardball"'s Chris Matthews, commenting on Donald Trump's statement: "When I drink my little wine... and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness."

- Stolen.... or rescued?: Apparently there are two sides to this tale of two minus 'toos. Former employee takes two birds from World Parrot Refuge in Coombs

- High class hookbills: The theme was supposed to be charades but lovebirds Tony and Carmela (named after "Sopranos" characters) and the oxygen tent that covered their cage were a hot topic of conversation at a posh Hamptons, NY party. Alan Alda and Joy Behar were among thirty guests of Jerry Della Femina and Judy Licht. Although the 16 year old ailing Tony rallied for a few days, he eventually succumbed. "We're getting another lovebird for the widow," said the grief stricken Della Femina.

- Because they can(?): Why Do Birds Masturbate? | Audubon

- Endangered parakeet finds new hope in reserve expansion ...

- Psittacine cinema: Soccer Cockatoo - YouTube -- Cockatoos solve puzzle: -- Blue-headed Parrot at clay lick in Manu Peru - YouTube -- Hiking With 7 Macaw Parrots - YouTube -- Sneak peek at a Barbara Heidenreich webinar: -- Don't touch me! - YouTube

- Four parakeets rescued along with fifteen dogs from a one-bedroom apartment in Lawrence. MA are up for adoption, says MSPCA-Angell. Typically he Nevins Farm shelter's bird room houses 20 birds this time of year but with recent large surrenders it's bursting at the seams with 49 birds. “For anyone considering a winged pet now is the time to adopt,” said director Mike Keiley. “So many people believe you have to go to the pet store to buy a parakeet, but in fact you can go to your local shelter and adopt one.”

- Parrotrivia: On "the Simpsons", Bart goes to retrieve his dog which was given away to a blind man. The man is reluctant to give up the dog which became his pet after his "parrot stopped talking" - shift scene to a parrot skeleton in a cage.

- Parrot peeps in the news: South Bay Bird Society of southern California honors Laney Rickman, founder of the Bird Endowment, on 8/3 for 20+ years as (the only) conservation breeder of blue throated macaws in the USA.-- World Bird Sanctuary has announced the passing last week of Walter C. Crawford Jr. Founder and Executive Director of World Bird Sanctuary unexpectedly following complications from routine surgery. The World Bird Sanctuary features free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions and live displays of parrots and several other types of birds.

- Hot dates: 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. A parrot's place to be safe, healthy and have positive opportunities to live and thrive. [satisfies Phoenix Landing adoption process requirement].10-12. Fairfax, VA -- Many parrots show fear and/or aggression to traditional training methods. Train your parrot to step up using techniques Barbara Heidenreich has developed. 12-1:30 Central. Limited to 24 participants. 1 hour plus 30 minutes Q & A with Barbara at end.Fee $34.95. Participants get access to recorded version of the live event.Register at -- 7/29-8/1: American Federation of Aviculture 41st Educational Conference & Avian Expo Hyatt O'Hare, Chicago, IL: -- 7/30/ 8/1:Training Rescued and/or Re-homed Parrots. Whether in a rescue, adopted or sanctuary, it is sometimes difficult to overcome behavior problems with a parrot. This webinar will provide guidance for challenging behavior. Thurs. 7/30. 7-8:30 Central. Limited to 24 participants. 1 hour plus 30 minutes Q & A with Barbara at end. $34.95. Participants will also get access to recorded version of the live event. Register at this link. Option #2 ; Sat. 8/1. 12-1:30 Central. See prev. for more details.

- Stolen: female blue and gold macaw, San Antonio, TX. Reward offered. On meds for plucking and will get worse if she's worried or without special diet. The Bexar County Sheriff may be contacted Deputy Sheriff S. Morris #4065 at two one zero 335 - 6226 regarding Case No. 2015 BCSD 023803. -- Found: green cheek conure, St James NY (bird landed at the Chrysler Dealership on MCR). Bird is safe. Call Isabelle at Sweetbriar Nature Center (631) 979 6344. Proof of ownership a must.


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