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From the parrot's beak: Leap year edition

Updated on February 27, 2016
Just hanging around waiting for the week's parrot news. - Photo by George Sommers
Just hanging around waiting for the week's parrot news. - Photo by George Sommers

- Parrot murder mystery in California: Three feral parrots were shot dead last week in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma neighborhoods of San Diego; CA; making a total of five killed this year. The cherry headed, or mitred conures are the type popularized in the 2003 documentary film, "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". The fatalities were caused by a BB/pellet gun, and are particularly tragic as it is breeding season. Because the birds are feral, or non-native; wildlife laws don't cover them. However, the rescue organization So Cal Parrots intends to pursue felony animal cruelty charges against anyone caught shooting the conures.

- Car wash is no parrot paradise, allegedly. Last week it was an amusement park. This week it's car washes. Ruby, Peanut, Speedy and Rainbow the macaws are kept as "resident pets" in 4 of 6 Paradise Car Washes in the Twin Cities of Minnesota The Animal Rights Coalition is running a campaign to remove the birds from the car washes, citing their "lack of feeling secure" & "solitary existence" among other concerns. There is even a Macaws don't belong in Car Washes Facebook page. "Animal rights" is a controversial topic among parrot owners; with some supporting many of their goals and others fearing their ultimate aim is to eliminate all private ownership of parrots.

- Beak Job: Gigi the macaw was born with a malformed beak, so scientists outfitted her with a prosthetic one; using a 3D printer. Plastic is the material usually used with 3D technology, but it was decided that titanium would be needed for nut crushing purposes, plus it is a light metal.The impression was borne by the cti Renato Archer of campinas and the procedure was executed by the veterinary surgeons: Dr. Roberto Fecchio, Dr. Sergio Camargo, Dr. Rodrigo Rabello and Dr. Matheus Rabello.

- Psittacine cinema: Parrot,indian ring neck talking and kissing to spoon - YouTube -- The Birdy Hotel on Shaw TV Victoria - YouTube -- Emotional Support Animal – This Cockatoo Has ... - YouTube

- Ancient Parrots: Most parrots are tropical critters, but fossils from 23 to 50 million years ago, including complete skeletons, indicate that their ancestors originated in Europe; mostly England and Germany.

- A budgie is always a parakeet but a parakeet is not always a budgie: Americans know them as parakeets, but to the rest of the world, they are budgerigars, or budgies. These mini-parrots are the most popular of pet birds due to their general low cost and ease of maintenance. Scientifcally speaking, budgies are only one of several varieties of slim bodied, long tailed parrots including rosellas, quakers, ringnecks and more.

- Pollytics '16: "To say, 'I’m not a scientist' is like saying, 'I’m not a parakeet.' Everyone knows that it just means, 'I’m not going to talk about this,'" says Stanford Professor Jon A. Krosnick. John Kasich is one of the last standing candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. The Ohio governor's appointee to lead the state health department, Rick Hodges, declined to weigh in on climate change, saying instead, “I am not a scientist.I am not prepared to debate the causes of climate change. ”

- Quote o' the week: (From Facebook) Only another parrot owner understands the joy of seeing a $30 toy turned into woodchips.

- The glaucous macaw is so rare it is considered extinct. The last sighting of a glaucous macaw in the wild was in 1936. A very small number of exist in captivity at present.

- To beat the band: Those leg bands used by breeders can be harmful. One cockatiel's leg had to be partially amputated because a leg ring resulted in a tourniquet like constriction. Microchips are a preferable method for ID purposes.

- Didja know: There are more birds kept as companions in Australia than dogs and cats put together, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics..

- Many happy returns to Poli Steinman, who at 31 is the oldest living cockatiel client at the Avian Exotic Animal Clinic of Arizona

- Obit: Gary Allen 2/16, aka the "parrot whisperer" of Ottawa, Canada.The 300 lb. gentle giant would pose for pictures and entertain passersby with his blue headed pionus, red king parrot, monk parrots and more.:

- Hot dates: (All times EST unless otherwise specified)

2/27-28: 2 Day Parrot Training Workshop; Puebla, Mexico Hosted by Cuetzpalin. Coaching from Barbara Heidenreich. Visit for more information.

2/27:Bingo for Birds, Alibi Cafe; 18 Bassett St., Providence RI. All proceeds to benefit Lazicki's Bird House and Rescue!! You can pre order tickets and each ticket gives you a chance to win a Cape Cod Getaway. 3-7.

- No Place Like Home class. 10-12. Stahl Veterinary Services, 4105 Rust Rd. Fairfax, VA. [satisfies Phoenix Landing adoption process requirement].

Toy Making class. 11 a.m Parrot University. Pineville Towne Market at 321 So. Polk Street. Pineville NC

2/28: 3rd Annual Rainforest Parrot Party. Educational Sessions Featuring: Dr. Susan Clubb, DVM: The Well Bird Checkup 101, Madeleine Franco: The Family Album - Documenting the Flock, Charlene Brennan: Showbirdz Parrot Show, Mark McCarthy of McCarthy's Wildlife: Live Exotic Animal Presentation. Admission: $5. 12 and under FREE 9:30 am - 4 pm. Rainforest Clinic for Birds and Exotics 3319 E Road, Loxahatchee, Florida.

3/4-5: Long Island Pet Expo - Suffolk Community College Expo Center, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, Long Island, NY - Fri 4-9 pm, Sat 10-7 pm, Sun 10-5

3/5-6: Tim Vogle's Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair - Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA 30297 - 9-4 both days. -

3/5: Avian Health and Medicine class. 2 pm Parrot University 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

No Place Like Home class. 10-12. Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1415 West 7th St., Frederick, MD. [satisfies Phoenix Landing adoption proces

3/6: Sex and the Single Bird class. 2 pm Parrot University 321 South Polk St, Pineville NC

3/8: Dr. Kristin Sinclair kicks off The Parrot Club's '16 programs with a discussion about avian diagnostic tests. 7 pm The Parrot Club Veteran's Memorial Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse 100 Sunset Ridge Road East Hartford, CT

~Stolen: 20 year old Alexandrian ringneck parrot 'Honeydew'. Naples. FL.Very loving and cuddly. (239) 849-5454. Lost:Rose breasted cockatoo 'Chickie', Philadelphia, PA. reward offered. (215) 601-9297/(215) 601-9039 -- Lost: Crimson bellied conure. Sun City Center FL (603) 233-3813


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