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From the parrot's beak: March 5 edition

Updated on March 3, 2017
More Amazon - make that amazing - parrot news. - Photo by George Sommers
More Amazon - make that amazing - parrot news. - Photo by George Sommers

- Ferals: Friends or Foes?: Are "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" of documentary film fame a threat to native wildlife? Mark Bittner is the central human in the film about San Francisco's iconic conures. "They’re eating out of artificial food sources and nesting in nonnative tree species,” he says; citing the tops of Canary Island date palms, widely planted in San Francisco, as favored nesting places.. “There are just too few of them,” adds Jamie Gilardi, World Parrot Trust executive director. In 2000, there were about 50 conures in San Francisco; now probably between 200 and 300. Invasive monk parakeets in Florida number in the hundreds of thousands, Gilardi points out, and the impacts on wildlife seem to be limited because the introduced South American birds are confined mostly to cities. But Josiah Clark, a San Francisco-based consulting ecologist who helps coordinate the annual Presidio bird survey says he has seen parrots nesting in tree cavities previously occupied by pygmy nuthatches, songbirds that excavate nesting holes and use them as communal shelters, often for successive generations. Another local naturalist, Dominik Mosur, thinks the conures could be at least partly responsible for the disappearance of American kestrels from San Francisco. The small falcons, he says, have vanished from urban bird surveys in the same time in which the conure numbers have exploded.

- Bar None: The Perch Pub & Brewery in Chandler, Arizona is "home to over 50 brightly colored, tropical rescue birds", as its website describes. Some petitioners are questioning whether a bar is can double as a rescue, citing the case of Luna the cockatoo. Luna has plucked all the feathers from the front of her body. The petition also notes a perceived lack of information on the "rescue" birds in the form of a link or profile and states, " ... this place is no sanctuary for birds, this place is a prison. It's a money making machine and guess who they use to get people in? Precious birds, like Luna." [Editor's note: A message sent several days ago to The Perch Pub & Brewery has thus far gone unanswered.] - Compiled from a change.org petition and http://perchpubbrewery.com/

- Help! My Parrot's in a Tree!: When a New York woman's parrot flew away and up in a tree that was too high to climb the cry went out on social media. When anyone did try to go after him, he'd fly to another tree or a rooftop. Long Island Parrot Society's Frank had the answer: "Putting their cage out where they can see it with food and a string tied on the door. Just sit and wait. A magnet on the door helps too." The trick worked and the woman reports, "He is home, hungry and happy!!

- Quote o' the week: "Why is it that we can so easily celebrate parrots imported from Ecuador but that nobody knows what a bushtit is?”" - Josiah Clark, San Francisco ecologist on why locals are more interested in "invasive" parrots than native birds.

- That's Why They Call them Fids: Do all you parrot owners find that it's like having a toddler in the house, I find myself saying the same things I used to say to my son when he was a toddler. "No don't touch that." "What have you got in your mouth?" "Don't chew that!" "Why are you screaming now?" "Put that down it's not yours." "Please don't steal my food from my plate." "Why are you so quiet? What are you up to?" - From a Facebook post

- Seniors and Psittacines: How to take care of your parrot when you get older - and what when the Grim Reaper comes a-calling.. George Sommers' page 8 feature story in the March duxburypetgazette

- MIstah Speakah: American Federation for Aviculture is looking for speakers for its 43rd annual conference, to be held this year in Arizona. Proposals should include a brief bio and be submitted by March 15.. Contact AFA for details.

- Parrotrivia: Alex the African grey, celebrated in science and among parrot lovers; is featured along with some other parrots on the syndicated "Animal Atlas" in an episode on animal communication.

- Didja Know: Indonesia has 83 species of parrots spread within its 17.000 islands; many of them endemic.

- RIP: Arlene Powers: Popular,member of the parrot keeping community well known for her paintings of parrots.

- Hot Dates: Pick O' the Week: 3/12: How she taught her cockatoo to read! Guest speaker Jennifer Cunha on how she taught her Goffin's cockatoo, Ellie, to read! (Judge for yourself.) Ellie may be attending the meeting for (hopefully) a live demonstration, but please. leave your birds home. RSVP required; $5 donation requested. Parrot Society of the Palm Beaches meeting 10:30 am at the Rainforest Clinic, 3319 E Rd, Loxahatchee, FL -- Ongoing-3/31: Foster Parrots' Annual March Matching Fund Drive. All donations dated in the month of March will be matched up to $20,000. Go to website or FB page for info. -- 3/4: Spring Fling Exotic Bird Fair. 9-5. $6/under 10 FREE. Central Park Hall, Expo Square, Tulsa OK -- 3/5: Exotic Bird and Animal Expo. 9-3. Pls. leave pets at home. American Sports Center, 755 N. 114th Ave., Avondale, AZ -- 3/10-12: Long Island Pet Expo Fri. 4-9, Sat. 1-7, Sunday 10-5. Adult $10 online/$12 at door. Three day pass $18. Child $4 online/$5 at door. 3 and under FREE. Friday is Family Night 12 and under FREE. Suffolk Community College Health and Exposition Center 1001 Crooked Hill Road (Exit 53 off LIE. Wicks Road) Brentwood, Long Island, NY -- 3/12: 19th Annual Bird Mart 9-4. Hourly raffles. $4. Under 12 FREE. Hernando County Fairgrounds 6426 Broad Street (US 41) Brooksville Florida --Exotic Bird and Animal Expo. 9-3. Pls. leave pets at home. VACOS Community Ctr., 6270 Elder Creek Rd., Sacramento, CA -- 3/13: Little Rhody Pigeon Fanciers and Rhode Island Homer Club Buy/Sell/Swap. 60 Colvin St. Attleboro, MA/ Pawtucket, RI --Want your parrot show/event/speaker featured here? Email info to georgesommers@yahoo.com

- Lost:Quaker parrot 'Chico', Bronx, NY. Norwood / Bainbridge Area. He has a broken foot. Says things like "I'm an eagle" or "good baby". (916) 262-6590 -- Found: Green cheek conure, Jackson Heights, NY. Bird is very friendly and hand tamed.Contact lostandfound@liparrotsociety.org

- Have an issue missing issues? Past issues of “From the parrot's beak” and current “Pet Gazette” feature articles by George Sommers can be found on the Facebook Pet Bird Owners page.

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