From the parrot's beak: New Year edition
- From a budgie's egg hatches a --- quail???: Quail eggs are a staple in Japanese supermarkets, kept unrefrigerated, at room temperature until sold. Fertilized eggs are rarely among the product, but somehow one showed up in the shopping bag of a person id'ed as Luna Angel, which she unknowingly picked out of her pack and for some reason gave it to Pi-chan, her budgie. Like any good mama bird, she adopted the egg and nested with it until to everyone's surprise, a quail was born.
- Ebony and ivory: A sulphur crested cockatoo has taken up with - and provides a striking contrast to - a large flock of cockatoos in Carlsbad, CA. “I thought my eyes were getting worse than they already had,” said Craig Correll, who said he saw the strange traveling companions last week. “There was this white bird in the middle of a bunch of crows.” Crows and cockatoos are of similar size, and both are sociable flock creatures so the grouping is not all that strange. “The crows themselves are very social,” San Diego Natural History Museum bird expert Phil Unitt explains. “Whether they recognize it [the cockatoo] in any way, that I can’t say. The hypothesis would be that the crows are paying no attention to it whatsoever. It would be interesting to see if they have any social interaction with the cockatoo.” Although cockatoos "in the wild" are a rare sight in California, many other parrot species have adapted quite well as ferals to the state's generally balmy climate, including red crowned Amazons, which have become so plentiful that they are considered an established species. This correspondent observed a parakeet feeding in the grass with a flock of sparrows many years ago in Massachusetts, though sadly it's unlikely the budgie survived the winter. VIDEO: a cockatoo foraging among crows
- A happy new year for Spix's macaws: Sixteen Spix's macaws bred in the 2015 breeding season at the Al Wabra wildlife preservation facility in Qatar, more than doubling the previous record, The species is considered extinct in the wild, but hangs on in captivity. The Spix's were the basis for the "Rio" movies.
- Parrot year in review: Parrots shared headlines in 2015 with JFK, the world soccer scandal, "Jurassic World", mental telepathy and more. See.examiner George Sommers' duxburypetgazette feature article this month. Go to Page 10 and click on article to enlarge.
- Hopeless new year: Right on the tail feathers of two cases involving disputed macaw ownership, a petition has popped up on social media in support of a man whose adoption of Hope, an African grey parrot, was rescinded. At issue is a check sent to the Aloha Hawaiian Parrot Association as an adoption fee. The petition maintains the would be adopter "made a mistake in the check" and offered to make good with a replacement. Nevertheless, the police were brought in and the parrot was returned to the AHPA. An hour plus phone conversation and several emails between AHPA's Lucinda "Cinde" Fisher and this correspondent revealed a different spin, contradicting many of the statements made in the petition. Ms. Fisher did not want to go on record at the time, as attorneys are getting involved; but did state this on the club's Facebook page,"There's an ongoing military investigation into [apparent service member] 'Josh,' the former 'rehomer' of CAG '. To create a BOGUS PETITION for the purpose of forcing your own agenda is about as low as you can go. This 'petition' was intentionally and falsely worded to inflame and to gain sympathy for its stated 'victim.'"
- Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum.... and a macaw: Is that a parrot in your holiday egg nog? Probably not, but if you spiked it with Doorly's fine Barbados rum, there may be a depiction of a blue & gold, scarlet or hyacinth macaw on the bottle's label. What's more, the very rare Doorly's 12 year old rum sports a picture of the even rarer Spix's macaw.
- Parrot joke: There was once a cruise ship magician. He was a good magician, but his routines were regularly ruined by the onboard parrot who would squawk out his secrets like: "IT'S UP HIS SLEEVE!" or "IT'S IN HIS POCKET!" or "IT'S IN HIS MOUTH!" The magician was getting sick of this and threatened to kill the parrot if it ruined his act one more time. That evening right at the climax of his act, just as he was about to disappear in a puff of smoke, the ship hit an iceberg and sank in seconds. Amazingly, the magician and the parrot were the only survivors. The magician was lying on a piece of driftwood in a daze. As he opened his eyes he could see the parrot staring at him out of its beady little eye and eventually said, "OK, I give up, what did you do with the ship?"
- Hot dates: Bird events are largely on hiatus during the holiday weeks, but the staff of "From the parrot's beak" wishes our readers and their companion birds a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve and a happy and prosperous New Year!\
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