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From the parrot's beak: 8/24 edition

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- PHOTO CAPTION: Woman and parrot browsing at last week's Fitchburg Exotic Bird Expo, sponsored by the new Fitchburg (MA) Exotic Bird Club. SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE ARTICLE. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fitchburg-Exotic-Bird-Club-and-Expo/15663...

- St. Vincent government denies trading endangered parrots for aid: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/St-Vincent-gov-t-denies-swapping-par...

- Robin Williams cuddles with a salmon crested cockatoo in a photo widely shared on social media after his demise: http://www.parrotshop.org/robin-williams-loved-birds-too/ -- And he's not the only recently deceased pop icon to pose with a 'too, Lauren Bacall did, too: http://www.parrotshop.org/lauren-bacall-a-stunning-icon-with-her-cockatoo/

- Extinction stinks: The oceanic parrot from Tonga is on a list of "13 newly discovered birds declared extinct". A 1793 drawing, and possibly some fossil remains, are all that is left of this bird. A possible inclusion to this club which no one wants to join is the Sinu parakeet, not seen in its native Columbia since 1949.

- No Dutch treat: In July the Netherlands became the first country to outlaw hand-rearing of parrots, including parakeets, cockatoos and lovebirds; imposing fines and/or jail time on violators. Nestlings may not be removed from parents before feeding on their own. Zoologist Frank Indiviglio weighs in on the issue. http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatbirdblog/2014/08/12/dutch-law-bans-han...

- Psittacine cinema: Parrots and... ice skating????: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsuRwhFImQI -- There's gold in them conures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cPCQrpue8A -- Parrot playing with a towel.. http://youtu.be/tn-4c8HzvBA -- Rare Antipodes parrot letting his inner vulture come out...on penguin butt! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St_IhYJXIcc&feature=youtu.be -- Keeping up with the macaws: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnmZKNQZbwI -- Family works to save endangered parrots: http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=419909 -- Cockatiel is not named Popcorn for nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81zg1z0FYq0&feature=share

- Take it from the top: Triton cockatoo "Sun Bear is only interested in real women between 19-23. He's done a lot of volunteer work. He tells kids to say 'No to drugs', but he is also known for getting out of hand every now and then. He once pulled a gal's bathing suit top down in front of a large crowd while she was holding him. Lucky she was the owner of a grey, loved birds and quickly pulled her top back up while the crowd's faces had dropped and Sun Bear was laughing hysterically!" writes Mary Angel.

- Parrots mingled with parrotheads at a recent Jimmy Buffett pre-concert tailgate party, where members of the Long Island Parrot Society set up an informational booth.

- Chill out: Why your bird needs to relax: http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-health/why-your-bird-needs-to-relax-and-... -- She can't handle the stress: ww.birdchannel.com/bird-behavior-and-training/bird-behavior-issues/steps-to-destress-bird.aspx#.U-7EP8hLGJQ.facebook

- Puzzling: Online Fischer's lovebird jigsaw puzzle: http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/8E055D5A9A1B?z=0

- Patricia Sund's BirdChannel blog on Psittacine Cuisine: http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-food/psittacine-cuisine/10-easy-ways-to-...

- Visit Sirocco, one of only 126 kakapos left. First, you'll need a ticket to New Zealand: http://www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz/sirocco

- Shades of grey: "National Geographic" profiles African grey parrots: http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-5/shades-of-grey/

- Found: Blue and white parakeet, Worcester, MA Contact Worcester Animal Rescue League -- Lost: Lutino cockatiel, Fargo/West Fargo ND; also another escape in the far North Fargo area. Contact the Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue and Education at 701-293-3833. -- Lost: pied cockatiel Minneapolis, MN Reward offered. http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/laf/4625219636.html -- Lost: Aussie; cockatiel, New Providence NJ 908-337-7977 -- Lost: Drib, cockatiel, Inver Grove Heights MN ttp://www.parrotalert.com/L15568#.U_ZnGjZJglw.facebook

- Rescue me: Bird rescue gone awry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVqk2-ZJMRQ -- Bird mill rescue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AkwHJ7uZhE&feature=youtu.be&list=UUT7J4... -- Nevada parrot rescue group profiled on local news: http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/positively-lv/better-lv/Parrot-rescue-in-need-of...

- If you can't pat your own back: "From the parrot's beak" is now in the top 20 most read boston examiner columns. Not too shabby for a very specific subject. Couldn't have done it without you, readers; and I extend to you all a huge THANK YOU!

- News tips: Concetta DellaRocco Ferragamo, Ray Riley, Viki Bullock, Lisa Bono, Natalie Frissore, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Linda Bringle Pearl, Barbara Heidenreich, Marc Johnson, Taddy Kalas, Ray Riley, Republic of Birds, WindyCityParrot.com, Deb White

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