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Cockatoo at parrot festival.
Cockatoo at parrot festival.
George Sommers

- Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) epidemic threatening captive and wild parrots worldwide: pet trade may be to blame. Frank Indiviglio blogs: SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE: (direct link unavailable, sorry- please copy http and paste to search engine.)

- If Winter Olympics awards were parrots, in lieu of medals we might have: the golden parakeet aka golden conure, the golden-tailed parrotlet, the Goldie's lorikeet or the all gold blue and gold macaw. Second place finishers get the silver ringneck parakeet, silver slender parakeet, colloidal silver parakeet or the silver lineolated parakeet. And for third place runner-up, there's the bronze winged pionus parrot.

- Luke, the African grey parrot musician:

- Gizmo to Gitmo(?): Court decision on pet quaker parakeet confiscated in PA: Gizmo will go home. Pennsylvania woman's pet Quaker parakeet of 26 years confiscated because of state ban on quakers as perceived agricultural threats. Gizmo supporters claim that as no warrant was served, the bird was subject of an illegal search and seizure, and that technically; Gizmo should be "grandfathered" in since the woman obtained him before the law was passed. Quaker parakeets were recently legalized in another northeastern state, New Hampshire without any apparent negative consequences. Federal, state laws unfair to bird owners, says American Federation for Aviculture member: ttps://

- White birds CAN dance: especially Snowball the cockatoo; one of a very select group of non-human animals that can.

- Pscittacine cinema: Budgie and cat duet: -- Mmm, this spaghetti tastes like chicken... Cockatoo and husky share spaghetti dinner: -- Blue and gold macaw, German shepherd play with stick (Editor's note: despite the previous three videos and many anecdotal incidents, we strongly advise against mixing birds with cats and/or dogs. Even if predatory instincts don't suddenly kick in, a playful nip or scratch can be potentially deadly to birds.) -- Talking gang gang video=> ☮ ☮ -- Pretty parrot- music video featuring Mike Dalton's blue and gold macaw Arielle: -- Kakapo laying an egg captured on film. Look for it around 2:50 -- Hatch day for Moluccan cockatoo: -- Building trust between your parrot and strangers: -- g'day palm cockatoo: m

- "The Artful Detective" on Ovation channel, which takes place around 1900, featured an called "Convalescence" in which a French speaking African grey was rescued from a murder scene. The constable believes that the parrot is providing clues to the murder. He knows very little about parrots so he requests the advice of a parrot expert. Someone who does this show bothered to learn about parrots.

- Conservation conversations: African grey ready to return to the wild: -- Scarlet macaws in Mexico get a little help from their friends:

- More children growing up in one parrot households: a tongue in beak (at least we think) article:

- Monty Python dead parrot sketch:

- Malachi the Moluccan cockatoo from Midwest Avian & Adoption Resource is featured in "Psychology Today"article:

- Hookbill health: Auditory enrichment for avians: -- Dealing with stress: : -- Avian firest aid: -- - Birds and sleep ellen schloss -- quick thinking teenager saves parrot from choking:

- Obama to give every American a free parrot (not if the Republicans can help it):

- If you'd like to see the highly controversial "Parrot Confidential" on Netflix go to and scroll down, open a Live Chat window, and request it for streaming. You don't have to be a member! ArgoFilms PBS Netflix

- Bite me: Warning signs include tail flared, eyes pinned, wings slightly out, feather on head sticking out, etc. The best bet in a situation like this is to calmly but quickly put the bird down. Ignoring this body language could result in a serious bite. For this reason it is important to focus on our parrots and what is going on around us when we are handling our birds.

- Talking bird people talk: Animal Training Workshop (with an emphasis on parrots) with Barbara Heidenreich of Good Bird Inc (Training Parrots | Parrot Training DVDS & Books) to be held at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Visit And, as much as most of us can't wait for SPRING to arrive, you'll have to wait until November 8 '14 for this workshop! For more Heidenreich events, go to: Great session with my parrot on practicing taking oral medications. Get a free ebook on how to train this when you sign up for my mailing list. Sign up at -- See some of Patricia Sund's Parker and Pepper posts on the "Bird Channel". -- - Sally Blanchard many years ago was in her workshop covered with glue and sawdust from head to toe. Remembering that she had to vote but with no time to clean up or change clothes, she got in the line but noticed a budgie an the ground nearby. She tried to catch the little bird but he kept flying up. She finally caught him and took him to her car in a fast food French fry bag. Meanwhile, she got a lot of strange looks but got in just in time to vote. Who do think one of the major San Francisco TV Stations wanted to interview in an exit poll ... yup, the scuzzy crazy lady!

- Showtime: 2/28-3/2: Long Island Pet Expo - Suffolk Community College Expo Center, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, Long Island, NY - Fri 4-9, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5 - 800-677-4677 - -- 3/1-2: Tim Vogle's Southeastern Exotic Bird Fair - Atlanta State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA - Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4 - 843-216-1553 - -- 3/2: Exotic Bird Fair Expo - Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, 129 North Robbins Station Road, North Huntingdon, PA - 10-4 - 419-685-2412 -

- Clubbin': Woodie's Wings Parrot Club in England meets Tues. 3/4 -- 7 fantastic prizes to be won in the Midland Parrots FREE to enter competition. You need to buy your "Parrots Magazine" today.

- Rescue me: Feathered Angels video: --- Under My Wing rescue profiled: -- One rescued bird's story:

- Lost: Macaw, Mustang Ridge, TX Brit parrot gone with the wind: -- Lost: African grey parrot Secaucus, New Jersey, NJ. Details: -- If your parrot is lost, access Get Your Bird Back (and additional resources) to help you Online Video on Demand at barbara

- Condolences to good friends Jon and Jackie Vincent on the passing of their avian friend, Stan.

- Mail bag: Mary Angel writes: "I fractured my right wrist and with my osteoporosis it is very bad. Living alone doesn't help with 13 birds. My 8 cockatoos think my cast is a new perch and they all want to get on it! Any tips from your readers?"

- News tips: Barbara Heidenreich, Dawn Korpalski, Linda Bringle Pearl, Viki Bullock, Midland Parrots, Defenders of Wildlife, WindyCityParrot, Deb White, Isabella's Aviary, Diane Dwyer, Kathy Heaton, Sheldon Orloff, Flapping Feathers newsletter, Audrey O'Connor, Sally Blanchard, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Ellen Schloss, Marc Johnson

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