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From the parrot's beak:groundhog day edition

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- Pope blesses parrot after dove disaster: ARTICLE CONTINUES; SCROLL DOWN. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-blesses-parrot-at-st-peters-squ...

- Groundhog Day is Sunday. The closest thing in the weather prognosticating rodent in the avian world is the Patagonian conure; found mostly in Argentina, which unlike other parrot species likes to build tunnels in cliffsides; earning it the alternative name burrowing parrot.

- Parrot Wizard Michael Sazhin interviewed with Kili, star of Doritos commercials and 20 Parrot Tricks in Two Minutes in examiner George Sommers' exclusive "Pet Gazette" feature article. Scroll to Page 10 and click on page to enlarge. http://duxburypetgazette.ma.newsmemory.com/

- 65 birds, including parrots; seized from Lawrence, MA home, as reported in last week's "parrot's beak." Update: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/lawrence/2014/01/mspca_rescues_65_bi... l

- 2 shades of not grey: Red mutation African greys are relatively new in aviculture. Now there is a cinnamon African grey as well.

- Pscittacine cinema: Bird buggy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO2TR_8jXPc&feature=youtu.be&desktop_uri=... -- Singing cockatiel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xd4kniHJqw&feature=share -- Parrot notes squirrel on slide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CweA5XdP-ks&feature=share-- Cockatoo grooves to Ray Charles: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=653761277981233 -- Lyla the African grey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnV_DgDThkE -- Cockatoo in a tree: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2460974221326 -- Journey with the kakapo of Christchurch: http://vimeo.com/83999722

- Wild thing: "True 'feral' means domestic (genetically altered from their wild ancestors to suit mankind) that got away somehow and now survive in the wild...such as horses (mustangs brought over from Spain and some got loose), dogs, cats, pig, goats, burros," writes Angela Cancilla Herschel of the California Wildlife Center; referring to items in last week's "beak" about non-native wild parrots. She continues, "If we want to get technical these guys are really 'naturalized parrots.'" Online definitions of "feral"don't specifically mention the "genetically altered" aspect, nor does the "real" dictionary - "Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary"; which defines feral as wild, or alternatively; "having escaped from domestication and become wild". To further confuse the issue; many experts say parrots are not "truly domesticated" although in some cases, parrots have been genetically altered for different coloration, etc. "Feral", we suppose; is in the eye of the beholder!

- Californiaflocks is dedicated to tracking, filming, photographing and documenting the diverse species of feral, oops naturalized, parrots of California. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/salvatore-angius-is-passi_n_379...

- Take a virtual tour of England's Tropical Bird Land. http://www.tropicalbirdland.com/

- Feather plucking: the problem and possible solutions: http://www.avianweb.com/featherplucking.html

- Parrot quote o' the week: "I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home, which answers the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon. and a cat that comes home late at night," British novelist Marie Corelli whose first book was written in 1886.

- Tastefully written: Sally Blanchard notes- Because parrots have proportionately less taste buds than most mammals, it is presumed by some that they do not smell or taste food. It doesn’t mean they have no sense of taste or smell. There is much evidence that parrots do have food preferences based on tastes. Studies done with budgerigars showed they had a preference for bitter-tasting food. In the wild, they seem to depend on certain eucalyptus species. -- Healthy diet for cockatiels: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=255778814600238&id=136... -- Are some of your parrot's favorite foods going out with the garbage? http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/is-your-parrots-best-nutrition-going-out-... -- If you find a worm or two in your bird's seed or food, don't worry. As long as the food is not full of them, it can just add a little protein. Organic produce is more likely to contain a bit of 'wildlife". If seed, pellets or other dry food is full of webs and worms, it should be thrown out because that many creepy crawlies will actually decimate the nutrition.

- Destiny foretold at birth?: The president and chief executive of California's Oakland Zoo is Joel Parrot.

- The lory story: lories and lorikeets as pets: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=255751447936308&id=136...

- Avian enrichment speicalist Robin Shewokis repacks and heads to Dallas for International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators' annual conference after attending the Parrot Festival.

- When good parrots go bad: While it is true that there are occasionally situations when a parrot genuinely wants nothing to do with an individual, it is very rare for parrots to suddenly “hate” someone that they have previously trusted. For more go to: https://companionparrotonline.com/Think_Parrot_Hates.html

- Avian enrichmen tips: http://www.avianenrichment.com/environment.htm -- http://www.avianenrichment.com/environment_temp.htm

- The blaze-winged parakeet, or conure (Pyrrhura devillei), is found in wooded habitats in the Pantanal-region of Brazil and Paraguay. They breed all year, with two breedings a year possible. The average clutch consists of 5 eggs. Call: In flight calls are rapidly repeated screeches mixed with more prolonged, high-pitched notes. Sharp, quick notes when alarmed. Their natural diet consists of seeds, flowers, fruits, berries and nuts. They are also considered local pests as they regularly raid maize fields and orchards.

- For the parrot owner who thinks s/he has everything parrot related: now there is a toilet paper dispenser where a parrot likeness clasps the roll between wings.

- Carnaby's cockatoo conservation urged among landowners: cityparrots.org/journal/2014/1/27/cockatoo-resource.html

- When birds "ant" they take ants and crush them and place them in their feathers. The formic acid released by the ant acts as a sort of 'dry cleaning" agent and also most likely kills mites and lice in the feathers. Kakarikis use leaves from several aromatic plants in their habitat and rub them on their feathers and skin as a part of their preening routine. Caiques are known for leaf bathing by rubbing their head and chest through wet leaves. This may just be a bathing behavior but depending on the natural chemistry of the leaves, it could also be an "anting" behavior. https://companionparrotonline.com/Parrot_History.html

- Clubbin': The latest from American Federation for Aviculture: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0492c6d248fce31516591dab5&id=aeda188... 2/4 is Woodie's Wings Parrot Club night at England's Midland Parrots.

- Showtime: 2/1-2 Lehigh Valley Pet Expo - Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex, 302 North 17th Street,Allentown, PA- Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5- 800-677-4677 - petexpo@optonline.net -- 2/5-8: International Association of Avian Trainers & Educators (IAATE) Conference -Doubletree Dallas – Campbell Centre, 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX - 407-808-9254 -cfo@iaate.org -- 2/7-9: Super Pet Expo - NJ Convention & Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ - Fri 4 -9, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5- 301-564-4050 - info@allshowservices.com

- Rescue me: Canadian bird rescue at capacity: http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/01/30/birdline-parrot-rescue-canada-tryin... -- Purchase tickets for an opportunity to win a $200 Gift Certificate to My Safe Bird Store. Proceeds to benefit Parrot TroopersRescue Ticket special runs from Wed. 1/15 through 1/29 10 pm EST.Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/parrot-troopers-january-fundraiser/1... -- Feathered Sanctuary will have some of their flock visiting That Fish Place That Pet Place in Centerville, PA Sat. 2/1 from 12-4.

- Readin' material: - Excerpt from: "A Naturalist in Nicaragua" (1875) by Thomas Belt Three gaudy macaws were wheeling round and round in playful flight, now showing all red on the under surface, then turning all together, as if they were one body, and exhibiting the gorgeous blue, yellow, and red of the upper side gleaming in the sunshine; screaming meanwhile as they flew with harsh, discordant cries. Its formidable beak protects it from every danger, for no hawk or predatory mammal dares attack a bird so strongly armed. Here the necessity for concealment does not exist, and sexual selection has had no check in developing the brightest and most conspicuous colours.The white cockatoo of Australia is a similar instance. In the smaller species of parrots the beak is not sufficiently strong to protect them from their enemies, and most of them are coloured green, which makes them very difficult to distinguish amongst the leaves. -- "The Story of the Gray African Parrot who was Rescued by the Little Boy at the River Gaboon" is the rather lengthy title of an 1860 book by Harry Gringo, which includes the battle with the monkeys. https://companionparrotonline.com/grey_sailor_boy.html

- Corrections: Audrey O'Connor notes that in the photo accompanying last week's column, an alexandrine parrot was misidentified as an Indian ringneck parakeet. Picky, picky, picky! More on the alexandrine: http://www.avianweb.com/alexandrineparakeet.html

- News tips: Republic of Birds, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Linda Bringle Pearl, Dawn Korpalski, Lanette Raymond, Midland Parrots, Lisa Salvi Lewicki, Deb White, Avitech Bird Supplies, Steve Lazicki, Diane Dwyer, Dennis Bohn, Lanette Raymond, Linda Bringle Pearl, Barbara Heidenriech, Flapping Feathers newsletter

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