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From the parrot's beak: the stuffed Santa stocking edition

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- PHOTO CAPTION: I spy with my little eye the current edition of "From the parrot's beak".

-We've got issues: If your parrot gets lost, all may not be lost: (Please scroll down past photo and ad.) http://www.maars.org/news/chronicles/05-08/wellness.php -- When parrot comes between you and your spouse: http://www.birdchannel.com/its-me-or-the-parrot.aspx

- Celeb-birdies: Kili the senegal, star of "20 Parrot Tricks in Two Minutes" and Parrot Wizard Michael Sahzin protege in Doritos commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LL3U9hDPwQ&feature=share -- "Rio 2" trailer, comes out this April! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtP7zka5UI8&feature=youtu.be --Parakeets, or budgies; are often underrated and overlooked as talkers but after African greys and amazons they are rated the third best - and Disco, star of many Youtube videos, is among the best of the best. See him "interviewed" here: http://www.thepetcollective.tv/disco-the-talking-parakeet-dishes-on-his-... -- Bonus Disco video: "I'm a Parakitty!" http://t.co/4CgL2N4u4U -- But wait- Disco has a rival in Puck the parakeet http://www.omg-facts.com/Animals/There-Was-A-Bird-That-Knew-Over-1728-Wo...Alex update: Remembering Alex: http://www.africangreys.com/africangreyblog/ -- The Alex Foundation moves from Brandeis to Harvard: : http://alexfoundation.org/?p=6219 -- The "Life with Alex" DVD makes a "grey't" Christmas gift. www.LifeWithAlexMovie.com and also at Amazon.com alexfoundation.org

- Steve Baldwin reports on the feral quaker parrots of Brooklyn, NY: "The little green guys and gals are doing just fine - lots of nest construction going on; let's hope the weather isn't too hard for them- this flock had a good group of young'uns this past year (I counted 6 babies). If these young birds stick close to their 'rents they'll have a
good future in 'the hood.'" http://www.brooklynparrots.com/2013/12/photos-from-december-7th-wild-bro...

- Conservation corner: Hop on the bus, Gus: Fourteen Fuertes's parrots, a species not been previously seen since 1911, recently discovered in the Colombian Andes. The ‘Parrot Bus’ educates natives about parrot conservation in a region impacted by deforestation. The bus is a joint project of the American Bird Conservancy and Fundación ProAves, who have also established a private protected area for the Fuertes. (From a report by Kenny Luna.) -- Ecuador amazon reclassified as separate species: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25353301

- Health matters: As those temps go down, you may be wondering about the ideal temp for birds http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-diet-and-health/bird-care/ideal-temperat... -- Sickness signals: http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-diet-and-health/bird-care/pet-bird-signs... -- Diet tips: http://www.loveyourparrot.com/healthy_foods_to_feed

- Pscittacine cinema: Curious ringneck parakeets: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=493145840800188&set=vb.279480958833...Pearl the cockatoo goes shopping https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2470478018915 -- Parrots annoying cats. (Disclaimer: "Parrot's beak" strongly advises against mixing birds with cats and/or dogs -potentially very dangerous.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfPnCPGg4cU#t=122 -- Patience the African grey; rescued by smugglers and scheduled to be released back into the wild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzUYTjPN-2w&feature=youtu.be -- Cockatoo makes his own "tool" to assist in the acquisition of food=> http://clicky.me/7n3j -- Who needs a document shredder when you have a lovebird?: http://t.co/gkqk4RY79k -- If you can't wait for "Rio 2" here's the animated "Talking Pierre": https://www.facebook.com/photo.php? -- Poppy the African grey speaks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBCsGDcm_zov=10203029202120408&set=vb.15... -- Maui the talking ringneck parakeet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKbqDBxCyFE&noredirect=1

- Are parrots actually pigeons?: Say it isn't so!~ An idea frequently mooted in the ornithological literature is that parrots are close kin of pigeons and doves – the columbiforms – or even part of Columbiformes. http://goo.gl/ZLQwU7

- Make mine malted: What happens when a flock of parrots find an unattended milkshake: - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241862/Who-s-hungry-boy-Flock-p...

- Playtime: "When playing with your parrot, observe his excitement level. Lower the energy of the game when he becomes too agitated. If he gets into overload, you are more likely to get bitten. As you observe his body language, you will learn to avoid his aggression. Watch his body language carefully for things like wildly flashing or pinning eyes, wings flexed away from the body, strutting, etc. When you see aggressive body language, slow the game down to quiet whispers until his energy level drops and his posturing stops," advises Republic of Birds. -- And here are some Parrots at Play photo contest winners: http://www.parrots-at-play.org/photocontests2009.htm

- Wish they all could be California birds: http://www.californiaflocks.org/diverse-foods-of-californias-naturalized...

- How to become a certified bird trainer: http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-behavior-and-training/bird-behavior-issu...

- Police brutality: In a recent New York City case, police officers forced their way into a house while chasing a man. They knocked over Tito the parakeet’s cage in the process, releasing the bird. A daughter of the home’s owner screamed, “the bird!”“F–k the bird,” a cop answered her, and crushed Tito to death under his shoe right in front of her. http://www.care2.com/causes/when-cops-kill-innocent-pets.html#ixzz2nS5RZ9Vp

- Parrots are among the birds that quench their thirst from the water that collects on the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament House, in New Delhi India.

- Congratulations to Isabella's Aviary for its coverage by "Australian Aviary Life".
- Lost: Cockatiel; Huntington NY: http://www.parrotalert.com/L11877#.UqO9a7YSk0o.facebook

- Showtime: 12/15: Exotic Bird Fair Expo - Circleville Volunteer Fire Department, 129 North Robbins Station Road, North Huntingdon, PA 10- 4 - 419-685-2412 -midohiobirdtoys4@aol.com --The Parrot Festival, 1/24-26 '24, includes speakers, a "party in parrot-dise" and a "Texas size" raffle. DoubleTree Hotel IAH 15747 JFK Boulevard Houston, Texas Register at 713-557-2473 or info@parrotfestival.com --Positive reinforcement; a Lara Joseph workshop, assisted by a parrot in Tiburon,CA on April 19. The event is a fundraiser for rescue parrots and includes raffles, a silent auction and lunch.-- Register for Barbara Heidenreich's two day parrot training seminar 5/14 in Sweden. http://www.papegojforening.se/boka-17-18-maj.html -- Under a month left for the early registration rate for the Virginia Bird Symposium 3/22-23 '14 in Norfolk. Speakers include Lisa Barlow, Dick Schroeder, Rebecca K. O'Connor, Sandee Molenda, Matt Schmit and Dr. Liz from Mazuri. Topics include training your parrot, nutrition, quaker mutations and wildlife rehabilitation. www.exoticbird.org

- 55 exotic birds rescued in animal hoarding case: http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/more-than-60-animals-found-inside-...

- Clubbin': New Jersey's Flapping Feathers' holiday party on Sat., 12/21, at 5 at Tony and Teri's house in Ramsey, NJ in lieu of the usual Wednesday night meeting.

- Rescue me: ZuPreem donating a case of food for the holidays to the top three voted rescue/shelters. go to their Facebook page and enter your nomination- but hurry, voting ends at midnight, Sun. Dec. 15-- Gabriel Foundation: http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/366811/222/Its-not-just-kittens-... -- Buy detergent and help a parrot rescue: http://mydizolve.com/campaign/parrot-partner-fundraiser/#.UqeYvuKmY7k -- Feathered Sanctuary born in May '03, started very small and out of foster homes. They are bursting at the seams at the facility in Willow Street, PA. They've found homes for 900 companion birds and have 100 under care. -- Garuda Aviary radio piece http://wamuanimalhouse.org/shows/2013-12-07/consequences-keeping-parrots... you are shopping on Amazon this year, check the Amazon Smile site; a small portion of your entire purchase goes to the rescue of your choice-MAARS is on the list. Just go to smile.amazon.com and search for Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services.

- News tips: Marc Johnson, Tony Parrish, Republic of Birds, Dawn Korpalski, Lanette Raymond, Arlene Levin, World Parrot Trust, Sheldon Orloff, Deb White, Linda Bringle Pearl, Flapping Feathers newsletter, WindyCityParrot, Laurie Wilms, Fran Giallorenzi, Barbara Heidenriech, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Rick Foster, Laney Rickman, Arlene Levin, Care2 Causes, Republic of Birds, Dennis Bohn, Viki Bullock

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