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From the parrots beak: 4th of July edition

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- 4th of July is party time for people, for parrots not so much. Arthur had other plans for the 4th in Boston and much of the East Coast, and we don't mean the late Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler. Still, we suspect there'll be plenty of fireworks over the next several days. How to protect your bird this 4th of July =>http://goo.gl/bRlSiW -- Keeping your bird stress free during fireworks. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-diet-and-health/bird-care/birds-and-fire...

- Who's the red, white and bluest parrot of all? July "Pet Gazette" story by examiner George Sommers appears Page 10; click to enlarge. http://duxburypetgazette.ma.newsmemory.com/

- Presley, a 40 year old Spix's macaw thought to be the second to last of his species born in the wild and the inspiration for the "Rio" movies, is reported to have died recently. 100 of the species survive, mostly in captive breeding programs. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140629-spix-macaw-presle... -- World Wildlife Federation and "Rio 2" team up to protect parrots and other Amazon critters. http://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/help-protect-the-amazon-so-macaws-and...

- Cookie the Major Mitchell cockatoo celebrated his 81st birthday at the Brookfield Zoo last week.;: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2iruS2aazQ

- Kakapo Recovery reports that Sirocco's granddad Rangi, who went missing for more than 21 years on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou between 1987 and 2009, spied in a tree last week...he's had his annual health check and transmitter change.

- Scarlet macaws reintroduced into Gulf of Mexico rainforest after long absence: http://www.defendersblog.org/2014/07/scarlet-macaw-back-gulf-mexico/

- The smart and very odd kea; a blog by Frank Indiviglio: http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatbirdblog/2011/06/24/kea-parrot-intelli...

- African grey's sad story has happy ending. (audio) http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/parrot-tells-sad-story-happy-ending

- .Do birds really appreciate music? Parrots have a keen ear, as their skills in mimicry attest. Studies by researchers in the U.K. show parrots' taste in music varies although they apparently to a bird hate electronic dance music. African grey parrots enjoy rock and folk and "danced" along by bobbing their heads. One preferred soothing "middle of the road" music, while another enjoyed pop. But when exposed to electronic dance music, they were left "distressed." The research initially involved three parrots, Léo, Zoé and Shango, being played a series of "rhythmic" songs, including tunes by U2, UB40 and Joan Baez. They all appeared to enjoy this and were observed dancing and singing along, with excited calls and human words. They also listened to Bach which appeared to relax them, encouraging them to rest and preen themselves. The two male parrots - Léo and Shango - then took part in a second trial in which a touch-screen monitor was left in their cage, with two large buttons, which could be pressed by the birds' beaks and which activated a 15-second segment of two different songs: either I Don't Feel like Dancing, by the pop group Scissor Sisters, or the more soothing La Petite Fille de la Mer by Vangelis. Between them, they each settled on one song, Léo consistently choosing the Scissor Sisters and Shango opting for Vangelis. And between them, they played the two songs more than 1,400 times over the course of the month. At the other side of the scale, they detested bands like the Prodigy and Chemical Brothers — which caused them to scream in a distressed, scared way. "

- Timneh African grey conservation: www.sospecies.org/sos_projects/birds/timneh_parrots/?16010%2FProtection-...

- Cockatiel's crest positions:-When a cockatiel's crest lays flat on the head, it is usually a sign of hostility. Of course, even sweet, tame cockatiels have moments where the crest will flatten and the inner demon will emerge -- it's totally natural! A relaxed crest at "half mast" is a regular crest position for the usual content cockatiel. A relaxed, yet alert crest position is a common position for an inquisitive cockatiel. REd Alert! A completely raised crest is a common position for when a cockatiel is startled or otherwise on guard. This often happens when a cockatiel hears a "bump in the night," or when he hears the voice of another cockatiel that he can't see. It's an all-purpose "alert" crest.

- Foster Parrots' Marc Johnson has won National Council for Animal Protection's 2014 Grasroots Leadership award.

- Psittacine cinema: Lovebird (apparently escaped pet) feeds with chipmunks in Michigan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zifysNEWQx8&feature=share -- What kid, errr fid, doesn't enjoy playing with the hose in the summer?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeVBb-mOyg4 -- Charlie Girl snuggles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ErXPEpLbp8 --Harry Sissen and his life work breeding rare and endangered parrots until the point where he was raided by hm customs in England where 144 of his birds were seized and never returned.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CejgHk6vzbYhttps://m.facebook.com/story....

- Finches 14 is this weekend in Brisbane, Australia—ABK will have a trade stand with books as well as the Wombaroo/Passwell, Birdzone and F10 disinfectant range. Registration to proceedings is required. Contact (07) 5568 0011 or email birdkeeper@birdkeeper.com.au for more info.

- Showtime: 7/12-13: Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair - North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA - Sat 9-5, Sun 10- 4 - 770-279-9899 - info@natcshows.com

- Rescue me: Coupla cute conures could use your help: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/conures-sake-and-bubbles/196670 -- Natasha, a Moluccan cockatoo, really seems to want companionshipand with the right home and patience would blossom into a fantastic feathered family member. Moluccans can be loud but Natasha is a rarity and is much more on the quieter side. If you are interested in Natasha please contact the Center for Avian Adoption, Rescue and Education.

- Lost: Conure, Riverhead, NY http://www.parrotalert.com/L14643 -- Lost: African grey, ‎Lincoln Park, Michigan Call 7347996105 -- Lost: African grey, Mission Bay, CA Reward offered: http://www.10news.com/news/big-reward-being-offered-for-lost-parrot-0701... -- Lost: African grey, Toronto Canada http://www.perroquetsecours.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=11000

-Error, error: Some sharp eyed American Federation for Aviculture members pointed out that the psittsacosis implicated death and coma noted in last week's article happened 6 years ago. We missed that timeline and apologize; while noting that there is in fact a current ongoing psittacosis outbreak effecting PetSmart. And while the current outbreak spikes the number of cases, the disease is still comparatively rare.

- News tips: Mali Cakani, Aruna Aquarius, WindyCity Parrot, Linda Ott, Viki Bullock, Lanette Raymond, Linda Bringle Pearl, Ray Riley, Diane Dwyer, Ray Riley, Republic of Birds, Sharon Williams-Collins, Angela Cancilla Herschel, Flapping Feathers newlsetter

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