– A bone to pick: An “Amazon parrot skeletons for sale” ad got under the skin of some WindyCityParrots lovers recently. http://goo.gl/OzWcO Many objected to the morbidity -or the (apparently mistaken) notion that the birds were killed specifically to sell their bones. A spokesperson for the site claims, “Our suppliers and their sources obtain osteological material from natural & predator deaths, road kills, food source by-products in exotic regions, legal hunting & trapping operations and from attrition in zoological gardens.” You’d think they could have saved themselves some trouble by making plastic models.
– Another week; another voluntary bird food recall, due to possible salmonella contamination. “Ultra Blend Gourmet” & “eCotrition” brands are those recalled as below: http://www.equities.com/news/goods/2013-02-28/1107235/united-pet-group-inc-voluntarily-withdraws-some-products.storyhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm341527.htm Update from Audrey O.
– An awwwww moment: Sweet little baby Conures – YouTube
– The “Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo” book by “Boston Globe” writer Sy Montgomery sold out at during handler Irena Schulz‘s promotional visit to New York City’s Barnes and Noble. For more info: Bird Lovers Only | A non-profit avian education organization
– Speaking of pscittacine celebrities, it turns out the celebrated Alex the African grey parrot knew his math, too. Alex the parrot’s last experiment shows his … – Nature Blogs From Linda Bringle Pearl. For more on Alex: The memoir
–Trivia time: The name of the parrot in Disney cartoons circa 1940 is Jose Carioca. Thanks to Sally Blanchard.
– “Why would you want a bird for a pet anyway?” a friend recently asked; and he’s not the only non-bird person who doesn’t “get it”. Even longtime bird owners may not fully appreciate the complex human/bird bond Ilan Greenberg – Parrots and humans – Aeon Magazine–Which begs the question, why NOT get a bird for a pet? An Open Letter to Anyone Who’s Ever Thought About Getting a Parrot is from the Humane Society of the United States. Thanks to Linda Bringle Pearl for hipping us to these articles. Aviculturist Lara Joseph takes exception to the HSUS piece, saying, “The letter could do just as much damage giving frustrated parrot caretakers reasons to give up on working with behavior issues vs seeking advice. Parrots aren’t hatched biting faces. That is a learned behavior”.
– How to train a young parrot to step up using formula http://youtu.be/cKkBZtear1s Thanks to Barbara Heidenreich.
– Moluccan cockatoos are profiled in the 1883 book “Parrots in Captivity” by W.T.Greene. To read it in Sally Blanchard‘s website, go to the Parrot History Menu and scroll down to Cockatoos and The Salmon Crested Cockatoo. https://companionparrotonline.com/Parrot_History.html
– Parrot University – It’s About The Birds – Home Page Recommended by Barbara Heidenreich. Just please don’t call them PU. — And more good parrot info inWelcome to BehaviorWorks.org
– “Many of the positive reinforcers I use are not food – they are signs of recognition from me. Most of my birds enjoy my attention so I use my attention to reinforce behaviors I want to see increase. This is why often times I will reserve the use of petting for when I need a very valued positive reinforcer for a behavior I know I am going to need to request,” advises avian behavioral expert Lara Joseph.
– Don’t fear the chopper, says Patricia Sund in http://parrotnation.com/2012/09/04/be-not-afraid/#comment-8029 who also sends My Thank–You Note to the Parrot Garden at Best Friends « Parrot …
– Parrot joke: A cruise ship magician (let’s call it the Titanic) has an annoying, but popular “heckler” parrot in his act. Whenever the conjurer tries to perform a trick, for instance making a passenger’s watch `disappear’, the parrot squawks “It’s in ‘is pocket! It’s in ‘is pocket!” or whatever. One dark night, the ship collides with an iceberg and begins to sink. The conjurer leaps off the boat and manages to cling to a piece of floating debris. “How awful,” he thinks, “But at least I’m rid of that parrot.” At which point, he hears a familiar squawk from the other end of the plank: OK, I give up. What did you do with the ship?” From Dawn Korpalski.
– Bonus parrot joke: Q: Why did the little bird get in trouble at school? A: Because he was caught tweeting on a test. From “Australian Bird Keeper” magazine.
– Pat Derby of the Performing Animal Welfare Society died recently. Her mission was to protect animals in traveling shows where some animals were poorly cared for, and often destroyed if they outlived their usefulness. Sally Blanchard says,”She asked me to come to Sacramento to testify because she wanted to include birds in the bill. The AFA” (American Federation for Aviculture) “position at that time was usually that there should be NO legislation involving birds. The most paranoid people believed in the domino effect – if one law or piece of legislation was passed it was just a matter of time before the ‘animal gestapo’ would confiscate everybody’s birds. I talked about how to word the legislation so it didn’t cause problems for parrot breeders, people with pet parrots or aviculture in general. No wording mattered to the extreme position of the California aviculturists at the time. At a bird club meeting, the ‘maven’ of the club got up and stated that if this legislation went through your 14 year old son could be arrested for taking his budgie to the vet. I thought this was one of the most absurd statements I had ever heard and I stood up and disagreed.” EDITOR’S NOTE: Before the angry letters come in, unless otherwise noted views expressed by others in this column are not necessarily those of “From the parrot’s beak”. Our mission is to educate, occasionally entertain and provide a forum for dialogue on all viewpoints concerning parrots.
– Clubbin’: Connecticut Parrot Society‘s 3/7 meeting features a presentation on “Identifying Normal Skin Bacteria on Birds” including African greys, parakeets and cockatiels, by Stephanie Lamb, DVM –Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society‘s next meeting is at Showmars Restaurant 2540 Little Rock Road on Sat. 3/9 at 3. RSVP if you plan to attend. Special message: Vendors at the 6/22-23 expo at the Metrolina Expo Center who did not make a deposit or payment arrangement need to do so asap. 54 of the building’s 94 spaces are already spoken for. Space is rented on a first come first serve basis. Contact Tony Jones 704-812-8283 or Brenda Keels 704-221-2736. GCBS notes that avian vet Dr. Scott McDonald will be at Maiden Animal Hospital 4700 Maiden Hwy Maiden, NC, Fri. 3/15 10–3. No appointments taken; first come, first serve. 828-428-0010. For other places where Dr. McDonald will be visit http://www.scottemcdonald.com/ — In England, Tuesday is Woodie’s Wings Parrot Club night at Pride Veterinary Center. Doors open at 7. Owls are coming along this month! – – Visit with Classy Parrot 3/3- Bird Mart Sebring FLA, 3/10 – Irish Parade Hollywood, FLA, 3/17 – Treasure Coast Exotic Bird Club Mart – Stuart FLA, 4/7 – Sarasota Bird Mart, 4/21, Tillman Bird Mart Orlando www.ClassyParrot.com–
–Showtime: American Federation for Aviculture‘s 39th annual convention is 8/7-10 in Raleigh, NC. — Midwest Bird Expo on 5/11.www.midwestbirdexpo.com —Mass. Cage Bird Association Bird Mart Sun. 3/17 9-3. Holiday Inn Wedgewood Rm.; 31 Hampshire St. Mansfield, MA. Vendors wanted- call Denise Cabral (508) 479-2789.
– Lost & found dep’t.: Hyacinth macaw lost in Lawrenceville, GA since Sun. 2/24. Contact Dawn Nielson at 678-978-1574.– Lost green-cheeked conure.10am on Fri., 2/22 on East Rogues Path near Lenox Road, Huntington Station, Long Island, NY. Reward offered. Call (516) 769-4725 or (631) 351-1960.
– Rescue me: All donations to Foster Parrots/New England Wildlife Center in March will be matched up to $25,000! Donations can be made on-line through Paypal http://tinyurl.com/dy8etec or Network For Good http://tinyurl.com/3a9cu6s! Checks can be sent directly to: Foster Parrots, Ltd., PO Box 650, Rockland, MA 02370 The latest newsletter from Foster Parrots. http://www.fosterparrots.com/newsletters/March2013.pdf — Local exotic bird shelter rescues parrots from deplorable conditions From Linda Bringle Pearl. — A new toy to be shipped to the shelter of your choice….http://larajoseph.com/LaraJoseph/Whats_New.html — Center for Avian Rehab and Education (CARE) in Wisconsin needs monetary help for birds from a hoarding situation. One amazon was so ridden with cancer and tumors that it was euthanized. Donate directly to the vet: 262-781-5277 – Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Inc., N48 W14850 Lisbon Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. Even a spare $5 would help. Contact Lori Drew with questions or to donate directly to CARE. From Irena Shulz.