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Support Blue-fronted Parrot Project
Saturday, August 05 2006 @ 12:36 AM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous
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General News In a few months I will be launching the 5th field work season of the project I run (Blue-fronted Parrot Project) and I would like to ask you about the chances of getting financial support from you. Amazona aestiva is an important species from the "pets trading" point of view. Despite recently some market were closed, the Argentine initiative is still working, and for the last year the national authorities approves the harvest of 6,488 Blue fronted Parrots.

The field work season that I am seeking to be supported will be the most important after 5 years of study. We will have the results about chicks’ collection impact on the parrots’ population and also about the biology of this species - which, in spite of the fact of being historically the most traded one, nothing is known about it in our country. In addition, this year a U.S. student will conduct a radio-collars study to determine juvenile survival of Blue fronted Parrots, and an Argentinean student will start a “reproductive biology” study on Blue crowned Parakeets (Aratinga acuticaudata) (7,500 individuals authorized last year).

Unluckily, lots of interests occur in Argentina towards parrots’ harvest and thus it is quite difficult to find grants to support field research. During the last years I've been able to carry out this research due to the kind collaboration of people and organizations that trusted on my project, like yours.

The support I am asking is little. I just need funds to cover the field expenses (food, lodging and transportation) and equipment for the field activities - digital camera, range finders, and data loggers.

Any assistance is welcome, even if it seems tiny; it is the addition of these small collaborations that allows us to go on with parrot research.

Thank you,
Igor Berkunsky

Incredible journey of refugee parrots
Wednesday, July 19 2006 @ 01:07 PM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 5924
General News By LR Jagadheesan
BBC News, Madras

Two parrots owned by 15-year-old Tamil refugee Bhovana Nishanthini Lombert mean absolutely everything to her.

Bhovana says that she loves the parrots as much as her family. So devoted is the teenager to her feathered friends that she was willing to take them and nothing else in the arduous journey by sea from war-torn Sri Lanka to a refugee camp in the south of India.

The birds remained on her shoulders throughout the voyage.

Bhovana is one of about 4,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who have fled their homes in the north of Sri Lanka because of the increasing number of skirmishes between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Talking parrot under threat
Thursday, July 06 2006 @ 04:20 PM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views: 8373
Conservation Thursday, 06 Jul 2006 11:17
- Peterborough Evening Telegraph, UK

Britain's most popular talking parrot, the African grey, is under threat, wildlife campaigners have warned.

According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), numbers of the parrot are declining in the 23 countries in which it is found as a result of the trade in wild birds.

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Save Cayman’s wild parrots
Thursday, June 22 2006 @ 04:34 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5940
Conservation --by Linda P. Myers

As the mangos ripen, and because there is very little food in the remaining forests since Hurricane Ivan, wild parrots are converging on the farms – the only places they can find food. Farmers, seeing so many parrots, believe that there are still as many as before the storm, so they are shooting the parrots as they come in to feed on the mangos.


Those of us that care should be willing to help bear the financial burden of finding a way to save the wild Cayman Parrot, even if it means buying the mangos damaged by parrots. The farmers are just doing what they’ve always done, but now, there are too few parrots left to continue with this old–fashioned method of protecting mango crops.

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Basic flight training for companion parrots to remove the need for wing-clipping
Thursday, June 08 2006 @ 01:35 PM UTC
Contributed by: GregGlendell
Views: 63691
General News Basic flight training for companion parrots to remove the need for wing-clipping.

By Greg Glendell

Extract from Greg’s revised Pet Parrots Advice Direct book. 2005.

This article explains how to dispense with wing-clipping of 'pet' parrots and ask them to learn some basic flight requests from you, so as to encourage your bird to fly, while you still have good 'control' and your bird can fly safely.

You will not find how to teach your bird these requests in any other pet parrot book. However, since birds fly (and should be encouraged to do so) it is important to teach companion parrots these requests. When you are at the stage where your bird is good with stepping onto and off your hand, you can teach these requests. Here, the bird should be able to fly, and fly quite well having at least reasonable control during landing.

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Cape Parrot starting to thrive again in SA
Wednesday, June 07 2006 @ 04:06 PM UTC
Contributed by: roelantjonker
Views: 23938
Conservation June 02 2006 By Sara Oelofse

Preliminary results from the annual national census of the endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus), the only parrot endemic to South Africa, are positive, suggesting more birds have been seen than in previous years.

A member of the Cape Parrot Working Group and the co-ordinator of the research, Professor Colleen Downs of the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, said that during this year's count over the first weekend in May, some flocks of juvenile parrots were seen, which was very encouraging.

Historically, the birds were more common and had a greater range, but their numbers have declined greatly and it is estimated that about 1 000 remain in the wild and only in three of the country's provinces.

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