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UK: Birds win!
Friday, October 13 2006 @ 09:54 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6649
General News October 11, 2006 : 10:20 PM
There will be no more itinerant bird fairs in the UK!

The new Animal Welfare Bill is just about to pass in the UK Parliament, and it will put an end to the nefarious pet fairs, dotted across the UK, in which traders in wild-caught parrots sold birds cheaply to people who often bought them on a whim and had no idea how to care for them.

Many thousands of these beautiful and intelligent tropical birds never even survived the journey from their native country. They died sometime between the terrifying moment of being captured in the forest and the long, crowded, stressful ordeal of traveling hundreds of miles. Those who did survive often found themselves crammed into a traveling van, trekking around the UK from one pet fair to another until they either died or were sold.

Congratulations to Greg Glendell, Director of ParrotsFirst, to Elaine Toland, Director of the Animal Protection Agency, and to the others who have been part of this courageous and determined fight to protect wild parrots from this cruel exploitation! This was a hard-fought struggle waged over a number of years.


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Most Recent Post: 10/17 04:20PM by MikeSchindlinger

Feathers Fly! Bird Watchers Say Parrots Are Being Pinched
Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 06:50 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5354
General News By Joe Maniscalco - 09/14/2006

They’ve become as ubiquitous in many parts of Brooklyn as their much less colorful cousin the pigeon. But friends of the South American Monk Parrots, introduced to Brooklyn more than 30 years ago when a shipment of birds supposedly went awry at JFK Airport, fear that the parrots are now being poached right out of their well-constructed nests located high atop telephone poles all around Midwood and Marine Park.

Robert Nadel, present of the Fraser Civic Association, said he began to suspect something was amiss about two months ago when he noticed the telltale squawking normally heard during his morning runs around Avenue I and Quentin Road had become conspicuously absent.

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Parrots call baby chicks by name: experts
Sunday, August 20 2006 @ 12:59 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6629
General News By IANS - Tuesday August 1, 09:23 AM

Hamburg, Aug 1 (DPA) In a discovery that is likely to rekindle the debate about language in the animal kingdom, researchers in Germany have found that some parrots appear to give their offspring individual names.

Animal behavioural scientists at the University of Hamburg say that parrots use a distinctive call for each of their chicks, with no two chicks being given the same 'name' call.

The small South American parrots also apparently have name calls for their mates.

'The birds very definitely use a particular call exclusively with a particular bird and never for any other bird,' says Rolf Wanker, head of the Hamburg University Zoological Institute's behavioural research laboratory.

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Support Blue-fronted Parrot Project
Saturday, August 05 2006 @ 12:36 AM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views: 3294
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: 4866
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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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: 53174
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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