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Parrots Aren't Parroting Bad Behavior
Monday, January 16 2006 @ 09:27 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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General News THURSDAY, Jan. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Birds of a feather may flock together, but they certainly don't teach each other the compulsive habit known as feather picking.

While observing Orange-winged Amazon parrots, Purdue researchers discovered that abnormal repetitive behaviors are instead influenced by a combination of stress and genetics.

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European ban hurts African export industry
Monday, January 16 2006 @ 09:15 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 6492
General News Flu fear stops bird trade in countries like Mali, Guinea

BAMAKO, Mali - For these caged Senegalese parrots, chirping away their morning in captivity, a European ban to combat an Asian virus may mean freedom.

Or starvation.

In late October, a quarantined parrot from South America died in the United Kingdom from the H51N strain of the avian bird influenza, prompting the European Union to impose a blanket prohibition on the importation of all exotic birds.

The temporary ban has shuttered the bird export industry in some of Africa's poorest countries, forcing traders here in Bamako to choose between feeding birds they might never sell, or letting their investment fly away.

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Greek officials hunt for diseased German parrots
Tuesday, January 03 2006 @ 09:33 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 5195
General News 3 January 2006
ATHENS - Greek officials began a hunt to track down some 30 parrots imported from Germany which are believed to be carrying a disease that can be passed on to humans, news reports said Tuesday.

Officials in Pireaus, near Athens, said they were starting to track down the birds after they were suspected of having Chlamydia Psittaci, or parrot fever, the Greek daily Kathimerini reported.

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Connecticut Wild Parrot Killings Mobilize Protests
Sunday, November 20 2005 @ 10:00 AM UTC
Contributed by: brooklynparrots
Views: 5731
General News On November 17th, crews from United Illuminating, the USDA, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection began killing off Connecticut's population of free-range monk parakeets (otherwise known as monk parrots) using carbon dioxide gas.

When news of this action, which was evidently planned in secret and funded with public funds without taxpayer input, was exposed in a Connecticut newspaper, a firestorm of public opposition erupted.


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Who is Stealing the Wild Parrots of Brooklyn?
Monday, October 10 2005 @ 11:28 PM UTC
Contributed by: brooklynparrots
Views: 8525
General News The poachers arrived around 2:00 AM, travelling on bicycles so that sleeping residents did not hear their stealthy approach. They parked their bikes and the leader climbed up the Con Ed power pole until he was within arms' reach of the wild parrot nest. He threw a net over the nest, captured several terrified parrots, and handed down his quarry to a second man, who stuffed the birds into a carrier. The poachers remounted their bikes, rode a few blocks East, climbed another pole, and repeated their operation. Then the thieves were gone, departing as quietly as they had arrived.

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Philatelic praise for Pacific's parrots and pigeons
Monday, October 03 2005 @ 03:18 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
Views: 4922
General News 19-09-2005

Two new sets of BirdLife International stamps have been issued highlighting the diversity of the Pacific's birds. A number of the species illustrated have never previously featured on a stamp.

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