– Quaker parrots are the big birds on campus: Brooklyn College provides cushy digs for dozens of campus parakeets The South American natives have adapted to life as ferals throughout much of the USA, including New York City; including a college campus where they a comes to us through Marc Johnson of Foster Parrots.
– Heroes in the News – Macaw fends off burglar. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/20/guard-bird-owner-says-pet-macaw-attacked-robbers/ Thanks for the news tip from Linda Austin.Man dies after rescuing bird from fiery condo | abc7.com abclocal.go.com Thanks to Viki Bullock.
– The 76 Spix’s macaws left in this world have found an unlikely ally in Sheik Saoud bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Thani of Qatar’s royal family. The “Washington Post” reports that the sheik’s private wildlife compound includes an aviary with a breeding program for the endangered macaw, which currently is no longer found in the wild.For more info, http://youtu.be/JsKH49L6dh0 and http://awwp.alwabra.com/ come to us from Connecticut Association For Aviculture.
– A macaw rehearses for appearance with Jack Hanna on David Letterman– and not for “Stupid Pet Tricks”! http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2011/09/22/columbus-scarlet-macaw-in… Thanks, Viki Bullock!
– Long Island Parrot Society (LIPS) holds its annual bird show Oct. 1; 9-5 at Freeport Recreation Cebnter, 130 Merrick Rd., Freeport, NY, for more info: [email protected]
– Who’s the king of all parrots? There’s always Australia’s king parrot, profiled by Frank Indiviglo. Natural History/Care of Australian King Parrots Frank also brings us Flocks of wild birds learning to talk from escaped pet cockatoo
– > Test Your Parrot IQ Can you identify these parrots from their mug shots? Thanks to World Parrot Trust‘s “Flock Talk” newsletter
– NH cockatoo gets backyard spray bath MOV00069 [HQ] in video from Kathy Pierce.
– Have a go at these wild parrots and cockatoos feeding at an Australian backyard bird feeder: http://www.backyardgalahcam.com.au/index.php And, Lola the Goffin’s cockatoo shows off some of her dance moves http://youtu.be/lydAa-ciDCY These videos courtesy of Connecticut Association For Aviculture’s Bulletin.
– Duck season! (Wabbit season!) If you’re into birds of a different feather, like ducks, pheasants and ornamental fowl, you might want to check out the Northeastern Avicultural Society meetiong at the Westford (MA) Sportsmen’s club ion Oct. 2
– Pet trade puppet Last week’s column included a link to a pet company’s views on some pending legislation. A reader involved in parrot rescues objected by email; even calling this writer a “pet trade puppet”. For the record, “From the parrot’s beak” attempts to present a variety of parrot related news and viewpoints from and of interest to parrot owners, parrot rescue groups, conservationists, scientists, and yes; the pet trade- and anyone else with an interest.. Viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of the writer, except where specified. And we welcome all feedback.