– Parrot headlines 2012 include: “Bird Talk” folds; comes back to life (sort of); world’s rarest macaws “created”- worth 100K each; 4 more parrot species may be officially endangered – and that’s not all, folks! Read examiner George Sommers’ feature story in the “Pet Gazette” – click on link, then front page graphic, then set to page 10 for the scoop! Housebreaking: Key for a happy home
– African airline Fastjet unveiled its new logo, an African grey parrot. CEO Ed Winters said the grey is “renowned for its intelligence and is therefore a perfect personification of Fastjet’s motto: smart travel”. http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/fastjet-unveils-a-african-grey-parrota-livery http://www.fastjet.com/tz/ News tip from Arlene Levin and Audrey O.
– Parrot Haven Cockatiels offers some holiday tips: Poinsettias and Christmas tree lights are dangerous for your birds. Fiber optic trees are the best way to go. Be careful when guests come over. Birds walking on floors can be killed if stepped on. (We’ll add to this list mistletoe, holly berries and candles.) And don’t forget to get your little guys some toys!
– If your bird likes nuts, be advised of a nut recall due to salmonella. “Atlas” and “Loblaws” are among the brands to watch out for. More info: Filberts; U.S.: http://www.foodsafe tynews.com/ 2012/12/hazelnut s-from-u- s-contaminated- by-salmonella- recalled- in-canada/ #.UMFKWdeQPUg Canada: http://www.foodsafe tynews.com/ 2012/12/hazelnut s-recalled- for-salmonella- in-canada/ #.UMFKqNeQPUg Walnuts; Canada;http://www.foodsafe tynews.com/ 2012/12/californ ia-walnuts- recalled- for-salmonella/ #.UMFOjteQPUg From Dr. Amy Hopkins, The Parrot Club.
– Parrot dies during emergency leg amputation in Calgary – Metro Ne Viki Bullock tipped us off to this one.
– Psittacine cinema shorts: – Hahns Macaw has a Chat – Best Parrot Videos Thanks to Dawn Korpalski. — Rosie‘s The New Toy an early holiday gift from Diane Cardullo — Sammy and the Straw comes from Sioux-Elyn Is. — and from Amy Hopkins‘ Santa size sack of The Parrot Club videos; we have dozens of Parrots of Australia – YouTube , a Long-billed Corella pair preening at dawn – YouTube and a partridge in a peeeear tree. Just kidding about that last one, but Amy does give us an appropriately Christmas colored Funny Red Lory – YouTube. —Help Save the Parrots! Let’s make a difference today! is from Ellen Schloss. — Dec 2, 2012 6:20pm is from the 2nd Parrot People Cruise – from Emmett Renshaw. –And, once again, we strongly recommend keeping birds separated from dogs, cats and other predatory animals; but these videos just keep popping up. Bird preening cats whiskers – YouTube
– Alex/Pepperberg update: Life After Alex | Lafeber Cares – Pet Bird Food Dr. Irene Pepperberg reminisces about avian superstar Alex the African grey.- and dishes about her groundbreaking new work with Griffin. — Wart (one of Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s other current proteges) drew the name of Andrea Brugger as the lucky winner of Alex’s portrait by wildlife artist Kristin Janelle. New mugs and online merchandise benefit the Alex Foundation. For more info: The Alex Foundation- Home page
– Bummer corner: Beware the Grinch: Burglars steal West Palm Beach family’s beloved parrot – WPTV.c From not quite as far north as the pole correspondent Kathy Pierce.– How to help your disabled pet bird live a good life – ParrotChronicles …— The Problem with Bird Mills | Parrot Parrot thanks to Linda Bringle Pearl for pointing this one out.
– Who said Pet Food has to Look Like Slop? « Parrot Nation asks Patricia Sund.
– Readin’ material: This month’s World Parrot Trust “Flock Talk” newsletter includes a profile of yellow crested cockatoos, Ask the Expert and, of course, Test Your Parrot IQ.– If you’d like to receive the Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society newsletter, send a PM or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you PM, please give your email address. — Subscription Form In Your Flock — And from our Aussie friends: http://www.birdkeeper.com.au/bargain-nest/pet-parrot-pack
–Let’s get this holiday party started: — Parrot Safari’s Concetta Ferragamo and feathered friends entertaining at Robertson Museum‘s Home for the Holidays event in Binghamton, NY; Sat. 12/8 12:30-3:30 p.m. — Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society holiday party is Sat. 12/15 at 506 Redfern Way, Jefferson, SC. RSVP (843) 672-3911 or (843) 337-0867. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered side dish. And sorry; Cindy Lou Who, the event is open to club members only. — Flapping Feathers of New Jersey and The Parrot Club of Connecticut threw holiday shindigs Thurs. 12/6.
–Warning from Tony Jones of Greater Charlotte Cage Bird Society: ” Our email was hacked. If you received a email from GCCBS about GCCBS needing help/bad experience and being in the Philippine Islands please do not open it. The same person can hack your email and put a virus into your computer. If you have already opened it you need to change your password and do a virus scan on your computer. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
– Birds Of Paradise Sanctuary & Rescue, Inc. has surpassed its goal of 4,000 Facebook “likes” by the end of the year.
– That it’ll help decrease the surplus parrot population is no excuse: Man, 63, jailed for stabbing to death ex-girlfriend’s parrot … – Daily M Thanks to Christine Forman.
– Lost in Florida: Green Indian Ring Neck Friday 11/16 in Wesmere subdivision, Ocoee, FL. His name is Olie. He loves to talk and loves his human friends. — Green Indian Ringneck on 11/20, lost in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. Name is Sprout. — Lost from Boardman, OH $1000 REWARD for 16 year old affectionate and tame sun conure Tulip; frightened by dog; bolted into the night through unclosed door, minutes before the first major storm of the summer and blown far from home. She flies like a and has survived the hawks so far, but it is getting too cold for a tropical bird at night. We have received sightings, mostly from the Poland area, and there is an equal possibility she was found and detained in Youngstown – and perhaps the sightings are of another bird. 330-502-8038
– Peninsula Caged Bird Society Festival and Mart is at the Columbus Center, 100 Columbus Way, Newport New VA; 9-4 12/8. — And don’t forget the Audubon Bird Count; 12/14-1/5. All parrot lovers should be concerned about wild bird populations – and feral parrots such as quakers are now part of the landscape throughout much of the US!
Editor’s note: sorry, no photo this week as my computer gets tuned up and moved into the new nest. Hope to have photos up and running withing the next 2-3 weeks!
– Last word this week in the spirit of Marley – Bob, not Jacob; is Happy Birthday, Reggae Style! – YouTube