– Zinc: can be great as a “Scrabble” word; as a metal is poison to birds – yet it’s astonishingly common in “bird safe” toys, as Mass. Cage Bird Association‘s Les Embrey alerts us. http://www.parrothouse.com/hlthcare.html#Zinc
– “America’s Got Talent” – debatable in some cases, but certainly not for Echo the Amazon, who recently appeared as a contestant. Tip o’ the cockatoo crest to Ann & Mark of Flapping Feathers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2HKKe7UAVM&feature=player_embedded
-The annual Northeast Bird Group Members Picnic, Bird Swap & Meeting is scheduled for August 7th in Scituate, RI.
– From cathouse to birdhouse: So what’s Heidi Fleiss up to? Now she shares her home with some 20 macaws allowed to fly and do other things parrots do all over the place. Animal Planet airs “From Prostitutes to Parrots” , a one hour reality special on Sunday. July 30. If you miss this airing, we suspect they’ll be rerunning it once or twice.
– Winston Churchill’s blue and gold macaw Charlie accompanied him on voyages on Aristotle Onassis’ ship, Christiana. Churchill taught Charlie to curse the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. The bird outlived Churchill and was believed to be still alive and cursing at more than 100 years of age. On vacation after the war, Churchill was also seen with a Moluccan cockatoo in Florida’s Parrot Jungle. We thank Richard Kozel of Connecticut Parrot Society for providing this information in “Parrot Papers”.
– Vultures are into the dead, right? Well, even with King O the cockatoo looking like a vulture, he’s apparently not too keen on the Grateful Dead, as this video clip shows. Not too fond of the Grateful Dead…. [HQ]
— Escaped African grey parrot in New Jersey wolf whistles at women http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2011/07/wolf-whistling_parrot_spotted.html Meanwhile. a happy ending for a Connecticut African grey named Gypsy who was lost for 6 days. http://newhaven.craigslist.org/pet/2502068905.html Ths report comes to us through Mary Angel.. Speaking of lost and found, Michele Parrett‘s (great name for a bird owner, eh?) macaw Gidget flew away on Sunday; last seen in Oakdale (Montville). CT. Please notify Connecticut Association for Aviculture if you have any leads. Meanwhile, in Plymouth, CT recently a Rosella male escaped. He is a brilliant red with some yellow and blue. Please contact (860) 283-5501.
– It’s a scream: The patience of even the most loving parrot owner can be challenged by the noise they are capable of making. http://goodbirdinc.blogspot.com/2008/05/stop-you-parrot-from-screaming-for.html offers some tips for relief by noted parrot authority Barbara Heidenreich and https://companionparrotonline.com/screaming_reasons.html comes from another expert, Sally Blanchard. Thanks to Flapping Feathers’ Sheldon Orloff for providing these links.
– Birds gone bad: Speaking of screaming and “bad” behavior, as Frank Indiviglio blogs; there are some natural reasons for it Understanding “Bad” Parrot Behavior
-The countdown is OVER – Quaker parrots are legal to own, buy, breed and sell In NH as of July 30!
– Avian authority Barbara Heidenreich is asking pet bird owners to share their experiences with a student researching tthe psychological benefits of bird ownership. http://latrobepsy.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8vUAiKtd4zCYqMY
– Mom always liked you best. Do you own a flock of birds but have one particular favorite? Chet and Dave Womach say you needn’t feel guilty about it. http://www.birdtricks.com/blog/do-you-favor-one-of-your-birds/
-Macaws successfully reintroduced into the wild as reported by World Parrot Trust’s “Flock Talk“newsletter. > World Parrot Trust Partner: ARA Project
– More antics from Sage the Senegal come to us from Mary Angel‘s big bag o’ bird videos. http://youtu.be/jeqK1W2KSWo.