–This parrot is no chicken. An Amazon parrot that flew away from his Liverpool home was feared dead after a particularly rough English winter. The parrot turned up alive and well in a zoo about 15 miles away where he apparently took shelter in a chicken coop – and learned to cluck like them as well! Chicken feed sustained him – but he eagerly accepted some grapes on his discovery. Jane Volkmann of Flapping Feathers provided this news tip through “Paw Nation“, in turn through the “Herald Sun”.
-It’s not just the roadrunner that goes, “Beep, beep!”; African greys and smoke detectors do, too. Thanks to longtime friend, Mike Muehe, who originally heard this information on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell me”, the NPR news quiz show. Sammi the parrot’s imitation of smoke alarm drove me mad, says Shanna Sextonwww.metro.co.uk
–FUN FACT: Most parrots are “left footed” – which .may be part of why this lefthanded correspondent has an affinity for them. Parrots tend to be “left handed,” study finds Thanks tfor this news tip from my E-How/Facebook friend, Angela Fuller.
–Richard Henry is dead, reports “Bird Talk” magazine. Richard was a New Zealand kakapo who tunred up in 1975 at a time the large flightless parrot species was thought to be extinct. He was named after a Victorian conservationist who foresaw the threat of introduced predators to native birds like kiwis and kakapos and started an island preserve. Ironically, introduced stoats (a type of weasel) eventually found their way to the preserve. Current breeding programs have pulled the species back from the brink, and the hope is to establsih populations on outlying predator-free islands. Richard the kakapo was thought to be over 80 years old and died of natural causes.
-Last week we included a report on a Nashua woman forced to give up her Quaker parrots due to a little known, seldom enforced NH law. A writer for the “Concord Monitor” makes his case for why the law should be abolished. http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/241242/heres-why-the-state-should-let-quaker-parrots-stay
-The Peru-based Tambopata Macaw Project has uncovered many new fascinating insights into the nesting, feeding and trade- legal and illegal – of these magnificent parrots. Read up on some of theif findings in this official report, pointed out to us by Flapping Feathers newlsetter: www.macawproject.org
–Connecticut Parrot Society‘s March 3 meeting will feature Barbara Scavotto and her Congo African grey parrot demonstrating the use of clicker training. For more info: www.connecticutparrotsociety.org or call 860-621-5790.
-Europe’s got feral parrots, too! Connecticut Association for Aviculture alerts us to videos of:Ringneck parakeets in Rome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0gAicBhP2Q Ringnecks and monks in Brussels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWwb68m74vI Monk (Quaker) parrots in Barcelona: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gc9C8uVT6Y
-Some commercially sold parrot toys actually contain lead, arsenic, formaldehyde and other poisons. Nathalie Roberts assures us that Parrot Toys by Mail are double checked for safety and include all natural materials. https://birdtricks.infusionsoft.com/go/PTP/petprrt/EmailPrrtScrts
-“I SAW WILD PARROTS IN NEW YORK CITY!” by this writer now available on ITunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-saw-wild-parrots-in-new/id419477411?mt=8 and see more parrot articles by this writer on: The Pet Gazette petgazette.net