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Wild Parrots in Irving,TX

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Wild Quaker Parrots of Irving, Texas:

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Genes link human speech and bird song - Futurity

Genes link human speech and bird song - Futurity | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Birds and humans use essentially the same genes to speak, according to analysis of the genomes of 48 species from across their "family tree."
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International team led by Chinese researchers has sequenced the genomes of 48 species of birds to create the most reliable avian tree of life to date:

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High-energy drinks support larger parrot populations

High-energy drinks support larger parrot populations | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Why do parrots seem to do so well in Australian cities? One reason may be related to food (nectar) availability. Our research revealed that in most seasons, nectar was more readily available in streetscapes than in native forests, and that nectar-feeders tracked flowering. The constant food availability in streetscapes is likely to help explain why parrots are so successful in exploiting suburban environments:

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Another Night Parrot Mystery

Another Night Parrot Mystery | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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The Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) is one of Australia’s most mysterious birds, with few confirmed records, and fewer specimens of the bird since 1912. In 2011, some feathers of belonging to the Night Parrot were donated to the Australian Museum via an unusual route, accompanied by ambiguous information. Determining just where these rare feathers originated has proved to be a mystery in itself:

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Australian ringneck parrots picture perfect

Australian ringneck parrots picture perfect | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
As the sun rises a pair of Australian ringneck parrots head to a local dam for a morning drink in Bowra Station, Queensland.
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As the sun rises a pair of Australian ringneck parrots head to a local dam for a morning drink in Bowra Station, Queensland:
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Dogs save African greys in Congo

Dogs save African greys in Congo | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Meet Rick and Shon, the dogs who helped rescue two African grey parrots, a crocodile and turtles on a canine mission in the Congo.
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Meet Rick and Shon, the dogs who helped rescue two African grey parrots, a crocodile and turtles on a canine mission in the Congo:

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Macaws bring harmony to Caracas’ chaos

Macaws bring harmony to Caracas’ chaos | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
In one of the world’s most hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.
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Wild Macaw Parrots of Caracas:

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Hundreds of parrots rescued from animal traffickers in Paraguay

Hundreds of parrots rescued from animal traffickers in Paraguay | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it

More than 200 parrots rescued from animal traffickers just before Christmas are being looked after at a national park in Paraguay

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More than 200 parrots rescued from animal traffickers just before Christmas are being looked after at a national park in Paraguay. The Blue-fronted Amazons, native to South America, are popular with pet collectors for their ability to mimic human speech, and can fetch more than $2,000 (£1,250) on the black market:

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Paradise Discovered: Cayman Islands’ Parrots

Paradise Discovered: Cayman Islands’ Parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The sight of a pair of Cayman parrots is a familiar one to many Caymanians.
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The Cayman Islands’ parrots are two subspecies of the Cuban Parrot (Amazona leucocephala). Both subspecies are endemic to the Cayman Islands – which means they are found nowhere else in the world. In fact, there are only three other subspecies of this parrot in the world – two in Cuba and one in the Bahamas:

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Birdwatchers object to plans for former Geelong saltworks

Birdwatchers object to plans for former Geelong saltworks | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A deal between the Napthine government and a developer wanting to build a $4 billion marina near Geelong is for wetlands that should be protected, an environmental group says.
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Australian marina development threatens Orange-bellied parrot habitat:

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El Yunque National Forest Quarter | Puerto Rico | 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter

El Yunque National Forest Quarter | Puerto Rico | 2012 America the Beautiful Quarter | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Information on the 2012 El Yunque National Forest Quarter for Puerto Rico, the eleventh coin to be issued in the America the Beautiful State Quarters Program
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The only U.S. currency featuring a parrot. El Yunque National Forest Quarter. Designed by Gary Whitley and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, the reverse features a Coqui tree frog sitting on a leaf and a Puerto Rican parrot behind an epiphyte plant with tropical flora in the background:

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Inland Empire is intrigued by influx of wild green parrots

Inland Empire is intrigued by influx of wild green parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Residents of the Inland Empire have been waking up to squawking, audible even through closed windows. The culprit? Parrots. “I think it’s been decades and they’ve just kind of survived here,” said Beth Les, Inland Va
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Wild Red-crowned Amazon parrots of South Pasadena:

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SoCal Parrot rescues, rehabs and releases San Diego’s naturalized parrots

SoCal Parrot rescues, rehabs and releases San Diego’s naturalized parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
[SoCal Parrot, based in Jamul, comes to the rescue of the 13 species of parrots]
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SoCal Parrot (SCP), founded by Brooke Durham, is a non-profit in Jamul that rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned parrots, including rose-crowned parrots and lilac-crowned parrots, the two most common parrots found in San Diego County:

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Gang-gang: Rainbow-blessed Narrabundah

Gang-gang: Rainbow-blessed Narrabundah | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Why do so many Australian parrots come in such lurid colours, asks Ian Warden.
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Wild Rainbow Lorikeet parrots of Canberra:

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Protective nets prove fatal for birds

Protective nets prove fatal for birds | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Tackling the ever growing monkey menace in Adilabad, the district to which Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna belongs, has strangely turned calamitous for birds which essentially depend upon food crops for
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Dispicable! Protective nets prove fatal for parrots:

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London hunter criticised for video guide showing how to kill parakeets in back garden

London hunter criticised for video guide showing how to kill parakeets in back garden | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
RSPB is among critics of the video showing how to kill parakeets who have been stealing fruit in London suburbs
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Royal Society for the Protection of Birds criticizes London hunter for video guide showing how to kill parrots in back garden:

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Endangered parrots flock back to Tasmanian breeding grounds | Tasmanian Regions

Endangered parrots flock back to Tasmanian breeding grounds | Tasmanian Regions | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Endangered Orange-bellied parrots flock back to Tasmanian breeding grounds:

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Endangered parrot bucks trend of decline, doubles wild population

Endangered parrot bucks trend of decline, doubles wild population | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
One of the world's rarest species, the orange bellied parrot, almost doubles its wild population thanks to help from scientists.
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One of the world's rarest species, the orange bellied parrot, has bucked its long-term trend of decline and almost doubled its wild population:

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South Africa: Saving the Cape Parrots

South Africa: Saving the Cape Parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
There are only a thousand or so Cape parrots left. The species is in danger of extinction. The Cape Parrot Project wants to ensure its future.
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Rare good news out of Africa. Saving South Africa's Cape Parrots:

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When Good Parrots Go Bad

When Good Parrots Go Bad | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The Italian mafia is getting exotic these days, threatening local business owners by using ferocious animals such as tigers, crocodiles and even drug-dealing parrots to extract protection money.
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When good parrots go bad. Drug-dealing parrots are the strangest in the menagerie of the Corleone-style Italian region’s nasty pets. Police recently grabbed a pair of parrots who were a part of drug-dealing operation in the Traiano district in Naples. When a phone rang, they would respond by imitating a human voice, saying: “Hello, how much do you need?” But if someone tried to take them out of the cage, the birds would scream: “Now I’ll shoot you!”

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A Sanctuary for Parrots in the Midst of Bustling Chennai

A Sanctuary for Parrots in the Midst of Bustling Chennai | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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The man behind this green sanctuary amidst an almost-concrete jungle in the city is C.Sekar, who has been feeding these parrots for well, over a decade. Dressed up in his trademark cap (probably to protect himself from bird poop), Sekar, a full-time camera technician said that feeding the parrots wasn’t something he had planned to do. It had started quite randomly during the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami . When the tsunami struck the east coast of India, villages were washed away, many people living along the sea line disappeared and animals were affected. “During that time, I found two parrots sitting on my terrace extremely tired and thirsty,” he said. “I fed them that day”. When he continued feeding them as a daily practice, the parrots returned, but with more of their tribe:

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Flock of parrots flying around El Cajon

Flock of parrots flying around El Cajon | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
We first heard them causing quite a racket during one of our live shots. A flock of parrots have been calling El Cajon home for years.
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Wild Amazon Parrots of El Cajon:

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Amid the swarm of humans, a conclave of parrots

Amid the swarm of humans, a conclave of parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
More than a thousand rose-ringed parakeets still find a safe place to roost in the trees near Orion Mall; their presence is a gift
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Amid the swarm of humans, a conclave of parrots:

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Ashwika Kapur wins Green Oscar for film on parrot

Ashwika Kapur wins Green Oscar for film on parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Kolkata, Oct 25 : Ashwika Kapur, a 26-year-old science and natural history filmmaker from West Bengal, has won the Wildscreen Panda Awards also known as the Green Oscar for her film on a Kakapo parrot named Sirocco. Kapur won the award at a ceremony in Britain’s Bristol city Friday in the Wildscreen Festival for her …
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Ashwika Kapur, a 26-year-old science and natural history filmmaker from West Bengal, has won the Wildscreen Panda Awards also known as the Green Oscar for her film on a Kakapo parrot named Sirocco:

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Haphazard reporting puts Australian parrots at risk

Haphazard reporting puts Australian parrots at risk | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
WILDLIFE smugglers within and outside Australia could be exploiting high overseas demand for Australian parrots due to a lack of systematic reporting...
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Wildlife smugglers within and outside Australia could be exploiting high overseas demand for Australian parrots due to a lack of systematic reporting and monitoring of the wildlife trade in many countries, according to a new study:

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