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Yellow-shouldered parrot conservation in Margarita Island, Venezuela

Yellow-shouldered parrot conservation in Margarita Island, Venezuela | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Yellow-shouldered parrots are threatened by the illegal pet trade and sand mining on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Discover how Provita protect the species
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In the dry forests of Macanao, in the far west of Margarita Island, the Yellow-shouldered parrot (Amazona barbadensis) is clinging onto survival. There are thought to be less than 10,000 Yellow-shouldered parrots left in the wild, with Margarita being the population’s stronghold.

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The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn | Peter Selgin

The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn | Peter Selgin | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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The Wild Parrots of Brooklyn. The Story of Some Very Brave Birds. Written and Illustrated By Peter Selgin:

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Parrot saves owner from mugger by squawking and flapping its wings

Parrot saves owner from mugger by squawking and flapping its wings | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Wunsy, an African Grey bird, was being taken for a walk - and flight - in Sunningfields Park, north London, when his owner Rachel Mancino, 25, was attacked.
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Wunsy, an African Grey bird, was being taken for a walk - and flight - in Sunningfields Park, north London, when his owner Rachel Mancino, 25, was attacked.

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The Concrete Jungle: Uncovering the Mystery of Wild Parrots in Southern California

The Concrete Jungle: Uncovering the Mystery of Wild Parrots in Southern California | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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It was a mild and clear winter day some two or three years ago. I had set out on a hike with a friend in Malibu’s renowned Escondido Falls trail, just off Pacific Coast Highway near Point Dume. A well-traveled trail, Escondido Falls did not present us with many wildlife species that day other than a couple of squirrels and a few crows. Right as we were nearing the end of the trail and about to re-enter the access road, a cacophony of squawks echoed through the canyon. Overhead, a flock of some ten or fifteen iridescent green birds fluttered about in a rather raucous and ungainly fashion. From their vibrant plumage, brash vocals, and distinctive body shape it was indisputable that they were parrots. But a flock of wild parrots? In Southern California?

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Potty-mouthed parrot kicked out of garden centre

Potty-mouthed parrot kicked out of garden centre | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Several customers complained over the parrot in Ashton, Greater Manchester, until Ruby was replaced with a sign saying she had 'picked up some naughty words and decided to say them repeatedly' (file photo).
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Ruby the African Grey parrot was put on display at the Norcutts Garden Centre in Ashton, Greater Manchester,  but came under fire for her non-stop swearing:

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Opera singing parrot celebrates 60th birthday with a party

Opera singing parrot celebrates 60th birthday with a party | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
It's not every parrot that has outlived its first owner, can sing opera and has been honored at a birthday party. 
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Opera singing Yellow-crowned Amazon parrot named Elizabeth celebrates 60th birthday with a party:

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U.S Fish & Wildlife Service to Review Endangered Puerto Rican Parrots

U.S Fish & Wildlife Service to Review Endangered Puerto Rican Parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
the u.s. fish amp; wildlife service is taking a close look at puerto rican parrot numbers as part of a broader review of endangered or threatened species on the u.s. mainland and the island.
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is taking a close look at Puerto Rican parrot numbers as part of a broader review of endangered or threatened species on the U.S. mainland and the island.

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20 Pictures Of Beautifully Colorful Parrots

20 Pictures Of Beautifully Colorful Parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Parrots are the most colorful and attractive birds in the whole world, they come in shades of green, red, blue, yellow, black and white.
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Eye Candy. Twenty Pictures of Beautifully Colorful Parrots:
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Mass New South Wales Parrot Poisoning Survivors Released

Mass New South Wales Parrot Poisoning Survivors Released | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
THE last surviving parrots of a mass pesticide poisoning have been released in central western NSW.
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The last surviving parrots of a mass pesticide poisoning have been released in central western New South Wales, Australia:

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The Parrot Diaries: Parrot Poop: What Is It Good For?

The Parrot Diaries: Parrot Poop: What Is It Good For? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Of our eight parrots, only one, our Greenwing macaw and diva parrot Roxanne, insists on going outside to do poopie. Year around. Day in and day out. Winter and summer. Pouring rain or sunshine. Well okay, on those rare occasions when it snows here in Seattle, Roxanne will relent and do her business inside. Roxanne hates snow. She is a rain forest parrot, after all. Not a snow forest parrot. Otherwise, her backyard play stand is her outhouse. After pooping in the same spot day after day after day, the guano tends to build up. In that one spot. So what to do with that literal pile of poop? Parrot poop. What is it good for?

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THIS SUCKS: Parakeet Gets Stuck In Vacuum Cleaner

THIS SUCKS: Parakeet Gets Stuck In Vacuum Cleaner | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A parakeet who got sucked up into a Shop-Vac is getting by on a wing and a prayer.

"Birdie," a 8-year-old parakeet belonging to Marie Margarone of Milton, Mass. was apparently looking for a dark, quiet space to lay an egg when she crawle...
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Birdie the Parakeet Survives Getting Sucked Into Vacuum Cleaner:

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Free skies for Meenakshi’s Parrots

Free skies for Meenakshi’s Parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
This is one of a series of stories highlighting some of the remarkable achievements of the animal welfare movement in India.The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, in southern India, is one of the largest...
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The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, in southern India, is one of the largest temples in the world.  It is dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, who is the wife of Shiva. Her vahana, or symbol, is the parrot, and she is depicted holding a parrot on her finger. The species of parrot she holds is the Indian Ring-necked Parakeet or Rose-ringed Parakeet, which is native to India.

In an online article from September 19, 2005, attributed to Mike Schindlinger, entitled “Free Sky for Meenakshi Temple Parrots,” it was reported that the temple birds were being freed, and in the future only one pair of parrots would be kept in the temple. According to P. Bhaskaran, Executive Officer of the Temple, the birds were being freed in response to requests from animal welfare organizations like Blue Cross of India. Similar requests had been lodged by the Tamil Nadu Forestry Department. Dr. Chinny Krishna, Chairman Emeritus of Blue Cross of India, recalls that there used to be around 600 parrots being kept in an aviary of the temple.

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Stuart Marsden's Conservation Research Group: Eyeing up the age structure of grey parrot populations

Stuart Marsden's Conservation Research Group: Eyeing up the age structure of grey parrot populations | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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When the chicks first open their eyes (about 7-10 days after hatching), the iris is black. During the first year, it slowly turns paler, passing through different shades of grey, and after the first year, it gradually turns bright yellow.

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Wild Amazon Parrots of Santa Barbara

Wild Amazon Parrots of Santa Barbara | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A subscriber shares [pics] of those wild parrots in San Roque.
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Those pesky parrots have been visiting us for years, usually in the morning. The crows were away on vacation this morning, so the parrots perched in the tree long enough to get some nice pictures. I counted 10 birds in the flock; I believe there used to be 12 or so. I may have miscounted.

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Organized Gangs of Parrots Ravaging Guyana

Organized Gangs of Parrots Ravaging Guyana | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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And we're not in the least bit surprised:

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The Only Native Parrot Species Still Living in the United States. Puerto Rican Parrot

The Only Native Parrot Species Still Living in the United States. Puerto Rican Parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The only native parrot species still living in the U.S., these birds nearly went extinct in the second half of the twentieth century. By 1975, only ...
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The Only Native Parrot Species Still Living in the United States. Puerto Rican Parrot:

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Defenders of Wildlife Fights Mexican Ad Campaign Promoting Illegal Parrot Trade

Defenders of Wildlife Fights Mexican Ad Campaign Promoting Illegal Parrot Trade | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
When a company in Mexico began to run TV ads promoting illegal parrot trade, Defenders of Wildlife sprang into action.
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One of the foremost threats to the survival of the 22 species of parrots and macaws in Mexico is illegal trade. Thanks in great part to Defenders of Wildlife report on illegal trade of parrots in the country, Mexico banned all capture and trade of these species in 2008. Ever since then, we have carried out a national communications campaign together with environmental institutions and NGOs to inform the public not to buy wild parrots or macaws.

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Pomeroon farmers in Guyana battle parrot, flea invasion

Pomeroon farmers in Guyana battle parrot, flea invasion | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
– asking for guns to keep the birds away By Indrawattie Natram Amid bitter complaints from rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast about low paddy prices, Pomeroon fruit farmers are up in arms over a p...
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Another farmer from Upper Pomeroon, John Williams said the parrots seem bent on not allowing the trees to produce. Williams said the parrots usually inhabit the trees at nights and by morning, the fruits are destroyed, and this is not all. He said the birds appear fixed on making his life miserable as they would make loud and annoying chattering sounds, and as soon as he peeps at his window, they will fly way. Some farmers have been using sling-shots and arrows and bows to stave off the birds, but they say this is not enough, contenting that guns will do a better job. And, on this note, they are calling on the Agriculture Ministry to support their case, with some saying that scaring away the parrots is not enough, as they should be killed and cooked. Region Two Vice Chairman Vishnu Samaroo recently in his report to the Regional Democratic Council, acknowledged the parrot invasion, while calling for urgent counter measures. The Regional Democratic Council, acknowledged the parrot invasion, while calling for urgent counter measures.

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Lovelorn parrot locked away for three years for shouting name of owner's dead wife in front of new partner

Lovelorn parrot locked away for three years for shouting name of owner's dead wife in front of new partner | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Congo African Grey, Roy, is on Prozac for depression after being shut in a garage for three years - the trauma caused him to pluck out almost all his feathers
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Lovelorn African Grey parrot locked in garage for three years for shouting name of owner's dead wife in front of new partner:

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Stuart Marsden's Conservation Research Group: Searching for Grey Parrots in Ghana

Stuart Marsden's Conservation Research Group: Searching for Grey Parrots in Ghana | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Searching for African Grey Parrots in Ghana:

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Why Save the Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot?

Why Save the Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
If we don't put in resources to save the orange-bellied parrot as a rich comfortable country, what's our excuse?
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Why Save the Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot?

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The Parrot Diaries: First Rule of Finding Yourself in a Hole: Stop Digging

The Parrot Diaries: First Rule of Finding Yourself in a Hole: Stop Digging | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Our Ruby macaw Mr. Cracker loves to chew his perches. While he's sitting on them:

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Full Metal Parrot

Full Metal Parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
With three hit singles to his name and more than 4,600 fans, Hatebeak is the best black metal band you’ve never heard of—fronted by a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot named Waldo.
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With three hit singles to his name and more than 4,600 fans, Hatebeak is the best black metal band you’ve never heard of—fronted by a 25-year-old African Grey Parrot named Waldo. There’s nothing worse than a preening musician—although in the case of black metal band Hatebeak’s lead vocalist, we might give him some leeway. He is, after all, a parrot.

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Why Do We Call Parrots "Polly"?

Why Do We Call Parrots "Polly"? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The generic name “Pol” for a parrot can be traced back to England since at least the early 1600s. In his 1606 comedy Volpone, Renaissance playwright—and close friend of William Shakespeare—Ben Jonson assigned many of the characters animal personas which reflected their true nature. The cunning title character, for example, is a fox, while his parasitic manservant is a fly.
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U.S. President Andrew Jackson had an African Grey parrot named Pol who was famous for spouting obscenities at visiting dignitaries.

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New law prohibits hand-rearing of parrots in The Netherlands

New law prohibits hand-rearing of parrots in The Netherlands | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Law is planned to become effective July 2014.

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In what appears to be a world first, the Netherlands will forbid the hand rearing of parrots in captivity.  The move extends existing legislation that prohibits the separation of infant mammals from their parents (up till certain ages) to include parrots.

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Introduced Parrots Protected in Texas

Introduced Parrots Protected in Texas | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The city of McAllen, Texas, has voted in a new law protecting their local population of introduced Green Parakeets, which have become an attraction for visiting birders.
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Rio Grande city of McAllen, Texas enacts legislation protecting introduced Green Parakeets:

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