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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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Parrots in Peril

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The local price of one parrot in Congo is now five times higher than before the enlistment of the species as Appendix 1 (about US$80), which seems to have caused a spike in the capture of this species by poachers. The price in the destination countries has reportedly gone through an increase of a similar magnitude:
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Why Is a Parrot Living in the Guggenheim?

Why Is a Parrot Living in the Guggenheim? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Pinkie the Salmon-crested Cockatoo is crashing in the museum for the month of June as part of an ambitious citywide social practice project.
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Why is a parrot living in the Guggenheim?
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The 1903 Parrot Academy That Taught Birds to Speak Using Phonographs

The 1903 Parrot Academy That Taught Birds to Speak Using Phonographs | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
In three languages!
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The Philadelphia Phonograph School of Languages for Parrots, which in 1903 was said to be “the only institution of its kind in the world," taught parrots to speak in three different languages (English, French, and German):
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If you’re thinking about getting a parrot, read this first - The Boston Globe

If you’re thinking about getting a parrot, read this first - The Boston Globe | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Danika Oriol-Morway, of the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, says the bird can be “a very challenging companion.”
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If you're thinking about getting a parrot, read this first:
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Prehistoric Native Americans farmed macaws in 'feather factories'

Prehistoric Native Americans farmed macaws in 'feather factories' | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Birds were spiritual emblems in pueblos of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
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Ancient Scarlet Macaws of the American Southwest:
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Taking an endangered bird under her wing

Taking an endangered bird under her wing | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Once feared to be on the brink of extinction, the Philippine cockatoo, also known as katala, is slowly thriving, thanks to an environmentalist whose work with the iconic bird’s remaining wild population in Palawan province won her the “Green Oscars” of the conservation community.
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Saving the Philippine Cockatoo:
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Watch these tiny parrots reveal how dinosaurs may have learned to fly

Watch these tiny parrots reveal how dinosaurs may have learned to fly | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Archaeopteryx’s wing beats likely increased its long jumps by 20%
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Using parrots to understand how tree-dwelling dinosaurs learned to fly:
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Polly wants a prosthesis: parrot getting 3D printed foot following vicious fox attack

Polly wants a prosthesis: parrot getting 3D printed foot following vicious fox attack | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A parrot named Pete is being fitted with a 3D printed prosthetic foot after losing his natural one in a nasty fox attack. The procedure is being orchestrated by Dr. Jonathan Wood, Staff Veterinarian in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania's Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia.
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This should never have gotten to this!
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Film premiere shines light on rare parrot

Film premiere shines light on rare parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Western Australia's rarest bird will be on show at the end of May when feature length film Secrets at Sunrise premieres.
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WESTERN Australia's rarest bird will be on show at the end of May when feature length film Secrets at Sunrise premieres. The documentary has taken more than three years to create and introduces audiences to the Western Ground Parrot’s fragile existence. The small green ground dwelling bird is critically endangered and it’s estimated there’s fewer than 140 of the parrots left in the wild. The Western Ground Parrot's entire population is restricted to locations across the south coast, notably Cape Arid and Fitzgerald River National Park:
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Flying to the defence of kea

Flying to the defence of kea | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The numbers of kea are spiralling downward and there is a real fear the species is flying towards oblivion.
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Saving New Zealand's Kea parrot:
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Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
'Hello cockie' is one of the most commonly heard phrases feral birds are teaching in the wild, along with a host of expletives.
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Escaped pet parrots in Australia teaching wild parrots to swear in English:
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Perth Zoo Vets Give Injured Cockatoo New Wings | Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo Vets Give Injured Cockatoo New Wings | Perth Zoo | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Time Is Running Out For Australia's Fastest, Cheekiest, Cleverest Parrot

Time Is Running Out For Australia's Fastest, Cheekiest, Cleverest Parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
They're a bird like no other, but there are now now just 2000 Swift Parrots remaining.
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Working to save the swiftest parrot on Earth:
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Wild Parrots Multiplying in Southern California

Wild Parrots Multiplying in Southern California | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Southern California's wild parrot population is growing, raising worries that they might be threatening the survival of native birds.
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The Origins of Southern California's Wild Parrots:
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Rare Parakeets Benefit From Reserve Expansion

Rare Parakeets Benefit From Reserve Expansion | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
In good news for several globally threatened bird species including El Oro Parakeet, the nonprofit conservation group Fundación Jocotoco, with the support of American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Global…
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In good news for several globally threatened bird species including El Oro Parakeet, the nonprofit conservation group Fundación Jocotoco, with the support of American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), World Land Trust (WLT), and other donors, has secured critical habitat and expanded its Buenaventura Reserve in Ecuador. The reserve is the sole protected area for the Endangered El Oro Parakeet, which numbers fewer than 1,000 individuals and is found only on the western slope of the Andes in southwestern Ecuador:
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This Restaurant In Islamabad Has Parrots Among It’s Staff To Keep You Busy While You Wait For Food

This Restaurant In Islamabad Has Parrots Among It’s Staff To Keep You Busy While You Wait For Food | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Bahria Enclave in Islamabad is a pinnacle of luxury and beauty combined together to give you the ultimate destination to live. But what makes it even better are the various but unique facilities available within
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Islamabad's Cafe Macaw:
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Are rainbow lorikeets a threat to Tasmanian fruit growers?

Are rainbow lorikeets a threat to Tasmanian fruit growers? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
In both Tasmania and Western Australia the rainbow lorikeet is an introduced species and one that, if unchecked, could pose some serious problems to farmers and fruit growers.
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One of the few parrots that seems to be thriving in Australia. The rainbow lorikeet is native to coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, but is spreading further:
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THE ARA PROJECT » GREAT NEWS!! Rose has been found and she’s had a thrilling adventure…

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Incredible story of a Scarlet Macaw named Rose that was poached as a chick and escaped its captors:
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Where Did the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Come From?

Where Did the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Come From? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
San Francisco is an unlikely place for wild parrots. And yet, here they are. How'd they get here?
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They're not just the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill anymore:
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Top 10 Most Beautiful Parrots In The World

Top 10 Most Beautiful Parrots In The World | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Scarlet Macaw is one of the largest and beautiful parrots species in the world and is known for its colourful plumage and intelligence. Scarlet Macaws live in rainforests of Central and South America
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They are all beautiful!
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Five-Year Sentence for Selling Endangered Parrot Gets China Talking

Five-Year Sentence for Selling Endangered Parrot Gets China Talking | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Appeal comes at a time country is wrestling with air and water pollution as well as threatened wild animals
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China cracks down hard on people breeding and selling protected parrots:
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Mainland Orange-bellied Parrots release | Zoos Victoria

Mainland Orange-bellied Parrots release | Zoos Victoria | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
In an incredible step for the conservation of the Orange-bellied Parrot the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning together with partners Birdlife Australia, Melbourne Water, Moonlit Sanctuary, Parks Victoria, the Tasmanian Government and Zoos Victoria came together last week to deliver a Mainland Release of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.

With fewer than 50 birds left in the wild, the stakes have never been higher for this precious migratory parrot species.
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Saving the Orange-bellied Parrot:
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Indonesia's yellow-crested cockatoo population threatened

Indonesia's yellow-crested cockatoo population threatened | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The populations of the yellowcrested cockatoo on several islands are in critical danger due to massive exploitation, researchers say.
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The populations of the yellow-crested Cockatoo parrot on several islands in Indonesia are in critical danger due to massive exploitation:
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Soooooo. What’s Up With All the Parrots in Pasadena?

Soooooo. What’s Up With All the Parrots in Pasadena? | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Inquiring humans and felines would like to know
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The Wild Red-crowned Amazon Parrots of Pasadena:
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