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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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Latest News From the Battle of Battisford

Latest News From the Battle of Battisford | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A man who owns hundreds of parrots which have caused “anxiety and distress” for villagers over five years is appealing a ruling banning him from keeping them.
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A man who owns more parrots than there are people in the English village of Battisford, which have caused “anxiety and distress” for villagers over five years is appealing a ruling banning him from keeping them.

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"I never allow them to go hungry"

"I never allow them to go hungry" | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Every morning, residents of a house at Temple Road in Medavakkam Tank Colony, Kilpauk, wake up to chirps and squawks. For S. Veeralakshmi and A. Sivakumar, these are always the first sounds they hear in a day. Every
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Every morning, residents of a house at Temple Road in Medavakkam Tank Colony, Kilpauk, wake up to chirps and squawks. For S. Veeralakshmi and A. Sivakumar, these are always the first sounds they hear in a day. Every morning and evening, parakeets flock to their terrace for a feed. Veeralakshmi and Sivakumar never disappoint them. Veeralakshmi treats them to raw rice, which is placed on the sidewalls of the terrace. She drops the raw rice on the floor for the pigeons to peck and eat. “Unlike pigeons which get down from the parapets , parakeets prefer to feed perched on the walls,” says Veeralakshmi. The chirp of these parrots is like children calling their parents, she adds.

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The Postie and the Cockie

The Postie and the Cockie | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Everybody knew odd couple and posties Bob and George before they retired on Thursday, writes Catherine Clifford.
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Bob is a mail contractor and George is a mail contractor. Together, the pair have delivered the mail in the New South Wales country town of Aberdeen for eight years. Bob is a good bloke and George is a cockatoo.

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For Chittorgarh's opium-addicted parrots, it's a matter of life and death

For Chittorgarh's opium-addicted parrots, it's a matter of life and death | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The opium season has ended around 15 days back and the pods have been removed from the fields.
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Bad news for the parrots of Chittorgarh. Around this time in the poppy fields of Chittorgarh district, many a parrot will perish. The carcasses of these dead birds will be dismembered by crows, that wait for this opportunity. The opium season has ended around 15 days back and the pods have been removed from the fields. These parrots, who have been feasting on the poppy seeds from these pods for the past few months, will now be without their regular dose of addiction, without which, they will not survive.

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An extraordinary success in breeding of the Spix’s Macaw

An extraordinary success in breeding of the Spix’s Macaw | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
On the 21st of March ACTP announced that the fourth chick of the Spix’s Macaw hatched in their facility in this year. If we consider that world population of
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Extraordinary success in the breeding of the Spix's Macaw parrot at Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots:

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Rare Lear's macaw born in São Paulo Zoo

Rare Lear's macaw born in São Paulo Zoo | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Lear’s macaw hatchling born 10 days ago is the first to be born in captivity in Brazil
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Rare Lear's macaw parrot born in São Paulo Zoo:

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Saving the Rare Spix's Macaw

Saving the Rare Spix's Macaw | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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A German group that breeds endangered parrots says it is making headway at last in adding to the global numbers of the extremely rare Spix's macaw. This year alone, it has managed four additions. The latest to hatch, Marcus, is a pale pink bundle of saggy skin and patches of fuzz. That's normal in the first few weeks. When Marcus is grown, however, the breeders from the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) in Schoeneiche, near Berlin, will have a beautiful male parrot with bright blue plumage on their hands.

Native to Brazil and now thought to be extinct in the wild, Spix's macaws have been considered rare ever since German naturalist Johann Baptist Ritter von Spix captured one in 1819, according to the ACTP. It said there were about 120 of them worldwide in breeding programmes and zoos. The ACTP hopes to ultimately reintroduce several Spix's macaws to their natural habitat.

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Kakariki to breed at Natureland

Kakariki to breed at Natureland | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Natureland launches kakariki breeding programme to boost parrot numbers in the Abel Tasman.
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Natureland Wildlife Trust is breeding the Kakariki on behalf of Project Janszoon and the Department of Conservation to help boost the native parrot population in the Abel Tasman National Park:

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Oregon man goes to drive-thru, comes home with parakeet

Oregon man goes to drive-thru, comes home with parakeet | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A man who found a parakeet in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell wants to return it to its rightful owner.
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CORNELIUS, Ore. -- A man who found a parakeet in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell wants to return it to its rightful owner. Bill Detrick was on his lunch break Thursday at the fast food restaurant in Cornelius, Oregon when a parakeet landed on top of his car. His window was open, so he put his hand out and the bird hopped on him and crawled to his shoulder -- then wouldn't leave.

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Uncomfortable Images Show Pet Birds in the Domestic Environment

Uncomfortable Images Show Pet Birds in the Domestic Environment | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Parrots, says Irish photographer Rachel Glass, are believed have the mental capacity of a two to three-year-old toddler. Unlike children, birds are airborne creatures, and yet many are born and bred to live as pets, within the confines of the human home, where they are sheltered from the dangers of the wild but restrained in …
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Parrots, says Irish photographer Rachel Glass, are believed have the mental capacity of a two to three-year-old toddler. Unlike children, birds are airborne creatures, and yet many are born and bred to live as pets, within the confines of the human home, where they are sheltered from the dangers of the wild but restrained in flight. For The Domestic Aviary, Glass captures tame birds in the moment they are released from their cages and into the house in a flurry of flapping wings, probing at the ways in which all species—and ultimately all individuals—must choose either to live free or to live protected:

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Bulldozers are destroying the natural habitat of the Santa Marta Conure Parrot

Bulldozers are destroying the natural habitat of the Santa Marta Conure Parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The illegal construction of a roadway in Santa Marta destroys the natural habitat of the Santa Marta Conure (Pyrrhura viridicata). A non-governmental
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The illegal construction of a roadway in Columbia is destroying the natural habitat of the Santa Marta Conure (Pyrrhura viridicata). More than 50 representatives of the non-governmental organization ProAves has even tried to stop bulldozers with their own bodies. These roads are not approved by local authorities and directly cross the bird reserve El Dorado in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta:

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Turning the Tide on Nest Poaching of Timneh African Grey Parrots in Guinea-Bissau

Turning the Tide on Nest Poaching of Timneh African Grey Parrots in Guinea-Bissau | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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As another breeding season for Timneh parrots gets underway in the Bijagós islands, hopes are high that the nest monitoring team can build on the successes of the previous year. In late 2014 the return of a poached chick to its nest, and its re-adoption by its parents, provides a heart-warming conservation story and a tangible sign that the strategy of employing former parrot trappers is paying conservation dividends:

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Man buys 30 parrots every month, what he does next will TOUCH YOUR HEART

Man buys 30 parrots every month, what he does next will TOUCH YOUR HEART | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
He has a message for all of us.
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Bhopal: Dharmendra can't stand the sight of birds being caged. But there is precious little that he alone can do to make birds free again, fly in the sky. Every month he purchases around 30 parrots from the bird market. Then he takes the cages to an open space, opens the doors and makes the parrots fly out. "It gives me immense pleasure to see the birds embracing freedom again, living the life God bestowed upon them," says Dharmendra. He has a message for all of us: Stop keeping birds as prisoners, let them fly as freedom is dear to all.
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Smugglers put parrots in plastic bottles to get them through customs

Smugglers put parrots in plastic bottles to get them through customs | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
More than 24 critically endangered cockatoos were rescued by police after being found stuffed in water bottles so they could be smuggled through customs at Port of Tanjung Perak in Indonesia.
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More than 24 critically endangered cockatoos were rescued by police after being found stuffed in water bottles for illegal trade. Smugglers crammed the Yellow-crested cockatoos into empty bottles so they could get through customs at Port of Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, Indonesia. But Indonesian Police discovered the birds, which can be sold for as much as £650 each, and cut them free so they could receive medical attention:

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Parrot eating contest had villagers worried at Willington carnival

Parrot eating contest had villagers worried at Willington carnival | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
THE promise of a parrot eating competition at Willington Carnival had crowds hooked. Signs dotted around the carnival ground confirmed the worst as all around notices read 'parrot preparation area',...
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When our Goffin's Cockatoo parrot starts misbehaving we can tell him we're entering him in a parrot eating contest!

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Conserving Timneh African Grey parrots (Psittacus timneh) through protection of key breeding areas and the enforcement of wildlife trade legislation in West Africa

Conserving Timneh African Grey parrots (Psittacus timneh) through protection of key breeding areas and the enforcement of wildlife trade legislation in West Africa | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
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Timneh African Grey parrots (Psittacus timneh formerly Psittacus erithacus timneh) have long been subject to high levels of trapping for the pet trade, leading to dramatic declines in populations. Endemic to the western parts of the moist Upper Guinea forests and bordering savannas, their historic range extends from the Bijagós islands of Guinea-Bissau eastwards through southern Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. Loss of forest in these areas has compounded the impact of trade, leading to the fragmentation of existing populations. In 2012, concerns over declining populations prompted their addition to the IUCN Red-List of Threatened Species™. Although no exports of wild Timneh parrots are currently permitted under CITES, trapping for the international trade continues. There is a need to protect known breeding populations, create conditions for the effective enforcement of wildlife trade laws, and generate knowledge on the status of wild populations:

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Small gang-gang is quiet one of the cocky family

Small gang-gang is quiet one of the cocky family | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Everyone is familiar with the cocky: the yellow-crested larrikin of the skies.
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Gang-Gang Cockatoo parrots have suffered dramatic declines in population in parts of Australia, and no one knows why:

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The monk parakeet: Tracking an invasive bird

The monk parakeet: Tracking an invasive bird | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The monk parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last 40-50 years fortifying their massive communal nests atop utility poles in many urban areas appear to have originated from the same small area in South America, according to a new study.
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The monk parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last 40-50 years fortifying their massive communal nests atop utility poles in many urban areas appear to have originated from the same small area in South America, according to a new study:

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‘Bird lady’ shares her daily love of lorikeets

‘Bird lady’ shares her daily love of lorikeets | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
DOT Wynd takes up a table by the Maroochy River at Picnic Point every afternoon and a rainbow cloud quickly forms around her.
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The Bird Lady of Picnic Point:

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Dominica Records Dramatic Increase in Endemic Parrot Numbers

Dominica Records Dramatic Increase in Endemic Parrot Numbers | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Government Information Service of Dominica
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Dominica Records Dramatic Increase in Endemic Parrot Numbers:

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Nine Parrots You Should Meet

Nine Parrots You Should Meet | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
There are around 372 species of parrot, and they vary greatly. Let’s take a look at some that you might not normally think of as parrots, and some that are just plain spectacular.
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When you hear the word “parrot,” you probably think of the classic green bird that sits on a pirate’s shoulder in the movies. Parrots are not a single species, nor a single genus, nor family, but an entire order of birds called Psittaciformes. There are around 372 species of parrot, and they vary greatly. Let’s take a look at some that you might not normally think of as parrots, and some that are just plain spectacular:

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Parrots in burning house call "help" and "fire"

Parrots in burning house call "help" and "fire" | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Boise firefighters hear pleas for help from inside burning home; but they're weren't human
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BOISE, Idaho - Emergency crews responded to a structure fire in Canyon County Friday night that caused some confusion, reports CBS affiliate KBOI. When firefighters arrived, they heard noises inside the house which lead them to believe there were people inside. Once they got the flames contained, though, they discovered that the noises were actually coming from two parrots that were "talking".

Firefighters say the birds were actually saying "Help!" and "Fire!"

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Malaysian Wildlife Authorities Arrest Wild Bird Smuggler

Malaysian Wildlife Authorities Arrest Wild Bird Smuggler | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
105 Shama, two parrots and skinned deer found in back of van
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KUALA LUMPUR: Perhilitan, the wildlife and national parks department, has clipped the wings of a local syndicate which specialised in smuggling exotic wild birds overseas.
Enforcement officers seized 105 murai batu and two species of parrots in a raid last Thursday in Pahang. The birds were to be smuggled into neighbouring countries. Enforcement director Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the seized birds were found in a van in Bentong. “We found 105 White-rumped Shama birds (murai batu), two species of parrots (bayan puling) and a deer which had been skinned:

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The surprising link between migratory birds and coffee

The surprising link between migratory birds and coffee | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Shifts in coffee farming have left some birds struggling for homes and food.
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Various studies and surveys have shown that North America's neotropical migrant songbirds are in decline partly because their winter grounds are being converted from forest to agriculture. Now, a first-of -its kind study is focusing on the relationship between migrant birds and the insects attracted to trees that provide the canopy for shade coffee grown in Central and South America.

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Let's stop Tasmania's swift parrots going the way of the dodo

Let's stop Tasmania's swift parrots going the way of the dodo | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
New research shows Tasmania's swift parrots could be extinct in less than 20 years
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Swift parrots are one of only three migratory parrot species:

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