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All Things Zygodactyl is All About Parrots. Keeping Companion Parrots Safe and Keeping Wild Parrots Wild.
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Digital species: Unraveling the mysteries of kākāpō through genetics

Digital species: Unraveling the mysteries of kākāpō through genetics | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Scientists have mapped the genomes of the entire species of enigmatic, ancient parrot. It could hold answers to many long-held questions.
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The second time globally an entire species has had its genome mapped:
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Western Ground Parrot nest discovered in Cape Arid

Western Ground Parrot nest discovered in Cape Arid | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
There were estimated to be less than 140 western ground parrots in the wild, even before a bushfire burnt through parts of their habitat.
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A nest of the western ground parrot was discovered for the first time in more than 100 years in Australia's Cape Arid National Park:
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For boy budgies, brains beat brawn in the mating game

For boy budgies, brains beat brawn in the mating game | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Research finds female birds prefer suitors that demonstrate clever behaviour. Nick Carne reports.
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Females are suckers for the smart guys:
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Scarlet macaws stalked by wildlife traffickers in Guatemala

Scarlet macaws stalked by wildlife traffickers in Guatemala | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Travel the pathways of what was once the Mayan world, and you’ll see images of the scarlet macaw, appearing at bus stations and on advertisements for hundreds of tour operators. But for this emblematic species, its own pathways for moving and surviving seem to be closing. The last corridor for the scarlet macaw in Latin […]
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Scarlet macaws number fewer than 1,000 in Guatemala:
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Parrots are clever because their brains evolved the same way as ours

Parrots are clever because their brains evolved the same way as ours | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Like humans, parrots have big brains and good communication skills – now we know the DNA regulating parrot and human brain development evolved in a similar way
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My parrots are smarter than your president!
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Cameras capture new baby black cockatoo in Armadale nesting box

Cameras capture new baby black cockatoo in Armadale nesting box | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
City of Armadale cameras have recorded the hatching and fledging a baby forest red-tailed black cockatoo from one of their artificial nesting box.
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The Western Australian City of Armadale has recorded the rearing of a new baby forest red-tailed black cockatoo parrot in one of their artificial nesting boxes:
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Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. In the tropical forest o
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Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot decimated by Hurricane Maria:
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Meet the colorful people who devote their lives to parrots

Meet the colorful people who devote their lives to parrots | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
A photographer goes inside the wild world of people who love parrots, rescuing birds that others have given up.
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Parrot People are Different!
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Exotic Parrot Colonies Expand in Athens

Exotic Parrot Colonies Expand in Athens | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
More and more parrots are being spotted in the center of the Greek capital as the exotic birds have established ever growing colonies, scientists say.
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Wild Parrots of Athens:
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Open home: Google Earth allows kākāpō pundits to take virtual tour of the parrot's habitat

Open home: Google Earth allows kākāpō pundits to take virtual tour of the parrot's habitat | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Google Earth is providing a rare look into the homes of kākāpō around New Zealand.
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Google Earth allows kākāpō pundits to take virtual tour of the parrot's habitat:
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Glossy black cockatoos under pressure from development in Australia's New South Wales

Glossy black cockatoos under pressure from development in Australia's New South Wales | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Once abundant, the glossy black cockatoo is being wiped out across eastern Australia with one of its remaining habitats south of Sydney under threat from land clearing for development.
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Saving Australia's Glossy Black Cockatoo Parrots:
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Parrots flock to Sydney amid NSW's record warmth, deepening drought

Parrots flock to Sydney amid NSW's record warmth, deepening drought | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Sydney's driest start to a year since 1968 appears to be encouraging a trend that has nudged large flocks of parrots to set up home in Sydney's parks.
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Birds of a Feather

The relationship between humans and parrots can be surprisingly profound.
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Terrific story with outstanding photography about the relationship between parrots and people:
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Rare kākā seen in Christchurch

Rare kākā seen in Christchurch | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The endangered parrot was spotted in a Christchurch backyard, one of a handful of sightings in the last three decades. 
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Only the third or fourth sighting of a rare kākā parrot in Christchurch in thirty years:
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Superb parrots bounce back from poor breeding years with strong result

Superb parrots bounce back from poor breeding years with strong result | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
The vulnerable birds appear to have adapted to development in Canberra's north by moving to nesting trees further from the urban edge.
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Superb parrots have enjoyed their best breeding season in the Australian Capital Territory since a government-funded monitoring program began in 2015, bouncing back after two years of diminished breeding output:
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Costa del Sol in Spain bombarded by screeching monk parakeets

Costa del Sol in Spain bombarded by screeching monk parakeets | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
NORTH-EAST holidaymakers heading for Spain this year may soon have to replace their sun hats with hard hats to combat their new number one enemy –…
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Costa del Sol in Spain bombarded by screeching monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots:
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Greek parakeet count

Greek parakeet count | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Fears for native biodiversity as climate ideal for propagation
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Dramatic increase in Indian Ringneck Parrots prompts Greek parrot count:
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Birdemic: The Great American Parrot Fever Panic of 1930

Birdemic: The Great American Parrot Fever Panic of 1930 | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.
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When People Feared Parrots:
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Night parrot's Kimberley location under wraps after rare bird snapped for just the second time

Night parrot's Kimberley location under wraps after rare bird snapped for just the second time | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Indigenous rangers in Western Australia's Kimberley region capture the second-known photo of the elusive and mysterious night parrot in the Great Sandy Desert in just over a year.
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Australia's mysterious Night Parrot photographed for only the second time:
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Scarlet macaw chick is the first in 50 years to be born in the wild

Scarlet macaw chick is the first in 50 years to be born in the wild | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
For the first time in 50 years, a scarlet macaw chick has hatched in the wild in the rainforests of Veracruz.
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For the first time in 50 years, a scarlet macaw chick has hatched in the wild in the rainforests of Veracruz:
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Mating season looking positive for highly endangered orange-bellied parrot

Mating season looking positive for highly endangered orange-bellied parrot | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Spring is in the air in Tasmania's remote South-West, where the highly endangered orange-bellied parrot is starting to arrive.
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The highly endangered orange-bellied parrot has started returning to Tasmania's remote south-west to breed, and experts are hopeful the wild population could be significantly boosted this season:
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Threatened orange-bellied parrots to hitch ride on plane in effort to save species

Threatened orange-bellied parrots to hitch ride on plane in effort to save species | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
There are only a few dozen orange-bellied parrots left alive in the wild, so this species will be flown to Tasmania by plane, rather than migrating naturally, in a desperate effort to prevent their extinction.
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One of Australia's most threatened bird species will be boarding a plane from Victoria to Tasmania's south-west wilderness next month in a desperate effort to save the animal from extinction:
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A bold idea to save the kea - North & South

A bold idea to save the kea - North & South | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Kea: By 1970, efficient hunters had killed estimated 150,000 kea. There are now between 1000-5000 remaining. Could they be reintroduced into predator-free zones in the North Island to ensure their survival?
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Fewer than 5,000 kea parrots still survive in the wilds of New Zealand:
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great effort
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Drones help researchers track critically endangered swift parrots in Australia

Drones help researchers track critically endangered swift parrots in Australia | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
One of Australia's most endangered birds, the swift parrot, is being tracked by drones in the NSW Riverina, in a bid to better protect the remaining parrots and help ensure the species' survival.
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Saving Australia's critically endangered Swift Parrot:
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Napa Valley woman helps endangered birds in Indonesia

Napa Valley woman helps endangered birds in Indonesia | All Things Zygodactyl | Scoop.it
Like a lot of Napa Valley residents, Bonnie Zimmermann works for a winery. But her true passion lies 8,000 miles away in Indonesia, where she rehabilitates rare birds that have
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Saving Indonesia's Wild Cockatoos:
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