– Eleven kakapo chicks hatched in April, which along with a smaller March hatch, raise the endangered New Zealand parrot’s population to 131. A small rimu fruit harvest, a favorite kakapo food; kept the number from being even higher. Like New Zealand’s iconic kiwi; the kakapo is flightless. This works out fine on an island free of land-based predators; not so well when man introduces weasels, possums, rats, pigs and others. The solution is to move the kakapos to outlying islands like Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) where varmints are not present. Kakapo researchers believe that once they have 150 females, a sustainable population will be established. For more info, go to www.kakaporecovery.org.nz. Sources: “Bird Talk” magazine and 3news.co.nz
-There’s a story behind the story of “Rio”. World Parrot Trust‘s “Flock Talk” newsletter says the hit movie is factually based . > The Real Rio: the story behind the movie
– Parrots & Loose Women :what do they have in common? Frank Indiviglio explains. And, hey; hold the letters- someone else made up that title!
– You can save money on parrot toys and recycle at the same time, as Sebastian B. Macaw demonstrates with this empty oatmeal box. (Or maybe he’s annoyed that someone ate all the oatmeal!) Sebastian B Macaw Presents – “Play’n It Rough With An Empty Oatmeal Box” (hi def) youtube
–Flapping Feathers Club of NJ holds its monthly meeting Sunday, May 1st at 1:30 pm at the Land and Sea Diner. All membership cards expire in May, so updated ones will be provided for those in attendance. Please contact Sheldon Orloff ahead of time if you plan to go.
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– The theme of the April 7 Connecticut Parrot Society Meeting is “Know When to Rush Your Bird to the Vet” — Theresa Cianciolo, DVM and Kathryn Leach, BVS will review emergency care including when and how to restrain an injured or sick bird.
–Parrot jokes from World Parrot Trust’s “Flock Talk”: > Parrot-y Fun: More reader contributions
.- Is your parrot a perch potato? Frank Indiviglio addresses Obesity in Parrots & other Nutritional Concerns Frank also offers ome pointers on springtime canary care in Canaries in Spring, FAQ, Breeding to which examiner feels compelled to add, watch out for that bad ol’ puddy tat.
– Does your bird scream incessantly, bite, use you as a portable toilet or have any other objectionable habits? Nathalie Roberts offers some free videos, including David Copperfield explaining HIS bird training tips at https://birdtricks.infusionsoft.com/go/pcnofood/petprrt/EmailPrrtScrts
– Jeff Coltenback of Paradise Pet produced a seminar on holistic parrot care, now available On Demand download for 50% less than retail price. For a sneak preview and ordering info: http://www.filmbaby.com/films/5570