From Budgies to Scarlet Macaws, parrots must be provided with interesting environments if they are to remain healthy, and their owners sane (bored parrots may scream, pluck their feathers, etc.). Indeed, behavioral enrichment (basically, “keeping animals busy”) is now mandated for parrots by most reputable zoos. Thousands of useful ideas and products help to serve this cause, but few have gone as far as a parrot computer game first conceived at New York’s Binghamton University. Read More »
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More than 50 parrot species are now breeding far outside of their native ranges. If your city or town is home to a feral (released or escaped) population of parrots, the group City Parrots would like you to help out with the World Parrot Census.
Why Study Urban Parrots
Shrinking habitats and growing human populations have forced many wild animals into close contact with people. Sometimes, such as with the Peregrine Falcons that nest in the heart of New York City, all works out well…the coyotes that arrived there recently were, however, less welcome. Read More »
With very few exceptions, providing one’s birds (or any other animal) with more space is beneficial on many levels. However, while keeping White-Crested Laughing Jay-Thrushes, Garrulax leucolophus, I learned that nasty surprises may be in store.
White Crested Laughing Jay-Thrushes are among the most amusing and curious birds one can imagine, and they are often star attractions in both private and public collections. Unfortunately, due to their size (10-12 inches), insatiable curiosity and high level of activity, they are suitable only for an outdoor aviary or room-sized indoor enclosure…but as pets or study subjects they have few rivals. Read More »
I got the idea for this article after reading an interesting note in George Sommers’ wonderful Boston Bird and Fish Examiner column. I’ve covered, in other blog articles, many of the birds he mentions, and thought I’d take the opportunity to expand a bit on “Christmassy” parrot themes here. Read More »
In the past I have written about the importance of providing wild birds with salt, grit and other essentials that are sometimes over-looked by folks maintaining bird feeders (please see article below). Today I’d like to highlight high-calorie foods and water, both of which become increasingly important as temperatures drop.
How Do They Cope?
I’ve always wondered how birds, which seem so fragile in some ways, managed to cope with frigid winter temperatures. The point was brought home to me when I cared for outdoor bird exhibits at the Bronx Zoo. I would arrive at 5 AM, and shuddered to see birds such as Bald Ibis and Indian Peafowl (which I associate with warm climates) sound asleep while covered in snow. Read More »