AFA Disaster Assistance in Northern California

Today AFA has announced the availability of temporary avian boarding facilities in Northern California, available as a measure of Disaster Relief, given the raging fires. AFA is also gladly accepting donations. AFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

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Congratulations to our winners!

🔉🔉RESULTS: 🎃THE GREAT🐥 #TRICKORTREATTEEBIRB 🐦 GIVEAWAY Thanks to each participant for joining in the fun!💚 Drumroll-- 🔔The results are in! Our two winners from Instagram are @nuggetthesun and @i_met_manko!!👏👏 🔔Our Facebook winner is Ayoub Hadidi, Admin of the group Bird Squad! 👏👏 🔔Last but not least, our winners in the "Other" category are from Twitter … Continue reading Congratulations to our winners!

Psitta-Social: Melbourne parrots caper and tease

Melbourne birds gathered for their bird social event October 6, 2018. Eclectus parrots, quakers, cockatiels, conures, even ringnecks filled the hall . . . along with their parronts. Whether on heads, shoulders, back or arms, parrots generally circulated with their humans, but there was also free time on perches. Between eating -- and eating -- … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Melbourne parrots caper and tease

TheRoundUp, October 20: Blue-footed Booby Socks & Free-wheeling Feathers

Hello, friends! We hope you enjoy this issue, with its focus on African Grey parrots. In this issue's TheRoundUp we celebrate that spirit of generosity which inspires folks to "#BetheChange" -- like Manko (@i_met-Manko (IG)) leading the way for animal therapy birds in Australia, and Will and Matty Gladstone (@thebluefeetfoundation (IG)) for their innovative support … Continue reading TheRoundUp, October 20: Blue-footed Booby Socks & Free-wheeling Feathers

HatchLine: Up-Listed! African Greys & Econ 101

[Editor's note: As edited Oct. 21 in response to corrections graciously provided by World Parrot Trust subsequent to initial publication. We humbly acknowledge that in this space we do not detail that organization's critique of the Appendix II regulatory regime.] On July 27, 2018 The Dodo published a superb expose by Elizabeth C. Alberts about … Continue reading HatchLine: Up-Listed! African Greys & Econ 101

BirdsEyeView: Animal Rights: Does your bird have “personality”?

The 1970s heralded a revolution in the legal status of animals. PETA, established in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1974, advocated vegetarianism and various boycotts with the slogan "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." Along a parallel track, in 1975, the nations of the world … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Animal Rights: Does your bird have “personality”?

Gen(i)us: African Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh

The African grey parrot -- as Congo African grey or Timneh -- has grown vastly in popularity not only in the US and Europe but also in the MidEast and Asia. As in the past wild-sourcing supplemented legitimate supply, the African grey has been listed on CITES Appendix I since January 2017. [For the impact … Continue reading Gen(i)us: African Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh

NoRoomAttheInn: Interview with Phoenix Landing’s Co-Founder Ann Brooks

[For more information on Phoenix Landing, visit their website at https://www.phoenixlanding.org/ You can support Phoenix Landing as your designated charity beneficiary with Subscribe & Save & Smile.amazon. You are one of the Founders. What moved the founders to join together and establish a rescue/ sanctuary? (When was it established)? Established April 2000.  We started thinking sanctuary … Continue reading NoRoomAttheInn: Interview with Phoenix Landing’s Co-Founder Ann Brooks

Bring on Organized IRL Bird Clubs!

Bird's Eye View DownUnder and in the US, Free-Flight clubs and meet-ups, both indoors and outdoors, emerge from social media relationships and from a hunger for tangible fellowship not possible on social media. Let's make sure we're making as much use of existing IRL bird club infrastructure as we can! Did you realize that, in … Continue reading Bring on Organized IRL Bird Clubs!

Note to Readers

Just a short note to let you know that as we continue to switch over to our new website - BirbObserver.com - we'll be taking a short hiatus from publishing The Round Up. Rest assured that this marquis section of BirbObserver will be back in the coming few weeks! In the meantime we encourage you … Continue reading Note to Readers