Horus: Owen Pointon, Austrialian Wildlife Artist

Owen Pointon's art (Owen N Marg (FB)/@owenpointonartist (IG)) showcases Australia's amazing Atherton Tableland, aย fertile plateau in Queensland's Great Dividing Range. The Tableland includes rain forest, savannah, and wetlands and so furnishes welcoming habitats to a huge array of species. While this article primarily features his avian pieces, Owen produces an abundance of other wildlife pieces. … Continue reading Horus: Owen Pointon, Austrialian Wildlife Artist

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HatchLine: Little Corella Targeted

Thanks to the City of Playford'sย council spokespersons for their assistance with this article.] November 5, 2018, the Mount Barker District Council issued a "scaring" notice for Little Corellas, following their April 3, 2018 decision endorsing "selective legal shooting" of flock leaders, or "scout" corellas. The measures seek to discourage flocks, especially the largest flock, from … Continue reading HatchLine: Little Corella Targeted

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.

The Great #Trickortreatteebirb custom tee shirt giveaway! One last day to enter!

One last day to enter our Hallowe'en drawing for a chance to win a custom tee shirt of your birb! Thanks to @Nuglifeofficial (IG), @Cockatielphotoaday (IG), @songbird_mitu (IG), and @babylause (IG) for their great submissions, which we feature here today. [NOTE: Rules have been updated to reflect the unplanned shift to the Facebook page @BirbObserver … Continue reading The Great #Trickortreatteebirb custom tee shirt giveaway! One last day to enter!

Nov. 17: Galahs Galore!

Our November 17 issue will feature galah cockatoo news, information, and issues! Please share your galah knowledge, love, art, and concerns with us! On Facebook, contact us via our page, at @BirbObserver; on Instagram and Twitter please contact us by tagging or direct message; or email us at BirbObserver@gmail.com. We strive to provide you community … Continue reading Nov. 17: Galahs Galore!

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

The Great #Trickortreatteebirb Tee Drawing

Get into the Halloween mood -- create a Halloween themed picture featuring your bird, and enter the great #Trickortreatbirb Tee Halloween Bird Photo drawing for a chance to win a custom tee shirt of your favorite bird picture! Entries must be submitted no later than 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 31, Eastern Daylight Savings time (UTC … Continue reading The Great #Trickortreatteebirb Tee Drawing

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”?