You have to dream before your dreams can come true. -- APJ Abdul Kalam, Indian statesman (1931-2015) The Holidays approach, and parrots … Continue reading TheRoundUp: Hyacinth Holidays! “The Best Companion and Family Bird Ever”
The gracious, seemingly always happy hyacinth macaw (anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) ranks as the world's largest flighted bird and largest psittacine. Affectionately known as the "Gentle Giant" of the bird world, this Neotropical parrot sports a cobalt blue headdress, striking golden bare-skinned eye-rings, and complementary golden facial outline around beak, which give a hyacinth the appearance of happiness … Continue reading Gen(i)us: Hyacinth Macaws, Gentle Giants
Beloved author of Psittaculture, Tony Silva, and long-time AFA leader Buddy Waskey hosted a tour of select South Florida aviaries in the days leading up to the Organization of Professional Aviculturists' (OPA) annual meeting. As Florida has enacted a framework of laws favorable to aviculture, aviaries flourish there. The warm weather, though dryer than the … Continue reading HatchLine: Aviculture Tips from South Florida Pros
In early January we will announce the winners of our 2019 First Annual Birbie Awards! Please help by NOMINATING and VOTING for candidates! There are four categories with a total six winners, because two awards are decided specific each to each to Facebook and Instagram: Most Inspirational Account (Facebook & Instagram separately) Best Animal Trainer (Facebook & … Continue reading Announcing: The 2019 First Annual Birbie Awards
Last week the parrots of Sydney partied like only Ozzie parrots know how! At the gracious private Rouse Hill residence of Shantel of Facebook Group @Sydney Birdie Meet Ups fame. The fare was oh so fine! The gracious companionability of friends and fids so heartwarming! Fellowship and new friendships uplifted spirits! It was truly, better … Continue reading Psitta- Social: Parrot Party with Sydney Style
It is November. In this part of the Northern Hemisphere colorful autumn leaves have turned to dry brown crumbles on the ground, and that gray which precedes snow reigns day after day. The Canadians, Chinese, Germans, Grenadans, South Vietnamese and South Koreans all beat us to it, folks! celebrating Thanksgiving in October. Even Liberia celebrated … Continue reading TheRoundUp: Nov 17: Thanksgiving
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.
In the United States, depending on the state in which you live, you may not be able to move to, visit, or sell your aviary-raised parrot across state lines, or acquire a member of the opposite sex with which to breed your parrot out-of-state; and you may not be able to purchase a parrot in … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Our Parrots & State Endangered Species Acts
[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
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”?