Tony Silva -- winner of BirbObserver's 1st Annual Birbie for Best Aviculturist-- earned his wings in exotics field research and zoo management (Silva is a former Loro Parque Curator) as well as in aviculture. Author of the ever-informative Psittaculture (now available in its second, updated edition!), Silva exudes a focused energy, keen attention and calm competence. … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: THE Aviculturist– Tony Silva
US aviculturists whisper in excited anticipation: US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) may within the next two years "delist" the amiable golden conure -- or Queen of Bavaria conure (Guaruba guarouba), legalizing US sales of the bird. As golden conures readily bond with humans, pet market pundits predict the golden conure will rise rapidly on … Continue reading Gen(i)us: That Golden Queen of Bavaria Guaruba guarouba! (Gobbledygook?)
Danny Sigmond, now the Parrot Festival Director, first attended ParrotFestival 2008, having acquired his first bird -- a sun conure -- the year before. The excitement of Parrot Festival gripped Danny from that moment. Danny's selectively, prudently acquired a few more birds -- a parrotlet, a scarlet rescue macaw, a gold-capped conure, a green-cheek conure; … Continue reading NoRoomAttheInn: Celebrate Parrot-People Joy at Parrot Festival 2019
After the arduous and inexact and -- for the contestants, perhaps also anxious -- task of singling out the sole individuals to receive honors, BirbObserver can now name ALL its winners for 2018: MOST INSPIRING: … Continue reading HatchLine: Congrats to our 1st Annual Birbie Award Winners!
A big thank you to Instagram's @pablos_birdtoys, who provided this magnificent home and back garden -- covered in permanent netting! -- as the Place-for-Party-Parrots in Melbourne New Year's Day. Room to flap those wings or locomote bipedally abounded -- Of course, all birds present had recently been vetted -- a requirement for bird socializing on this … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Merry New Years Moments in Melbourne
As @BirbObserver recognizes excellence in 2018 with the 1st Annual Birbie Awards, propriety dictates -- and the heart cries out! -- that we recognize Mitchell Knox and his unparalleled contributions to the Facebook Avian community: Mitchell Knox is the founder of the largest Facebook bird group: Macaw and Other Parrots, which currently boasts over 21,000 … Continue reading HatchLine: Thank you, Mitchell Knox!
You know excellence when you see it -- but that doesn't mean it's easy to designate our winners for the Year! First the blow-by-blow of the fun-filled Instagram voting for MOST INSPIRING and BEST TRAINER, then Facebook nominees for those categories and, last but not least -- our remaining nominees for BEST AVICULTURIST and THE … Continue reading 1st Annual Birbie Awards: Congrats to Insta’s MOST INSPIRING & BEST TRAINER! Facebook Voting Begins!
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 … 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