A big thank you to each reader, follower and supporter, for their suggestions and support over time! And a special thanks to my mentor through American Federation of Aviculture (AFA), Lewis "Buddy" Waskey IV, Vice president, Legislative. Buddy serves on BirbObserver's Advisory Council and to date has batted 1.000 with recommendations which, when followed, have … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Aviculture Appreciation Day and Our New ConSAv Page
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?)
January 25-27, 2019, Houston. -- The Houston-based National Parrot Rescue and Parrot Foundation (NPRPF) hosted its celebratory 20th Annual Parrot Festival this past weekend, drawing attendance from across North America. "Queen" Georgia Hayes, NPRPF President, and Danny Sigmon, Festival Coordinator, presided over a Convention center decked in colorful tables covered in bird chachki, raffle-ticket drums, … Continue reading HatchLine: Parrot Festival Showcases Four Endangered Yet Resilient Bird Species
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!
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!
Drum Roll!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to our Instagram nominees for MOST INSPIRING ACCOUNT, BEST TRAINER, and CITIZENSHIP AWARD! (No nominees for Best Aviculturist). NOMINATIONS FOR BIRBIE AWARDS-FACEBOOK continue!!!! Tell us who has the Best Page, who is the Best Trainer, and the Best Aviculturist (Breeder); tell us who should win THE CITIZENSHIP AWARD!!!! Facebook Nominations are open … Continue reading 1st Annual Birbie Awards: Nominate those Facebook candidates!
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