February 9, the Melbourne parronts and fids held their greatest gathering yet! As the photos and videos show, parrot-lovers of all ages, and feathered friends of many species gathered in a cool great room on a hot summer's day, and reveled in one another's unique, treasured presence. Hop with excitement, oh, ye feathered friends! (Courtesy … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Melbourne Meet ups Gain Critical Mass!
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
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
[Please hover mouse over pictures and videos, or click on them, to see captions and credits. This page may take time to load as it's media-intensive.] The good cheer of the winter holidays we hope has carried you into a happy new year! If you missed our 1st Annual Birbie Awards, you can meet the … Continue reading TheRoundUp: Pt 1: Flock of Flocks, Golden Conure and Toco Toucan Fids & Emergency Surgery
[At Ms Joseph's request, we have removed the final paragraph. Editorially, we are disappointed to do so, as on the record she had stated what we felt was an important structural social principle related there.] Lara Joseph confessed: dinosaurs, not birds, were her first passion. But as she studied animal anatomy and physiology, birds (yeah, … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Lara Joseph: Training IS the Most Effective Communication
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!
Coral Gables, Florida -- The rubicund sun lengthened the shadows as we stood on a Miami flagstone patio craning our necks, gazing awestruck at six blue and gold macaws roosting high in the tops of royal palms. Fully half of the remaining flock has showed up to be seen, as if they knew visitors were … Continue reading HatchLine: Feral Macaws Muse in Coconut Palms
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
Don Scott (FB), Founder and Executive Director of Chloe Sanctuary (IG) in Fallbrook, California, just outside San Diego, is first to voice his compassion for those who fail with parrots or cockatoos and hand them off to a sanctuary or rescue: "Often I see eyes darkened by futility. They have given up. They have reached … Continue reading Meet Don Scott, Founder of Chloe Sanctuary and Cockatude
Starting with the August 15 issue, we will publish a new regular column on bird rescues and sanctuaries. The new page, No Room at the Inn, will feature an individual bird rescue/sanctuary nonprofit each month. The column will cover a rescue or sanctuary's history, its goals and methods, and whether it provides adoption screening and … Continue reading Introducing No Room at the Inn