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

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Gen(i)us: African Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh

The African grey parrot -- as Congo African grey or Timneh -- has grown vastly in popularity not only in the US and Europe but also in the MidEast and Asia. As in the past wild-sourcing supplemented legitimate supply, the African grey has been listed on CITES Appendix I since January 2017. [For the impact … Continue reading Gen(i)us: African Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh

Parrot Prayer from Manko (IG)

Thanks to @i_met_manko (IG) for this charming presentation of a much loved poem! Be sure to check out our Horus page for other literary and cultural contributions to Birblove life. (Click on photo to view fully). Horus is an open-submissions page! Please send your art and cultural pieces to BirbObserver@gmail.com!

Rising from the Ashes – Wildfires, Birds, and Their Habitat

The 2018 fire season’s explosive Carr and Mendocino Complex (California) conflagrations – among many others – illustrate the damage wildfires do to human infrastructure as well as fire’s effects on birds, other animals, and their habitat. This article is third in a natural-disaster series that’s already looked at the effects on birds from earthquakes and … Continue reading Rising from the Ashes – Wildfires, Birds, and Their Habitat

Meet Don Scott, Founder of Chloe Sanctuary and Cockatude

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

“Though I May Speak”

We hope you have had a restful weekend with your fids! In the coming week, if you desire a spiritual uplift, consider these lyrics by Hal Habson (1972), for the hymn "Though I May Speak."  Traditionally sung to the folksy English tune of the love song, "The Water is Wide," the hymn "Though I May … Continue reading “Though I May Speak”

Aviary Construction Tips from Chris Biro

After the last issue of TheRoundUp, many of you had questions about outdoor aviaries.  Chris Biro, preeminent free flight instructor and also director of BRI, a training and release restoration program, has built aviaries around the world, including these pictures below for the Green Macaw Project. Chris's first tip: You can never build too big … Continue reading Aviary Construction Tips from Chris Biro

The Eurasian Sparrow & Mao’s Four Pests Campaign, 1958-1960

In China, as part of Chairman Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward (1958-1962), Mao labeled four animals as pests and launched the Four Pests Campaign. The Campaign enlisted citizen assistance throughout Beijing to conduct the extermination. The four animals designated were flies, rats, mosquitoes, and the Eurasian sparrow. The Campaign specifically targeted the Eurasian sparrow because, supposedly, one … Continue reading The Eurasian Sparrow & Mao’s Four Pests Campaign, 1958-1960

Introducing No Room at the Inn

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

Pigeon Chick Devlopment: Days 8 & 12

Ayoub Hadidi of Facebook and Instagram (@ayoub.hadidi) has shared more of his careful photos and videos showcasing the growth of the chick hatched in a nest outside the house. Below, Ayoub returns the chick to the hen and nest after a photo shoot. While showing no sign of anxiety in the pictures or in Ayoub's … Continue reading Pigeon Chick Devlopment: Days 8 & 12