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
If you would study the law of a country, consider yourself on an ambling tour of that "ship of state," its deck filled with crew hubbub and the creaking of mooring a massive, labyrinthine ship, which turns only deadeningly slow in the water. In August, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a Schedule … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!
You flip the page and suddenly there it is, right in front of you. Bam! The photo smacks you in the face and is instantly, indelibly etched in your mind. That’s the power of great photojournalism. The napalmed nine-year-old Vietnamese girl whose photo altered the trajectory of the Vietnam War. The vulture patiently stalking … Continue reading Horus: Conservation Photographer Pete Oxford
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
Mornings and evenings wild galah cockatoos congregate on the old brick streets of Sancreed Street in Burra, South Australia, by the old Police Stables and Lockup. But, as reported by ABC News Australia, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the urban clearing afforded a different view: lifeless galah bodies littering the ground. Mysteriously dead galah bodies. … Continue reading HatchLine: Morbid Galah Mystery in Picturesque Burra
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
For those of you DownUnder wanting to support conservation, BirdLife Australia offers a innovative fundraiser: the Twitchathon, a birdwatching race, pits teams of Aussie bird watchers against one another, vying for the most bird species seen or heard by the team. Registered teams seek sponsorship through friends and family, and proceeds benefit each state's designated bird. … Continue reading Oct. 27-28: BirdLife Australia’s National Twitchathon
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”?
Bird's Eye View DownUnder and in the US, Free-Flight clubs and meet-ups, both indoors and outdoors, emerge from social media relationships and from a hunger for tangible fellowship not possible on social media. Let's make sure we're making as much use of existing IRL bird club infrastructure as we can! Did you realize that, in … Continue reading Bring on Organized IRL Bird Clubs!
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