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
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 … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!
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
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
In early January we will announce the winners of our 2019 First Annual Birbie Awards! Please help by NOMINATING and VOTING for candidates! There are four categories with a total six winners, because two awards are decided specific each to each to Facebook and Instagram: Most Inspirational Account (Facebook & Instagram separately) Best Animal Trainer (Facebook & … Continue reading Announcing: The 2019 First Annual Birbie Awards
Led by Instagram's @I_met_manko and @haus_of_mango, Brisbane Bird Social Club (FB) (@_@bbsc_ (IG)) hosted a Redville park event Sunday, November 25, 2018. Eight social parrots and chickens graced the park: Manko (macaw), Mango (conure), Bella and Silky (chickens), BB the Alexandrine, Nancy the Loveliest (lorikeet), and Snowflake (quail). Peruse below; this park adventure is only one … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Nov. 25: BBSC: Brisbane awed by Chicken Beauty Queens
Another great meetup in Auckland this past Saturday, with lorikeets, an Indian ringneck, ecltecus parrots, and Senegal and African Grey parrots! To learn the details of the next Auckland meet-up, contact Facebook's Clive Willgoss or Ann-Sophie Salomez! These parronts and fids are eager to meet their bird-loving neighbors, and as you can see there's a spacious … Continue reading Psitta-Social, Nov. 24: Kiwis Courageous!
Adrienne Bennett (FB), that bird-loving, cross-country driving, energetic-amazing organizer behind Instagram's @BirdSocialsOz, will hit the road from Melbourne to Canberra to facilitate another incredible Canberra meet-up December 1! Contact Adrienne via FaceBook, Messenger or Instagram DM for additional details, dust off that travel carrier and get ready to arrive at this Bird Social in style, … Continue reading Those Awesome Ozzies are at it Again!😉
Last week the parrots of Sydney partied like only Ozzie parrots know how! At the gracious private Rouse Hill residence of Shantel of Facebook Group @Sydney Birdie Meet Ups fame. The fare was oh so fine! The gracious companionability of friends and fids so heartwarming! Fellowship and new friendships uplifted spirits! It was truly, better … Continue reading Psitta- Social: Parrot Party with Sydney Style