TheRoundUp: Hyacinth Holidays! “The Best Companion and Family Bird Ever”

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.                                                                   -- APJ Abdul Kalam, Indian statesman (1931-2015) The Holidays approach, and parrots … Continue reading TheRoundUp: Hyacinth Holidays! “The Best Companion and Family Bird Ever”

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HatchLine: Feral Macaws Muse in Coconut Palms

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

TheRoundUp: Nov 17: Thanksgiving

It is November. In this part of the Northern Hemisphere colorful autumn leaves have turned to dry brown crumbles on the ground, and that gray which precedes snow reigns day after day. The Canadians, Chinese, Germans, Grenadans, South Vietnamese and South Koreans all beat us to it, folks! celebrating Thanksgiving in October. Even Liberia celebrated … Continue reading TheRoundUp: Nov 17: Thanksgiving

Psitta-Social: Melbourne parrots caper and tease

Melbourne birds gathered for their bird social event October 6, 2018. Eclectus parrots, quakers, cockatiels, conures, even ringnecks filled the hall . . . along with their parronts. Whether on heads, shoulders, back or arms, parrots generally circulated with their humans, but there was also free time on perches. Between eating -- and eating -- … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Melbourne parrots caper and tease

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!

TheRoundUp Aug 17: George, bright budgie bearing the gift of Joy

Sometimes you run across an Instagram account which takes your breath away. That's the experience I had on first discovering @rosie_and_george_the_budgie (IG). If you live near Hyde Park, you may have already met Rosie, George and Rosie's daughter on their daily walk. If you're ever in Hyde Park and spot them, be sure to greet … Continue reading TheRoundUp Aug 17: George, bright budgie bearing the gift of Joy

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

Buckle: Hand-raising a scarlet macaw for free flight

Chris Biro, world preeminent free-flight instructor, shares this invaluable avian development and training video from his YouTube channel. Adventure with Chris and Buckle as this magnificent bird first attempts to fly and ultimately does his first few outdoor flights in an open and safe field. For the link to the video, click  Here here or visit our … Continue reading Buckle: Hand-raising a scarlet macaw for free flight

TheRoundUp, July 15, 2018: Summer Swelter

This month TheRoundUp looks at free flight, indoor and outdoor.  Meet a number of people on social media and learn about some of the resources available there. For instance. Straus Mikalsky's experiences with free flight led him to seek professional instruction from Chris Biro (above) at Liberty Wings. As an adult, Straus grew enamored of … Continue reading TheRoundUp, July 15, 2018: Summer Swelter