BirdsEyeView: Aviculture Appreciation Day and Our New ConSAv Page

A big thank you to each reader, follower and supporter, for their suggestions and support over time! And a special thanks to my mentor through American Federation of Aviculture (AFA), Lewis "Buddy" Waskey IV, Vice president, Legislative. Buddy serves on BirbObserver's Advisory Council and to date has batted 1.000 with recommendations which, when followed, have … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Aviculture Appreciation Day and Our New ConSAv Page

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BirdsEyeView: THE Aviculturist– Tony Silva

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

Gen(i)us: That Golden Queen of Bavaria Guaruba guarouba! (Gobbledygook?)

US aviculturists whisper in excited anticipation: US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) may within the next two years "delist" the amiable golden conure -- or Queen of Bavaria conure (Guaruba guarouba), legalizing US sales of the bird.  As golden conures readily  bond with humans, pet market pundits predict the golden conure will rise rapidly on … Continue reading Gen(i)us: That Golden Queen of Bavaria Guaruba guarouba! (Gobbledygook?)

1st Annual Birbie Awards: Nominate those Facebook candidates!

Drum Roll!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to our Instagram nominees for MOST INSPIRING ACCOUNT, BEST TRAINER, and CITIZENSHIP AWARD! (No nominees for Best Aviculturist). NOMINATIONS FOR BIRBIE AWARDS-FACEBOOK continue!!!! Tell us who has the Best Page, who is the Best Trainer, and the Best Aviculturist (Breeder); tell us who should win THE CITIZENSHIP AWARD!!!! Facebook Nominations are open … Continue reading 1st Annual Birbie Awards: Nominate those Facebook candidates!

Christmas Fun in Canberra!

The first Saturday of December gay galahs and crafty cockatiels gathered -- from Wagga Wagga to Wollongong -- and descended on the unsuspecting Canberra, Australia's Capital city to make merry the month! Under the leadership of Adrienne Bennett (@birdsocialsoz (IG)) and eclectus CharlieBirdUrquhart, meeting on social media at the Facebook's Canberra Parrot Meet Up, this … Continue reading Christmas Fun in Canberra!

Gen(i)us: Hyacinth Macaws, Gentle Giants

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

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

Horus: Conservation Photographer Pete Oxford

  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

HatchLine: Aviculture Tips from South Florida Pros

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