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 happiness … Continue reading Gen(i)us: Hyacinth Macaws, Gentle Giants

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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

Gen(i)us: Nov 17: Galah Cockatoos

With its bright pink breast against its neat ash-grey body and a light pink crest, the Galah cockatoo (Eolophus rosiecapilla) charms with its pert posture and bobbing crest. Like white cockatoo varieties, galahs raise their crests instantaneously in surprise or fright. Reportedly "less nervous, less excitable, more independent and less affectionate than the white Cockatoos," … Continue reading Gen(i)us: Nov 17: Galah Cockatoos

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