Horus: Owen Pointon, Pt 2: Life, Loves & Inspiration

In the best of times, artists attain a fruitful mature period when their unique perspective flows untramneled onto canvas, or plaster, or into marble or other media, yielding a significant body of high-quality, distinctive work. Australian wildlife and heritage artist Owen Pointon's recent appointment as Artist in Residence at a new art gallery in Atherton, … Continue reading Horus: Owen Pointon, Pt 2: Life, Loves & Inspiration

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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?)

HatchLine: Parrot Festival Showcases Four Endangered Yet Resilient Bird Species

January 25-27, 2019, Houston. -- The Houston-based National Parrot Rescue and Parrot Foundation (NPRPF) hosted its celebratory 20th Annual Parrot Festival this past weekend, drawing attendance from across North America. "Queen" Georgia Hayes, NPRPF President, and Danny Sigmon, Festival Coordinator, presided over a Convention center decked in colorful tables covered in bird chachki, raffle-ticket drums, … Continue reading HatchLine: Parrot Festival Showcases Four Endangered Yet Resilient Bird Species

Horus: Feathers for Native Americans: Saving Parrots One Feather at a Time

Feathers for Native Americans seeks to "Save wild macaws and parrots by gifting moulted feathers to Pueblo-dwelling Native Americans for use in their rich Culture and Traditions, one feather at a a time." There is genius and synergy in this practice: Feathers for Native Americans acts as a precious cog, helping parrot conservation, and Native … Continue reading Horus: Feathers for Native Americans: Saving Parrots One Feather at a Time

NoRoomAttheInn: Celebrate Parrot-People Joy at Parrot Festival 2019

Danny Sigmond, now the Parrot Festival Director, first attended ParrotFestival 2008, having acquired his first bird -- a sun conure -- the year before. The excitement of Parrot Festival gripped Danny from that moment. Danny's selectively, prudently acquired a few more birds -- a parrotlet, a scarlet rescue macaw, a gold-capped conure, a green-cheek conure; … Continue reading NoRoomAttheInn: Celebrate Parrot-People Joy at Parrot Festival 2019

BirdsEyeView: Lara Joseph: Training IS the Most Effective Communication

[At Ms Joseph's request, we have removed the final paragraph. Editorially, we are disappointed to do so, as on the record she had stated what we felt was an important structural social principle related there.] Lara Joseph confessed: dinosaurs, not birds, were her first passion. But as she studied animal anatomy and physiology, birds (yeah, … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Lara Joseph: Training IS the Most Effective Communication

HatchLine: Congrats to our 1st Annual Birbie Award Winners!

After the arduous and inexact and -- for the contestants, perhaps also anxious -- task of singling out the sole individuals to receive honors, BirbObserver can now name ALL its winners for 2018: MOST INSPIRING:                                          … Continue reading HatchLine: Congrats to our 1st Annual Birbie Award Winners!