Psitta-Social: Melbourne Meet ups Gain Critical Mass!

February 9, the Melbourne parronts and fids held their greatest gathering yet! As the photos and videos show, parrot-lovers of all ages, and feathered friends of many species gathered in a cool great room on a hot summer's day, and reveled in one another's unique, treasured presence. Hop with excitement, oh, ye feathered friends! (Courtesy … Continue reading Psitta-Social: Melbourne Meet ups Gain Critical Mass!

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BirdsEyeView: For Love of Rambo

As many of you already know, Rambo the free-flighted macaw, of Belgium, was shot down December 29, 2018, by a hunter. Shock and empathy for his owner resounded throughout public media platforms. In messaging, grieving and angry parrot owners expressed their own sense of loss at Rambo's ending and wondered how they could help Rambo's … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: For Love of Rambo

HatchLine: Up-Listed! African Greys & Econ 101

[Editor's note: As edited Oct. 21 in response to corrections graciously provided by World Parrot Trust subsequent to initial publication. We humbly acknowledge that in this space we do not detail that organization's critique of the Appendix II regulatory regime.] On July 27, 2018 The Dodo published a superb expose by Elizabeth C. Alberts about … Continue reading HatchLine: Up-Listed! African Greys & Econ 101

BirdsEyeView: Animal Rights: Does your bird have “personality”?

The 1970s heralded a revolution in the legal status of animals. PETA, established in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1974, advocated vegetarianism and various boycotts with the slogan "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way." Along a parallel track, in 1975, the nations of the world … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Animal Rights: Does your bird have “personality”?

NoRoomAttheInn: Interview with Phoenix Landing’s Co-Founder Ann Brooks

[For more information on Phoenix Landing, visit their website atย https://www.phoenixlanding.org/ You can support Phoenix Landing as your designated charity beneficiary with Subscribe & Save & Smile.amazon. You are one of the Founders. What moved the founders to join together and establish a rescue/ sanctuary? (When was it established)? Established April 2000.ย  We started thinking sanctuary … Continue reading NoRoomAttheInn: Interview with Phoenix Landing’s Co-Founder Ann Brooks

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

“Though I May Speak”

We hope you have had a restful weekend with your fids! In the coming week, if you desire a spiritual uplift, consider these lyrics by Hal Habson (1972), for the hymn "Though I May Speak."ย  Traditionally sung to the folksy English tune of the love song, "The Water is Wide," the hymn "Though I May … Continue reading “Though I May Speak”

Introducing No Room at the Inn

Starting with the August 15 issue, we will publish a new regular column on bird rescues and sanctuaries. The new page, No Room at the Inn, will feature an individual bird rescue/sanctuary nonprofit each month. The column will cover a rescue or sanctuary's history, its goals and methods, and whether it provides adoption screening and … Continue reading Introducing No Room at the Inn