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
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
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!
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
As @BirbObserver recognizes excellence in 2018 with the 1st Annual Birbie Awards, propriety dictates -- and the heart cries out! -- that we recognize Mitchell Knox and his unparalleled contributions to the Facebook Avian community: Mitchell Knox is the founder of the largest Facebook bird group: Macaw and Other Parrots, which currently boasts over 21,000 … Continue reading HatchLine: Thank you, Mitchell Knox!
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!
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
If you would study the law of a country, consider yourself on an ambling tour of that "ship of state," its deck filled with crew hubbub and the creaking of mooring -- a massive, labyrinthine ship, which turns only deadeningly slow in the water. In August, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) promulgated a … Continue reading BirdsEyeView: Hyacinth Macaws: Endangered or Threatened?!
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
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