Talking Parrot Helps Police Solve Mysterious Murder Case

First a parrot rats out its owner for a DUI and now this: Last week, a talking parrot helped police solve the mysterious murder of its owner. On February 20, Neelam Sharma and her pet dog were found murdered in Agra, India. Police were baffled by the case until they got an tip from Sharma’s husband, Vijayy Sharma. After the…

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Problem-Solving Parrots Understand Cause and Effect

As Published on Wired.com.   By Mary Bates Scientists speculate two factors may influence why some animal species are smarter than others: the foraging behavior of a species (for instance, how cognitively demanding it is for the animals to obtain food) and the social complexity of the animals’ society. A new study looked at problem-solving skills, which reflect animals’ ability to…

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Parrot Population Growing in Long Beach California

As reported in the Orange County Register of California.  You could say Long Beach is going to the birds. The feral parrots of Belmont Shore have been a staple since the 1980s, and while some residents see them as a lovable mascot, others think they’re a noisy feathered nuisance. Like them or not, the birds are here to stay, experts…

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Houston Zoo Welcomes Birth of Rare Parrot

On May 28, a tiny St. Vincent Amazon parrot pushed its way out of an egg at the Houston Zoo. The egg was the size of a large chestnut. The bird was 3 inches tall, with bulging eyes that would take another nine days to open and skin covered with a whitish down. Christopher Holmes, a zoo supervisor in the…

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Cockatoos Cause Blackout

The galahs have been “annoying the township for up to two months” Thousands of birds have flocked to a town in Australia, causing power cuts and a mess, its mayor says.  Around 2,000 pink galahs and white cockatoos have descended on Boulia, Queensland, as a result of the drought, Mayor Rick Britton said.  They have been perching on power lines,…

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40 year Anniversary for Quakers in USA

As reported on the Inquisitr The spunky Quaker parakeet has been quietly — or perhaps not so quietly — nesting successfully in the United States for at least 40 years. The Chicago colony was perhaps the first and the most famous, and Chicago magazine itself recently wished the nest-building parrot a happy 40th anniversary. Over the years, the parrots nesting…

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Wild California Parrots Making Baby Parrots

California parrots are out to populate the nation, starting with the Red-crowned Amazon stars of a new video from CaliforniaFlocks. Move over, wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. You’ve got competition from your feathered friends down south. Salvatore Angius, the filmmaker behind CaliforniaFlocks, said that he has filmed 13 parrot species in over 30 cities in his quest to raise awareness…

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Parrot Steals $1,100 from Tourist

A thief stole hundreds of dollars from Peter Leach’s campervan, but left no fingerprints – because the thief has no fingers. Mr Leach, a visitor from Glasgow, Scotland, stopped at Arthur’s Pass on Wednesday to take in the views at a rest area along State Highway 73. He left the windows down as he snapped photos of the scenery, including…

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Parrots Have Personal Preferences in Music

As published on Medical Daily By Christine Hsu Parrots, known for their uncanny ability to mimic sounds, also have personal musical tastes. Some prefer the classical works of Mozart and Beethoven, while other prefer the musical styling of trendy pop stars like Justin Bieber or Madonna. However, scientists found that while individual parrots may have different preferences in music, all…

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Fastjet Airlines and their New African Grey Parrot Logo

        As  reported on Business Traveller.com….what a great marketing idea for this African Airline. Ann  – FunTime Birdy.com African low-cost carrier Fastjet has unveiled its logo and livery, featuring the African Grey Parrot. The airline’s CEO Ed Winters said the bird had been chosen as it is “renowned for its intelligence and is therefore a perfect personification…

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Pepper the African Grey and his Robotic Buggy

Thanks to Jane and Mary D. for bringing this great article to my attention.  A video is below the article of Pepper riding his buggy. Proving that robots aren’t just for people any longer, African grey parrot, Pepper, has learned to drive a robot that was specially designed for him. Pepper, whose wing feathers are clipped to prevent him from…

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African Grey Reduces Stress with Walks with Human Companion

What a wonderful story of Joey the African Grey and how she reduces her stress by taking daily walks with her companion human.  The daily walks have helped Joey to reduce her feather plucking.  Click link below to read full article. Parrot Reduces Stress by Daily Walks with Human Companion Ann FunTime Birdy

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Bird Talk Magazine to End Publication

We are so saddened to say that Bird Talk magazine will be ceasing publication as of the September 2012 issue. I have been reading this magazine for over twenty years.  It was always a great resource for information, photos and fun articles on our feathered friends. Here is the official Press release from Bird Talk: Official Press from Bird Talk…

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Lost Parakeet Tells Police Where He Lives

This is an amazing story out of Japan involving a lost Parakeet and how he was able to tell local police is “home” address.  The article on this story is not that detailed but tells how this little Parakeet was taught to learn his address just in case he got lost.  Click on link below for full article. Lost Parakeet…

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Blue the Amazon Parrot is Home

What a harrowing experience for this family in Sweden when their Amazon parrot “Blue” escaped from their home.  After surviving the below freezing temperatures he was found the next day after his family heard him call “Paaapaaaa”.    I am so glad that he is home safe now.  Click link below for full article. Blue the Amazon Parrot is Home Ann…

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Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Find New Home in the Burbs

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill have found themselves a new nesting ground…..”The Burbs” of Brisbane California. These Cherry Headed Conures became popular in the documentary “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” by Mark Bittner. Now these beautiful birds have moved to the suburbs to enjoy the tranquility of suburban life (LOL).  I would love these guys to move to my…

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Phantom the Amazing Quaker

In Loving Memory Phantom had gone for a regular annual vet check up just 2 weeks earlier on September 29th, 2011. The vet had found a mass on his back near his preen gland. We were told to soak the mass. It was not getting any better so on Monday we went for a second opinion. This vet said it…

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Rio the Movie….The True Story

My Husband and I just loved “Rio” the animated parrot movie about “Blu” and “Jewel” the last of the surviving “Blue Macaws”. Little did we know that this animated movie is actually a true story. Click the link below for the full story about the “Blue Macaw” or in this case the “Spix Macaw”. Rio the Animated movie and the…

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Living with Parrots in India

This man in India has adopted two parrots to be his feathered friends.  He states “they are living in my heart as my children.” These parrots are so much a part of his family that they ride on his motorcycle with him. Click on link below to watch video. Indian Man Lives Side by Side with Parrots Ann FunTime Birdy

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“Boo” The Parakeet….a Remarkable Story

This is a remarkable story of courage, determination and the will of a Parakeet named “Boo” Bring your tissues!!  This one is a real touching tear-jerker. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZYA3NRCHyQ&feature=player_embedded#!] Ann FunTime Birdy

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Remembering Alex

It’s hard to believe that Alex the African Grey Parrot has been gone from our lives for over 2 years now.  I remember when I first heard of Alex’s passing.  I could not believe it was true.  This African Grey Parrot helped change so many views on Parrots.  Irene Pepperberg’s work with Alex helped non-bird people learn what we as…

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