The NPRPF Parrot Festival

January 23, 2008 by  
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The NPRPF Parrot Festival is hosted by the National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation, or NPRPF. Their selfless efforts to rehabilitate rescued parrots and exotic birds has led to many unwanted birds being placed in loving homes and being able to spend the rest of their days surrounded by love, care and much needed attention. The National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation also educates trainers and owners in the care of parrots and how to re-establish trust and eliminate unwanted behavior that stems from emotional instability and neglect.

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Gambel’s White-Crowned Sparrow Provides a Medical Breakthrough

October 5, 2007 by  
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There may be new hope on the horizon for sufferers of age related degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia. This is thanks to a little song bird species known as Gambel‘s white-crowned sparrow. Scientists have discovered that an extraordinary change takes place every year in the brains of these tiny song birds and it is hoped that understanding the mechanisms that control this change may assist researchers in the development of treatments for these diseases.

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Common Health Problems in Pet Bird Species

June 11, 2007 by  
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If you own a bird, it is important to be aware of common health problems and ailments that can affect your pet. In this article, we hope to assist you with identifying whether a bird is ill or what malady may be causing it to be ill.

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Selecting a Healthy Pet Bird

April 9, 2007 by  
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Choosing a bird for a pet can be very satisfying and enjoyable but there are a few things you need to consider before making your final choice. We are going to look at how you as a new bird owner can check that the bird you choose is physically healthy. Also we will give you a few pointers to help you distinguish how old the bird you are purchasing is.

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Ode to Robert Stroud – Birds

April 17, 2006 by  
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Burt Lancaster would be proud. More than 40 years after the film “The Birdman of Alcatraz” hit movie theaters, the name of Robert Stroud — while not necessarily a household word — is still recognized in many avian circles for his groundbreaking (at the time) study and research on birds and diseases. His two volumes “Diseases of canaries” and “Stroud’s Digest of the Diseases of Birds” are still in print and although much of the information is outdated, the books are still worth looking in to.

That Stroud conducted so much research and study within the confines of Leavenworth Prison (not Alcatraz as is popularly thought) is in itself quite a feat. But Stroud also dedicated much of his time to developing cures for the very diseases he identified. In particular “Stroud’s Avian Antiseptic” and “Stroud’s Effervescent Salts” were brisk sellers for canary indigestion. And another line referred to as “Stroud’s Specific” were produced for — you guess it — specific bird illnesses.

Long before “branding” became a popular term, Robert Stroud was well on his way to establishing himself as one of the most knowledgeable individuals in the field if avian medicine.