A Bird’s Touch

March 5, 2010 by  
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Nature not only surrounds us with sheer beauty but also offers an abundance of fascinating new discoveries that continue to amaze us. Just when we think we know everything about an animal or bird, they seem to prove us wrong. More recently, birds have revealed that crests and beards are not merely used for finding a mate, but serve a greater purpose, allowing them to explore their surroundings as well. Research on birds, such as the auklet, has opened up a new door into the world of birds and their feathers.

Professor Ian Jones, St John’s Memorial University, and Dr Sampath Seneviratne, University of British Columbia, shared their insights and suspicions that certain feathers on a bird’s body could serve to heighten the sense of touch. When looking at birds, such as the auklet, which have intricate feathers on their heads, scientists found that by putting them through a simple navigational test, much was revealed in regard to the role that crests and head feathers play. Using a dark maze, as this breed tends to breed in dark crevices, it was found that when the birds navigated the test, they succeeded in completing the maze with less difficulty than when researchers flattened their head feathers. It was also noted that in general, if birds have ornamental feathering, they tend to be birds that are active at night.

Researchers then looked at bird species that do not feature elaborate feathering, including pheasants, kingfishers, parrots, penguins and owls. They suggest that even if some birds do not have crests and rectal bristles, longer wing feathers may also serve as a means of touch. Many birds use their feathers and coloring to show off their abilities and to either startle or camouflage themselves from their predators, but there is good reason to believe that feathers have various other functions that we have not been aware of until now. The new insight into facial feathers and flamboyant feathering could lead to further studies,to confirm these findings and the preliminary research. This use of their feathers for touch and orientation has revealed a more complex side to birds, and will have us gazing a little more intently whenever we look at these colorful creatures of the skies.

State Bird Fair and Expo 2010

February 24, 2010 by  
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Due to the ever increasing size of the State Bird Fair and Expo, this years’ event has moved to bigger premises, the RNA Showgrounds. Breeders come from far and wide to attend this fair, as it is the largest of its kind, which is held in Queensland. Exotic birds of all shapes and size will be on display, with many birds being available for purchase. Visitors to the show will also be able to purchase bird related products from the vendors and can look forward to fun events, such as the monster raffle and rare parrot expo.

The State Bird Fair and Expo 2010 is hosted by the Parrot Society of Australia, and will take place on the 28th of March 2010, from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, visit their website at http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/.

Date: 28 March 2010
Venue: RNA Showgrounds
City: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Country: Australia

Eclectus Parrot Ownership is Rewarding

October 30, 2009 by  
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When people look for a pet bird to join their family, most owners want a one that can be affectionate, a great companion and that has the ability to fit into their daily routines. The Eclectus parrot is often overlooked as a pet bird, and owners unknowingly miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a bird that is loving, intelligent and easily manageable, if they know what their basic needs are. This breathtakingly beautiful bird is not demanding at all and is actually one of the best pet parrots on the market today.

The most distinguishing feature of the Eclectus parrot is the fact that they are dimorphic. Dimorphic means that one can distinguish between the males and females just by looking at them. In the case of the Eclectus, it is the vastly different coloring that makes it easy. The male Eclectuses are covered in green plumage with variations of orange, blue and red under their wings. Their beaks are also unusually orange in color. The females are just as attractive as the males, but have bright red plumage covering their heads and neck, with their backs and chest being purple in color and their wings displaying variations of purple and blue underneath. The females have smooth black beaks. Another unique feature is the fact that the Eclectus parrot has hair-like feathers on their heads, back and chest, opposed to the smooth, locked and contoured feathers on their wings and tails.

As pets, owners will find their Eclectus parrot to be extremely gentle and fond of interaction, even though they will never demand it. They are able to integrate into the daily routines of their owners quite easily and will sit quietly while daily duties are being performed. Through enough love and care, Eclectus parrots will be able to learn a large vocabulary and their inquisitiveness makes them quick learners. They are highly intelligent birds and will quickly notice small changes in their environment. The Eclectus species is generally a healthy bird with a life span of approximately fifty years. They have simple dietary needs of fruit and seeds and enjoy changes made in their food, such as grapes one day and maybe apples the next. Owners will not regret adding an Eclectus parrot to their family, as their gentle and friendly natures make them a pet family and friends can enjoy.

FWCAS Parrot Symposium 2009

September 15, 2009 by  
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The second annual Florida West Coast Avian Society Parrot Symposium will be held at the Sarasota Hyatt on the 7th and 8th of November 2009. Everything bird enthusiasts might want to know will be discussed at the 2009 FWCAS Parrot Symposium with guests speakers such as Cassie Malina talking about Operant Conditioning Training, behavior being discussed by Sally Blanchard and Glenn Reynolds bringing conservation awareness to the symposium, from the World Parrot Trust. The FWCAS Parrot Symposium is a celebration of birds and an opportunity to promote awareness and correct care for exotic birds.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2009
Venue: Sarasota Hyatt
City: Sarasota, Florida
Country: United States of America

RAAVE Bird Expo 2009

July 28, 2009 by  
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Visitors to the RAAVE Bird Expo will most certainly hear the call of the wild the moment they enter the doors to the hall. Birds of all shapes, sizes and colors will be on display this year, and visitors will be able to marvel at a variety of species, from small finches to massive parrots such as the macaw. The expo does not only offer visitors the opportunity to view magnificent birds, but has a great number of vendors selling toys, birds, cages and bird related accessories.

To enjoy a day of birding splendor, bird enthusiasts are advised to make their way to the RAAVE Bird Expo which is guaranteed to have something for everyone. For more information in regard to the expo visit the website at http://www.go-reno.com/raave/calendar2.html.

Date: 12 September 2009
Venue: Reno Livestock Event Centre Exhibition Hall
City: Reno
Country: United States of America

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