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Jessica Pineda, associate editor for BIRD TALK magazine, with her pet bird 
The Parrot Birder
About the author:

Jessica Pineda is the associate editor for BIRD TALK magazine and She shares her Southern California home with her lovebirds, Tori and Josh, and Meyer's parrot, Garth. Join her on talking about all things bird on The Parrot Birder.

Friday, October 2, 2009
Petting Birds

I had a strange experience the other day. I was in the home of a bird owner who had a bookshelf full of bird books and bird magazines, which were clearly well-read, judging by the condition of some of the books. They had parrot paraphernalia everywhere: pictures, posters, figurines and more. I have no doubt they love parrots, as much as they love their bird. But, to my surprise, I watched them pat their parrot down its back and under its wings. View Blog>>

Monday, September 14, 2009
Bird Toy Mace

We’re doing a product guide in the December 2009 issue, and I’ve been getting a lot of products in. View Blog>>

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Patricia Sund, the “Memo To Parker & Pepper” columnist, is writing a book called Parrot Nation and part of her book is going to involve writing about the BIRD TALK team on our day-to-day work. When she first told me this, I was like, “Oh boy, we’re going to bore your readers.” View Blog>>

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Making A Bird-Friendly Pizza

I’m vegan and a huge nutrition nut, so it was a lot of fun to make the bird-friendly pizza. After going over the logistics, Laura and I decided on using sweet potato dough (an idea we got from a blog . Beans became the base and I decided to throw some crunchy vegetables on top: asparagus, bell peppers, corn kernels, parsley and broccoli. View Blog>>

Friday, June 5, 2009
Cause & Effect

Greenpeace International released a study titled “Slaughtering the Amazon,” which examines the impact of the cattle sector in Brazil on the Amazon rainforest. The report concludes that “the cattle sector in the Brazilian Amazon is responsible for 14 [percent] of the world’s annual deforestation. View Blog>>

Friday, May 22, 2009
Lory Fun!

I haven’t had a chance to volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, Calif., for more than a month, so I eagerly threw myself into a day of sea cucumbers, sea stars, sea anemones, sea snails — and lorikeets! View Blog>>

Friday, May 8, 2009
Tori The Hybrid Lovebird?

I learned something interesting about my lovebird, Tori, today. It’s quite possible she is a hybrid! A BIRD TALK magazine reader, Richard, pointed out that Tori has a very distinct eye ring, similar to that of Agapornis personata, or a masked lovebird. View Blog>>

Friday, April 24, 2009
Ruppell’s Parrot

Part of my job as BIRD TALK’s associate editor is gathering together many of the photos that are found in the magazine. That means working with contributing photographers or setting up photo shoots in our in-house studio. View Blog>>

Friday, April 10, 2009
African Parrots

First it was the lovebirds, and then I adopted Garth Bird (formally known as Woody), the Meyer’s parrot. My bird family is native to Africa, meaning they’re all related in some way. You can see their resemblances when the lovebirds and Meyer’s parrot stand tall. When I look at Garth, I can almost see the African grey in him. View Blog>>

Friday, MARCH 27, 2009
Southern California Naturalized Parrots

We interrupt this regularly scheduled Parrot Birder blog to talk about the parrots I get to see everyday. No, not just the Meyer’s parrot and the lovebirds, but the wild parrots that live here in Southern California. Distinct flocks of Brotogeris parakeets, nanday conures, Amazons, Pstticula and mitred conures enjoy the sun just as much as we do. View Blog>>

Friday, February 13, 2009
The Australian King Parrot

The Australian king parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is one of my favorite birds, and one I would like to own someday. Roughly the size of a small Pionus or a Goffin’s cockatoo, this small, light-weight parrot can be a charmer. This bird might be hard to find in the United States as a pet, but you might see one in a zoo’s aviary. View Blog>>

Friday, January 30, 2009
The Derbyan Parakeet

The derbyan parakeet (Psittacula derbiana) is a large, 20-inch long parrot and is native to Asia. Like many of the Psittacula, the derbyan is sexually dimorphic, meaning you can tell the difference between the male and female. Males have an orange beak, and a bright blue head, chest and stomach. Females are slightly duller in coloring. View Blog>>

Friday, January 16, 2009
The Vasa Parrot

Chances are that you’ve never seen or heard about the vasa parrot (Coracopsis vasa), a large parrot native to Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean. This 18-inch bird is roughly the size of a Congo African grey, but its elongated neck and body make it appear larger. View Blog>>

Tuesday January 6, 2009
Wanted: Bird Volunteers

My dad had a saying for me: “Charity hurts.” It’s something I always keep in mind whenever I donate to the various nonprofit organizations. But, besides giving a monetary amount every month, I figured there were more ways that I could help out the causes I believe in. View Blog>>

Friday, October 17, 2008
Requiem of Jolee

Having worked in pet stores for almost three years, I am no stranger to death. I’ve seen animals grow sick and die. I’ve had a bird die in my hand. I always found it hard to cry after these things happened, even when my beloved lovebird, Jolee, died from kidney disease. View Blog>>

Friday, October 10, 2008
Of Parrots & Mexico

Mexico is moving to ban all parrot sales in order to combat the illegal parrot trade, as half of Mexico’s 22 parrot species are endangered. Some people would immediately cheer and call this a big step for animal conservation. I have to wonder how well this is going to work. View Blog>>

 Friday, October 3, 2008
A Boy and His Parrot

When I’m not working on BIRD TALK, I like to write during my free time, and in an ongoing story that I am writing with my best friend, a parrot has recently made an appearance. It is a blue-and-gold macaw named Hello, for reasons revealed later. View Blog>>

Friday, September 12, 2008
No Biting!

When my nephew was a baby and beginning to teethe, he tended to bite me a lot. I was 9 years old at the time and I didn’t understand why my nephew was being “mean” by biting me. My parents and sister must have not explained he was teething in simplistic ways for a 9 year old to understand (or I didn’t listen). View Blog>>

Friday, August 29, 2008
Pellet Party

Melissa Kauffman went up to the mountains to be a counselor at a camp for kids with arthritis over the past week and I house sat for her once again. If you read my previous blog, you know it can be quite an adventure at Melissa’s house. View Blog>>

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Dystopian Thoughts

I can’t say I am a fan of the end-of-the-world genre or dystopian element stories, but I do have a special soft spot for movies like Children of Men and I Am Legend and the book Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. (Bird fact: The protagonist of the novel often discusses Alex, the African grey, in his narrative.) View Blog>>

Thursday, August 7, 2008
What Bird Is It Anyway?

My friends tease me a lot for liking parrots. They have good reason to: I’m the person in the group who sees birds on TV and says “Hey, that’s a [such-and-such]!” When I played Scrabble for the first time, I was forbidden from using any bird words (though I got away with the word “robin”). View Blog>>

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Earthquake! And A Photo Shoot

With fall comes change, and I am going to have to move to a new home come the end of September. While I’m a little excited about moving — I’m hoping my roommates and I  move to a house — I, naturally, dread having to pack up all my things and move heavy furniture from one place to the next. This will be the third time I’ve moved in the past two years and frankly, I am quite ready to settle. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 24, 2008
Of Meerkats & Parrots

After recently starting watching Meerkat Manor on the Animal Planet channel, I went and bought the first three seasons on DVD. For a show specifically about the day-to-day living of a group of meerkats — raising babies, eating bugs, running from danger and raising even more babies — it’s an absolute delight. Not to mention, the babies are beyond adorable. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Good/Bad Advertising

I saw this classified ad in the Los Angeles Times and, at first glance, it made me laugh. It is a clever way of getting people to look through the classifieds. It certainly caught my eye and I wasn’t even looking for anything! (I was reaching for the front page and just happened to glance down.) View Blog>>

Thursday, July 10, 2008
A Little Perspective

I finally got tired of my lovebirds’ cage falling apart, so this weekend, while shopping for bird toys, I picked up a new cage that’s exactly like my parrotlet’s. When I got home, I had a blast setting up their new cage, while the lovebirds watched me beadily from their travel carrier. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sprey has to go to the bathroom. I wonder how she woke me up (I’m a heavy sleeper) while I stumble out of bed and open the back door so they can go out. Tampa, the puppy, decides it’s a great time to play. View Blog>>

Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Cat Doesn’t Want Me To Work

Sometimes, though Laura Doering wags her finger at me, I take work to do at home, usually things I can’t get to at the office because of time. I once joked to Melissa Kauffman it’s too bad we can’t work 24 hours a day, and in a deadpan voice, she said, “We could.” (Eep!) View Blog>>

Friday, June 6, 2008
Parrots, Pirates & Ghosts, Oh My!

This past weekend was the fourth annual Parrots International Symposium, celebrating “Parrots of the Carribean” on the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, California. When I told my roommate about my weekend plans, she said the line that is now my blog title. The Queen Mary is rumored to be haunted, but while we saw no ghosts, I did get creeped out while I was touring the ship’s preserved isolation ward. View Blog>>

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Politics And Pets

We talk politics in the BIRD TALK team a lot. I am a Senator Barack Obama supporter, Melissa Kauffman supports Senator Hillary Clinton, and Laura Doering kind of starts shaking her head whenever we start talking politics. Most of the times, the conversations are civil and we discuss how politics work. View Blog>>

Thursday, May 15, 2008
New Bird, New World

I am going to be adopting a 12-year-old Meyer’s parrot named Woodie this Saturday. It’s a big step for me – this will be my first medium-sized bird and the third bird I’ve adopted. View Blog>>

Thursday, May 8, 2008
I Choose You, Tori-bird!

It was a night like any other night at my apartment. My roommate LisaMichelle was cooking dinner while I lounging around, reading over magazines to get ideas for BIRD TALK. It’s our evening routine: one of us cooks (the other does dishes), we eat together and watch TV or a DVD.” View Blog>>

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
La Vida Parrot

Mornings always start the same lately. T.K (short for Takeru) wakes me up before my alarm, chirping at the top of his lungs to his reflection in a mirror. For a 3-inch tall parrotlet, I never see how he can be loud enough to wake me up from a deep sleep. View Blog>>

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