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BIRD TALK: Behind-the-Scenes: “Parrots In The Land of Oz”

A look at the documentary that explores the realm of Australian parrots

By Jessica Pineda

“Parrots in the Land of Oz,” is part of the series Nature, which is produced by Thirteen/WNET New York. “Parrots” premiered January 27, 2008 on PBS. It featured an exciting look at the wild parrots that thrive in a variety of habitats in Australia.

David Parer and Elizabeth Parer-Cook are the filmmakers of “Parrots in the Land of Oz.” They are Australian wildlife filmmakers and have been married for over 30 years. Since the early 1970s, they have filmed all over the world, capturing never-before-seen shots of animal behavior in the wild.

BIRD TALK talked to Parer and Cook about the making of the documentary.

Q: Did you have an interest in parrots before this documentary?

For anyone brought up in Australia, parrots and cockatoos are a conspicuous part of the landscape. From morning until night, we are rarely out of earshot of at least one kind of parrot or cockatoo. They are not only conspicuous in the country-side, but also in the big cities. In Sydney where Elizabeth (Liz) grew up, rainbow lorikeets and king parrots are constant companions in everyone’s suburban garden.

**For the full article, pick up the April 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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