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BOTW 04/06/09-04/12/- 09 I was in the birdstore with my daughter while she was picking out her Jenday conure, and I wanted a sun conure, but they were all sold. About 2 weeks later, they called to tell me they got 4 tiny suns, about 2 weeks old in that day. I went up and picked her out of the 4. Best choice I have ever made.. Awards
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Hi! My name is Meiko~Still The Princess!

I am a Sun Conure from Monroe Twp., NJ.

Minka, Minkee, Minks, Minkers,Princes- s Meeks,Plinky,Bi- nka Bouka

8 years old   F

Sun Conure

Nutriberries popcorn, rasberries are the best! , and papaya,Oh, and did I say Animal crackers?

On mommy, on her boing, and on mommys shelf on her headboard.

Thinks she is in charge!Will not tolerate anybirdie else while she has mommy.WHen mommy does not share her food with her.

She lets me climb all over her, and she buys me treats and toys. She is the best!

Rings her bell every morning to let me know she is awake and needs attention..

Food? Where? Did someone say food?....

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  Hi Meiko
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope your day was super fun as you celebrated your special honor at the birdy casttle

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

12/26/2014 10:47.45 PM Report This Comment  




12/26/2014 09:44.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! I'm happy to see your face in the spotlight. Hope you enjoyed your special day.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

12/26/2014 09:06.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Woo Hoo BOTD!
Congrats on being crowned BOTD. Here's a vote from our flock in Holiday, FL. Stop by and say hi sometime.

Spica and the gang

Come visit me, Taco, Justin, Spica, Jojo & Morgan.

12/26/2014 06:22.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Queen Meiko
Glad to see your still The princess of the house congratulations and BOTD I will see you at the party and having a great time at the castle here is a royal vote hugs Mocha

Ron & Dee Ann, Bellevue, NE.

12/26/2014 05:07.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus- & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

12/26/2014 05:02.28 PM Report This Comment  
Congrats on being BOTD. Left you a vote!
Enjoy your special day in the spotlight!!


Come visit me, Chipper.

12/26/2014 03:21.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Meiko~
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you! I know you are going to love having a day in the spotlight!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!
Royal Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo,Mei Mei~VOTE TWEETY 245629 BOTM & The Calendar Page~Cranberries for November.

12/26/2014 02:57.58 PM Report This Comment  
on BOTD!Meiko!We are all flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with Queen Ruby for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family! We also want to wish you a belated happy Hatch day also and we hope you got lots of new toys and treats and those wonderful head scritches!Kallie is so eggcited to see a sunnie in the Castle!Sunnies Rule! Love,Dixie Kallie and Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

12/26/2014 02:14.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations Meiko
Oatie and Makana lead the flock as they give her hugs and kisses. Oatie slips a small box to her. I know you got plenty to eat here but somethin to take home for later. Peanut butter cookies that mom helped us make. hehehehe

Come visit me, Shaggy--2010-2013, Ipo, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/19/15, Sophie O'Too, Pimer--Thanks you all, Jules, Punkin *Thank You for the Honor* & Makana *I am honored as BOTD 10-17-14* Thank You.

12/26/2014 02:07.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Meiko
You look just like one of my flook mates,Charley Bird. Do you have a twin?

Oh, sorry. I am Ms Big Baby. I think I have meet you before.
Are you enjoyen your self in the castle today? If not just let me know & I will get the Rayal Macaw guards on it right away. I know the proprietor birdsonaly!!! (Me)!!


Come visit me, Ms BB & Mr Sky got hitched 7-20-15!!!, TPB&G., Stormy is now sitting in the casthe throne, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Fun with Cookie in the KB now !!! & Buba, ready for the race.

12/26/2014 11:47.19 AM Report This Comment  
Hi Meiko, it's great to see you in the spotlight today! Tell mom to get busy and put up pages for Myles and the new tiel, too. We all hope you have a fabulous day of fame in the castle, and we hope your Christmas hatchday was a lot of fun, too! Hugs,
Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Tweety for BOTM, Peppino, vote Tweety & Falco, vote Tweety for BOTM.

12/26/2014 11:37.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Friday to stamp
U you a votie
and to congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K BCWarriors263181/mou- rningChiper257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTM Tweety245629/Mournin- g Gizmo.

12/26/2014 11:17.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko,

Congrat's on being BOTD. It's Cheyenne, the Meyer's Parrot. Hope you have as much fun in the Castle as my Flock and I did when we were there. I also hope you, your Flock and Mommy & Family had a Merry Christmas. Here's a vote for you, cutie. Bye for now.



12/26/2014 08:57.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Meiko!
Congrats on Willie g BOTD! You are a pretty Queen!! Have a great day at the castle today!

Come visit me, Raffi says vote Tweety 245629 Panther 245623.

12/26/2014 07:23.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Happy BOTD! I hope you had a fun Christmas!
Love and hugs, Peetie xxoo

Come visit me, Callie*, * Mango*, GREEN* Today I am 10!!, Peetie Thank you for BOTD 3/26/15 :), Paulie* Today I am 9!! & Little Angel Peep meets Lola at the RB 6/8/14.

12/26/2014 06:33.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Congratulations pretty girl on being BOTD!


Come visit me, Nippy, "Angel " THANK YOU EVERY BIRDIE", Opie, Sunny RIP "THANK YOU FOR BOTD", Greenie "The newest member of the flock", Puffin, Little Bird R.I.P 3/24/2010, SHADOW, Feathers" Thank you for BOTD ", Ceasaur "Happy Fall", CHEETA, Scarlet "One of the Mighty Macaws", Alex & Sweetie "Thank you friends", Julio, Thank you for BOTD, Angel Baby "THANK YOU FOR THIS HONOR", Happy loves Maxie Pie, "SASSY GIRL It's my Hatch Day", Peppy, Emy"I laid two eggs May 14, 2014", "Sweetheart" RIP Beautiful Girl, Sweetie & Chatterbox.

12/26/2014 05:48.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Minks!
Conires rule! Congratulations on being our BOTD! Love and winghugs Carter and the Conure Connection

Come visit me, Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/15, Doo Diligence-Justice for Ozzi TY 4 BOTD!, Kookie-Bird -Justice For Ozzi-ty 4 BOTD 7/31/15, Charlie-Justice 4 Ozzy-TY for BOTD 10/29/15, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/14, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-15 Justice for Ozz, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/22/15, Joshua Chico Justice for Ozzi, Blue-Justice for Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 9/7/14, Moggie -Justice for Ozzi TY 4 BOTD 7/11/15, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird -Justice for Ozzi, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda -Justice for Ozzi-ty 4 botd 5/13/15, Captain Darling-RIP 5/19/2014 ty 4 BOTD 9/19/15 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

12/26/2014 05:42.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations Queen Meiko !
Enjoy your special day with Queen Ruby in the castle today :) My mom sends hellos to Myles !

Come visit me, Cookie - GO PILGRIMS !, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/26/2014 04:30.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Queen Meiko
Congrats on being our BOTD today! Here's a basket of Nutriberries popcorn, rasberries, and papaya, and Animal crackers for you to enjoy while you're in the castle! Have a greyt day with Queen Ruby!
Luv, BonBon, and Spot♥

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot: Vote Mikey D for May BOTM,276082 & BonBon and Parker:Vote for BOTM!.

12/26/2014 02:12.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Today Your The QUEEN
Congrats on BOTD

Come visit me, JeTTa.

12/26/2014 01:36.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Wishing you a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS HATCHDAY and many more. I hope you are enjoying your special day. Double the gifts ... right?

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

12/25/2014 08:34.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Meeks!
Long time!!

Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love!

Happy Hatchday!
Your buddies,
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~VOTE TWEETY #245629 FOR BOTM During Nov.!.

12/25/2014 08:32.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatch Day, Meiko!
Wishing you a very happy day with lots of treats and toys! And you get extras becos of Santa Bird andnbeing your hatch day! Yay!
Big hugs, love, Squeaky

Come visit me, Budweiser & Modelo, Squeaky-Vote Tweety BOTM @ 245629, Kiwi & Button, Scion (RIP)- Love Forever, Limon & Lima, Angel Alfie (RIP), Domingo & Picabo.

12/25/2014 08:14.48 PM Report This Comment  
MERRY XMAS. /fkying by to wish you a most Happy hatchday. hope you are having a blast celebrating xmas and your hatchday.

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI vote TWEETY BOTM 245629 & BOO BOO vote TWEETY BOTM 245629.

12/25/2014 05:56.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!!
Hi Meiko,

Long time to see. It sure is good to know you and your flock are still active on BC. Here's a vote and a nearly full bag of almonds to help you celebrate your special day. It was a full bag when I left the house, but it is a long way from CA to NJ! A fella gets hungry! There are still plenty for you to enjoy and share with your flock.


Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote Tweety #245629 for BOTM!!.

12/25/2014 01:40.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!
Hey Meiko, we hope you have the best day ever, filled with attention, toys, and treats for you alone! Merry Christmas, too. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo and Divo, mom loves you both, Willie, Tweety for BOTM, Peppino, vote Tweety & Falco, vote Tweety for BOTM.

12/25/2014 11:55.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Meiko~
Sugar here to perform the Hatchday Song just for you! Are you ready??


Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday dear, beautiful, wonderful Meiko!
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
And Many Moooooore~~~~~CHA CHA CHA

I hope your day is just perfect!
Hatchday Hugs and Merry Christmas!

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo,Mei Mei~VOTE TWEETY 245629 BOTM & The Calendar Page~Cranberries for November.

12/25/2014 11:04.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus- & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

12/25/2014 10:36.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Meiko
Happy 8th Hatchday. Hope it's your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention.

Merry Christmas to the flock and family.

Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

12/25/2014 06:52.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Thank you for remembering my frother Bailey. That was so sweet of you to leave that message.

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

11/05/2014 08:46.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Hello to all my BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST/ Today we stop for a visit in New Zealand's lush forests to meet the endangered, but beautiful New Zealand Pigeon. Thank you to all who shared their feelings regarding the cross species Galah Too and Cockatiel. The hatching of this specimen may answers years of debt over the relationship between Cockatoos and Cockatiel.

The New Zealand pigeon, arboreal fruit-pigeon found in forests from Northland to Stewart Island/Rakiura, ranging in habitats from coastal to mountainous .[6 The general morphology is that of a typical pigeon, in that it has a relatively small head, a straight soft-based bill and loosely attached feathers. It also displays typical pigeon behaviour, which includes drinking by suction, a wing-threat display, hitting with the wing when threatened, a diving display flight, a 'bowing' display, ritualized preening and 'billing' during courtship. New Zealand pigeons build flimsy, shallow, twiggy nests and feed crop milk to hatchlings.

The mainland New Zealand pigeon grows to some 51 centimetres (20 in) in length and 650 grams (23 oz) in weight, compared to 55 centimetres (22 in) and 800 grams (28 oz) for the Chatham Island variant.[8] The head, throat and wings are generally a shiny green-purple colour, but with a bronze tinge to the feathers. The breast is typically white and the bill red with an orange tip. The feet and eyes are red. Juveniles have a similar coloration but are generally paler with dull colours for the beak, eyes and feet and a shorter tail.

The New Zealand Pigeon breeds in spring and fall, dependent on the availability of fruit, especially figs. They eat both the fruit and leaves as well as flowers from several species of trees, and plants.New Zealand pigeons nest in trees, laying a single egg, in a flimsy nest constructed of a few twigs thrown together. The egg is incubated for 28–29 days and the young bird takes another 30–45 days to fledge. In seasons of plentiful fruit the pigeons can successfully nest up to four times.

The Department of Conservation is involved in educating the public about the plight of the New Zealand pigeon and encouraging local initiatives to save it. In Northland, the Department has been working with local iwi in an attempt to curb illegal poaching by educating young Maori about the disastrous effect this activity is having on the birds' survival rate. On the Chatham Islands, landowners have helped protect the habitat by creating reserves and fencing remnant bush to keep out stock. Numbers have recovered from a low of about 40 birds in the 1980s to around 525 in 2013.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/13/2014 01:20.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Hello again, it is Zeena with today's BOTM post. Today we head into Bolivia to take a look at the last remaining wild Red-Fronted Macaws. This is a special request from my good friend, the very handsome Mr. Cappy. ( Don't tell him I said that or I won't hear the end of it. LOL). Cappy's beautiful fister Dory is a Red-Fronted Macaw so this will be of interest to her especially.

Red Fronted macaws, Ara rubrogenys, are the smallest of the large macaws. Fairly rare and therefore not well-known, Red Fronted macaws are olive green with bright red on their foreheads, ear coverts, shoulders and socks. Their under-wings are flames of red, orange and yellow. They have teal colored feathers in their wings and tails. One thing to note is that Red Fronted Macaws have a bare patch of skin around the eye but lack the bare cheek patch of the large macaws. Red Fronts are generally around 24 inches in length and weigh between 450 and 550 grams. Their wingspans are generally 32 to 34 inches. Red Fronted macaws are considered to be one of the large macaws. They have a body the size of a medium to large Amazon parrot with a longer pointed tail. Considered by many to be the ideal size of macaw, they are fun loving and make wonderful pets. Red Fronted macaws can become excellent talkers and are quite the comedians. They are not dominant birds.
They are extremely affectionate, intelligent, playful, gentle spirits fids with graceful, moderately sized bodies.
Within their natural range, their numbers have been decimated by and there are now less then 1000 wild individuals, some have counted only 150 total. They are being pushed to extinction by;
.loss of habitat due to conversion of their habitat to agriculture and because of intense grazing;
. harvesting of the nut and fruit trees that provide an important food source.

ingestion of pesticides applied to crops; or deliberately baited food set out for them.
illegal trapping for the pet market.

However, they have been doing quite well in captivity and are reproducing successfully. Even though one can't consider them "common" - domestic-bred birds can usually be found.

Range and habitat

The Red-fronted Macaw is native to a small mountainous area of south-central Bolivia situated about 200 km west of Santa Cruz, in the department of the same name, where the climate is medium altitude semi-desert. The natural vegetation consists mostly of cactus (large and small) and thorny trees and scrub. The climate is semi arid with cold nights and hot days. Rain comes in infrequent heavy storms. It is unusual in that it is the only macaw to inhabit such a climatic zone. Most macaws nest in holes in large trees, however here there are no very large trees in its range so it nests in vertical fissures in cliff faces.

Immediate action is required to stop the Red-Fronted Macaws falling to the same fate as the Spix Macaws
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/11/2014 04:31.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
July 10th BOTM POST
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here today to take a peek into some nestboxes around the world, and take a look at some of the amazing Amazon mutations being bred today. Please note that most are not currently available to the public. Some of these awesome finds are selling for as much as 125,000US each to breeders.
One day these new color mutations will be found in pet homes as newer mutations occur. Their unique beauty and charm is well worth the look. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have. There are several renowned pioneers in color mutation breeding working in the USA in conjunction with international breeders.r Howard Voren is one such dedicated breeder. He has specialized in mutation breeding in several species with great success. All pictures show "pure" mutations, they are not hybrids. Hybrids are a breeding of two diverse species to produce specimens with characteristics of both species.
To breed mutations which occur spontaneously, breeders work with like marked birds or carriers which genetically have the potential to reproduce the desired new mutation. With continuing breeding the new mutation becomes stabilized, and will improve in size, pigmentation and over-all characteristics. Mutation breeding does not weaken the natural health of the species as they are produced from "normal coloured" birds. Many mutations are sex-linked which will only produce specimens of one sex or the other or must have one parent that is the desired mutation to reproduce mutation offspring. Mutation breeding is a challenging and rewarding field of aviculture built on patience and hard work.
I wish to thank everyone for their daily votes and blogs. I read each one and have learned a lot from your input.
I have added the mutation name to each picture for easier identification.

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/10/2014 05:16.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
The Ara Project Part # 3

Happy Humpday everybirdie. Zeena here with the conclusion of the Ara Project series. I hope you have enjoyed visiting with these highly endangered Macaws, and learning about what is being done to help save the species in the wild. I wish to thank each one of my friends for your continuing votes and words of encouragement. I love receiving input from my friends, and learning more.

The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Although the Scarlet Macaw is listed by IUCN as least concern there is evidence of a population decline in the wild. It is listed by CITES as Appendix I. The declines in this species' population are due to habitat loss and fragmentation (expected to lose 20-35% of habitat within its range over 40 years (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011)), the wild bird trade and hunting for feathers and food. Current population estimates are 20,000 – 50,000; total Central American population no more than 4000. Many outside conditions could suddenly drop numbers to the point where they will be unable to rebuild populations.
Reasons for decline in population;

Exploitation for the former wild bird pet trade
Habitat loss and fragmentation due to logging and agriculture
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers
Shooting for the sport of it

The Scarlet Macaw is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Birds are encountered in pairs, parties of 3-4 or flocks up to 30 individuals as they forage on fruits, fruits and nuts of various palms, and seeds, flowers and nectar.

Tomorrow we are going to stop and take a peek into a few nestboxes to discover what eggciting chicks are inside. Bring your cameras for these awesome new arrivals in aviculture.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/10/2014 09:07.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Hello Everybird, Zeena here with the continuing article on the Ara Project. Today we will look at the Great Green Macaw ( Military or Buffon's). We will look at their distribution and what has pushed them to the point of extinction.

Once prevalent throughout the entire Caribbean, Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) populations have declined alarmingly in recent years due to poaching and deforestation, in particular the cutting of Mountain Almond trees. BirdLife International states" that over the past 50 years global populations have been reduced by half." A census conducted in the Cordillera de Chongon Colonche and Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador in 2010 found only 8 birds, with the current population in all of Ecuador suspected to be 30-40 birds (E. Horstman in litt. 2012). Recent conservation efforts in Costa Rica have stabilized numbers with less than 300 birds and an estimated 25-35 breeding pairs remaining (PsittaScene Aug. 2011). There are less then 1000 individuals in South American.
Factors contributing to decline in numbers;

Unsustainable exploitation, poaching for the wild bird trade
Subspecies guayaquilensis reportedly shot as a crop-pest
Conversion of forest to oil-palm and banana plantations, causing the loss of the large Mountain Almond
Increased impact of logging, agriculture, illegal coca plantations, gold mining and hunting
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers


This macaw prefers lowland humid forest and also strongly deciduous forest; in Costa Rica lowland primary forest. It is found at altitudes to 600m (1968 ft) in Costa Rica and1000m (3280 ft) in Panama. Less gregarious than other large macaws, it is found in pairs and groups of 3-4 birds, foraging on fruits and flowers.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the plight of the Scarlet Macaws, and what we can do to help save the remaining populations.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/08/2014 04:58.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko pretty girl
We have finally arrived at Monday once more. It's hard to realize one week is already gone on my BOTM campaign. Today we will take a short stop-over in Costa Rica to visit some good friends of mine and see what they have been busily working on. Being a Macaw this is one subject that is near and dear to my heart. The Ara Project. The Ara Project is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that’s breeds, for the sole purpose of release into the wild, endangered Scarlet & Great Green Macaws. With only 2000 Scarlet Macaws left in Costa Rica and only around 2500 Great Green Macaws ( also known as Buffon's or Military) left in the world the Ara Project is proving "breeding for release" to be a valuable tool to prevent further declines in the numbers or even extinction of these magnificent birds. They work in conjunction with MINAET (Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Energy & Telecommunications).
The Great Green or Military(Buffon's) Macaw is endangered, and has been one of the key elements in the proposal for the formation of a new National Park in Costa Rica, Maquenque National Park. Already significant parts of the bird's existing habitat is covered by Nature reserves and other conservation projects. Project Ara is working hand in hand with locals to reestablish a strong breeding pool of wild Macaws with the end result to stop and reverse it's rapid decline.

The Ara Project incorporates breeding techniques and aviary management in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with Costa Rican wildlife laws imposed by MINAET. The Ara Project has released a total of 80 Scarlet Macaws on its release sites. The Ara Project aimed to started their Great Green Macaw reintroduction program in 2011. This will be Costa Rica's and the world's first official reintroduction of the species. To date having released a number of both species
In the 80's retired American couple Margot and Richard Frisius started a licensed zoological park to take care of parrots confiscated by the government or disowned by private owners. In 1992 they officially started a breeding program to participate in macaw conservation, resulting in the establishment of the non-profit organization formerly known as "Amigos de las Aves" (Friends of the Birds). Over the years they created what has become the biggest collection of Great Green Macaws in captivity and, upon acquiring a breeding stock of sufficient genetic diversity, a successful Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program.
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/07/2014 02:57.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Happy Sunday to all my BC friends. Zeena here with a look at a species of bird, well reputed as THE best talker and mimicker. Once abundantly available at low prices, today an often difficult to find and much costly addition to ones Flockily. Momma Deb says as a child she recalls seeing a number of these interesting, entertaining birds kept in Pet Stores, and businesses. She has been searching for one for over ten years and only encounter one at a very costly price.
The Mynah, the loved and disliked Clown of the avian world.
The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled Mynah, also sometimes known as "Indian Myna", is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature. "Myna" is derived from the Hindi language maina which itself is derived from Sanskrit madana.

The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem".

Mynahs are a lively, confident, aggressive, and noisy bird. It is friendly and perky, and the large flocks that gather at roosting time are usually raucous and grouchy. As pets they have many redeeming qualities including an inmate ability to mimic sounds, whistles and human speech. Once quite common in the pet trade, they now are difficult to locate. The Greater and Lesser Hill Mynahs are most thought of when imaging a Mynah Bird. Their clownish, outgoing personalities winning many a fan in years past.

Mynah's eat a mixture of specially formulated insect mash and fresh foods. Like the Lories, they have watery, odorous droppings, making them difficult to maintain in a home environment. those who endure the mess speak lovingly of their companions who seem to adore children, and adults alike. Daily cage washing, bathing and out of cage time are mandatory for good health. Momma Deb recalls that in her childhood most Mynah's were caged in small cramped cages,eating a diet of sunflower seeds and fruit. Thus living a miserable, short life. As advances came, it was found that Mynah's must have a balanced, more natural diet, and lots of room to move around in their cages. Bonded pairs breed readily in captivity. Babies that are hand-reared average $1200 to 1500 each when available. Bali Mynah's are rare and available to collectors only.

I wish to thank all my friends here on C for their daily support, and words of encouragement.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/06/2014 01:55.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Good afternoon my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. We will once more make a stop in South American to visit one of natures very interesting and unique inhabitants. Our host is one of aviculture's beautiful, and unusual songbirds. The Green Oropendola. The Green Oropendola is of exclusively Amazonian distribution.The Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis) is generally common in its wooded habitats that are found in the Amazon and Guianas of South America; specifically Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Largely pale green above, the posterior underparts and rump are chestnut, and the tail is largely yellow except for the central rectrices. The bill is green basally, becoming red towards the tip, and the skin around the eyes and lores is pink. Males and females are similar in plumage, but the latter sex is substantially smaller. Like most oropendolas, this species breeds in colonies, usually of five to ten pairs, and constructing a hanging ‘basket’ nest of woven plant fibers. The species’ displays are similar to those of the Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus).
Related common species include such song-birds as the Meadow Lark, Bobo-Link and Bullock's Oriole to name but a few.
The Green Oropendola eats a diet of fresh fruits, insects, mynah bird food and nectar in captivity. An active, high energy species these birds require a large, long flight to maintain them in good condition. Somewhat difficult to breed, these beautiful birds require an aviary suitable to house a number of mature pairs to have any success in nesting and rearing offspring. Hand reared babies of the Green Oropendola are occasionally available but do not tend to retain tameness once weaned. In the wild they typically nest in colonies similarly to Quaker Parrots, building their hanging basket-like nests in a common tree. Captive breeding is seeing an increase in successful clutches being raised to fledging and adulthood.
These are definitely not a species for the beginner avicultarist, and their pricy purchase costs in excess of $850.00US each leaves them to the more well off and experienced collectors. Their song is soft and melodious, a pleasure to listen to. Their call is often described as flute-like and low.
Tomorrow we will visit with a wonderful, entertaining species of bird, that once filled many living rooms, but today is rare both in captivity and their wild habitat.
I wish to thank all my many friends for their loving support on my quest to be August's BOTM. I couldn't make it without all of you.
love and scritches
Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/05/2014 05:50.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Meiko
Hello everybird, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. First I wish all my US friends a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday. It is also the day that my little fister Little Angel will marry her beloved Dixie. Their wedding will take place on the BC Castle page number 239094. All are invited to join these two "love-birds" this evening at 6PM Eastern Time as they share their vows of love. The reception will follow on the same page. Today we will take a peek into a few nesting boxes around the world and see what we find. Come on, let's be very quiet, as we explore the many new Blue and Gold Macaw mutations .Color Mutations are considered "pure" birds. They occur in nature, although rarely and if they do, they often don't survive long, if the "new color" is too vibrant and they are easily visible by predators.

Color mutations in captivity are perpetuated by breeding like colored birds to like colored birds (of two birds that carry the color gene). The resultant offspring will often be the color that is desired. Hybrids are the crossing of two species, whereas mutations occur spontaneously.

Most of us know the Blue and Yellow Macaw. Many of us own one or more, however there are some really eggciting new mutations I'd like us to take a look at. We are most familiar with the typical blue and Gold. However there is a larger variant from Bolivia called the Bolivian Blue and Gold Macaw. The Bolivian variety is distinguished by its larger size and its coloring. On all these Macaws the colors are vibrant, but the Bolivian has more of a true blue rather than the teal blue seen in the average Blue and Gold. They all share the same wonderful personality and characteristics.

The Bolivian Blue and Gold Macaw is a variant originating only in Bolivia. It looks just like the typical Blue and Gold, however, it is much larger. A mutation of the Blue and Gold Macaw has also been reported where the yellow coloring is absent creating a blue and white bird. Although seldom seen or available there are many new mutations being bred. Many sell for over $50,0US each.
Momma Deb told me she would love to have one of each, they are so beautiful, I am certain you will have to agree.
photo one--white
photo 2-- white blue opaline
photo 3--white blue pied
photo 4-cinnamon opaline
photo 5--cinnamon
photo 6--lutino
photo 7--blue & white
photo 8-10-Golden or lutino-albino yellows
photo 11--blue and white
see you all tomorrow,
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Mr and Mrs Sky and BB Thrift, Little Angel, JESSE, thank-you for BOTD friends! & SWEETIE.

07/04/2014 02:46.17 PM Report This Comment  
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