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I went to the bird store a week after losing our Moluccan, Buddy. I had no intention of buying a bird. They showed me Bobbi who was just 5 weeks old at the time, so small and just quills. Fell immediately in love and she settled right into my arms and went to sleep. Put a deposit on her right away. After a year of ill health and a lot of help from our Bird Channel friends, she became mine. I am forever grateful and blessed!.

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Hi! My name is Bobbi

I am a Blue-and-Gold Macaw from Ocean City, MD.

Bobbi girl, Baby Bobbi

6 years old   F

Blue-and-Gold Macaw

I love my hand-feeding formula. Grapes are good too!

On my momma!

Tiki trying to bite my tail!

Mom loves me so much. She's teaching me to give kisses and talk. I'm learning to balance and climb. Our special time is my hand feedings. Brothers Clyde & Tiki get to share in the hand feedings as well. I love my forever home!

I love momma's face and hair!.

Through Angel Buddy I came home to be with mom. He looks over us and smiles and it's good to see Mom smile again too! I love my new home!.

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  Hi Bobbi
July 25th BOTM POST
Hello friends, Zeena the Ballerina here today with a popular, very pretty Australian species. The Bourke's Parakeet and it's mutations . These peaceful, gentle birds make awesome pets for people of all ages and have quite the following here in aviculture. With their calm personalities and soft voices they make awesome additions to any home whether it be an apartment or private dwelling.
I want to again thank each one of you for your wonderful comments and daily votes. If there is a species you would like to possibly see in one of my Posts feel free to mention them.
The Bourke's Parakeets (Neopsephotus Bourkii) are endangered in their own homeland of Southwestern and Central Australia, but are popular in aviculture. They are readily available in the United States and relatively inexpensive. Know the world over for their charming qualities.

The Bourke's parrot has recently been removed from the Neophema genus and placed in a genus of its own. Neopsephotus bourkii. Although discussion continues in this matter. The Bourkes Parakeet is listed on Appendix II of the CITES, as to be monitored and vulnerable. Our hopes is that it will never need to be moved to Appendix I.

They are the only parrot or parakeet that has no green pigmentation in its natural colour. The ‘normal parakeet’ found in its natural habitat is brown on its back area from head to tail with a pink underbelly. Wing feathers can be scalloped with a creamy white to sometimes a pale yellow. They also sport a royal blue on their shoulders, outside flight feathers and tail. A streak of the same blue crosses the top of their eyes. The male will have blue feathers just above his cere. One of the most popular mutations of Bourke’s is better know as a Rosey Bourke’s that is dark to light pink in colour. Today there are a wide selection of mutations available.

I trust you will enjoy the photos I have posted today in the gallery. These are not by-far all the available mutations being bred but gives a wonderful sampling of what is hatching in the world of Bourke's Parakeets.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/25/2014 09:32.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Bobbi
Thank you for honoring me with BOTD! I had a greyt time at the castle with King Pepper!
Luv, Queen BonBon?

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07/24/2014 10:29.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
We miss you, but we know mom and dad are into the new grand, so it's okay.
It's cooler here today than it has been for a couple of days, only going into the mid 70s today. That's good pool weather though. Mom will spend the afternoon reading by the pool, then do some grocery shopping which is really needed at this point. (She only had 7 things to cut up into the boy's and Maxine's bowls today.) Later we will celebrate my hatchday with songs, special treats, and maybe a new toy. I hope I get my favorite popcorn nutriberries. ♫Happy Hatchday to me! ♫ Come on over for some cake and nutriberries later! Hugs, Falco

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07/24/2014 07:29.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
It's so good to hear from you again. Glad you enjoyed your hatchday and BOTD! Hope all is well.
We had a cool day today, just low 70's. But, that's ok cause I celebrated my 4th Hatchday! I had a great day with lots of treats, toys and tons of hugs and kisses. I'm dropping off a piece of cake for you to enjoy. Thanks for all the wonderful wishes.
Hugs
Chyna

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07/23/2014 10:15.37 PM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
GLAD YOU ENJOYED YOUR DAY AS BOTD. DON'T BE A STRANGER, STOP ON BY ONCE IN AWHILE.

SWEETPEPPER

Come visit me, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & KACEY VOTE MIKEY PG 61671 FOR 1OK CLUB.

07/23/2014 05:27.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi buddy
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here with today's special guests. I had a few problems getting them to settle down and then a few chewed their way out of the box, but finally I bribed them with a few Almonds. Today we pause briefly to visit a few very beautiful and interesting Cockatoo mutations. Cockatoos have been cross species bred for a number of years, giving rise to some odd and uncommon looking individuals. However, the birds we will stop to visit today are natural occurring mutations, some of which have been hatched in the wild. Ok, guys, climb down from there please, it's time to get a few photos.
Cockatoos are found in the wild in only a limited area of the world. They are found primarily in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, as well as surrounding areas in the South Pacific.

The cockatoo (of the family Cacatuidae) is one of the most well-known birds in the parrot family because it’s quite noisy; in fact, it’s the loudest of all the parrots. Their loudness comes from a history of having to communicate long distances with one another in dark, thick forests. Cockatoos are found in Australia and some surrounding islands, mainly in forested areas. These birds form flocks, with sometimes up to three different types of cockatoos, to feed together on berries, nuts and seeds. Most cockatoos even stay in the same flock they were raised in and often mate in long-lasting pairs.

Like all parrots, cockatoos are zygodactyl, which means they can use their feet to grasp objects, making them excellent climbers. Although parrots are often colorful, most cockatoos are actually black and white because they lack a certain texture in their feathers that reflects light. In the 1970s, many cockatoos were trapped for the pet trade and their numbers in the wild have decreased dramatically. In fact, some Indonesian cockatoos are now thought to be extinct in the wild. Others are quickly declining due to hunting, poisoning and illegal poaching. Looked upon as pests and nuisances they fight to maintain their territories with ever growing human invasion.

Cockatoos are gregarious, sensitive, demanding and classed as high-maintenance. They have a powerful beak they freely use to chew and tear woodwork and furnishing in homes if left unsupervised. Not a bird for most novices, those who have loved and been loved by one, will forever be a Cockatoo fan.

I hope you enjoy the photos of some of the wonderful mutations available today.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/23/2014 03:10.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi dear, more love from Jenny & my Flock
Well it's a little cooler today, but most importantly much less humid! Happy hump day to you and all our friends, not a lot happening today, just more cage duty for dad, it keeps him off the streets, LOL! Dad's buddies called yesterday and there will be a Sexton Ford old timers lunch date this Friday, that is always a fun time, dad worked with most of these people for 38 years! Have a great day dear friends, and give my love to all in your sweet home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny & the Dallas family

PS~ More love to our dear aunt Kathy as well....

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07/23/2014 12:09.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Bobbi
You have to get your Mom to get you on BC more offton.

You have a social life to keep up with. Stop in the Kissing Booth #168138 & join us in the Pirate treasure hunt Little Angel is takeing us on.

Ms BB

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07/23/2014 09:41.59 AM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
HI BOBBIE, CONGRATS ON BEING OUR BOTD. HAVE A GREAT TIME.

SWEETPEPPER & KACEY

Come visit me, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & KACEY VOTE MIKEY PG 61671 FOR 1OK CLUB.

07/20/2014 09:12.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hiya Bobbi
Boy do you look beautiful.

Wing hugs and beak kisses

Left ya a vote

Come visit me, Chirpy-My Bird Bath.

07/20/2014 08:09.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi,

Congrat's on being BOTD. My name is Oz and I'm a Rose Breasted Cockatoo. Mommy is my 3rd owner and she says that I'm now in my Forever Home. Hope you have as much fun in the Castle as I did when I was there. Here's a vote for you. Bye for now.

Winghugs,
Oz (The Pink Too)
P.S. Happy Belated Hatchday to you!

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07/20/2014 06:28.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Bobbi
Congratulations on BOTD! Have a wonderful day in the castle today!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

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07/20/2014 05:55.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! I hope you are enjoying your special day.
Hugs
Chyna

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07/20/2014 05:51.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
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)

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07/20/2014 05:42.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having a ball celebrating your special honor at the castle today with King Pepper.

love Cori and Boo Boo

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07/20/2014 05:22.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi!
Congrats on being BOTD!!
Left you a vote.

Ronnie Lee, Charlotte, NC.

07/20/2014 05:00.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi buddy
Hi everyone, Zeena, here with your Sunday BOTM POST. I want to take a moment to thank you all for all your support and votes during this month's BOTM campaign. Today, we will visit with some unique and usual Budgie mutations. Known by many names, Parakeet, Budgie, and officially Budgerigars. these fun-loving, friendly members of the avian family are loved the world over.

Feather Dusters
Feather Dusters are a rare mutation produced solely at random, mostly among English Budgies. These birds are huge compared to other budgies and have abnormally growing, very long feathers. As the name implies they do look rather like the feather dusters used for dusting furniture. They must eat constantly to try and supply their bodies with the nutrients they need because of the heavy demand put on them by the constant feather growth. They generally don't live more than a few months, cannot fly, and are usually blind. They are also thought to be deaf and may even be afflicted with what is known in humans as Down's Syndrome.


Half Siders

Half-Siders a randomly occurring rare mutation in which the bird is split right down the middle with each half representing a different color or variety. One side may be blue and one half green, one half normal and the other half pied, etc. When one of these is at a show, you can tell exactly where it is in the room because of all of the people standing in front of the cage doing double takes. As they say, you have to see it to believe it. Quarter-Siders, in which only one quarter of the body is affected, also occur.

CRESTED

In this variety, the feathers on top of the budgie's head point awry, forming a crest.
There are three types of crested budgies: full-circular crest, half-circular crest and the tufted crest.
Crested Budgies are both a random occurring mutation, and one for which breeders can breed to produce them. They are relatively rare and sell for upwards of $100US each and more depending on crest.
Helicopter Budgies

These unusual Budgies are bred to produce long, silkie feathers at the shoulder and upper wing margins. The more complete the covering the higher the quality and price. They are especially popular in Japan and Asia where pairs can sell for up to $55,000US

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/20/2014 03:01.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Bobbi
Are you my long lost sister? No, you could not be cause I am !? years old.

I am Ms BB & I run the castle you are in today. Is the staff & the Royal Macaw guards treating you right? They will get you anything your heart desires cause the castle is magic.

Are you still being hand fed at one year old? My late Mom only had to feed me for around 10 months. Have you had corn bread yet? That is some delishes stuff. And so is nanas,apples,grapes,peaches,pears,kewi,oranges,fig- s,
plums,carrots,peas,lima beans, baked sweet tators & white & red tators, pizza bones etc,etc,etc.

Ms BB

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07/20/2014 02:55.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Bobbi~
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you sweetie!! You get an entire day of being in the spotlight! Today is all about you!
Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admrie!!
Royal hugs ~ Sugar

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07/20/2014 12:01.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Bobbi old friend, congrats for BOTD-Jenny
Have a great day,and give our love to momma Kathy, we love you guys! Good Sunday dear friend, the bird club meeting went very well last night! Our dear aunt Teresa called us yesterday afternoon, to tell us Cheeta and Casaur are recovering nicely, at least as good as can be expected! Dad was given permission to relay the news to our friends, and while Ceasaur had developed an infection, it is treatable with antibiotics, and Cheeta has only slowed down a little with her damaged wing, she has that indomitable spirit of all Caiques, Cindy knows what I mean! It has finally been decided that Limon will be our bird, and we couldn't be any more pleased! Have a great Sunday dear friends, and give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Sunday love from Jenny & our Dallas flock

PS~Theresa thanked all of you for your prayers, and our prayers will continue, for her and her birds, thanks and God Bless you all...

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07/20/2014 10:41.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Queen Bobbi
Congrats on winning BOTD today! Here's a basket of nuts, grapes and some of that baby formula you're fond of to enjoy while you're in the castle with King Pepper! Have a greyt day and come visit my new fister, Lemon Le'BonBon!
Luv, Spot and Lemon♥

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07/20/2014 10:28.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations Queen Bobbi
WOW, I was eggcited this morning to see your picture in the BOTD spotlight. Enjoy your day in the BC CASTLE and have lots of fun at the celebration in your honor.
love
Zeena

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07/20/2014 10:12.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats on BOTD,
Congratulations on your win. Hope you are enjoying your special day in the spotlight!! Left a vote for you too.

Chipper

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07/20/2014 09:58.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
Congratulations on winning BOTD!

Have a greyt one
be a good birdie
Go to church if you can
Wings hugs and V4U
Your Pal,Oki

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07/20/2014 07:48.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
Hey Bobbi, it's always fun to see a friend in the spotlight! Have a great day of fame and enjoy the castle with King Pepper! Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, I'm 15 today!.

07/20/2014 07:14.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Queen Bobbi
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. No better way to eggstend the hatchday festivities than a day as royalty. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with King Pepper. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

07/20/2014 05:34.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations !
Enjoy your special day :)

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

07/20/2014 02:40.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
Wishing you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more. Enjoy your day.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna ~ beach fun with Scoober & Bailey ♥ RIP.

07/19/2014 09:21.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Bobbi!
You are looking lovelier than ever!!!

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!
Kaji and Lizzie

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07/19/2014 08:56.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Bobbi!
long time, no chat! I am embarrassed that it took your hatchday to bring me to your page to vote and drop off this bag (nearly full) of almonds. It was full when I left the house, but it is a long way from So Cal to OC, MD. Oh, and my mom asked me to bring back some Thresher's French fries if they are still in biz...with vinegar, of course!

Kiddo

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07/19/2014 02:51.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Bobbi~
Sugar here to wish you a very, very, Happy Hatchday! I hope your day is just perfect!
Hatchday Hugs ~ Sugar

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07/19/2014 10:34.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
flying by to wish you a most happy hatchday. hope you are having a super fun time celebrating on your special day.

love Cori and Boo Boo

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07/19/2014 09:22.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
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)

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07/19/2014 08:41.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday
Hey Bobbi, it's been a long time, girl! We hope this is your best hatchday ever, filled with attention, toys, and treats. Hugs, Falco and the boys

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07/19/2014 06:49.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Bobbi
Happy 6th Hatchday. Hope it's your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

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07/19/2014 05:53.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
Hi everyone, Happy TGIF. Today we will make a stop in India to visit a strange looking member of the avian world. The Wreathed Hornbill. These majestic birds are seen in Zoos and private collector's aviaries. The Wreathed Hornbill , also known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill, is a species of Hornbill found in forests from far north-eastern India and Bhutan, east and south through mainland south-east Asia and the Greater Sundas, except Sulawesi. The Wreathed Hornbill is a large (4-8 pounds) black bird with a yellowish tail, red eyes, and a long, thick beak topped with a small 'wreathed' casque with up to 9 ridges. The male has a bright yellow inflatable throat pouch, while the female's is blue. It is suggested that the casque, which has a spongy hollow core, may serve as a resonating chamber for its harsh barking call, as a form of species recognition, and/or to convey health status. The first two cervical vertebrae are fused to help their neck support the extra weight of the large bill. Their 2nd and 3rd toes are partially fused to help them better grasp tree branches. Using droppings, mud, and fruit pulp, the female hornbill is renowned for walling itself into tree hollows for up to 41/2 months while nesting. The female leaves only a small slit through which its mate must pass all needed foodstuffs until their babies fledge.
The wreathed hornbill is an omnivorous feeder, eating mostly fruit. The male, however, will feed small animals such as bats, reptiles, frogs, crabs, and insects to the females and developing chicks. It can find food from the treetops to the forest floor as well as in water.
Captive breeding the Wreathed Hornbill is difficult but successful once specific requirements are provided. This species is intelligent and sensitive to change and it takse longer to form pairs; young males are vulnerable to bullying by older females; heated accommodation are absolutely necessary and a higher protein diet is needed for them to rear their chicks successfully. These and several other factors make them more difficult to maintain and breed compared to their African counterparts.
Chicks, when available sell to private breeders,and collectors for thousands of dollars each. This fact and their need for massive flights makes them unsuitable except for serious experienced collectors/breeders.
Tomorrow, we once more take a peak inside a nest box to discover what new is hatching inside.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/18/2014 04:09.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
Hello everyone, Zeena here with a special tribute to my frother Lupe'. Lupe' left us recently after he sustained severe injuries to his feet by another bird. Rest in peace, "Momma's Special Boy! I love you forever!"
Today's special Parrot is the Tucaman Amazon. This post was very difficult for me to write.

The Tucumán Amazon (Amazona tucumana) is native to Northern Argentina where it is found in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy as well as Southeast Bolivia in provinces of Chuquisaca and Tarija. They prefer forested areas between 3,400 and 7,300 ft; but may migrate to lower altitudes in autumn and winter. They inhabit woodland areas . The main concentrations of this species in Bolivia occur in Montes Chapeados, Villa Serrano and Tariquía Flora and Fauna National Reserve, with 1,643 individuals recorded at various sites during a recent study) A dedicated national population census and monitoring initiative is required to provide an accurate estimate of the Bolivian population and to locate, measure and monitor local populations and post-breeding roosts.

The Tucumán Amazon is a mostly green, short tailed parrot 31 cm (12 in) long. The green feathers of the upper-body have black margins. There is red plumage on the forehead and fore-crown, and the red does not extend around the white eye-rings. It has red primary wing feathers and no red at the bend of the wing. It has orange thighs and red at the base of the green tail. They have a horn colored beak, orange-yellow irises, and pinkish-grey legs. The male and female are identical.

This species is classified as Vulnerable as it is experiencing a rapid population decline owing to habitat loss and capture for the cage bird trade. On the CITES APPENDIX 1 trade is now illegal, but in Country trade has not been enforced. These rather plain individuals were not of primary concern to breeders when imports were allowed owing to their low ability to learn human speech. Therefore there is a limited gene pool of breeding lines available worldwide.

Lupe'; bold, protective and gentle. An awesome and devoted pet. Limited in speech he made it up in love, entertaining antics and personality. If protective measures are not put into place in their wild habitat, these gems of the Amazon family will disappear.

Fly free little frother, we all miss you, but we will see you again!

with love, tears and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/17/2014 12:27.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
Hi everybirdie. Zeena here today with another very unique and endangered bird that is fighting for survival .The Nicobar Pigeon.
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas. They drink water without having to raise their heads in the process; their chicks are helpless at birth but develop at an amazing pace . What is more, they forage for fruits of plants that have evolved with them the entire time. The Nicobar is planning and planting forests as they forge and eat.


It is a large pigeon, measuring 18-22 inches in length. The head is grey, like the upper neck plumage, which turns into green and copper hackles towards the breast. The breast is grey. The tail is very short and pure white. The rest of its plumage is metallic green. The cere of the dark bill forms a small blackish knob; the strong legs and feet are dull red. The iris is dark. Females are slightly smaller and less colorful.

The Nicobar pigeon roams in flocks from island to island, sleeping on offshore islets where no predators occur and spends the day in areas with better food availability,. Its food consists of seeds, fruit and buds, and it is attracted to areas where grain is available. A gizzard stone helps to grind up hard food items. Its flight is quick. Unlike other pigeons groups fly in columns or single file, not in a loose flock. The white tail is prominent in flight when seen from behind . The young birds' lack of a white tail is a signal of their immaturity clearly visible to an adult Nicobar pigeon, it is obvious at a glance which flockmembers are neither potential mates, nor potential competitors for mates.

This species nests in dense forest on offshore islets, often in large colonies. It builds a loose stick nest in a tree. It lays one elliptical faintly blue-tinged white egg.

Nicobar pigeons are hunted in considerable numbers for food, and also for their gizzard stone which is used in jewelry. The species is also trapped for the local pet market, but as it is on CITES Appendix I, such trade is generally illegal. Internationally, captive breeding is able to supply the birds demanded by zoos, where this attractive and unusual bird is often seen. Direct exploitation of the species, including the illegal trade, might be sustainable on its own; however, its available nesting habitat is decreasing. The offshore islets which it requires are often logged for plantations, destroyed by construction ,or polluted by nearby industry. Also, increased travel introduced predators to the breeding sites, and colonies of the Nicobar pigeon may be driven to desert such locations or be destroyed outright. There is an estimated 1,000 adult birds remaining, its long-term future is increasingly being jeopardized.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

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07/16/2014 04:38.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi
July 15th BOTM POST
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's topic. The African Grey Mutations. Please note that all mutations occur spontaneously. A hybrid is made by combining two species from the same family group. Mutations do occur in the wild, but often fail to survive due tot heir coloration making them easy prey.
Several mutations occur naturally in the wild, like the F2 Pied Mutation, which results in a broad red band across the abdomen. 1998 saw the first created Grey mutation when South African bird breeder Von van Antwerpen and New Zealand partner Jaco Bosman selected F2 Pieds and created the first red African Grey. These early red pigmented Greys sold for more then $250,000 US each. Since the early 1990s red-factored Greys were being caught in the wild and sold to breeders who in turn attempted to propagate the coloration. This first red baby saw the beginning of a number of spontaneous mutations occurring all around the world.
Today there are a large number of beautiful, rare mutations available to breeders and collectors. Each mutation possesses the same personality traits, intelligence and healthy composure as their normal Grey relatives. Although some argue that mutation breeding weakens the lines, to date this has not proven to be true, since these mutations occur from F1-2 generation parents, and often from visually normal grey parents who carry the mutation coloring.
Today we will stop and take a look at several of the more common, and some fairly new and uncommon mutations available. Each has it's merits, and following. It takes many years and generations to stabilize a new mutation to breed true-to-type. Dedicated breeders work hard to breed the strongest, healthiest birds from the chosen mutations. The road to success it wroth with pit-falls and disappointments, but the desire to perpetuate their selected mutations makes it a labor of love to continue onwards.
Most of the mutations shown today in the gallery are unavailable to the public. Those that are sell from $5000 to over $150,000US each. I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful birds, some for the very first time.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/15/2014 02:06.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bobbi--hope you are enjoying my blogs
July 14th BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start of this week with a visit to one of the planet's wonders in the avian field. It was a special request from our dear friend Mr. Kiddo. We need to be very quiet as we visit these unique and highly endangered gems of the bird world. I wish to thank everyone for their votes and input.
The kakapo (Maori: kakapo, night parrot), also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea found only in New Zealand. It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length. A combination of traits make it unique among its kind; it is the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world's longest-living birds. Its anatomy typifies the tendency of a bird's evolution on oceanic islands, with few predators and abundant food: a generally robust physique, quick movement efficiency at the expense of flight abilities & reduced wing muscles, . Like many other New Zealand bird species, the kakapo was historically important to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. It was hunted and used for both for its meat as a food source and for its feathers . It was also kept as a pet.
The Kakapo lays one to three eggs in a ground concave usually only raising one or two chicks per breeding season. The species is in a critically endangered position due to poaching, habitat distraction and the introduction of predators such as feral cats. Man's infringement on their breeding territory is causing a drastic and rapid decrease in numbers with only 6 chicks in 2012 surviving to maturity. A key part of the Recovery Plan is the supplementary feeding of females. The kakapo breeds only once every two to five years, when the Dacrydium cupressinum (rimu), produces protein-rich fruit and seeds. Observations of the relationship between intermittent breeding and the plant's mast year help biologists choose which suitable supplementary foods to increase kakapo breeding frequency. In 1989, six preferred foods (apples, sweet potatoes, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts) were supplied to 12 feeding stations. Males and females ate the supplied foods, and females nested on Little Barrier Island in the summers of 1989–91 for the first time since 1982, although nesting success was low. In March 2014, with the kakapo population having increased to 126, it sits on the verge of extinction. As man's awareness of their plight becomes known it is hoped that Conservation efforts will see a greater success in breeding these wonders of the Parrot World.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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