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Hi! My name is Ms BBs page.

I am a Blue-and-Gold Macaw from Imperial, MO.

Big Bird. Hay you. Brat! Bird!!! Stuped Bird, Loud mouth, Beak with feet!!

27 years old   F

Blue-and-Gold Macaw

Pine nuts!!! A jug of ice cold Little Bits Best rootbeer !!!!

On my play stand!!

Not being able to be in the front room on my playstand any more.

He gives me cardboard boxes to tear up.

Hanging upside down and ringing my bells..

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Mr. Sky and Queen Ms. BB, wish to inform all our friends that the wedding has been postponed till the new Birdeville site is up & running.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Sky, Queen Ms. BB, with Momma Deb, Dad Frank and Eva.
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I asked the girls and Lucy, Mocha, Latte, Shiloh and Peep ( not sure its she yet) said they go on your trip. It sounds like you got a great trip planed with lots of fun. Leaving you a vote BBF RIO

Come visit me, RIO, MOCHA, LITTLE PEEP, & LATTE.

07/29/2014 10:33.21 PM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
OH I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIG SHOPPING SPREE. MOM SAYS SINCE I AM FEELING GOOD THAT I CAN GO. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ON A SHOPPING SPREE SO I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEAS OF WHERE TO GO. WE USUALLY SHOP AT KOHLS OR TARGET. I WILL HAVE MY BAG PACKED AND READY TO GO.

I NEVER STAYED IN A 5 STAR HOTEL. IT SOUNDS EXCITING. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.

KACEY

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07/29/2014 09:09.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Hello to all my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we will take a look in brief at a touchy subject that has people lined up on both sides of the debate. It involves the breeders verses conservationists. I am not sharing this to side with either group, but as a general interest topic. These are exerts from an interview with Tony Silva a world renowned expert on Aviculture.
Interviewer; In light of all the talk about breeders, verses the conservationist groups, how can we make our legislators, the animal rights radicals, and the conservation elitists, understand that what we as private aviculturists do, is valuable and should be encouraged, not strangled with laws and regulations which in the end, will result in extinction, not preservation, of exotic birds?

Tony Silva: "We need an active, strong avicultural industry. Breeders must be allowed to breed for the pet industry, unimpeded by regulations and laws that simply do not work for us or the birds. The birds we raise for the pet industry supports the work we do with endangered species. And we have to do this, because third world countries don't care about what happens to their birds, they simply don't care. We have to look at individual species like the Spix. If it weren't for private aviculture, there would be no Spix Macaws. And the Brazilian government recognizes this! They say, 'Look, we don't care if we ever reintroduce Spix Macaws. We're just happy that authorities say we'll still have the species around, even if it's not in the jungle. '
Interviewer; Has the establishment of the CITES treaty curbed the explotation of wild Parrots

Tony Silva: I never would have thought imports would stop, because to these countries, birds are a renewable resource. In Southern Argentina a number of years ago, they were packaging up Patagonian Conures in cans and selling them to the Japanese as delicacies because nobody wanted to buy them as pets or to breed.

Look at the Tucuman Amazon. It is so rare they are difficult to locate in their habitat or aviculture. Officials in their range gave permits to shoot them because they were raiding the cornfields . Then there's the Scarlet Macaw in Surinam. It is on CITES Appendix I, but it is perfectly legal to bag up to 3 a day. The natives use them for food. Trade in birds' countries of origin will go on because these people have to survive. There is such a lack of education -- and you're going to tell them not to shoot this or that bird, or to protect this tree! And people won't believe this unless they see it. It's like the Hyacinth Macaw study. The researchers have a few lunches with bird trappers and gives their opinions as first-hand knowledge. But it's not accurate. Without captive breeding many species of Parrots the world over will cease to be in the next ten years. We need breeders to guarantee there will be any Parrots left in the end.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/29/2014 01:37.09 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Ms BB!!!!
Married life with my sweet Tweety has been nothing but wonderful...Yes, I would love to go on a shopping trip with you...It is a great idea....Just tell when to be ready to go...Tweety told me by all means go and enjoy yourself....Hope you are having a nice Tuesday...Just pecked a V4U....With many birdie wing hugs to you my friend...Love, Princess :o)

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07/29/2014 10:01.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB,
The trip sounds great!! Looking forward to it.
Keep me posted. Have a great day. Leaving a vote.

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/29/2014 08:58.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Miss BB
That souns awesome! I'm looking forward to getting some cloths! And a 5 star hotel! Whoo hoo! Let me know when. Oh, and Spot is buying me some luggage for the trip.
This is going to be so much fun!
Luv, BonBon♥
PS. Spot here! She has an unlimited CC, so make sure she's not shy about useing it!

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07/28/2014 07:43.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you are having a great day! The Blue Angels are here!! They are going to be doing some shows at Seafair in Seattle on Friday and Saturday. I was hoping they would be flying over my house on the way to Boeing Field but no luck this year!! I did get to see the video on the internet and that was cool!!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/28/2014 01:58.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
Hi everybirdie, Zeena here with Monday's BOTM POST. Today we visit a beautiful song bird making a new comeback in homes around the globe. The Pekin Rokin, a song bird of extraordinary talent. I wish to thank all my many friends for their votes and stopping to leave comments on my page. I read them all.
The Red-billed Leiothrix or PEKIN ROBIN (Leiothrix lutea) is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes. It has also been found at elevations ranging from near sea level to about 7,500 feet.

The species was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in 1918 and spread to all the forested islands except Lanai. Its population on Oahu crashed in the 1960s and it disappeared from Kauai, but is now common and increasing on Oahu The leiothrix was released in Western Australia but it failed to become established. This species was also introduced in Great Britain but permanent establishment was unsuccessful. It was introduced to France, where it is now established in several areas.
Adults have bright red bills and a dull yellow ring around their eyes. Their backs are dull olive green, and they have a bright yellow-orange throat with a yellow chin; females are somewhat duller than males, and juveniles have black bills. It has also been introduced in various parts of the world, with small populations of escapees having existed in Japan since the 1980s. It has become a common cagebird and amongst aviculturists it goes by various names: Pekin Robin, Pekin Nightingale, Japanese Nightingale, and Japanese (Hill) Robin, the last two being misnomers as it is not native to Japan.
Pekin Robins don't fly frequently, except in open habitats. This bird is very active and an excellent singer but very secretive and difficult to see. It makes a wonderful addition to a mixed aviary with good cover provided. Housing one pair per flight.
The standard fare for Pekin Robins in captivity comprises a mix of dried insect food, fresh fruits and mealworms. they especially like fruitflies and live crickets especially in the breeding season.
Pekin Robins are difficult to find for sale but well worth the expenditure and effort to find them.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/28/2014 01:16.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ms. BB
Gosh last night we sure had some very bad storms. A lot of thunder and rain and Tornado warnings in our area. I don't think Mom was too happy with all the noise, and it kept her up very late. Today's another day, and it's looking better for us.

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07/28/2014 07:23.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ms. BB
Thank you for the kind offer, but Mom was out shopping today and stopped at a pet store, and found two books all about me. Now she can lean more, so I am properly and totally spoiled, as I should be.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/27/2014 02:28.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BB
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we head to the warm tropical Island Luzon, Philippines and visit an unusual and exotic species of Dove. The Luzon Bleeding-Heart. The Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) is one of a number of species of ground dove in the genus Gallicolumba that are called "bleeding-hearts". They get this name from a splash of vivid red colour at the centre of their white breasts. The Luzon Bleeding-heart is the species in which this feature is most pronounced, and on first sight it is hard to believe that the bird has not recently been wounded. A reddish hue that extends down the belly furthers the illusion of blood having run down the bird's front. The Luzon Bleeding-heart was featured on a Philippine 2-peso postage stamp in 1994.


The Luzon bleeding-heart is classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List and is listed on Appendix II of CITES., since it is commonly trapped. Local people use it for meat, but its striking appearance means that there is also a market for it in the pet trade. A captive breeding project has been started in Australia, and the Philippines. Habitat conservation is a priority but it will also be necessary to bring some of the three other species of bleeding heart doves (Negros, Sulu and Mindoro) into captivity, to prevent their extinction. Recently the first captive population of Negros bleeding heart doves has been established in the Philippines.

Only two of the five species of bleeding heart doves are held in captivity in Europe at present: the Luzon and the Mindanao. The European breeding programs for these species are coordinated by Bristol Zoo Gardens. They are being managed to provide a self-sustaining captive population and to develop important care and breeding techniques for use in the Philippines.

Identifying the areas where Luzon bleeding heart doves are found and the numbers that are left is the next step needed to secure this species in the wild. Once sites have been selected with the local community, the area will be protected to ensure the survival of the species in that area.

The areas where the bleeding heart dove lives also contain many other birds unique to these islands, all of which have been threatened by deforestation. In addition, some are threatened by hunting and illegal collection for the pet trade. By highlighting the plight of the bleeding heart dove, conservationists work to save the habitat for all the species in the area.

Although extremely rare in Aviculture 2 pairs were found for sale at $5000.US per pair.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/27/2014 12:26.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BB
Hello my dear BC friends. It was a long day without our beloved BC family but we are happy to say once it was up and going it was actually much faster then before. I had a special request from one of my friends to example the breeding of mutations. As this is a limited BOTM series I will touch on it briefly. For anyone interested in more in depth study I have a number of very good links and references.
In simplest terms a "mutation" is any deviation from the "normal wild-type" of any species of animal or bird. They occur spontaneously in the wild, as well as in captivity. In the wild MOST mutations have a very limited life-span owing to their coloration or other physical characteristics that make them more visible and easier prey. An example of a successful mutations are the red markings on normal Congo African Greys. These individuals integrate well into existing grey colored flocks.
In Captivity mutations are able to live and mature thereby offering breeders an opportunity to reproduce like marked/colored offspring. An excellent example is the Blue Budgie. These spontaneously occurred in several continents. By breeding Blue offspring back to normal parents the breeders were able to produce more of the same. Through selective culling and breeding of F2-second generation-blues the color was stabilized. Mutations can continue to occur even in a new mutation color--such as the blue Budgies who then produced offspring with yellow-Lutino or albino pigments. Inbreeding, selective crossing and out crosses to other colored mutations has given rise to all the many colors common in Budgies.
When looking specifically at Quaker Parrots, whose natural color is green/grey we find that the first mutation was a Blue baby hatched in Belgium in the 1940s. It is a complete replacement of the normal green plumage by blue. The gene for blue plumage is Autosomal Recessive and both hens and cocks can be heterozygous or ‘split’ for or‘carriers’ of blue – depending upon your favored terminology! This means--both parents must carry the gene to produce blue even though they are visually "normals" Today there are a large number of mutations being bred.
With all mutations, breeders must cull out the colors they do not want and breed the desired colors into the gene pool. Through consecutive generations of offspring the color is improved upon, often mutating from the original mutation thereby adding yet another new color for serious breeders to work with. Mutation possibilities are limitless as they occur spontaneously and can not be "created" by humans. Hybrids must not be confused with mutations. Hybrids are the result of breeding two diverse species within the same Genera together--examples of which are the Hybrid Macaws, Blue/Gold mated to a Green Wing etc.
Today we will visit a selection of mutations from a number of different species, I hope you enjoy the results.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/26/2014 04:37.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
Chuey here to let you know I am running for BOTM starting August 1st. I hope you will enjoy my blogs and I'm looking forward to an eggciting month.
Zee ya

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07/26/2014 10:05.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB from Jenny with love
I hope to see many of our friends at the Milonga Beach Party tonight, it should be a lot of fun for all who attend! We're having a hot, muggy, overcast day, but these days come and go, no complaints with our Summer so far! Dad had great time with his old friends yesterday, they talked for hours, what could they possibly have to talk about! This should be an easy day for dad, not much happening, I hope your Saturday is equally laid back and peaceful, and let's all be aware that sadly, bird injuries can happen to any of us, in that magical split second, a constant vigil must ALWAYS be in place! Have a great day and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Loving ya forever, Jenny & the Dallas family

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07/26/2014 08:32.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB
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 09:10.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Miss BB
Thank you for honoring me with BOTD! I had a greyt time at the castle with King Pepper!
Luv, Queen BonBon?
PS. The Macaw guards were lovely! All that bowing and stuff!
Also, Spot has stopped chasing me off the food bowls! I can hardly wait to go shopping with you and the girls!

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07/24/2014 10:00.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
It's Popeye.
I could use a vacation. That trip sounds like fun.
Dad didn't get to talk to his lawn man yesterday. Mom wanted to see another movie and didn't want to wait for him. Dad wasn't happy about it but did like the movie. it was called The Other Woman and it was funny. The revenge they piled on this "three timer" was staller. After the movie they came home and ate cold chicken leftovers for dinner and headed out for another concert in the park. The group was called Doo Waa Riders and they were good. Dad was raised on country music and even worked in a country music radio station when he was in high school. And, for a short time, he played backup guitar in a country band. He still has his instruments. A six and a twelve string guitar, a solid body and hollow body electric guitar, a five string banjo, a mandolin and three amplifiers.
Dad said he needs to mow the lawn today but he isn't going to. It's going to be too hot. The weather page says it's going to be clear and Hot, with a high of 100 and a low of 69. At least the humidity will be low.
Hope your day was fun.
Hugs,
Popeye

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07/24/2014 08:28.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB,
Would love to come on the shopping trip! Let me know when you are planning to go. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day!! Leaving a vote for you. Hope to talk to you soon.

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/24/2014 04:04.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
I love your new dress!
Did you say SHOPPING? Count me in ... have you asked Falco? Can we also go to London?
Don't worry, I have my own BC-Visa card. Keep me posted.
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 10:33.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you are having a great day! I'm having lots of fun. Mom is off tonight so no sleeping this afternoon! We are watching an NCIS LA dvd. Very exciting!
I would love to go shopping with you! It sounds so very exciting and I have never been to Paris! Just let me know when and I will be ready to go! It will be fun to have a girls day out!
I hope everything is going well at your place. We had lots of rain today and it's cool and windy too! Just like a Northwest summer should be!
Have a great night!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/23/2014 06:49.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Miss BB!
Hope you're having a fun summer! Thinking of you! Hugs, Indy and Rio

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07/23/2014 05:26.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi BB
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 03:20.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
Just a quick stop to say hi, and let you know I am settling into my new home very nicely. See you later.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/23/2014 01:36.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
Thanks for the hatchday wishes & for voting me BOTD. It's been so long since mom and I have sat down and blogged on here. Thanks for being my friend! Birdie hugs, Bobbi

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07/23/2014 08:35.54 AM Report This Comment  
  HELLO FROM LITTLE LUCY
Hi Ms. BB,
Thank you and your Mama for your prayers. Daddy continues to get a little bit better. Some days he has set-backs, but over all I think he's improving bit by bit. We've been very busy having house guests. My big skin sister came from Colorado for 10 days, and also Mommy's granddaughter and great-granddaughter, who will be 3 in Sept., came, too. Also my big skin frother was here for a few days. On Friday Mommy's oldest daughter will arrive with her husband for a week to celebrate Mommy's birthday. It's been lots of fun for all except Dolly, our little Goffin's. Since Dolly bites everyone except Mommy, she's had to have a lot of cage time, especially when the little one was here. Well, I have to run and let Mommy get some more vacuuming done. She never runs out of stuff to vacuum with us five birdies! Lots of Love, Little Miss Lucy Lou♥

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07/23/2014 06:42.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
Hello my dear friends. Thank you all for the lovely words of encouragement and your faithful daily votes. i hope you are enjoying viewing a few very rare and uncommon Parrots and birds. All the birds I have discussed are species that are kept in captivity. Some we will not see, or won't see available for a long time due to their rarity.
Today we will stop by to visit some very common friends, in some very interesting and striking colors. Momma Deb has raised many Green Cheeked Conures in her lifetime but none like those we will see today. Many are only available to breeders at this time due to their difficulty in reproducing their colors. I hope you will enjoy what you see.
Momma Deb and I tried to locate the current price of many of these beauties and have listed them here, just for your information sake--

American Dilutes--$2000.00 US a pair and up
American Dilutes yellow-sided---$ 3800 to 6000Us a pair
Red-Faced Yellow-sided----$2500 to 7000.US a pair
Sun Cheek -------$ 4500 to 8500US a pair
Moon Cheeks---$7000Us and up for good stock
Mint-----$5000 to 10,000US a pair
Turquoise---$500 US a pair and up
Cinnamon Turquoise---$750 US and up a pair
Recessive Pied-----$4000 to 8000US a pair and up
Red-Factored Pineapples--$300US and up per pair
Dilute Moon Cheeks---$7000US and up per pair

There are by far not all the new and shocking color mutations available but will give you a good idea of what has been hatching in Green Cheeked Conure nest boxes lately.

Habitat:
Seen in dense, low forests and woodlands. Also in moist, mossy cloud forest on E Andes where seen up to 2900m (9512 ft).

Threat Summary:
Probably declining in E Bolivia because of rapid forest clearance. They are found on CITES
Appendix II. There are flocks living in both Florida and California which can be seen in company of the wild Amazon Parrots.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/22/2014 02:18.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms. BB
It's Popeye.
Dad has one of those chimney things, too. He uses the side burner on the propane side to light the coals. No smokey paper needed.
We have new neighbors. A huge flock of Mexican Red Headed Amazons have taken up residence in the tall trees around our house. There must be over 100 of them. You sure can tell when they arrive. Talk about noise! The other evening dad went out and took pictures of them. They haven't visited our backyard feeder yet but dad's hoping they will.
Yesterday, while mom was at the police station, dad vacuumed all the floors and carpets and by the time he was finished it was time to pick mom up. When they got home dad fixed bunless hamburgers. This time there was hardly any smoke but the burgers sure did smell good.
Today is free movie day so mom and dad will be gone for a while but we're hoping they will be home after the movie. We hate Lockdown.
Today will be clear and hot, with a high of 90 and a low of 65.
Hope your day was fun.
Hugs,
Popeye

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07/22/2014 08:14.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BB
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start this week with one of the worlds most well known Parrots. Today we stop to visit the Senegal Parrots and their mutations. I wish to thank you all for your greyt support and daily votes in my quest to earn the Title of Bird of the Month for August.
Over the last 30 years as many as 3 million wild Senegal parrots have been removed from the wild – 811,408 CITES Export permits have been issued since 1975. Unregulated trade in African parrots peaked in the 1980s and ’90s, and still exists today. This lucrative black market industry is fueled by profiteering middlemen who exploit wild bird populations. In 2005, the Senegal parrot was the most traded bird on the CITES Appendix II, with an average of over 45,000 individuals being removed from the wild each year. Today, African parrots remain among the most traded species on earth.
The Poicephalus parrots, including Senegals, Red-bellied and Myers etc are among the hardiest parrots on earth being able to survive in the harsh, African subtropics. All of their ranges are under serious pressure from the booming charcoal industry, out-of-control commercial logging , burning by local people for pastures and agriculture, as well as climate change. Deforestation rates on the continent are now twice that of the rest of the world. Africa has lost one half of its old-growth forests and forest restoration has become absolutely essential to save endemic forest bird species.
Long-lived forest specialists like Senegal parrots and rose-ringed parakeets are particularly sensitive to forest degradation. The added pressure of the wild-caught bird trade is often catastrophic, resulting in local extinctions in many Africa countries. Meyer’s parrots have all but disappeared from South Africa, African grey parrots are no longer seen in Kenya or Tanzania, Ruppell’s parrot and the brown-headed parrot have disappeared from much of their ranges in Namibia and Mozambique respectively, and the Cape parrot is only found in small forest refuges in the high mountains. Anyone who has traveled by road in Africa will tell you that every time you are in or near a forest you will start seeing parrots in cages or with their feet tied up on the roadside. Africa is exporting its parrots, its wildlife, its birdlife, its natural heritage,at alarming rates.
The Senegal Parrot is now extinct in many of it's ranges. The only way to stop this trade in wild-caught Parrots is to refuse to purchase birds that are not born in captivity.
Many devoted Senegal breeders have been working with a few unique mutations that have appeared in nestboxes starting in the early 1990's. These rare and beautiful mutations are still expensive and normally available only to other breeders, they include the yellow, pied, opaline, dilute and cinnamon. Regardless of color Senegal Parrots will remain one of the most common family pet birds kept the world over.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/21/2014 02:55.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Miss BB
Thank you for your sweet welcome note! Please, call me BonBon! I'm looking forward to meeting a whole lot of friendly birds, and I'm glad I'm in my forever home! Everybirdy has been so nice since I got here(yes even Spot)!
Luv, Lemon Le'BonBon♥
PS. I like your new dress, maybe we could go shopping one day!

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07/20/2014 10:29.57 PM Report This Comment  
  cookie knocks
and waits till BB opens her door . . . RASPBERRIES are blown !

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

07/20/2014 05:04.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi MS BB--WOW look at you Sky's gotten love it
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 02:24.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
Thanks for letting me know I wasnt quite sure.All I know he/she/it is very nice and lots of fun.If I did go on the trip I must of brain washed on the way back because I cant remember it.
Love the new dress you got its very pretty.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Zeena (255116) BOTM.

07/20/2014 12:26.19 PM Report This Comment  
  BC Lakers summer basketball camp starts tomorrow !
When ? July 21 - August 4
open 24/7 !

Where ? Laker Stadium page 263176

Welcome all comeback players and new recruits ! Get in shape for the upcoming season !

See you there - Coach Tweety and Captain Cookie

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

07/20/2014 07:50.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB
I can't believe it. Mom was up at 6:30 this morning because she has an appointment at 11:30, to qualify. She has to do this thing every 6 months, cause they want to make sure she can still hit the broad side of a barn. She'll only be gone for a few hours, and will play with me when she gets home. I sure like playing, and am learning all kinds of fun things. She got me a few more toys for my little house, and I'm not sure what to do with them yet, but I guess that I will learn.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/20/2014 05:39.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi BB
I was up and ready to start my day kind of early this morning, but it seems Mom likes to sleep in on the weekend. I have so much I want to do, and because of her I had to wait to get my day of to a good start.
I even tried making some noise, but it didn't seem to do any good.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/19/2014 09:05.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB & daddy Frank, we love you guys, Jenny
It is a beautiful Saturday at our home and later dad has go our bird club meeting, it is toy making night, and he really likes all those nice bird people! We are supposed to learn more about Limon's status with us, but the people are so indecisive, we don't just know yet, but dad is tired of playing their silly games! Have a great day dear friends, and give my love to all in your happy home...

Saturday love from Jenny & my family

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm riding Jen's pig Ham Bone, in to win!, Jen Lynn~Come on BC beach party, & all Zon Guys, Limon Dallas~Thanks for BOTD, I love my new home!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/19/2014 07:28.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello BB~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It was a pretty nice one here. We had some computer problems but mom ran a scan and it all seems to be running okay now.
I spent the day supervising chores and playing with toys. Dad is home and he is a bit messy. There is of course tons of laundry stacked in the living room! Really kind of boring around here but that is just fine by me!
Mom did the market thing early today since dad had 2 doctor appointments. He has to squeeze them all in when he is home. I don't know when he is going to go back out on the road.
Enjoy the evening and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/18/2014 08:43.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ms BB
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 03:48.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sweetheart
Wowser, keep kissin' me like that and we'll need the BC fire Department.

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07/18/2014 03:29.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning BB
Well, Mom is always in a hurry to get things done, and at times she doesn't pay attention to details. When she got me from the breeder, the lady gave here a cute little Birdie Hatch Day Certificate, with a baby picture on it. They were so busy talking, neither of them noticed that she got the wrong one. Mom didn't notice either when she was entering information on my page. So she had to go in and correct the hatch date. No wonder I'm still begging to be hand fed. I guess that I'll just have to keep an eye on her when she's doing things on my page. I had to get my nails trimmed yesterday, and I wasn't real happy about that.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/18/2014 06:29.50 AM Report This Comment  
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