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Hi! My name is Romeo and Julie(loving memory of Maxi )

I am a Cockatiel from Baltimore, MD.

I am Romeo and I am a rescue bird from Florida.

15 years old   M


Millet and special K cereal. Mostly he like their Zupreen pellets

next to the millet spray when they get one

I do not like to be held.

Lots of love and caring.

I love to eat millet. I am just getting to know Julie..

Love every day!.

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  Hello Sweet Romeo
Thank you ever so much for the sweet note of congratulations you and your beautiful flock fly by with back on Saturday while I was lucky enough to be BOTD. I was so surprised to learn that I was the day's winner. It was like "Let the royal treatment begin!!" I do love a day filled with CAG privileges. And contrary to what Mr. RaneBeau might tell you, it's not that way here everyday already although I wouldn't complain if it was. I honestly have to wait my turn for things just like the next McFlockster, except on that rare BOTD experience, of course. *smile*

I do hope the new week is off to a lovely start for you and your family. Wishing you sun skies and a song in your heart, that if we're lucky, you'll share with the world.

Humbly yours,
Miss Kelly *v*

Come visit me, Kelly *v*.

03/23/2015 02:50.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo
Thank you for the BOTD congrats. Have a greyt day.

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

02/28/2015 10:33.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Why, Hello There Sir Romeo
It was ever so nice of you to drop by my page with such sweet words and a wish for happiness in relation to Valentine's Day. It's made my heart feel such a swell of love and joy. Thank you for that.

I do hope your Mom is feeling all better now. Those cold symptoms don't sound like any fun. Years ago my dad was sniffing and sneezing because he'd managed to get caught by one of those cold bugs and wouldn't you know it, I learned those lovely sounds. I get the feeling my mom would rather I'd not have but what can I say. I sniff when I'm hiding which mom should appreciate as it's a clue as to where I am. Since I'm back to being fully flighted (at the moment) I often zip up to the top of the circular stairs where I can keep an eye on what's happening in the sitting area below. Mom gets her exercise coming up the steps to retrieve me, a must since I don't exactly fly back down on request.

How exciting that there are little eggs at your house. It would be sweet if a tiny 'tiel were growing on the inside of at least one of them. I've never laid an egg myself and rather hope it remains that way. I like to drop things off the sides of tables and cage tops and I'm afraid I might do the same with an egg which wouldn't bode well for the fragile thing. I'll leave the egg-laying to you lovely cockatiels.

Thank you ever so much for you visit, Romeo. I'm touched you thought of me and flew by to share a note. I wish for you sweet dreams and a pleasant Sunday with your family and Mom.

Yours truly,
Kelly *v*

Come visit me, Kelly *v*.

02/28/2015 05:30.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey You!
Happy Saturday Night! Are ya partyin' and carryin' on all crazy-like? Nah, me either. Soon as the sun goes down this boy's ready t'hit the hay. Or the sleeping shelf rather. It's pretty nice right now - sun up at 6:30, sun down at 6:30. That's gonna change next weekend I'm told. Bummer... it was just gettin' good.

Bet you enjoyed havin' Mom home yesterday. Were ya chirpin' out directions on how t'put the molding together? I'm sure you're willing t'be all the help you can be. Maybe you can sound the alarm when that pesky Mr. Squirrel starts botherin' the deck furniture. Cheeky little fellow, chewin' on the wood like that. I could sit out there and scare'em off for ya!! I could hide under the cover and then scare the fur off his tail when he joins me. :) You wouldn't have t'worry about ME botherin' the wood — I'm not a big wood chewer. Okay, once in awhile I get into it but nothin' like the Red Bird I share my space with. That girl's like a chainsaw-wood lathe-woodpecker all in one! You DON'T want her anywhere near your furniture.

Sendin' a little love your direction...

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

02/28/2015 05:20.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Romeo!
How goes it for my Chorus Master??!! I hear things are snowy and chilly out your direction. Winter's definitely been livin' up to its name this season, hasn't it. Brrrr! A cozy dinner party with all the sights and smells is definitely a fine way to spice things up during these chilly days. That event at your house sure sounded like an awesome one. Lucky those folks that got t'gather at your place for a fine meal, friendly talk, and a warm fire, AND the pleasure of your company.

So Halley and Miss Julie have laid some eggs. How exciting. Wouldn't that be something if a new member joined the Chorus. There's nothin' quite as exciting as a baby bird in the family. I'm not likely t'ever have one myself but I have been a witness to the joy a parront bird gets when an egg cracks open to reveal an offspring. That's happened a couple of times with both the 'Tiels and the 'Keets here. Mom's makin' sure that doesn't happen this winter though. The McZoo is pretty well filled up at this point. I'll keep my toes crossed for the future of the little eggs at your place.

We've got sunshine here t'day which is makin' all the pretty snow that fell last night extra bright and sparkly. In fact, it's so bright right now, I'm thinkin' a pair of sunglasses might be necessary for this macaw. I'd be lookin' all cool in my shades!! Ha ha ha.

Hey, you and the gang, you have yourselves a mighty fine Thursday and a super weekend too. Thanks bunches for stoppin' by my page. Before I go though, would you be willing t'sing me a song?

Your buddy always —
R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

02/26/2015 10:27.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo
Thank you soooo much for honoring me as your BOTD! Love and winghugs, CuBird PS Moggie sends his warmest regards

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

01/26/2015 02:01.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Romeo!
How's everything in Baltimore t'day? It's snowin' here at my house at the moment. Nothin' stickin' because it's been warmer lately but it's sort of interesting watching this white stuff go by the window. The wind's blowin' like crazy so the snow's comin' down sideways!

I wonder how your dinner party was. I bet everything was so yummy and looked really nice. Your Mom's worked hard t'make your house into a lovely home. Did you get to perform your Thank You Chorus? I like it when company comes over; gives me new people to show off my wings for. :) I can't sing so I'm stuck with just showin' off the long feathers. I'll leave the singing to YOU!

Happy t'read that your Mom's new diet has worked out well. I bet you like sharin' your kale with her and makin' her a part of Green Beak Brigade. I had some kale just yesterday. Yummy stuff, especially with baked sweet potato on it.

Wishin' you a super Sunday and a nice week ahead.
Your big buddy, R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

01/25/2015 10:56.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Romeo
Thank you so much for the BOTD congrats, It's time to party !!!


Come visit me, Jedi luvs Cheyenne forever..... GET PANTHER TO 5K, Snowflake luvs her Apache...V4 PANTHER 5K, Tweety Luvs Princess...Happy Easter !!! & PANTHER... PLEASE HELP ME GET TO 5K.

01/21/2015 01:27.01 PM Report This Comment  
I happen t'be in the neighborhood so thought I'd stop by with a "HI, Guys!!" Looks like it might be snowin' at your house t'day. That'll give you somethin' else interesting t'watch out the window. It's snowed here a couple of times but it's always been at night so I haven't gotten t'see it happening. It's wild though t'have the curtains opened and see a white world outside the next morning.

Sharin' a big warm ((HUG)) with you and wishin' you and the Chorus lots of reasons for singin' t'day.

R ('>

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

01/14/2015 04:46.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo
It snowed! What a sad day that was today. White snow everywhere flying past my window.
I am flying by to thank everyone for visiting me on my special hatchday and BOTD. I had so much fun, and really made Momma Deb pay for forgetting it was MY hatchday.

I have a special reguest from all my BC friends;
In January, I am running for BOTM. I have decided to give my friends the chance to help decide what sort of an adventure they'd enjoy;
1: an ARCTIC adventure by dog sled

2: A trip into the Amazon Basin by canoe and raft

3: Entering the deep, dark Congo

Now, you can give it thought and get back to me. Remember that all three are filled with danger, perils, and risks. All three will challenge our birdie abilities to survive harsh, dangerous conditions on a special mission.


Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

11/13/2014 05:54.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo
Pimer walks up still wearing his crown at a jaunty angle. Wanted to thank you for sharing my day at the castle. Sorry I haven't been by sooner but mom's been down with a bug. Makana and Oatie was all over her yesterday trying to find the bug so she'll get better, but they ended up biting at each other so much that she gave up trying to get a nap. Then today Sophie and I tried to find the bug. Ipo was checking her eye and ear to see if she saw anything, I was flying over and Sophie was checking everything else. We did let her take a nap before we started....even if it was only 5 or so minutes, but it was a nap. She still didn't appreciate our efforts. They never seem to be to happy do they? We try so hard too. hehehe
I better fly now since it's so late and mom said I couldn't stay long. Thanks again.

Come visit me, Shaggy--2010-2013, Ipo, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13, Sophie O'Too, Pimer--Thanks you all, Jules, Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13* & Makana *I am honored as BOTD 10-17-14* Thank You.

10/15/2014 09:11.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 1--Welcome to Cape Breton Island part 1
Hello everybirdie, my name is Angel Girl. I am a member of the SKY Flock, and this month's BOTM candidate. I would like to take this first day to introduce myself a little bit, and outline our month long trip to beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova, Scotia, Canada.
I arrived at the Sky flock several years ago when my new owner became too afraid of me to keep me. I had lived with my first owner for the first five years of my life. I was born to his father's flock in the Barrie, Ontario area. I was a much loved, and pampered pet, who enjoyed the best of food, and attention. I even have a custom made large cage. When the relationship between my daddy and mommy fell apart I was posted for sale on the internet and ended up in Peterborough, Ontario,.
Why my new owner ever got me will forever be a mystery, but was, in part motivated by my Momma Deb telling her that she had wanted an African Grey for many years and was considering a clutch of Cameroons. My new owner had the very best of intentions, but lacked Parrot handling skills and experience. She was afraid of me, and when I made an escape from my cage, was unable to get me home again, and resorted to using a broom to "herd" me along. I came to hate the broom, as I was daily allowed out, but broomed back to my cage. Eventually I began to attack the broom, and the one holding it aggressively, biting and screaming my displeasure. After several months of war, my owner contacted my Momma Deb and asked her if she would take me in. My Momma Deb was very happy to go get me. She found me cowering in the back of the cage, locked in the back bedroom. I was quickly "caught up" with a towel and placed into a carrier. My cage and I were loaded up, and I was off to my new forever home.
It took a lot of work to get to the place were I trusted Momma Deb. She endured many hard bites, and one attack on that broom she was using to clean the floor. Since Momma Deb didn't give-up, I decided that I would trust her, and have since become Momma's special Girl. I have an extensive vocabulary of words, and sound effects, and I love singing my many songs. Enough about me.
This month we will be exploring Cape Breton Island, along the Cabot Trail by horse-back. IF any-birdie does not have a horse from CHUEY's BOTM Cattle Drive please let me know and we will round up one for you. We will be camping outdoors, enjoying many fun adventures, taking part in some Celtic festivals and games, and maybe even end up sparkled as my Fister Little Angel and Dixie Adler joy us for the trip. Pack up your camping gear, and ready to ride.
See everyone tomorrow as we take flight to Cape Breton. (SKY has transported our horses there by trailer).
Hugs and love

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

09/01/2014 11:07.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by
Hugs to you from Flitzer (botd)

Come visit me, Mario Adler's Page & King Flitzer.

08/27/2014 03:38.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey there Mr. Romeo!
How's things on the east coast of our grand country? You holdin' down the fort a-okay while mom's away at work? How's the rest of the chorus doin'? Me and mine, not that we're a chorus or anything, we're all doin' alright. No complaints really, well, other than the dang gnats that continue t'pester me while I'm out in the parrot pen. They go away when it gets hot but since we're havin' such a cool summer, the bugs have had a real hayday this year. If it ain't one thing, it's another, huh?

Well, since I was buzzin' around the BC, thought I'd stop in here and share a little chit chat with one of my dearest buddies. Share a Hello! with your mom for me, if ya wouldn't mind, and then you all have yourselves a really nice weekend, okay?!

Your pal,

Come visit me, RaneBeau ('>.

07/25/2014 09:10.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

07/14/2014 10:29.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo
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, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

07/13/2014 01:11.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
July 12th BOTM POST
Hi everybirdie Zeena here with an interesting article we encountered while studying on the various Cockatoo species. Real or Hoax? We look for your thoughts on this. I know Spot Le' Blaze-atiel will be happy, it gives hope to him with his fiancee Miss Puffin.
HYBRID parrots are nothing new, with various matings occurring over the years, some deliberate, some accidental.

But the latest hybrid that I’ve come across is really incredible, with the environment and the circumstances under which it was bred truly amazing.
Nikki, who lives in New South Wales, has bred a galah-cockatiel cross, which as far as I can ascertain is a world first. She had a 12-year-old male galah in an aviary with five female cockatiels and six male cockatiels. Three pairs of cockatiels were breeding happily and Nikki got the shock of her life when she walked past the cage one day and saw a decidedly different-looking bird sitting on a perch.
“It was a young bird and obviously a cross between the galah and a light yellow coloured six-year-old cockatiel, with the parent birds definitely bonded and together all the time,” she said.

“The young bird is around 25 per cent larger than a cockatiel, with a galah’s body shape that’s grey all over.

“He has an orange galah-style crest, dusty orange chest, deep orange cheek patches, with wings more like a cockatiel in colour but the shape of a galah’s wings.” Joseph Forshaw, the world renowned parrot expert and author of the classic Australian Parrots book, said he had never heard of a galah crossing with a cockatiel anywhere in the world.

“I have never heard of a cockatiel crossing with anything, although I have heard of people trying to cross them with other parrots,” Mr Forshaw said.

He said "recent DNA tests had indicated that cockatiels are related to Australia’s black cockatoos. I guess the fact that the cockatiel has bred with a member of the cockatoo family proves conclusively that it is a part of that family,”

Avian vet Tim Oldfield was skeptical when told of the mutation, but changed his tune when shown the photo. “I have to admit it looks exactly like a cockatiel galah cross, quite amazing,” he said.

The woman who bred the bird took it inside to hand-feed it, intending to make it a pet.

“He’s very quiet and friendly and I’ve been offered $15,000 for him, but people have told me he’s worth a lot more because he’s the only one in the world,” she said. “Three of the logs were used by the cockatiels and the other box was used by the parents of the hybrid baby,” she said."The logs are impossible for a Galah to fit inside easily. There is no other explanation to his appearance in the aviary.

If this indeed is a true cross, it answers many questions of the relationship of our Cockatoo species to the Cockatiels. Whether the baby is fertile and able to reproduce was not indicated. article from 2006.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

07/12/2014 03:54.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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

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07/11/2014 04:20.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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.

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07/10/2014 05:06.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Romeo and Julie
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, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

07/10/2014 08:56.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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

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07/08/2014 04:45.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo and Julie
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

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07/07/2014 02:39.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Romeo...
Thanks for the congrats !!!

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07/07/2014 12:51.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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

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07/06/2014 01:42.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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

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07/05/2014 05:34.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
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

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07/04/2014 02:31.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
Hello everybirdie. Zeena here with today's Rainforest findings. I wish to thank everyone for their awesome support and hope you will enjoy today's feature species.
The Harpy Eagle is a majestic shadow that silently soars above the Rainforest canopy. Once common, and plentiful, today they rest on the brink of extinction. Previously a common sight in Brazil, the Harpy Eagle has become as rare as seeing a unicorn would be. Hunted to near extinction for their feathers, sport and out of fear and concern for their livestock, these awesome giants of the Raptor world are rapidly disappearing. These birds terrify hapless animals that forage in the shifting sunlight of the high canopy. Harpy eagle is the largest and the most powerful raptor throughout America. They belong to the family of accipitridae. American harpy eagle typically inhabits lowland rainforests but are disappearing from much of its range due to habitat loss and it almost extirpated in Central America.
The Harpy Eagle weighs in at 20 to 27 pounds for a hen and 12 to 17 pounds for a male, standing between 40 and 60 inches in length, sporting 5 to 7 inch talons it is a formidable predator dining on a diet consisting largely of sloth and moneys, with other animals making up the balance. In flight the Harpy flies on strong 5 to 7 foot wide spans, silent and watchful for a meal below in the dense Rain Forest canopy.
With wide spread clear-cutting and man's guns, the Harpy Eagle is soon going to be gone from the wild habitat it once claimed. Nesting in tree top nests, the single chick remains with the parents for up to two years. Pairs mate for life thus making it harder to rebuild endangered populations. Many Harpy Eagles have be poached for the private collector market relentlessly, with current breeding programs being established to help stave off their total elimination. Used by Bird of Prey enthusiasts and trained to hunt on command. Many die from lack of proper diet, and education of would be owners. New Government regulations being in place it is hoped to make owning Harpy Eagles a more difficult objective. Would be owners now have to finish a Government regulated Raptors training program which entails sixteen to eighteen months apprenticeship training in care, training and husbandry.
Tomorrow we will take a closer look at a new and exciting find that is shaking the bird community. Discovered in a nestbox, this unusual baby has enthusiasts in awe.
A quick reminder that on Friday July 4th my fister LITTLE ANGEL THRIFT will wed the handsome Mr Dixie Adler at the BC Castle page number 239094
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

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07/03/2014 11:05.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here with today's BOTM post. As we land in Brazil, we are cautioned to be very quiet so we don't disturb the Macaws. SHhhhhh!

The Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), also known as the Little Blue Macaw, is a macaw native to Brazil.First discovered by German naturalist Georg Marcgrave, when he was working in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil in 1638 and it is named for German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix, who collected a specimen in 1819 on the bank of the Rio São Francisco in northeast Bahia in Brazil.
The bird is a medium size parrot weighing about 300 grams (0.66 lb), smaller than most of the large macaws. Its plumage is various shades of blue, with a grey-blue head, light blue underparts, and vivid blue upperparts. Males and females are identical in appearance, the females being a little smaller on average. The Spix Macaw is reported to be extinct in the wild, with the disappearance of one last single male in 2000. All remaining Spix Macaws are now kept in several private breeding programs without the world. Due to their extremely small numbers none are available for public viewing. The largest colony of approximately 40 birds is currently owned by an Arab sheik who has been working on breeding these beautiful birds with the final hope that they will be able to be released into their former remaining habitat.
The Spix Macaws were destroyed in the wild by excessive deforestation and hunting. The colonies were ruthlessly killed, poached for the pet trade and shot for pure sport until they had been eliminated in their territory. The introduction of predators into their habitat, including rats, monkeys and feral cats also aided the quick decline in wild Spix populations. In recent years there have been isolated reports of Spix Macaws in land in protected, isolated locations but this has not been publicly verified, although it possibly might be true, to protect what remaining wild pairs there are.
A sad note, this past Wednesday PRESLEY, the second to last known wild-born member of the species flew to the Rainbow Bridge after a brief illness. Presley had been kept as a pet in the USA for years, but was returned to Brazil in 2008. He left no progeny. He was 40 years old at his death.
Presley's death is a blow to conservation efforts in both a symbolic and literal sense. Critically endangered, these native Brazilian birds (Cyanopsitta spixii) are believed to be extinct in the wild. Decades of deforestation and rampant wildlife trafficking have besieged the medium-size macaws, who also ended up having to compete for nest space with introduced Africanized honeybees.
Now with fewer then 100 living specimens, most closely related, the Spix Macaws future hangs in the balance. This spring heralded in the hatching of 5 babies, 3 of which were due to artificial insemination. Perhaps someday our grandchildren will be able to see the wild Spixs fly free once more.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/02/2014 11:52.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo & Julie
Hello Everybirdie
Today we kick off my month of July BOTM run with a special celebration. It's Canada Day here with all the food,fun, family and firework displays. I hate fireworks, too noisy, but being a Macaw I'm always up for some food, and fun. I want to begin this month by telling you a little bit about myself. Most of you already know my handsome frother SKY, my mischievous fister Little Angel and my adventurous frother Casey, but some may not know me birdsonally.
I joined the Sky Flock in 2013. It was Easter weekend when Momma Deb received the call from my former owner to "come today and get her PLEASE!!!!!" I am sure glad that Momma Deb did, because it was the best thing that happened to me in a long while. I had lived with my first owners for 13-14 years but it became necessary to rehome me and I was sold to a lady who had a whole house full of very large, very aggressive Pitbulls and Rottweilers. I never left my cage and spent a whole year and some living in fear of being attacked by the dogs. I thought things were going to get better when once more I was resold. The lady who bought me had two large dogs who constantly barked and growled at me. I was so stressed I began to pluck some of my feathers out and I never spoke, and hadn't in 2 1/2 years.
It was my best day when Momma Deb arrived to take me away from there. I'd only been there a short while but I was relieved to be going somewhere I hoped would be better. I am very happy here at the Sky Flock, I get out of my cage all the time and love to yell at the other birds to be quiet. Momma Deb discovered I have a rather extensive vocabulary and know how to count to sixteen, and know a number of songs as well.
Enough about me. Let's get our suitcases, cameras and sunscreen ready as we begin our trip to every corner of the world. We will visit some very rare and endangered species, learn about some interesting and unusual birds, and my favorite take a look at some of the awesome mutations showing up around the planet of some of our most common feathered friends.
I will see every one tomorrow.
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

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07/01/2014 01:15.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo and Julie
Zeena here to introduce myself. I am Sky's Blue and Gold fister, and your July 2014 BOTM candidate. I promise that we will have a fun filled, interesting July together exploring EVERYTHING BIRD.
I will introduce you to some very interesting and unique members of the avicultral world. New mutations and new finds that have recently been added to the amazing, and wonderful world of birds. Also we will visit a few very endangered and stunning species that are fighting to make a come back.
What would July be without a few funny, and interesting, humorous adventures? So grab your hats and sun-screen as we prepare to take flight throughout the world of Birds.
with love and scritches

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06/30/2014 10:47.47 AM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Thanks for your votes...Sure do appreciate them...V4U...Today my campaign blog will be about "Treating a sick bird"....Accurate diagnosis of illness in cockatiels can be very difficult without laboratory assistance,but you will soon see that a bird is sick.It will sit quietly, with its plumage no longer sleek, and its eyes may be closed.The droppings will alter in appearance and,in some cases,can even show traces of blood.If you begin treatment during the early stages of the illness, there is a good possibility that the bird will make a full recovery.Antibiotic drugs,prescribed by a veterinarian if necessary, can be administered via the cockatiel's drinking water or, in more acute cases injected directly by the veterinarian.Carefully follow all instructions about dosage and never stop a course of treatment before the recommended time.Antibiotics are useful in countering bacterial disease, but are of little direct value in viral and most fungal infections. Fortunately, viral infections are uncommon in cockatiels and the main problem involving fungi is candidiasis,which can be controlled by feeding a well-balanced diet.Sick birds need a warm environment up to 90 degrees F or 32 degrees C.You can keep them in a hospital cage with an infrared lamp.Choose a 'dull emitter'variety, because this produces heat but not light.Suspend the lamp over part of the cage.The cockatiel will then be able to adjust its position,moving closer to the heat to the heat source as necessary...Tomorrow I will continue part 2 of "Treating your sick bird"....Hope you are having a great Sunday....Birdie wing hugs to you...Sam :o)


05/25/2014 05:12.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Romeo and Julie!
Thank you so much for making me your King for the Day!! I am so humbled by everyone's wishes on my birdthday--and this was such a delight! And gosh, I have to say that it was just the best day ever--to be in the Castle with Queen Chipper, and have you all stop by. Wow, it is so great to have so many good friends!!

Mom went shopping and got me some wonderful fresh sugar snap peas, and tomatoes, and WATERMELON WITH SEEDS! Oh, that is the best kind, and she has been searching the only store that still carries it. And they had it today! Birdie heaven for sure!!!

Other than that, it was a nice day with Mom, and gotta say I am still enjoying this wonderful honor--right up to midnight!

Your buddy,

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05/24/2014 10:54.13 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Just stopping by with a vote for you and my blog for today....Today my campaign blog will be about "Catching and Handling your Cockatiel".....The easiest way to catch a cockatiel in a cage is to place one hand on the back of the bird, using the thumb and little finger to restrain the wings. Then gently hold the cockatiel's head between the first and second fingers, but never apply direct pressure, because obviously you could squeeze the bird's windpipe, with potentially fatal consequences. Once adequately restrained in this way, the cockatiel usually stops struggling, but it may nip one of your fingers quite painfully, so it is sensible to wear a thin pair of gloves for protection, at least until you have handled your cockatiel on a regular basis or until you are confident about restraining these birds properly. Once caught, a cockatiel always clenches its feet onto any available surface to obtain grip. If you are unaware of this, you are likely to damage its claws, by pulling them to hard to get them loose, which they could begin to bleed as a result...Tomorrow I will talk about your cockatiels cage and where it should be positioned...Hope you are having a nice Sunday...With birdie wing hugs....Sam :o)


05/18/2014 03:34.42 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Just stopping by with a vote for you...Also I am campaigning to be BOTM..So here is one of my blogs....Today my campaign blog will be "Getting First-Aid for your cockatiel who injured itself during flight".....Because of their rapid flight, cockatiels can seriously injure themselves if they collide with an obstruction, such as a sheet of glass,which can end up with the cockatiel having a concussion.They should be taken to your avian veterinarian for them to make a prognosis..There is little that you can do with a concussed cockatiel, apart from placing it in a darkened environment, such as a traveling cage and leaving it alone in the hope that it will recover. Obviously, if the cockatiel has fractured its skull in the collision, then the chances of recovery are doubtful.Fractures of the wing and leg occasionally occur, although they are not common. The affected limb may show an obvious swelling at the site of the fracture, and the cockatiel will be clearly handicapped as a result. Seek the advice of an experienced avian veterinarian about splinting. Avian fractures heal within a few weeks if they are properly supported, although the bird may suffer some accompanying loss of function in the limb concerned. Cockatiels usually adjust well under these circumstances.....Hope this will be of some help in case your cockatiels does injure itself during flight...Have a nice Saturday...Many birdie wing hugs....Sam :o)


05/17/2014 04:06.49 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Just stopping by with a V4U and...My campaign blog of the day will be talking about "Other Pets in your Household besides your Cockatiel"...Dogs generally ignore birds that share their home,but if they try to chase them,clearly,they should be kept apart.Cats,on the other hand,are more likely to harm a pet bird,lurking in wait until the bird is out of the cage.Some are even bold enough to leap on top of the cockatiel's cage and attempt to reach it through the wires.This may not cause direct harm,but it will certainly upset your bird, which may injure itself in the cage.A tame bird is especially vulnerable to a cat, since its natural fear is lessened. If at all possible, therefore,keep your cockatiel in a room away from cats,and always check their whereabouts before letting the bird out of its cage.Never be tempted to leave the cockatiel unsupervised in the room even for a short time.If you already own a pet parrot of another species you will need to introduce the cockatiel very carefully, otherwise jealousy is inevitable.This can take various forms.The established bird may call loudly and persistently while you are tending to the cockatiel.If the cockatiel lands on the top of the parrots cage,the parrot is likely to bite its feet through the wires.It will also attempt to do this if the cages are placed close together side by side.In order to reduce the risk of conflict, spend longer periods of time with your original pet.By letting both birds out together signs of aggression are less likely to develop and in time the two members of the parrot family may develop a close bond, even to the point where they might roost alongside of each other even in a cage......Have a nice day...With birdie wing hugs....Sam :o)


05/14/2014 03:46.03 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Stopping by with my campaign blog of today...Hope you are having a nice Monday...V4U...Today I will do some talking about "The Cockatiels Power of Mimicry"....The cockatiel does not appear to be as talented a mimic as the budgerigar, but it can be taught quite a variety of phrases and tends to have clearer diction.Cockatiels are certainly more versatile in that they soon learn to whistle tunes, probably because of their normal inclination to whistle individual notes.Repetition will play a vital part in teaching a cockatiel to talk or whistle. You will probably want to choose a name for your cockatiel that it can learn to repeat.Names ending with a "y" such as "Freddy", seems to be the easiest for a bird to mimic.Try to establish a routine, for example by saying "Good Morning, Freddy" each day when you first enter the room. In the evening, it is a good idea to cover the cage with a suitable cloth, so that the cockatiel is not exposed to long periods of artificial light, which can interfere with the moulting process. You can therefore repeat "Goodnight Freddy" when you place the cover over the cage.Soon the cockatiel will come to associate these phrases with the specific events, and respond accordingly. Linking in with the training procedure, you can add "Good boy, Freddy", every time the bird sits on your finger.In this way, your bird will acquire a sensible vocabulary, rather than confused, inane chatter.If you want to teach longer sentences, break them down into short sections, adding a new phrase once the previous one has been learned.Young birds are the most receptive, but once cockatiels have learned to talk, they can continue to do so throughout their lives.....Hope you are having a nice day.....With many birdie wing hugs....Sam :o)


05/12/2014 03:46.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Romeo!
Thanks so much for the congrats on my BOTD yesterday! It was a greyt surprise! Have a wonderful week!
High 4- Scion

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05/12/2014 06:52.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Romeo!
Awww....thank you! Happy Mother's Day to your mom! Hope she had a nice day!

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05/11/2014 09:01.46 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Thanks for the vote...Certainly appreciate it...V4U...Today I will be talking about "Clipping your cockatiel's wing"...Wing-clipping does not prevent the cockatiel from flying and is quite painless if carried out properly. It simply takes some of the power away, so that a collision with a window, for example, is less likely to have fatal consequences. Cockatiels, unlike many other pet parrots are relatively fast fliers and more likely to injure themselves in a collision.If you do decide to clip the flight feathers, you will need a pair of sharp scissors and a assistant to hold the bird for you.The thrust in flight comes from the long flight feathers, which are clearly visible when the wing is held open. Cut carefully in a straight line across the flight feathers, at the base of the feather vane, just before this narrows to join the shaft. In this way, there is no risk of bleeding;if you cut down across the shaft, you could cause hemorrhaging. The outermost two flight feathers are often left intact, so that the appearance of the wing is not affected when the wing is closed.This may sound like a rather drastic step, but it can actually save your pet from injury while it becomes used to its new surroundings. Once the cockatiel is tame,you may decide that wing-clipping is no longer necessary...."HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOMS".....Have a nice day...With birdie wing hugs...Sam :o)


05/11/2014 12:11.01 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ROMEO!!!!
Stopping by with my campaign blog of the day and also a vote for you......Today for my campaign blog I will be talking about "Are Cockatiels Tame and Why the Wings Should be Clipped"....First, Are Cockatiels Tame?...Young, hand- raised cockatiels adapt readily to new surroundings and handling procedures.They should be exposed early in life to novel situations(car travel, Vet visits, multiple visitors in the household, other household pets)so that they are well adjusted to these events.Some behavior modification techniques may be necessary to prevent biting by wary adult cockatiels....Second, Why the Wings Should be Clipped....Cockatiels that are allowed unrestricted freedom in the home can encounter numerous physical dangers or toxins; therefore, wing cllipping is recommended. The goal of clipping the wings is NOT to make the bird incapable of flight, but to prevent it from developing rapid and sustained flight and to prevent escape. A cockatiel will require additional trimming 8-12 weeks after the start of a molt cycle.....Tomorrow I will talk about Clipping your cockatiel's wings......Enjoy your day....With many birdie wing hugs.....Sam :o)


05/10/2014 04:38.23 PM Report This Comment  
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