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My daughter wanted a cockatiel while she was still living at home. He chose me to bond with...when my daughter moved out, she gave him (along with Pepper, her other cockatiel) to me..

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Hi! My name is ANGEL

I am a Cockatiel from Racine, WI.

"Crowboy"

17 years old   M

Cockatiel

millet, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, cornbread, potatoes

my shoulder; perched next to me

He loves to be with me...all the time. He greets every morning with joy...chatters & bobs, says "angelbird" over and over.

"Everything!"

crowing, eats out of my other cockatiels food bowl every chance he gets, will only let me scratch his head.

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  Hi Angel & Pepper
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 03:31.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
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 08:30.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
V4U today. We finally saw our first hummingbird last weekend, and we've been seeing the same hummingbird every day since. We only see one so far, but maybe there are more. The mockingbird babies are getting so big. They scamper in and out of the bushes. Wishing you a nice day. From, Mayo

Come visit me, Mayo, Dandy & Marigold.

07/23/2014 05:38.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
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 02:35.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Guys!!!
Thank you so much for the Happy Hatchday wishes and for helping me make Queen BOTD for the day!!
Love and kissssssses,

Callie xo

Ps.. Please come by for some of the yummy cake that Lizzie and Kaji made for me!! ?

Come visit me, Callie*Thank you for the hatchday wishes & 4 BOD, * Mango*, GREEN*, Peetie Mourning the loss of his princess Lola<3, Paulie* & Little Angel Peep meets Lola at the RB 6/8/14.

07/22/2014 09:41.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Angel & Pepper, from Jen Lynn
It will be very hot today with temps in the mid-nineties, and heat indexes well over 100! The high humidity is a killer for dad's old COPD lungs, we are going to keep him inside today! I was mocking dad's morning cough, he was worried about me until he realized what I was doing! Have a happy ToosDay, and give my love to all in your pretty home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love from Jenny & our 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, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Ready for the BC beach party, alone!, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/22/2014 08:52.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper,
Stopping by with a vote.
Have a good day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/22/2014 08:30.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Angel and Pepper!
Guess we have some bad heat and humidity tomorrow, huh? Mom says she will be a large grease spot by the time she gets to work.

Stay cool and dry!
Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote ZEENA #255116 BOTM in July!.

07/21/2014 07:52.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
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 03:28.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hope your week is off to a good start!!
Have a good day! Leaving you a vote.

*Reminder-Basketball Camp starts today!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/21/2014 02:02.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Angel & Pepper from your pal Jenny
It looks like our heat and humidity will be cranking up for the next couple of days, no big deal, it is after all late July! Limon comes out of his cage first thing every morning and is out all day, he is so sweet when when makes a few whimpers and grooms himself, what a pleasure he is! This is busy Monday for us, but we don't have a lot on the 'to do' list! I hope the start of your week is going well, I wish for you a happy, peaceful, and productive week, & give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Jennifer & our Dallas 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, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Ready for the BC beach party, alone!, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/21/2014 07:52.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Angel
I played with mom in the afternoon, and she let me run all over her. Well, she sure learned a lesson. Next time she has to put a towel of something on her shoulder, or she'll end up being used as a potty place. Hey when a kid has to go, they have to go.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/21/2014 07:09.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
haven't heard about the doggie for awhile. how is she doing. our doggie has been diagnosed with cushings disease. dad is now taking her to the doggie dermatologist to help treat growths on the skin from cushings disease. doggie is very happy but dads a nervous wreck.

Oh Angel you know me so well and know just what i love. Angel and Cori sip their strawberry daiquiris and listen to the summer sounds.

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl VOTE ZEENA BOTM 255116, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE ZEENA BOTM 255116.

07/20/2014 10:19.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Angel and Pepper!
Oh yeah...it was soooo nice today! But we get hot and humid for tomorrow and Tuesday. Mom prefers the heat, but no humidity like today.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/20/2014 08:41.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
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 02:54.47 PM Report This Comment  
  ANGEL & PEPPER
Sorry it took so long for mom to get back to you. It's very hard for her to get on here and see my pics. I am fine here at the Rainbow Bridge many other birds welcomed me and showed me the way. I'm always looking down to see mom and make sure she ok. I know she knows I m with her in spirit I have little ways of letting her know I'm with her. The other day she found one Of my green feathers in the toy box and sat and cried asked why. It was just my time. Mom wants to thank all of you for the prayers and thoughts at this difficult time. Leaving you a vote BBF Waddles at the Rainbow Bridge ..

PS YOU CAN BLOG MY FIBLING RIO He a little me a mommy boy bossy and loves to eat ;) or you can blog me on his page mommy might delete my page and put pics of me on Mocha and Rio pages I can be reach there if she decides to delete my page

Come visit me, RIO, MOCHA & LATTE.

07/19/2014 01:14.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Angel & Pepper from your pal, Jennifer
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, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Ready for the BC beach party, alone!, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/19/2014 08:53.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper
BC Spurs summer basketball camp open to returning players and new recruits...

Where... The BC San Antonio Spurs stadium page.

When...July 21st to August 4th

Time ... Open 24 -7

It's time to get in shape and work on our skills.

Be there or be square !!!

Your coaches
Coach Jedi and Coach Dixie... page 263180

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07/18/2014 10:01.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Angel~
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 08:07.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
Hi everyone, Happy TGIF. Today we will make a stop in India to visit a strange looking member of the avian world. The Wreathed Hornbill. These majestic birds are seen in Zoos and private collector's aviaries. The Wreathed Hornbill , also known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill, is a species of Hornbill found in forests from far north-eastern India and Bhutan, east and south through mainland south-east Asia and the Greater Sundas, except Sulawesi. The Wreathed Hornbill is a large (4-8 pounds) black bird with a yellowish tail, red eyes, and a long, thick beak topped with a small 'wreathed' casque with up to 9 ridges. The male has a bright yellow inflatable throat pouch, while the female's is blue. It is suggested that the casque, which has a spongy hollow core, may serve as a resonating chamber for its harsh barking call, as a form of species recognition, and/or to convey health status. The first two cervical vertebrae are fused to help their neck support the extra weight of the large bill. Their 2nd and 3rd toes are partially fused to help them better grasp tree branches. Using droppings, mud, and fruit pulp, the female hornbill is renowned for walling itself into tree hollows for up to 41/2 months while nesting. The female leaves only a small slit through which its mate must pass all needed foodstuffs until their babies fledge.
The wreathed hornbill is an omnivorous feeder, eating mostly fruit. The male, however, will feed small animals such as bats, reptiles, frogs, crabs, and insects to the females and developing chicks. It can find food from the treetops to the forest floor as well as in water.
Captive breeding the Wreathed Hornbill is difficult but successful once specific requirements are provided. This species is intelligent and sensitive to change and it takse longer to form pairs; young males are vulnerable to bullying by older females; heated accommodation are absolutely necessary and a higher protein diet is needed for them to rear their chicks successfully. These and several other factors make them more difficult to maintain and breed compared to their African counterparts.
Chicks, when available sell to private breeders,and collectors for thousands of dollars each. This fact and their need for massive flights makes them unsuitable except for serious experienced collectors/breeders.
Tomorrow, we once more take a peak inside a nest box to discover what new is hatching inside.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/18/2014 04:02.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Angel and Pepper
I got it from a greater authority that your team, The Spurs, will also be having a pre-season camp - notices just haven't gone out yet ! love Cookie

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

07/18/2014 03:56.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
Hello everyone, Zeena here with a special tribute to my frother Lupe'. Lupe' left us recently after he sustained severe injuries to his feet by another bird. Rest in peace, "Momma's Special Boy! I love you forever!"
Today's special Parrot is the Tucaman Amazon. This post was very difficult for me to write.

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

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

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

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

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

with love, tears and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/17/2014 12:19.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel, Hi Pepper
It's Rio and Skye.
Thank you so very much for honoring us with Birds of the Day. This is such an honor.
Hugs,
Rio and Skye.

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07/17/2014 10:56.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Angel and Pepper!
Today was a nice day, according to Mom. It got to about 70, and it was sunny. Now I have to say I loved it, too--even though I was inside. Could hardly wait until Mom got home, cuz it was BATH DAY! Yup, had my water dish AND the bath bowl, and I took turns in both of them! I got water everwhere! It was thoroughly delightful, too! I have two flight feathers coming in, and my nails are getting pointy, so Mom says it must be getting close to a trim time. Not yet! Getting the nails the way I like them!

Time for some feather preening on Mom. Hope you had a super Humpday!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/16/2014 08:20.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Angel and Pepper!
Today was a nice day, according to Mom. It got to about 70, and it was sunny. Now I have to say I loved it, too--even though I was inside. Could hardly wait until Mom got home, cuz it was BATH DAY! Yup, had my water dish AND the bath bowl, and I took turns in both of them! I got water everwhere! It was thoroughly delightful, too! I have two flight feathers coming in, and my nails are getting pointy, so Mom says it must be getting close to a trim time. Not yet! Getting the nails the way I like them!

Time for some feather preening on Mom. Hope you had a super Humpday!

Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote ZEENA #255116 BOTM in July!.

07/16/2014 08:20.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper,
HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

Hope you are having a good week!!
Leaving a vote for you. Enjoy your day!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/16/2014 03:33.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
Hi everybirdie. Zeena here today with another very unique and endangered bird that is fighting for survival .The Nicobar Pigeon.
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas. They drink water without having to raise their heads in the process; their chicks are helpless at birth but develop at an amazing pace . What is more, they forage for fruits of plants that have evolved with them the entire time. The Nicobar is planning and planting forests as they forge and eat.


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

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

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

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

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07/16/2014 11:58.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Angel & Pepper buddies, from Jenny Lynn
Happy hump day to all who celebrate such days! Dad's visiting nurse comes this morning, but the check up should be mostly routine! He is working on increasing his potassium levels, and has plenty of pills to do that! We are still having unseasonably cool temps with a record low for last night, with no rain in sight! Our daily chores are done, so we are going to get on with our day, please give my love to all in your family, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Jenny Lynn, & my family

PS~Limon is doing just fine & we haven't heard back from Theresa regarding Cheeto & Ceasaur, I am sure she is very busy caring for them...

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07/16/2014 09:33.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel, Thank You
I'm doing better today. I was up kind of early looking for mom to come and give me a feeding. I started making a lot of hungry noise, and she finally came and got me. We had breakfast at the kitchen table. I guess I just needed a few bites of my baby formula to get me started for the day.

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07/16/2014 07:49.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angelbird
my oh my what a lovely voice you have. i can't believe you baked that cupcake for me. you are the sweetest. thankyou for coming by to wish me a happy hatchday. i hope you enjoy my hatchday cake which was made my Lizzie and Kaji. it is the most scrumptious cake ever. i had the best day ever because all my friends and especially you were with me to help me celebrate. thank you for making my day so special.i hope you didn't mind me singing my hatchday song over and over for you see its my favorite song.

love Cori

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07/15/2014 10:36.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
July 15th BOTM POST
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's topic. The African Grey Mutations. Please note that all mutations occur spontaneously. A hybrid is made by combining two species from the same family group. Mutations do occur in the wild, but often fail to survive due tot heir coloration making them easy prey.
Several mutations occur naturally in the wild, like the F2 Pied Mutation, which results in a broad red band across the abdomen. 1998 saw the first created Grey mutation when South African bird breeder Von van Antwerpen and New Zealand partner Jaco Bosman selected F2 Pieds and created the first red African Grey. These early red pigmented Greys sold for more then $250,000 US each. Since the early 1990s red-factored Greys were being caught in the wild and sold to breeders who in turn attempted to propagate the coloration. This first red baby saw the beginning of a number of spontaneous mutations occurring all around the world.
Today there are a large number of beautiful, rare mutations available to breeders and collectors. Each mutation possesses the same personality traits, intelligence and healthy composure as their normal Grey relatives. Although some argue that mutation breeding weakens the lines, to date this has not proven to be true, since these mutations occur from F1-2 generation parents, and often from visually normal grey parents who carry the mutation coloring.
Today we will stop and take a look at several of the more common, and some fairly new and uncommon mutations available. Each has it's merits, and following. It takes many years and generations to stabilize a new mutation to breed true-to-type. Dedicated breeders work hard to breed the strongest, healthiest birds from the chosen mutations. The road to success it wroth with pit-falls and disappointments, but the desire to perpetuate their selected mutations makes it a labor of love to continue onwards.
Most of the mutations shown today in the gallery are unavailable to the public. Those that are sell from $5000 to over $150,000US each. I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful birds, some for the very first time.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/15/2014 01:59.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
today when mom turned on the bathroom faucet the water was only trickling and all the other faucets in the house were working normally . mom was afraid of another broken pipe so dad called the plumber who for $85 unscrewed the filter from the faucet, cleaned it off and screwed it back on. it took him 5 minutes. no broken pipes and no leaks.

it then stopped raining so mom thought a good time to pull weeds while the ground is wet. outside she went and was working away and noticed the little bunny that lives in the yard was standing right beside her eating the weeds. mom said hello little bunny and he twitched his nose and continued eating. he was only about 2 feet from mom.
then a yellow jacket came out of nowhere and stung mom on the arm. mom screamed and the little bunny ran away. the bee got mom good because its 7 hours later and her arm is still stinging like crazy and all swollen up. its also been raining every since.

love Cori

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07/14/2014 10:43.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper
July 14th BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start of this week with a visit to one of the planet's wonders in the avian field. It was a special request from our dear friend Mr. Kiddo. We need to be very quiet as we visit these unique and highly endangered gems of the bird world. I wish to thank everyone for their votes and input.
The kakapo (Maori: kakapo, night parrot), also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea found only in New Zealand. It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length. A combination of traits make it unique among its kind; it is the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world's longest-living birds. Its anatomy typifies the tendency of a bird's evolution on oceanic islands, with few predators and abundant food: a generally robust physique, quick movement efficiency at the expense of flight abilities & reduced wing muscles, . Like many other New Zealand bird species, the kakapo was historically important to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. It was hunted and used for both for its meat as a food source and for its feathers . It was also kept as a pet.
The Kakapo lays one to three eggs in a ground concave usually only raising one or two chicks per breeding season. The species is in a critically endangered position due to poaching, habitat distraction and the introduction of predators such as feral cats. Man's infringement on their breeding territory is causing a drastic and rapid decrease in numbers with only 6 chicks in 2012 surviving to maturity. A key part of the Recovery Plan is the supplementary feeding of females. The kakapo breeds only once every two to five years, when the Dacrydium cupressinum (rimu), produces protein-rich fruit and seeds. Observations of the relationship between intermittent breeding and the plant's mast year help biologists choose which suitable supplementary foods to increase kakapo breeding frequency. In 1989, six preferred foods (apples, sweet potatoes, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts) were supplied to 12 feeding stations. Males and females ate the supplied foods, and females nested on Little Barrier Island in the summers of 1989–91 for the first time since 1982, although nesting success was low. In March 2014, with the kakapo population having increased to 126, it sits on the verge of extinction. As man's awareness of their plight becomes known it is hoped that Conservation efforts will see a greater success in breeding these wonders of the Parrot World.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/14/2014 10:20.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
and Pepper, too. Yesterday mom left the party around 5 because it was raining so hard in South Park, she was afraid it was going to be dark before she got home. She drove in the driving rain and dark skies until she was almost home, when suddenly it was bone dry. It hadn't rained near our house at all. It did start last night around 9 and has been raining off and on since then, though. We need the rain, for sure! The party was fun, but crowded. There were lots of people there. They sang Happy Birthday to the twins right before mom left, too. Johnny, her graduate grand nephew, seemed so happy to see everyone. He got a massive haircut, mom almost didn't know him, hehehe.
Mom worked in the avian nursery today with flickers, sapsuckers, starlings, jays, robins, wrens, sparrows, and a baby duck. She just loves that room!
My leg seems to be getting better, and mom says I just have 2 more days of antibiotics to go.
Thanks to Aunt Rose for Peppino's and my pictures with the flowers! She is so talented!
I hope you are having a great day with summer sun and lots of love. We will have mom all day long! Hugs, Falco

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07/14/2014 09:54.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper,
We're starting off with another hot week and a lot of rain. Hope you had a good weekend with nice weather. Enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/14/2014 05:26.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning
Mom got up extra early today, so she could explored this place called Bird channel, and to make sure, I was OK, being in a new home. I'm doing fine, and think I just might like it here. I do miss my flock mates, and hope they were able to find a new home.

I want to thank you for making me BOTD. Not quite sure what that means but I guess it's a good thing, and I am highly honored, Thank you so very much.

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07/14/2014 04:15.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
i love snuggling with you.

we missed the super moon. it was too overcast here

mom has not had any internet for most of the day. she tried to call comcast and they kept asking about her wireless router and mom said its not wireless. then they asked about moms wifi and mom said she doesnt have wifi and then they gave instructions on unplugging the wireless router and mom said i just told you it is wired. mom wasn't getting anywhere with them so she hung up the phone. then she called apple computer and they said since your computer is over 4 years old we no longer give out assistance for obsolete computers. mom said she was willing to pay and they said they can no longer help her. mom hung up the phone and then the phone rang again and the person called back and said their was some problem going on with i- cloud and not to worry about it because it would be fixed. now its late and mom wants to go to bed.

we finally got some good rain today

love Cori XXXOOO

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07/13/2014 10:22.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Angel and Pepper!
Yup. Back to the chilly temps again. Sheesh!

Stay warm!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/13/2014 08:07.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Angel and Pepper
I agree! I've been so busy with all the wedding business that I need some time to play! I'm going to spend the next two nights at the KB, so come on over and we'll hang!
Luv, Spot♥

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07/13/2014 07:38.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
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.

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