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Hi! My name is Pookie says I've been twitter patted !!

I am a Green-Cheeked Conure from Pearl City, HI.

Pookie Pot Pie, Pookums, Pook, Pooooooooookie, Hey You! Rice bird !

4 years old   M

Green-Cheeked Conure

Fresh Papaya, Mango, grapes, Raw Peanuts, pumpkin and papaya chews, and all SUNFLOWER SEEDS!!!! Or sticky rice and whatever mom is eating I want to try too. :)

Nowadays since its cold, i've been hanging out in mom's shirt cause its nice and warm and cozy in there. :) or on top of my tree screeching when I see an intruder like a cat or dog that goes by.

I think i'm a teenager now. I don't like loud noises or stink and strange people and my vet said that I can't have seeds everyday cause its not good for me. :( And when i'm on mom and don't want to come down till i'm ready to go down! :( Cause i'm a spoiled birdy!

she gives me love and lots of fruits and treats and stuff to play with and spoils me rotten :)

I also took a DNA test on Friday to see if i'm a boy birdy or a girl birdy. We'll know in 10 days. :) I think we'll get the results by February 14th, 2010 Valentine's Day.
GUESS WHAT EVERYONE, I'M A BOYEEEE!!!!! MY DNA TEST CAME BACK TODAY FEBRUARY 17, 2010!!! HEHEHEHHEHE :) HAPPY HAPPY, JOY JOY!!!!

Also, my mom reminds me to say my birdy prayers every night before I go to sleep. And it goes something like this: Dear God, I thank you for my mommy and daddy and all of my birdy friends here on the BCC and every where else. Please bless all my birdy friends and especially to those who just came out of surgery and are recooperating. Please bless those young and old birdies who are ill or are not feeling well, as you are the great physician in the sky and can heal all. I pray that you cover all us birdies with your shield of armor to protect us from any disease or illness or harm that may come our way. I thank you from the bottom of my little birdy heart, Amen. :)


I think i'm in puberty my hormonies are running a muck! I don't like daddy when i'm on mommy and I try to bite him and I lunge!! I dunno why? PUBERTY !!!!.

Pook Pook Pookie! Ma! Ma! Ma! What U doing??? Pookie go botcha! What U doing?? Pookpook Pookie Pookie Pookie, where's Daddy? Where did you go?.

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  Dixie
says to the girls that Pookie has just got to get downstairs to get those coffee filters so you both can have more of Mamma Ruthie's special coffee!You do like it don't you? Little Angel and Laka answer in unison!We want More Of Mamma Ruthie's special coffee,We want more and right now!Dixie,getting nervous as it was taking Pookie soo long,he'd only been gone a matter of minutes but it seemed like an eternity to Dixie with the two demanding girls,chasing him around the room now,wanting to know why Pookie had to go downstairs for the coffee filters!I know the concierge put fresh filters by the coffee maker the other day and I know we didn't use them all up,Laka tells Dixie!Yeah! Little Angel agrees with Laka!Both girls make a wobbly run for the little kitchenette to pull out the coffee filters to show Dixie,and Dixie tries to make a run for the doorway to block them from going inside to the drawer where he and Pookie hid the filters!Dixie makes a quick run for it and raises both wings spread out eagle fashion in the door frame so no one can enter with out knocking him down!After what seemed days and not just minutes,they all hear some scratching at the door and a PFFFTTTTT! HUMMMMPF! and a JEEEZZZZ! As both girls make a mad dash nearly tripping Dixie to the front entry door they can hear who they think is Pookie,turning the key and as the door slowly opens right in front of them........

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

07/31/2014 07:01.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
hello everybirdie. Zeena here on my final day of July. Today I want to take the time to thank you all for all the wonderful comments, and helpful topic input. When any bird runs for BOTM, it is a family affair. No one can make it to the BC Castle with out the help and votes of their many friends. I have met many awesome birds this month, and have learned a great deal about the various species we visited.
With a flock legacy of BOTMs to follow after, it was a challenge to equal their efforts and enthusiasm. Sky, Little Angel (Adler) and my frother Casey set the measure by which I hoped to inform and share with you. I had the most wonderful month. Thank you one and all.
This being my final BOTM Post I decided to stop by and visit with a beautiful and unusual species that is a delight to watch.

The Black Palm Cockatoo is considered to be the most beautiful of the Cockatoos.

However, the Palm Cockatoo is endangered in the wild and is mostly kept for breeding purposes. While the Palm Cockatoo is known for being loving and affectionate, just like any Cockatoo, they are also very needy. If you own a Cockatoo, then you know why they are called the "love sponges" of the parrots. And you also know that they are the most needy of all the pet birds and often love their owners too much.

Cockatoos require a lot of time and attention--much more than any other pet bird. If you are able to spend at least two full hours a day with your bird (out of his cage), not leave the house for 6 or more hours everyday, cook for your bird and provide him with a variety of healthy foods, handle the loud screaming, afford the large cage and huge amount of toys, and deal with the adjustment stage that can include aggression, then rescuing a Cockatoo might be a great idea. Make sure you research as much as possible because you don't want to add to the already out-of-hand rescue problem.

Because so many Cockatoos are left to rescues, I highly encourage you to visit your local parrot rescue, see what I'm talking about, and consider rescuing one of these poor majestic creatures instead of buying one in a store. If you can handle all this, then this really might be the right bird for you.

But keep in mind that Black Palm Cockatoos in particular are very hard to find. They can cost upwards of $16,000 because of their rarity and endangered status. So, don't get your hopes up if you have your mind set on this species.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/31/2014 01:27.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
says to Pookie that he has no idea who's idea the Blue Hawaii drinks were but it was no help to them at all!Just look at them,the girls,after having the shower and getting dried off laying on the bed,in a tired frame of mind but still a little giggly when they see each other,thinking that somehow they are still downstairs in the bar!As Pookie and Dixie get the coffee ready in big oversized mugs for the girls to drink,Pookie says that this should do the trick,Mama Ruthie's coffee is the bestest for getting these girls back to being sober again!They each take the girls,Dixie,Little Angel,Pookie,Laka and carefully get them in a sitting position and have them take small sips from the mugs!At first the girls were fighting them from the start,but the boys kept persisting and finally first Laka and then Little Angel cooperated in drinking the coffee and finding that it was Mama Ruthie's own special blend,they both decided that they loved the coffee and they kept drinking it and asking for more until the whole carafe was emptied!Coming back to being themselves as each minute goes by,and deciding they really loved the coffee,they both demanded to have more!Make us some more of Mama Ruthie's special coffee!They both squawk out in unison!We want more of Mama Ruthie's coffee!Dixie and Pookie,so surprised at this sudden turn of things,look at each other and Pookie tells Dixie..........

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07/30/2014 06:19.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here with today's BOTM Post. Today we will take a look at one of natures most beautiful birds, also my Momma Deb's" dream-bird", the Hyacinth Macaw.
The largest species of macaw, Hyacinth grows to be up to 40 inches (1 m) long. The Hyacinth Macaw survives today in three known distinct population in southern Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay. In 1990, the wild population was estimated to be 2,500 birds. The world’s captive population is probably much larger, numbering in the thousands. Today, the wild population is less then 600 individuals. They are critically endangered in their native habitat.
Of the 145 species of parrot in Central and South America, 45 are in danger of extinction. All 18 species of macaws are threatened. The primary causes are habitat loss and heavy exploitation for the pet trade. The Hyacinth Macaw is especially vulnerable to capture and habitat destruction because it is noisy, intrinsically fearless, predictable, and dependent on palm trees. Hyacinth Macaws do not breed every year even under the best circumstances, so the predation on chicks is particularly bad for the species’ survival. Since captured young survive so poorly (up to 99 percent die between capture and final sale), adults are sometimes trapped through liming of perches or use of baited clap-nets. Still, for every macaw that arrives safely abroad, it is likely that five died on the way.
The United States is the largest market for the exotic pet trade. In the last decade, 8.5 million birds, at least 85 percent of birds captured in the wild, were imported or smuggled into the United States. Even when the export of birds is controlled, the domestic bird trade often is not regulated. Another threat to the Hyacinth Macaw is the increased commercial sale of feather art by the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in southern Brazil. The feathers from up to 10 Hyacinth Macaws are needed to make one headdress. In addition, ranchers kill Macaws because they believe that Hyacinths damage palm trees, which ranchers use for fenceposts, and scare cattle with their noisy behavior. In some places, local people still hunt Macaws for meat. Add to this clear-cutting of Rainforest and you can see the danger the Hyacinth population has to becoming extinct within the next decade.
Compound all the above and it is easy to calculate that their best chance of survival as a species is through captive breeding. Selling in Canada at upwards to $40,000US each these beauties of the Rainforest will remain one the worlds most desired Macaw species.
One more Question for Thought.
It is often people’s love of animals that causes them to desire exotic animal pets. What can be done to educate pet owners about the impacts of wild-caught birds and other animals?
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/30/2014 01:37.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Laka and Little Angel stumbling around beside the bar laughing and giggling so hard they could barely stand up!The two girls were swinging on the bar stools swinging one way to the left and then swinging the other way to the right!They were so dizzy from the many Blue Hawaii's that they had been drinking that they couldn't even see straight!Both Dixie and Pookie came rushing in and watching them in disbelief charged up to where the two girls were still turning around and around on the bar stools and in the process making all the other customers quite dizzy that they had to turn their backs in order not to see them or they would go dizzy themselves!Laka!Little Angel,both Pookie and Dixie yell out to them,but Laka and Little Angel are in a world of their own!They can hear no one or see anything,just the sound of their own laughter and their incessant twisting and turning of the bar stools around and around!Dixie quickly runs up,Pookie by his side and both boys grab each girl firmly picking them up and holding them in their wings!You are coming with us,they tell them and you will be taking a cool shower and be drinking lots of Mama Ruthie's famous coffee!As they hurriedly run with them up to the hotel room,Laka calls out to Little Angel and says.......

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07/29/2014 04:59.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hello to all my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we will take a look in brief at a touchy subject that has people lined up on both sides of the debate. It involves the breeders verses conservationists. I am not sharing this to side with either group, but as a general interest topic. These are exerts from an interview with Tony Silva a world renowned expert on Aviculture.
Interviewer; In light of all the talk about breeders, verses the conservationist groups, how can we make our legislators, the animal rights radicals, and the conservation elitists, understand that what we as private aviculturists do, is valuable and should be encouraged, not strangled with laws and regulations which in the end, will result in extinction, not preservation, of exotic birds?

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

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

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

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07/29/2014 01:36.09 PM Report This Comment  
  that they are going to just sit here for a while and enjoy their pretty blue drinks that Kalei had the bar keep make up for them!Taking long cool sips and playing with the little umbrellas that came with their drinks and slowly munching on all the tropical fruits,wide smiles start to spread all over their beaks!Little Angel asks Laka with a worried look on her sweet face,"are you sure that Kalei won't tell your sweet Mamma we were here and had a real Blue Hawaii?"Lake tells LA"Oh you can trust Kalei,she's one of the best,just look at what she did for us here!"Little Angel tilts her head to the side and smiles softly and says"Yeah,I think you're right about that!As they look up and see Pookie and Dixie walk into the bar and come walking towards them,they both have smiles on their beaks.As Dixie waddles up to LA and asks her if she is ready to go to dinner,LA looks right at Laka and as Pookie wants to know if Laka is coming both girls tell them that they want to spend a little more time here in the bar and to be able to finish their drinks! We'll be up in a while,you go on ahead,I'll meet you there,Little Angel tells Dixie,Laka in turn tells Pookie that he can go on up to the room with Dixie and she will meet him there also!There is something we want to do first before we go to dinner!Both Pookie and Dixie tell the girls that they will wait for them but they are not to take more than twenty minutes!As Laka and Little Angel watch the boys leaving and the minute they step out the door,they..........

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07/29/2014 10:44.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie & Little Angel
Hug Pookie and Laka and hold them close! Yaaaay!We can stay one more week here with you in Hawaii!Dixie smiles at Pookie knowing that he will get yet another chance to go fish kin with him while the girls get to go to get themselves all beautiful in the spa again!Laka and Little Angel looked at each other and wish there was a way that they could've taken some mighty fine pictures of the boys all bundled up in sand up to their necks like that!
That drink with an umbrella in it is really sounding good right about now!As both girls step into the bar and waddle up to the bar keep they both look at all the brightly colored bottles and the fancy shelf where the bottles of all kinds of drinks are held!OOOOh what shall we order to drink?Laka thinks out loud to Little Angel?Oh just look at that Blue drink!Little Angel points out a tall glass bottle filled with bright turquoise liquid in it!Oh yeah!Laka says that's a greyt choice,that's a Blue Hawaii!They get the barkeeps attention and tell him that they would both like one of those Blue Hawaii's!The bar keep looks at them and asks them to show him their Id's.Now you two don't look old enough to be drinking,he tells them,Laka and Little Angel both look at each other and shrug their shoulders and start to go fishing in their designer purses,all the while Little Angel her head and face so close to Laka's so only Laka could hear her say,What does an ID look like? Laka pretends to pull out her wallet when all of a sudden........

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07/28/2014 04:13.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hi everybirdie, Zeena here with Monday's BOTM POST. Today we visit a beautiful song bird making a new comeback in homes around the globe. The Pekin Rokin, a song bird of extraordinary talent. I wish to thank all my many friends for their votes and stopping to leave comments on my page. I read them all.
The Red-billed Leiothrix or PEKIN ROBIN (Leiothrix lutea) is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes. It has also been found at elevations ranging from near sea level to about 7,500 feet.

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

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07/28/2014 01:14.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
hears his cell phone ringing,ringing and he runs to pick it up and apologizes to Pookie and tells him he was having lots of computer problems,what with BC running slow and just circling around and around and not wanting to load pages! Then he kept getting all his blogs lost and his Mom has had to copy and paste them whenever she did one for him,she has a whole bunch of them saved to resend out!Dixie tells Pookie he's sooo very sorry this has been happening and both he and his mom are so frustrated,so far this morning BC has been acting good,last night Mom hit the send button and we were sent to a completely different page!Now whats with that?
Wait right there,I'm on my way right now!.....

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07/28/2014 09:00.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
and Pookie as the girls stand before them with their sand shovels look up at them and tell them that they could've been that hawks lunch,and all the while Pookie had squirmed his way out from the sand and helped to get Dixie free at the same time! Is that what you wanted,for us to be some hawks dinner?That wasn't very funny at all!Laka and Little Angel looking at each other ask forgiveness from Pookie and Dixie,okay,we're sorry,we promise we won't do this ever again now will we Laka? Oh for sure,we won't,Laka answers Little Angel!You may have been laughing but we sure weren't!Dixie and Pookie have agreed that they would think about forgiving the girls if they would take them to breakfast at the new Buffet in the Hotel of the Volcano House!Do you know its the besteset and biggest in the whole world?Pookie tells Dixie!So they all decide that the girls will be taking them to breakfast in the morning at the Volcano House Buffet,Dixie and Pookie can't wait to get there,their beaks are watering big time!Pookie and Dixie are so eggcited,skipping down the beach together,telling each other how happy they were that they got away with that!As LA and Laka watch them happily skipping down the beach,they look at each other,their brows furrowed wondering how in the world they got sucked into that deal with the boys?
Oh Laka we should've gotten a good picture of the two of them in the sand so we could show it to everyone!No one would've believed what we did and how we got them all buried in the sand like that!That was so much fun!

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

07/28/2014 07:02.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
and Pookie are so mad that you can see the steam coming from their ears!As both angry boys yell for Little Angel and Laka to come back for them and squirm and struggle in the warm sand, they can hear some giggles and laughter coming from nearby! Laka! LA! They both scream in unison!You better come and get us outta here or else! Both Laka and LA,hiding behind a very tall sand castle that they both had been working on look at each other and discuss how they should let them loose!Now what can we demand in order to let them go?They both put their heads together and decide that Dixie and LA should stay on in Hawaii with them for one more week,just one more week wouldn't be asking too much now would it?Who wants to go back home when we are having such a good time here? Laka and LA,hug each other and with their wings wrapped around each other they walk as one back to the boys and sweetly say,How did you enjoy your little nap in the sunshine? Little Angel you get us outta here right now!Okay,my sweet Dixie,but first you are going to have to answer our request with the right answer! Both Pookie and Dixie,the steam really flowing from their ears settle back in order to hear this one and what the girls have to say!What is it that you want?I thought we were letting you have a good time? This is what we both want,Laka tells Pookie,as they come closer to them with the big sand shovels in wing......

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07/28/2014 06:41.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we head to the warm tropical Island Luzon, Philippines and visit an unusual and exotic species of Dove. The Luzon Bleeding-Heart. The Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) is one of a number of species of ground dove in the genus Gallicolumba that are called "bleeding-hearts". They get this name from a splash of vivid red colour at the centre of their white breasts. The Luzon Bleeding-heart is the species in which this feature is most pronounced, and on first sight it is hard to believe that the bird has not recently been wounded. A reddish hue that extends down the belly furthers the illusion of blood having run down the bird's front. The Luzon Bleeding-heart was featured on a Philippine 2-peso postage stamp in 1994.


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

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

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

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

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

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/27/2014 12:25.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hello my dear BC friends. It was a long day without our beloved BC family but we are happy to say once it was up and going it was actually much faster then before. I had a special request from one of my friends to example the breeding of mutations. As this is a limited BOTM series I will touch on it briefly. For anyone interested in more in depth study I have a number of very good links and references.
In simplest terms a "mutation" is any deviation from the "normal wild-type" of any species of animal or bird. They occur spontaneously in the wild, as well as in captivity. In the wild MOST mutations have a very limited life-span owing to their coloration or other physical characteristics that make them more visible and easier prey. An example of a successful mutations are the red markings on normal Congo African Greys. These individuals integrate well into existing grey colored flocks.
In Captivity mutations are able to live and mature thereby offering breeders an opportunity to reproduce like marked/colored offspring. An excellent example is the Blue Budgie. These spontaneously occurred in several continents. By breeding Blue offspring back to normal parents the breeders were able to produce more of the same. Through selective culling and breeding of F2-second generation-blues the color was stabilized. Mutations can continue to occur even in a new mutation color--such as the blue Budgies who then produced offspring with yellow-Lutino or albino pigments. Inbreeding, selective crossing and out crosses to other colored mutations has given rise to all the many colors common in Budgies.
When looking specifically at Quaker Parrots, whose natural color is green/grey we find that the first mutation was a Blue baby hatched in Belgium in the 1940s. It is a complete replacement of the normal green plumage by blue. The gene for blue plumage is Autosomal Recessive and both hens and cocks can be heterozygous or ‘split’ for or‘carriers’ of blue – depending upon your favored terminology! This means--both parents must carry the gene to produce blue even though they are visually "normals" Today there are a large number of mutations being bred.
With all mutations, breeders must cull out the colors they do not want and breed the desired colors into the gene pool. Through consecutive generations of offspring the color is improved upon, often mutating from the original mutation thereby adding yet another new color for serious breeders to work with. Mutation possibilities are limitless as they occur spontaneously and can not be "created" by humans. Hybrids must not be confused with mutations. Hybrids are the result of breeding two diverse species within the same Genera together--examples of which are the Hybrid Macaws, Blue/Gold mated to a Green Wing etc.
Today we will visit a selection of mutations from a number of different species, I hope you enjoy the results.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/26/2014 04:36.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka, from Jenny Lynn
I hope to see many of our friends at the Milonga Beach Party tonight, it should be a lot of fun for all who attend! We're having a hot, muggy, overcast day, but these days come and go, no complaints with our Summer so far! Dad had great time with his old friends yesterday, they talked for hours, what could they possibly have to talk about! This should be an easy day for dad, not much happening, I hope your Saturday is equally laid back and peaceful, and let's all be aware that sadly, bird injuries can happen to any of us, in that magical split second, a constant vigil must ALWAYS be in place! Have a great day and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Loving ya forever, Jenny & the Dallas family

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07/26/2014 01:46.53 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Pookie
July 25th BOTM POST
Hello friends, Zeena the Ballerina here today with a popular, very pretty Australian species. The Bourke's Parakeet and it's mutations . These peaceful, gentle birds make awesome pets for people of all ages and have quite the following here in aviculture. With their calm personalities and soft voices they make awesome additions to any home whether it be an apartment or private dwelling.
I want to again thank each one of you for your wonderful comments and daily votes. If there is a species you would like to possibly see in one of my Posts feel free to mention them.
The Bourke's Parakeets (Neopsephotus Bourkii) are endangered in their own homeland of Southwestern and Central Australia, but are popular in aviculture. They are readily available in the United States and relatively inexpensive. Know the world over for their charming qualities.

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

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

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

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/25/2014 09:09.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Pookie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Mine has been pretty good. It has been a very busy week and mom has been doing a lot of running around. I'm not too happy about that but she tells me it has to be done sometimes!
Pippo and I are learning how to be clowns now! I am having a great time and I already have a funny walk so that part has been easy. I was wondering if you and Laka would like to come by sometime. We have plenty of wigs and funny clothes to play in! We have been having a wonderful time learning all about the circus.
I hope you enjoy your evening and have lots of fun too!
Leaving a vote and a big hug just for you!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/23/2014 06:02.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Oh look!We completely forgot about Dixie and Pookie waiting for us on the sand for us to come back!The boys oblivious of anyone being there around them keep on snoring away with the rhythm of the ocean waves playing like gently music in their heads! Little Angel comes close to Dixie's face and looks him right in the eyes but Dixie doesn't even feel her presence there and neither does Pookie as both boys are off in a world of their own! Little Angel whispers something into Laka's ear,she giggles uncontrollably and then the two girls work fast on making their plan come to fruition!Starting with the boys tails,the start meticulously piling sand on them until they come up to their bodies,the warm silky white Hawaiian sand feels soft in their wings as they carefully pour it over the boys until they get it all the way up to their necks! Not even flinching or moving a muscle they lay with their heads on their beach towels for support the zzzzz's and the ahhhhhhzzzzzzz's escaping from their beaks!The girls trying hard not to laugh to loud,run to the far side of the beach side down by the water where they can still keep an eye on the boys,watching as the sun is dropping low in the sky! As a hawk screeches from up above them and as it screeches once more while still circling the boys,both Dixie and Pookie snap their eyes wide open awakened from their mesmerizing dreams and.......

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07/23/2014 04:23.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
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 03:19.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
and Pookie get themselves ready to go out to the beach and get a nice camp fire going for the girls as they collect all the things they bought at the Farmers Market earlier!Dixie can smell the fresh French Bread and both his and Pookie's tummy let out a loud growl which makes Laka and Little Angel giggle! Dixie looks for a big container for the girls to collect their sea shells in and Pookie gets the tote ready to carry all the things the girls are readying for their dinner on the beach!The girls are really eggcited to be going and can't wait to sit on the beach and watch the sunset come over the water and to have the boys tell them all about their fishkin adventure that they had today.....

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07/21/2014 03:45.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start this week with one of the worlds most well known Parrots. Today we stop to visit the Senegal Parrots and their mutations. I wish to thank you all for your greyt support and daily votes in my quest to earn the Title of Bird of the Month for August.
Over the last 30 years as many as 3 million wild Senegal parrots have been removed from the wild – 811,408 CITES Export permits have been issued since 1975. Unregulated trade in African parrots peaked in the 1980s and ’90s, and still exists today. This lucrative black market industry is fueled by profiteering middlemen who exploit wild bird populations. In 2005, the Senegal parrot was the most traded bird on the CITES Appendix II, with an average of over 45,000 individuals being removed from the wild each year. Today, African parrots remain among the most traded species on earth.
The Poicephalus parrots, including Senegals, Red-bellied and Myers etc are among the hardiest parrots on earth being able to survive in the harsh, African subtropics. All of their ranges are under serious pressure from the booming charcoal industry, out-of-control commercial logging , burning by local people for pastures and agriculture, as well as climate change. Deforestation rates on the continent are now twice that of the rest of the world. Africa has lost one half of its old-growth forests and forest restoration has become absolutely essential to save endemic forest bird species.
Long-lived forest specialists like Senegal parrots and rose-ringed parakeets are particularly sensitive to forest degradation. The added pressure of the wild-caught bird trade is often catastrophic, resulting in local extinctions in many Africa countries. Meyer’s parrots have all but disappeared from South Africa, African grey parrots are no longer seen in Kenya or Tanzania, Ruppell’s parrot and the brown-headed parrot have disappeared from much of their ranges in Namibia and Mozambique respectively, and the Cape parrot is only found in small forest refuges in the high mountains. Anyone who has traveled by road in Africa will tell you that every time you are in or near a forest you will start seeing parrots in cages or with their feet tied up on the roadside. Africa is exporting its parrots, its wildlife, its birdlife, its natural heritage,at alarming rates.
The Senegal Parrot is now extinct in many of it's ranges. The only way to stop this trade in wild-caught Parrots is to refuse to purchase birds that are not born in captivity.
Many devoted Senegal breeders have been working with a few unique mutations that have appeared in nestboxes starting in the early 1990's. These rare and beautiful mutations are still expensive and normally available only to other breeders, they include the yellow, pied, opaline, dilute and cinnamon. Regardless of color Senegal Parrots will remain one of the most common family pet birds kept the world over.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/21/2014 02:53.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
agrees with Pookie about the girls hearing about their quite amazing suspenseful day with fishkin!Even though they lost the big big fish,they sure had the time of their lives together,with all the eggcitement of trying not to drown and losing Pookie's new graphite fishkin pole!Both the big big fish and the new graphite fishkin pole are gone together some where in the ocean!Both Dixie and Pookie,so famished from all their adventures with the fishkin eggcitement can't stop eating,its like they have a bottomless pit of a stomach! OOOOHHHH!These sandwiches and the juice are just soooo goood!Dixie tells Pookie in between big beakfuls of sandwich,Mama Ruthie sure can make the best sandwiches ever and the tastiest too!Dixie closes his eyes and looking up at the sky and all the puffy white clouds so serene in the sky,points out to Pookie that he thought he saw both their fisters in a silhouette in a cloud formation!Not in any hurry to get back or to leave this peaceful spot,after eating and getting their tummies full,both boys lay completely back in the soft sand and under the warming sun they fall asleep......

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07/20/2014 07:46.18 PM Report This Comment  
  a huge wave rolls up and getting larger and larger with each push from the ocean it heads directly to where Pookie is struggling in the water,trying hard to hang onto his fishkin pole and balance on the large fish that's dragging him ever so quickly across the top of the water leaving sprays spewing out on either side of him!Dixie watching the wave rolling closer and closer and getting larger and larger,Pookie trying to balance himself on the fish and trying hard not to fall off and go under,hurriedly casts out his pole for Pookie to catch hold of so he won't be carried to who knows where by that fish when suddenly and as fast as lightening the giant wave comes down on both of them,separating them in the water,both screaming and trying to hang onto their fishkin poles for dear life and yet stay afloat and not go under but the fish is still attached to Pookie and now Dixie who somehow got tangled when the wave hit!Trying to figure out how to get free of their wild ride,Pookie shouts out........

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07/20/2014 04:55.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie
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 02:22.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
struggling to reel in his catch,tries turning the reel and it seems to be getting very hard to turn,twisting his body this way and that to accommodate for some leverage and digging his heels into the ground for a better grip,wraps his wings tighter around his pole!Pookie watching him from the sides of his eyes trying to manage his line,has just felt a pull on his line also and is busy trying to reel that one that he caught in!Bells on both poles are ringing and Pookie is starting to wonder just what it is that they both have on the ends of their lines! Both Pookie and Dixie are having the challenge of their lives just trying to hang onto their poles and not to be dragged into the water with the strong pull of what is caught on their lines!Pookie!Dixie yells,this thing whatever it is is going to be taking me into the water with it!Pookie his eyes big replies back to Dixie.......

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07/20/2014 07:41.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
and Pookie hurriedly get all their fish kin gear together and head off for their secret spot so they can enjoy a relaxing and quiet afternoon together while the girls are having fun shopping and buying new bathing suits and new dresses and just having a good time in the beautiful Hawaiian shops that they can't get at home!Dixie doesn't want to miss out on fish kin not while he's here with Pookie to show him how to make a greyt catch!

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07/19/2014 05:44.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Pookie
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 ;)

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07/19/2014 12:28.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
nudges Pookie again about going fishkin as he overheard the girls wanting to go to the spa again!Dixie just loved the Orchids and he and Little Angel just can't get over how a flower like that can smell like chocolate!And oh how beautiful the orchids are and the Orchid Farm is so amazing to take in!Such pretty colors too right there in front of their noses!Dixie thought that the Sherry Baby Orchid was named after the Four Seasons song!Dixie looks at Laka and can't help smiling!Little Angel puts her nose into another chocolate smelling orchid!She can't help but to think of a delicious beak watering chocolate bar!What an incredible place,this Volcano Hawaii is!
As they check out the souvenir shop,the girls checking out the fragrances there,Pookie looks again at Dixie now how are we going to pull this one off?......

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07/19/2014 11:06.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Pookie~
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 08:55.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Little Angel & Dixie
Kiss good bye as she and Laka head back to the Spa. LA is having so much fun here in Hawaii she hates to think she and Dixie will have to return to their home in the US.
"Laka, what do you say we go to the movies fater we leave the Spa? I hear there's a real good love story playing right now."
Laka grins happily as she nods her agreement.
"Oh look" Little Angel points to a sign hung outside a store. The sign offers great deals on bathing suits.
"Come on, let's go see what they have." Little Angel pulls Laka behind her by the wing tip
"Woow, look at all those different colored suits. All sorts of designs too." Laka holds up a pretty light blue bikini.
"That looks greyt with your sandals."

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07/18/2014 03:46.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hi everyone, Happy TGIF. Today we will make a stop in India to visit a strange looking member of the avian world. The Wreathed Hornbill. These majestic birds are seen in Zoos and private collector's aviaries. The Wreathed Hornbill , also known as the Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbill, is a species of Hornbill found in forests from far north-eastern India and Bhutan, east and south through mainland south-east Asia and the Greater Sundas, except Sulawesi. The Wreathed Hornbill is a large (4-8 pounds) black bird with a yellowish tail, red eyes, and a long, thick beak topped with a small 'wreathed' casque with up to 9 ridges. The male has a bright yellow inflatable throat pouch, while the female's is blue. It is suggested that the casque, which has a spongy hollow core, may serve as a resonating chamber for its harsh barking call, as a form of species recognition, and/or to convey health status. The first two cervical vertebrae are fused to help their neck support the extra weight of the large bill. Their 2nd and 3rd toes are partially fused to help them better grasp tree branches. Using droppings, mud, and fruit pulp, the female hornbill is renowned for walling itself into tree hollows for up to 41/2 months while nesting. The female leaves only a small slit through which its mate must pass all needed foodstuffs until their babies fledge.
The wreathed hornbill is an omnivorous feeder, eating mostly fruit. The male, however, will feed small animals such as bats, reptiles, frogs, crabs, and insects to the females and developing chicks. It can find food from the treetops to the forest floor as well as in water.
Captive breeding the Wreathed Hornbill is difficult but successful once specific requirements are provided. This species is intelligent and sensitive to change and it takse longer to form pairs; young males are vulnerable to bullying by older females; heated accommodation are absolutely necessary and a higher protein diet is needed for them to rear their chicks successfully. These and several other factors make them more difficult to maintain and breed compared to their African counterparts.
Chicks, when available sell to private breeders,and collectors for thousands of dollars each. This fact and their need for massive flights makes them unsuitable except for serious experienced collectors/breeders.
Tomorrow, we once more take a peak inside a nest box to discover what new is hatching inside.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/18/2014 03:40.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie & Little Angel
are having the time of their lives with their special Hawaiian tour guides taking them to the best places ever!Every day is so eggciting and so magical!Pookie and Laka really know their stuff when it comes to giving one a wonderful eggciting and very detailed tour of such a heavenly place on earth!They both just can't wait til tomorrow!
Loving you always and forever,Dixie and Little Angel!
Sorry Mom missed your sweet Mama Ruthie's call the other night,she got home really late and we had another power outage and the rain and thunder were awful,there was a bad roll over right down the street from us which made skin sis and Mom have to detour the long way around just to get out and get home again,the car took down the telephone pole and we were having problems with our phone with loud crackling and static,we couldn't hear the person on the other side!They were still working on it today,we sure hope that they fix the telephone pole by tomorrow at least!Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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07/17/2014 08:16.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
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 11:57.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka, Hi Pookie
It's Rio and Skye.
Thank you so very much for honoring us with Birds of the Day and thanks for the nuts. This such an honor.
Hugs,
Rio and Skye.

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07/17/2014 10:21.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
says that he really loved Uncle Cliton and he sure knows how to make some great shrimp on the Barbie!And just because he's so quiet doesn't mean he has nothing to say,I could feel the love pouring outta him too,just like all the warm love sweet Mama Ruthie has in her,everything she touches is love!I can't believe that Uncle Clinton has gout just like me too!Dixie tells Pookie that he really is having the best time ever,he just loved playing in the boiling pots with Laka,Little Angel and him!And the dinner at Uncle Clinton's was so incredible!Rainbow Falls is sooo beautiful,its like something out of a picture book,the kind of place that you always dream about going to but never can!Jumping off the big rocks was sooo much fun,and feeling the warm bath like water rush over his feathers never felt so good and felt soo good for his poor painful toes and feet!It felt really good to laugh like we did and have no cares in the world but to be together on such a wonderful day!Pookie you and Laka are the bestest tour guides we could ever ask for!And I am sooo soooo happy to be able to spend our honeymoon with you!I will always cherish these pictures you have taken of me and Little Angel!I so loved to see the joy in both Laka and Little Angel's eyes today!I just love learning where Mama Ruthie came from and what she experienced growing up on the Big Island!Its so funny that Uncle Clinton is 5'10" and Mama Ruthie is much smaller,just like my Mom is!Dixie tells Pookie that he really loved visiting Uncle Clinton and his quiet demeanor spoke volumes of how sweet he actually is,just like Mama Ruthie!Oh!Pookie!I feel so blessed to be here with you and Laka!What a very wonderful beautiful world you live in here!I don't think Little Angel and me will ever want to leave here when its time for us to go!And I especially love hanging with you my sweet precious friend! Pookie then..........

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07/17/2014 06:35.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
Hi everybirdie. Zeena here today with another very unique and endangered bird that is fighting for survival .The Nicobar Pigeon.
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas. They drink water without having to raise their heads in the process; their chicks are helpless at birth but develop at an amazing pace . What is more, they forage for fruits of plants that have evolved with them the entire time. The Nicobar is planning and planting forests as they forge and eat.


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

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

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

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

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

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07/16/2014 11:32.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
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 01:39.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie & Little Angel
holding each other close with thoughts of the perfect evening that Pookie and Laka gave them sigh a sigh of dreamy happiness,wishing their time here would go on and on!Pookie and Laka are the best tour guides and friends they could ever have!Each day is a new adventure for them and each adventure holds so much more joy for them and eggcitement! As Little Angel and Dixie walk into their honeymoon suite,the two of them plop themselves on the bed and look upwards to the ceiling,closing their eyes and kicking off their dancing shoes,smiles as wide as the Hawaiian ocean on their beaks........

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07/15/2014 12:23.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Pookie & Laka
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 10:02.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
not believing how good he feels from the spa treatment and Pookie just looking so debonair are so enjoying themselves in the ballroom,dancing the night away,tripping the light fantastic,being lost in a world all their own!Dixie smiles so dreamily at Pookie as he is dancing with some pretty girl and turns to the other side of him where sweet Laka is having the time of her life dancing with a handsome boy she has found!Holding LA close to him,he closes his eyes and relishes the soft gentle tunes of Lionel Ritchie playing,singing Say You,Say Me......Oh what a wonderful day,what an even better evening,what wonderful loving friends,how lucky are we both........

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07/14/2014 09:28.17 AM Report This Comment  
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