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Polly; V4 ZEENA #255116 BOTM; Red White Blue

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One of the Middle School teachers mentioned a parrot that needed a new home, we asked, and Polly came to live with us, her 4th owner.
Joined BC 3-14-10
4-22-13 DISCOVERED I'm female
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Hi! My name is Polly; V4 ZEENA #255116 BOTM; Red White Blue

I am a Quaker from Lansing, MI.

Polly B.

17 years old   F

Quaker

POPCORN, apple with a bit of peanut butter, sweet potato, or whatever the human has, and of course "cracker"

Top of the cage or on an "acceptable" human

Scary things anywhere near her

TREATS, head scritches

Pulling out any reachable feather, or hair if on a human member of the flock.

Get this collar off of me..

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  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 01:36.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 02:06.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
It's fantastic to see you again! We've been wondering about mom and her recovery. It's good to know she's coming along, even if it is slower than she wanted.
The guy collecting parking fees at the museum said to mom we are lucky this year. We are getting 2 Septembers! It's been another cool, cloudy day here. There were thunderstorms predicted, but so far we haven't seen any.
Mom's tour this morning was a group of day care kids ranging from about 7 to 12 years. They wanted animals, so mom started in Bird Hall, of course. She also did a ton of mammals on the second floor, both North American and African. Then she took the kids out on the balcony to see the giant pterosaur, Quetzlcoatlus, with its 40 foot wing span. There was a reason, though. When that guy stood on the ground he was as tall as a giraffe! They had just seen the giraffe, so mom wanted to show off the pterosaur. It was a good move, because the museum had moved the herps to that balcony! So while they were out there, mom did frogs, salamanders, and snakes, too.
We are hoping for better weather tomorrow, even though mom won't have a chance at going to the pool. Her eye surgeon's appointment is in the afternoon.
I hope you are seeing warm weather, sunshine, and lots of cuddles, just for you! Hugs, Falco

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07/30/2014 12:37.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Polly
All in well in my world, and things just keep getting better each day. I'm learning to play with a new toy Mom got for me. I even like ringing the bell, and sometimes I do it t the point where she say, "ENOUGH ALREADY". If she didn't want me to make noise, why did she give it to me?

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07/30/2014 06:54.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly wolly doodle !
It's like summer is on vacation and fall is trying to sneak in under the cover of night ! It's 57 now and only heading to 77 today - is this what they call the dog days of summer ?

Another day of love and play ahead :) I was a little cranky last night when dad wasn't home - I do expect both parronts to be here with me in the evenings ! ! You know the old adage - if mom says no, go ask dad ! ! ! har har har. . . why don't you head over and we can make a mess together ? Then it won't matter so much if aunt Karen can't get the bandwidth she needs ! Cause I miss you !

Missing summer ? There are summer songs over at Name that Tune this week (page 231616). Give it a wing ! love Cookie

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07/30/2014 04:15.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Screech and I are , as pops calls us, the GRUSOME TWOSOME, and we kind of like that, ha ha ha. RT

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07/30/2014 01:12.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Not having internet is like living in a cave. Bummer. Screech

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07/30/2014 12:59.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Sorry you didn't get any internet. Hope you have better luck now.
We were hit hard with the nasty t-storms and tornado watch. But, we are doing ok.
What a day! This morning it was 57 degrees. We finally warmed up to 64 degrees ... yay, what a summer! Mom was gone all day and dad had to feed me dinner. It wasn't done the way it should have been. Dad needs better training ... hehehe.
Hugs
Chyna

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07/29/2014 10:31.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Miss Polly!
Well, sure hope the internet problems are better, and that the health problems all go away! The BC has been acting up, and today we are missing our aviary avatars, so...what else is new!

Mom has been working since May! She has a great job, and could not have asked for a more ideal one, either. I hate it that she is not home with me all the time, so I velcro myself to her at every moment I can. She says that is perfectly fine cuz she misses me during the day, too. The job is a contract one, and she is under contract until next May. She hopes that it is extended, and the place she is at uses contractors for long periods of time. She is trying to save up money now, and it is nice to have some coming in!

Great to see ya back here, and hope that everything is going to go great for ya!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/29/2014 07:54.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly!
That's awful having Internet problems! Hope it settles down for you.
Thanks for asking about my dad. He is doing well and healing nicely!
So happy to hear that your mom is doing better. Did she go on that bike ride?
Sure hope you didn't get those storms!
Have a nice day!
Love,
Raffikki

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07/29/2014 03:37.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Hey, is anybirdy else missing their avatar and the ones in their aviary? I got nothing! Very annoying!

Well! My mom made a deep dish blueberry pie this morning before she went to the gym. What's the problem, you ask? The morning is MY time! Yes, she did take me out for my sunbath before she made the pie, and yes she did sit in my room with me while it was baking. Just because it is too hot in the afternoons to turn on the oven, I had to give up at least 30 minutes of MY mommy time while she put that pie together. And I only like the crust. She could have just baked a crust for me in much less time than that!

At least after she got home from the gym (and showered), she spent the next hour with me. However I was still mad at her from this morning, so I just ignored her. She sat and read, and I played with my toys. To be honest I was glad she was in there, but I would never let her know. Even if she did fix one of my favorite toys and reattach the bell. I do love those bells.

Kiddo

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07/29/2014 02:46.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly and Zippy
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 02:02.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi pretty Polly, a vote from Jenny & Queen Christy
This morning when our daddy finally finished the morning paper changing route and food and water dishes, he sat down and powered up this cursed machine! He was so not ready to see his beloved Angel in the BOTD spotlight, he almost lost it! He had just came back inside from his morning prayers at her grave, today will be a solemn day of celebration at our home! There are certainly more beautiful birds in the world, but none was ever more loved, sadly, there can NEVER be another Christine! We have another fabulous day here in Rock Island, give our love to all in your great home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Queen Angel Christy, Jenny Lynn, & our loving family

PS~We are all so proud of our Toos, their only demand is to be talked to, loved, played with, and have us spend time with them, that don't seem like to much to ask....

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07/29/2014 06:54.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 01:37.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
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 12:55.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 05:17.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Just a quick fly by to remind everybirdy that tonight is the July Fun in the Sun milonga. It is a lakeside beach party, and I sure hope everybirdy will be there. It will be a simple one, since the County Fair is in August and that one takes a lot of time to get ready, but it will still be a lot of fun.

Oh, and the pig racers are posted on the milonga page with their pig's names, so you can all see them tonight.

Kiddo

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07/26/2014 02:20.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly and Zippy
Chuey here to let you know I am running for BOTM starting August 1st. I hope you will enjoy my blogs and I'm looking forward to an eggciting month.
Zee ya

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07/26/2014 10:59.09 AM Report This Comment  
  GOOD MORNING !
Boy am I glad BC got fixed before tonight's Milonga ! ! ! I've got my beach bag packed - sunscreen, beakstick, towel, floatie, sunglasses . . . yep, think I've got it all :) Now all I have to do is hope mom and dad get back from the g'parronts in time to bring me ! Hope to see you there :) There can't be anyone in the house vying for bandwidth on a Saturday night ! Can there ? love Cookie

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07/26/2014 05:53.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Do you have any idea how BORING it is when BC is down in the morning when pops gets up. Like there's nothing to do and he has to be extra quiet so as not to wake Mom. RT

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07/26/2014 01:27.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly
We, Don't want any HERaCanes this year, Screech

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07/26/2014 01:08.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Thanks for the hatchday wishes. Here's some cake for you and Zippy to enjoy.
Happy that your mom's hip is doing better. Sounds like she has been pretty busy. I hope she's not over doing it. make her take a rest.
Oh no, you are back in the collar again. You have to stop that! The only collar you want to have is like mine ....yellow!
I had a fun day on Thursday, destroying my new toys. I was able to wish Falco a Happy Hatchday and then shortly after ...no BC! I kept trying most of the night and then gave up. Friday morning, still no BC! I say we kick that server in the tail feathers! At least the weather is partly sunny and low 70's ... not too bad. Have a greyt weekend. Oh oh ... I hear loud booms ... guess the t-storm is starting :(
Hugs
Chyna

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07/25/2014 08:58.33 PM Report This Comment  
  hip hip hooray !
I almost said good morning ! That's how used to our routine mom is !

We're back in business ! Mom is an early morning person - even though it's summer and she doesn't have to get ready for school, she's still up around 5:00. She has gotten so used to having her coffee with all our friends, it was a tough morning :( It's also easier to get computer time before dad wakes up - LOL ! He kind of loses track of time when he gets on . . .

So she ran some errands and did some banking . . . now we're so happy to be with you again ! The parronts just got home from the Italian Festival for dinner for yet another night ! Dad calls it mom's KITCHEN VACATION ! har har har ! Mom had sausage and peppers and dad had a meatball wedge. They hung out a while visiting with friends and meeting one of the new priests - he has a little dog that looks like TOTO who follows him around (like TOTO !)

Hope you had a great day and I'm real sorry about the collar my dear friend ! Love Cookie

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07/25/2014 05:14.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Gloria is totally safe with the car wash she got yesterday. It doesn't rain here from May thru October. She does get dusty though.

Mom picked up a couple of real books at the library recently, and she is reading those now. Then she will go back to her kindle aka lifeline. I swear she loves that thing more than Dad and me. She denies it, but I don't believe her.

Well, Mom got me outside for my sunbath at 8:40 this morning, and it was already so warm she had to sit in the shade and use her body to give me partial shade. And then she had to move her chair twice to get out of the sun as it moved. We only stayed out for 35 minutes, because it was warming up fast! The weather site says it is only 88 degrees, but Mom and I know it is hotter. They never get it right.

Mom and I shared a roast beef, Swiss cheese and spinach roll up for lunch. I supervised the making of it, and it was very interesting. However I didn't like it nearly as much as Mom did, but then she had that nasty old spinach in there. Most of what I tore off ended up on Mom's chest. I did eat some tortilla. Then she was drinking her iced chai tea with it, and I tried to make a quick move and get some. She is just too fast for me. Who says caffeine is bad for us? I want to try that stuff! If Mom drinks it or eats it, I want it!

Kiddo

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07/25/2014 02:17.37 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Polly
Actually, that's me in the front. RT

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07/25/2014 09:18.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 09:17.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Same old stuff here in the sunny south. We're all doing fine and dandy. Screech

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07/25/2014 09:05.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Mom went to get Gloria her first bath at the car wash yesterday, but they were closed for repairs. However the nice lady gave my mom a coupon for a free wash! So she went today right after she went up to the tire place because one of the tires had a slow leak. Turns out it was not repairable, so Mom got a new tire pro-rated since she bought it there. Too bad she hadn't opted for the hazard coverage, but she did this time and added it for the other three. If it happens again, the tire will be free no matter what.

Hopefully the new USB cable for the camera will come today. Mom really wants to post the pics she took of Gloria. She is so glad she got her painted. She smiles every time she looks at her. Even the tire guy was amazed at how good a 2001 car looked, so she told him about the week old paint job. He marked her papers "wet paint" so they would be extra careful with her. That made Mom smile too!

I got my sunbath at 9 this morning, because it is another hot one here. 98 or so, which I guess is better than triple digits. That is what it turned out to be yesterday, and Mom and spent the day doing our best to stay cool.

Kiddo

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07/24/2014 01:53.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
Thank you for liking my wedding photo!I still can't believe that I'm actually married now,it almost seems impossible in a way!Our thoughts and prayers have been going out to your sweet Momma on a successful recovery for her hip surgery,it must be so frustrating to have to take things so slowly for now until she can get her life back to where it was most comfortable for her!My skin sis has hip displaysure and will be needing an operation but she can't get to see the surgeon until November and the operation will be in Boston a good two hour ride from here!
Oh Polly,has your sweet Momma tried Feather In on you?It really works good and if you haven't ruined your feather follicles your feathers will start growing back in,if you can't find it anywhere,my Mom will send you some to try if you'd like!Its all herbal and has no chemicals at all in it.It has helped my flock and others that have been trying it!I know what you are feeling about being collared because I was in the same spot you are in years ago!I hate to see you hurting yourself like that!
I do believe that you are both on the Spurs team,just get on over to the basketball camp and start practicing with all of us there,we would love to have you join us in our quest for the championship title again!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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07/24/2014 12:56.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Polly~
I hope you are having a fun day too! I'm sorry you had to have the collar back on. You look so very cute in it but I know you don't like it!
I'm snacking on some veggies at the moment. There are no apples so mom has to get on over to the market and get me some!! I think that some people around here have been eating my apples!!! I told mom she needs to get a bag that is just for me and tell everyone else to keep their hands off them!
Have a wonderful day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/24/2014 11:58.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Polly!
Thanks for asking about my dad. He is recovering nicely from his surgery!
Oh......sure hope your mom feels better soon! That's a long time to be recovering!
Yikes! How does your mom do it with the oven keeping her hip to 90 degrees?
Oh don't worry about blogging! Just blog when you can sweetie'
Love,
Raffikki

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07/24/2014 09:00.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Polly do I have to come and straighten her out-JL
...some parronts just need some direction sometimes! Not to worry, I only take it all off for Alfie, when I can get him away from aunt Denise long enough! I wish you all a great throw back Thursday, do me a favor, look through your old book of memories and select a pic to reflect on! It is fun to remember the past, you will be amazed at how things in your life has changed, mostly for the better! We like looking at many of the birds we have rescued and re-homed, but my favorite time is to review many of my old friends and relatives (dad's son, daughter, and grand kids), some are sadly no longer with us, but life goes on as we hang on to what we once had! Have a great day dear friends, and give my love to all in your humble home, see ya tomorrow...

As always forever, Jenny & the Dallas family

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07/24/2014 08:48.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 03:24.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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

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07/23/2014 05:14.27 AM Report This Comment  
  I miss you !
It's been busy here - summer is flying by ! Yesterday dad's car went for new brakes - today mom's car goes in for some recall. Good thing about that ? Everybirdie is home with me !

This is also mom's kitchen vacation ! The church is having it's Italian Festival this week. Mom worked all last week getting things ready for the White Elephant tent so she wouldn't have to work nights. She'll still go in for a while each day to tidy up and consolidate before opening. But the parronts are going every night - just to eat ! They won't stay every night - sometimes (like tonight probably) they'll bring home dinner. I got a piece of skettie last night :)

It's been really nice weather too - all our rain has been at night ! Of course today is supposed to get really humid and into the 90's - thunderboomers late this afternoon into tonight and then the cool down. No complaining though - not after the winter we had !

How's mom doing ? Is she getting around and feeling herself again ? Give her our love my friend ! love Cookie and mom

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07/23/2014 02:56.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Polly girl, from Jenny & Ziggy
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, Ziggy, & our family

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07/22/2014 03:00.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly & Zippy
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 02:28.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly and Zippy
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 03:18.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly and Zippy
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 02:40.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Polly
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

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