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I found my Mom after she visited me and my clutch mates. I picked her!!

BOTD 16 April 2012
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Hi! My name is Rudy

I am a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo from Luther, OK.

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4 years old   M

Rose-Breasted Cockatoo

Anything Mom is eating


The cat does NOT belong on Moms lap!

She spoils me rotten!!

Chasing the cat!.

If I want it - It's mine.
If I like it, It's mine.
If you have it, it's definetly mine.
If you give it to me - I don't want it!

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  Hi Rudy
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE BOO BOO BOTM 162724.

03/29/2015 11:10.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy
I hope you don't see any more tornadoes for awhile, at least.
Today mom got some bad news. Quincy and Danny, the bob white quail who lived at the center, got put down yesterday. It's a shame, but both boys were close to 9 years old! In the wild, they live for a year or 2, and in captivity they can survive to 5, so we were lucky to have the boys for nearly 9 years. Mom cried, of course, but she realized a few months ago that their time was short.
In other news, mom attended a mammal handling class today, and at the end, they said to take mammals off site the volunteer first had to go with staff a time or 2. Mom asked if that was necessary for her, since she's been doing that for 13 years! They told her no, they would grandfather her in, haha.
Then she worked at the museum for the Preservation Fair today. She worked at a table that showed the effects of things like water, abrasion, light, and even using the wrong kind of pen could damage artifacts, prints, photos, etc. Did you know that Sharpies are not permanent, and can cause damage to your CDs? Mom found that out today. She writes on all the CDs she burns, and uses a sharpie. Guess that stops today.
I hope you are having a great evening. We'll talk more tomorrow. Hugs to you, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/28/2015 07:16.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
love TiBOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE BOO BOO BOTM 162724.

03/28/2015 10:52.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Rudy
That is perfectly fine for your mom to vent her frustration with your dad on the blog. Know all couples occasionally have conflicts and think your dad is really frustrated and maybe your mom will be able to straighten the phone issue out for him. Really think calling or visiting the provider and have them assist is the way to go.

As for the doc perhaps what your dad wanted done wasn't good for your dad. Needs to communicate to the doc and get a satisfactory response to understand his concerns.

We know the conflicts do bother the flock and hopefully today is a better day.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

PS: Monster status?

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03/28/2015 04:56.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy, my love,
mom did have a better day today and it was beautiful outside today. It was really nice and warm...around 75º and sunny too. Mom got outside and trimmed seven of her roses today and she is hoping that it is nice again tomorrow so she can finish up the front yard pruning. The parronts are going to go and buy some flowers tomorrow for the front yard.

Do you have any pictures of your new flat for me to see? I am glad that you are getting used to your new place. It took me a short while to get used to my new house when I moved in with mom and dad...My new house was definitely a step up for me.
That was nice of your mom to donate the old cages and I am sure they needed them...

Love, Rosie 'TOO ♥


03/27/2015 09:38.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy
Th ♥ nks and your a great le ♥ rner...Angel Chi ♥ chi

Come visit me, Gus--Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

03/27/2015 06:19.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy
Sounds to me like Dad needs a good bite. I am sure you or Cappy could show him what for.

Well, it is pretty darned hot here. They were calling for a high of 89 today, but it is 90 out there right now. Looks like they missed it again. Mom took me out for my sunbath as soon as she got home from zumba a few minutes after noon, and it was so warm she sat in the shade and put my outdoor carrier in partial shade. So I still got my sun, but it wasn't nearly as hot as in the full sun.

Mom is in another battle over insurance and medical bill, only this time it is the hospital's fault and Anthem Blue Cross has been struggling with them since Mom's surgery last August! She spoke to a very nice young lady a few minutes ago, and they finally received the records (125 pages!) of the procedure they have been requesting since the whole thing started. Hopefully this time it will be resolved.

Meanwhile I am perched on my mom's knee dictating my blogs. Since she is wearing shorts, she is hoping I will not have an accident. She had better hope I don't get adventurous and climb all over her like I did during yesterday's blogging...Whoops! Here I go!!


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03/27/2015 03:20.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy~~
I hope you are having a fun day! I'm really glad you guys are okay. I figured your mom would make sure all is ready for the tornado season. Do you have a cellar??
Sad about Moore. I always see mobile home parks that get destroyed too. I don't think Mother Nature likes mobile home parks. I guess it's because those houses are easier to move since they are not on a foundation. It would probably be better to have a different kind of house if you live in an area with lots of tornado's. I suppose if it lands right on your house it wouldn't matter if you had a foundation or not!
Mom knew some people who moved out of California because they were very scared of the earthquakes down there. They moved to a small town in Kansas and the first tornado that came through the town destroyed their home. It was the only home destroyed! Don't know if they moved out of Kansas or not.
You guys enjoy the day!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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03/27/2015 12:23.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rudy
Birds do a lot of activities that may seem smart, but how much of their behavior is instinct instead of intelligence? Ornithologists are continually studying birds and learning new information about their brains, how they think and why they behave why they do.

Deciding just how smart birds are depends on how intelligence is defined. Birds exhibit a wide range of intelligent behaviors, including good memories, extensive communication, planning for the future and remembering the past. Some birds can solve problems, and others have been observed playing – both activities that indicate more than just basic instinct. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines intelligence as:The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations or the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment.
Do birds do this? Scientific studies indicate that yes, birds do learn, and every backyard birder knows birds are capable of adapting to new environments and conditions. Quantitative measurement of bird intelligence is difficult because birds cannot take intelligence tests or attend classes to be measured with their peers. Observations and studies of birds are revealing that birds may be far more intelligent than initially believed.
Bird Brain Structure
Brain size and structure is not an automatic gauge of intelligence, but it can be a clue. Birds may be small, but they have a proportionally large brain compared to their overall body and head sizes – in fact, bird's brains are similarly proportioned to primates. Studies of birds' brain anatomy also suggests that while the structure is different than that of mammals' brains, birds may have a higher degree of connectivity between the sections of their brains, which could indicate more intelligence and faster reasoning than previously believed.
Evidence of Bird Intelligence
The best indication of how smart birds are is direct observations of birds acting intelligently. While some observations have been made under scientifically controlled circumstances and through laboratory experiments, other observations have come from casual birders who notice their favorite birds behaving in peculiar ways, ways that seem planned and premeditated.
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