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Hi! My name is HANDSOME HATTIE

I am an Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet from knightdale, NC.

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  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day. I'm getting some computer time this morning! It's been way to busy around here lately and I just don't like it!
Yesterday we took a break in the morning and watched Catching Fire. I really like it! Lots of action and you know I love action movies!
Today we are getting a bit of cooking done and getting mom ready to start her work week. She is going in an hour early tonight since I have been told we are losing an hour tonight! I really don't see any reason that the time has to change! It seems to be working just fine the way it is!
Mom went to Petco to get my Higgins Sunburst and they are out of it again! They say the warehouse is out of it so there is nothing they can do. She got me some Higgins Safflower Gold and it sort of looks and smells the same to me. There are no sunflower seeds in it but that is okay with me! It's only part of what I eat everyday so as long as she keeps a big supply of apples I will be a happy zon!
Spring is inching ever closer and that is making the frog outside my window go crazy! It started with just a few of them but last night it sounded like there were about a thousand of them out there! As long as they are here to announce spring I suppose I can put up with them!
I do hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug as I waddle off!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

03/08/2014 10:33.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day! We are having what we in the Northwest call a "Trick the Tourist" kind of day! It's a day where the sky is blue and there are just a few white puffy clouds. Not real warm but you can't tell what the temps are from a picture! The tourist board runs out and takes pictures down at the waterfront to get people to come visit Washington! They are in for a huge surprise when they get here and it's raining for 3 weeks straight!
OH! I love it! So sneaky!hehehehehehe
Mom found a really cool screensaver of an amazon! The background is green and there is a really handsome amazon peaking at me from the right bottom corner! I have named him Wilbur and he is my computer buddy! She had to go get a new screensaver after she reloaded the programs!
The computer is working well and mom found a virus program, downloaded it and is running it every day! I just hope this never happens again!! It sure did take mom a long time to figure it all out but hey! She did it! I must say that I'm impressed!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's an awesome one!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

02/26/2014 01:42.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope your are having a great day! I've been having fun playing with mom and snacking of course. She is letting me watch a really cool monster movie called Pacific Rim. It has robots and monsters! Too Cool!
I'm sorry I haven't been around much but the computer is still not working well. We have the files moved and we are just waiting for dad to do the reformatting. He's been busy so there hasn't been any time for him to start doing it yet. I sure am getting anxious about it! It is running very slowly and we can only use Google Chrome to get online. I hope I can convince him to get it done today! After that we have to reload all the programs so that is going to take some time too! Boy! Computers sure are a pain sometimes!
Nothing really exciting going on around here. We've been working on chores around the house during mom's off hours and watching the movies that brother bought after Christmas. I have seen Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel and now Pacific Rim. It's been a real action-packed weekend around here and I have really enjoyed it! I must admit that the popcorn is pretty good too!!
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

01/12/2014 11:51.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope your day was just wonderful! I had a lot of fun supervising chores around here! I think maybe I had more fun than mom did but she is happy that I am happy!

I have been checking out the other animal channel sites and it looks likes the Cat channel is getting changed on January 1st instead of March 1st. Cori and Boo Boo gave me a heads up about this. There was a blog on the small animal channel so they know. but there doesn't seem to be any blogs on the Horse or Dog channel. I don't know if they are going to be left alone or if they just don't know yet.

I am so sad we are going to lose all of this but I hope we will all stay in touch, either with Facebook or email. I am grateful for every single minute I have had visiting with friends, playing baseball and all the other fun things we do here! To think! This all came into my life because mom and I were looking for pictures of birds for me to look at!!

Enjoy your evening! Sleep tight and sweet dreams!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

12/27/2013 09:35.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
Sugar waddles in dragging her Hello Kitty Karaoke machine behind her. She plugs it in and belts out a Christmas Tune~~~~

"Christmas is coming
I don't think I can wait!
Please tell Santa Bird that he can't be late!
Please tell Santa Bird that he can't be late!

Christmas is coming
This parrot's being good!
Hoping Santa Bird brings some toys of wood!
Hoping Santa Bird brings some toys of wood!"

My family and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. It looks like it will be the last one we will be sharing on the BC but it will not be the last one we will share!
We have our wonderful memories of our time together here and we will find a way to continue our friendships.
It is not over yet and it may be months before it is. My email is sugarmcclelland@gmail.com ~ Yes! I have my own email!
Mom's email is eileenmc2@hotmail.com
I know most of you already have this but if you don't, please copy it down and feel free to email us anytime!

Leaving a Big Hug and a vote of course!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

12/22/2013 11:48.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
Kacey 9043 is only 8 away from being inducted to the
10K Hall of Fame!

Maxie is unavailable at the moment so Jenny Lynn and I will be setting up the party!(Page #197082) Please stop by to congratulate Kacey and enjoy some wintertime food! Look for the avatar with the crown to link over to the party.

There will be an open bar, hot cocoa with cream and hot apple cider to drink. The buffet will include a selection of veggies, crackers, Ham, Roast beef with all the trimmings, and a table of luscious deserts!
Please join us!

Enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug just for you!
Love from Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

12/16/2013 11:36.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Hattie
It's wonderful to see you again. Sorry you are not on BC as much as you used to be. We are also sorry we made your mom cry. Mom is still crying over Gizmo, but he passed away more recently.
It's snowing like crazy outside right now, piling up quickly. It was just starting when mom walked the dogs an hour ago. Santa just rode by on the fire truck, so mom waved at him from the window. I don't think he saw any of us, because of the heavy snow. He was waving, though. He looked cold, too.
Mom has 2 parties today, one at the wildlife center, and one for her granddaughter's graduation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also supposed to attend a raptor wrangling class and get her blood drawn for a rabies titer test. If it keeps snowing, guess where she'll be all day and all night? You are correct, she'll be right here, maybe decorating, baking, or just reading! Hope you are having a great day and not getting snowed in. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, always in my heart, Willie,Chipper, 257319 for BOTM, Peppino Vote Chipper, 257319, BOTM, In Divo's memory & Falco, vote Chipper 257319, BOTM.

12/14/2013 08:21.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Hattie~
I hope you are having a nice day! It's in the high 20's here and it feels warmer! That is so sad!!!
Nothing much exciting going on around here. Mom is was off last night and is off tonight too. There are lots of chores to get done if I can get her motivated to get them done. I am here to supervise at any time! I am so good at it!
I hope you enjoy your day! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

12/09/2013 01:16.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are enjoying your day! It's a bit colder here today but clear for now. It's going to be a cold week but they have changed the low temp to 21 instead of the 11 they predicted last week. I suppose it's okay as long as it doesn't snow!
We have lots of chores to get done today so I will be right here with mom supervising and giving her suggestions! I am really good at it!
Poor Mandy (my 15 year old dog) hurt herself last night! Mom took her for a walk before her dinner and when they came back up, Mandy and Merlin started to do the bouncing at each other that they do when they are happy! Mandy hurt her leg and couldn't stand for a while. She is old and has arthritis so she needs to take it slower. She just doesn't remember that she is not a puppy anymore! Mom put a heating pad on her leg and went over to the market at 11pm last night to get baby aspirin. Mom had to feed her by holding her bowl up to her since she was having trouble standing. Merlin tried to stick his furry nose in the bowl so mom was trying to get him to get out of the way and I was helping by yelling at the cat!
She slept really well and this morning mom got a box and covered it up to make a table for her to eat from. She did fine and when mom came to get me this morning, Mandy was bouncing down the hall! She really needs to cut that out! She did fine on her walk this morning and mom says we just have to keep an eye on her and makes sure she takes it slowly. I can help with that since I'm the bossy one around here!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's perfect!
love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

12/02/2013 01:42.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day!
I need to apologize for not getting many notes out lately. You are very important to me and I don't want you to think I have forgotten about you or got bored with BC. That will never happen!
Mom is very busy at work because of the holidays and having split days off when you work night is like having no time off at all. She did manage to get over and see Catching Fire yesterday and loved it! I was in the play cage with a new toy and I must say that I loved it!hehehehehehe
Please know that you are in my thoughts everyday and I always count myself blessed to have such awesome friends!
We are getting some cooking and laundry done today since it is going to be a very busy week until mom gets another night off on Friday!
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

11/25/2013 10:52.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day! I'm doing just fine. It's cold and windy and wet but mom put the fireplace on and I'm toasty warm!
Not much going on around here except laundry. Mom is working tonight but is scheduled off Sunday night and Monday night! It's all crazy. She doesn't know if that is going to be okay or not since it's clearance week and the lady she works with will have to do it. Mom is going to check with her tonight to see if she is okay with it. There is not a lot but mom never puts her work on to someone else unless they are okay with it.
She is scheduled the entire week of Thanksgiving! It looks like the skin brother will be working Thanksgiving too! I am a bit concerned about the dinner because I look forward to that! Mom says we will figure it all out and will probably have a Thanksgiving lunch instead. As long as I get the corn bread I will be happy!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's just wonderful!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

11/16/2013 12:56.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Lots of cleaning stuff going on around here. It's our "weekend" so mom has lots of stuff to get done while she is off.
I am sitting in my clean play cage planning on how I am going to decorate it since it got cleaned up sometime over night.
Mom is going to make some snickerdoodles later so I will be looking forward to have a taste of those! I think they are just wonderful. The family always says that snickerdoodles are not their favorites but I noticed they ate them all up when mom made them last time! I am going to stash a few away for myself so I'll have them for a few days!
Enjoy your day and I hope it's just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug for you!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

11/13/2013 11:44.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day! It's still windy and stormy here. The window are all wet because the rain is blowing sideways!hehehehehe It's fun to watch but I don't think Mandy enjoyed her walk this morning. She got dried off when mom brought her in but she still looks a bit damp to me! I'm staying in! I have my feathers looking so pretty and I certainly don't want them messed up!
Yesterday turned out to be a very busy day! Mom was gone over 4 hours to various stores. She brought back lots of food and soaps and such. I got some lovely frozen berries to go in my oatmeal so I suppose I forgive her for being gone so long.
She spent hours last night in her bathroom scrapping off the old caulk in her shower after I went to bed!! She cleaned the whole thing and then found out she didn't have enough caulk to finish the job! She went over to the hardware store as soon as it opened this morning and got the caulk! She has re-caulked the entire thing and it looks perfect! Now no one can use it for 36 hours! She and dad will have to use the shower in the kids room for now.
Right now we are washing my cage covers and getting things ready for mom to start her workweek. It seems strange to have her start her week on the day our weekend usually starts! It's only during the holidays so I suppose I can live with it!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

11/07/2013 11:04.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you had a really great day. Mom worked last night so we got a few things done this morning and then she took a nap. It's about dinner time so she'll be going to make dinner soon. I just had a nice bowl of veggies so I'm set.
We have been watching a DVD set from the library called The Celts. I'm not finding it too interesting since nothing is blowing up!

We didn't have anyone come trick or treat last night. It's been that way for years. I think it's because we live in this huge complex and there are only a few houses across the street. The mall and the fairgounds have big parties so I think most of the kids go there. One of mom's friends had 200 kids!!

Now that Halloween is over at mom's store, Christmas is in full swing. The trees are out and decorated and the rest of the stuff was put out last night. Mom hasn't has a chance to check everything out yet but she did say they had some nice dinnerware. There is a whole section of Rudolf décor!

I want to thank everybird for the honor given the Calendar Page today. I appreciate is so very much and I am happy to be able to provide this small service to my friends!
Enjoy the evening!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

11/01/2013 05:44.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Did you enjoy the weekend?
It's sunny and beautiful here today. Unfortunately, it's also cool and windy! When we lose our clouds we lose our blanket and it gets cold. It's down to freezing at night but since it's dry it's just fine!
I have been busy picking fuzzies off myself! I have only lost one tail feather so it's not really a molt but I do have lots of fuzzies. I even took a shower yesterday because I was kind of itchy. It felt really good and now I'm all fluffy and cute looking! hahahahahahaha
Nothing much going on. Mom is doing some laundry and letting me get some notes out. She's tired this morning so she'll probably head to bed early. The store she works at had it's first Christmas ad on Sunday but not everything was out so mom has to keep checking back to see what else got put out since it's all on sale. I think perhaps people will be buying Halloween stuff this week, not Christmas stuff.
I hope your day is just perfect!! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/28/2013 12:43.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a lovely day! I have had my oatmeal and a bit of English muffin with peanut butter. My beak has been wiped clean. I do tend to make a big mess with oatmeal. Now I am ready to have some fun. I don't know what I will do but I can always find something to get into!
Mom goes back to work tonight so I'll be supervising the laundry and some baking of corn bread! You know I'll be right there for the corn bread!
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/25/2013 10:30.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
How is your day going? It is dreary here. Still very foggy and wet and cold! Good thing I'm on the inside where it's bright and warm!
Not much going on here today. Mom started her workweek last night so we got everything done yesterday. I guess today will just be for playing and getting some notes done. That is just fine with me because sitting with mom is one of my most favorite things to do.
The maintenance guys are power washing the balcony on the third floor right now so I can see the water coming down. It's not over us but across the stairs from us but I can still see that water coming down and hear that awful motor thingy they use! The third floor apartment is empty again so I guess they are getting it ready for renting. The gardeners are here too so I guess it's going to be a noisy morning! Good thing I don't sleep in!hahahahahaha I suppose this would be the perfect time for me to make some joyful noises but I would rather wait until I don't have the machines as competition!
I do hope your day is just perfect! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/18/2013 11:45.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you had a great day! Mine is going pretty good! Mom went to Petco to get me some Higgens Sunburst parrot food! I love that stuff! Jenny Lynn sent me some and I just loved it so now I have my very own bag.
While she was there she saw four conures. Two of them were Green cheeks, one was a Turquoise cheek and one was a Jenday. The Jenday did "Monster Bird" at mom! hhahahaha Monster bird is when I spread my tail out, pin my eyes and stomp back and forth while growling! I didn't know little conures could have attitude like me! That is pretty cool. The other three conures didn't do it! They were very sweet! You know which one mom would love to have! Yep! Monster Bird conure!! I don't think so! hahahahahaha
I think I should be the only Monster Bird in the house!
It's our weekend so we are watching a moive tonight. It's called Sahara. So far it's pretty good! Lot's of stuff blowing up! Definitely a Sugar kind of movie!
Enjoy your evening! Stomping out a vote and sending a hug your way!
With love ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/15/2013 07:59.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I do hope you are having a great day! I have been helping mom get everything ready to start her workweek! She should be starting her weekend today but since it's nearly the holiday season and lots of things are happening at the store, she will be working different days for a while. It doesn't really change my schedule since I'm sleeping when she is at work!
I've been supervising laundry and I am going to help get the kitchen cleaned up in a little while. I can't help but notice that the kitchen is clean when I go to bed yet there are dishes in the sink when I get up! What do you suppose these humans are doing at night? Are they having another dinner without me????
I hope your day is wonderful! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/10/2013 10:50.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Happy October. This is our most favorite month!
We are still having storms blow in and out. It's blowing in at the moment! It was really bad on Sunday night and there was a tornado that touched down on our road about 5 miles from here. The funny thing is, we did not know about it! It didn't do any damage really since it touched down in an industrial park. It was all over the news so we had phone calls from family asking if we were okay!hahahahaha We didn't even know it happened!! We heard all of the wind and there were lots of thunder booms all night long but we had no idea it had gotten so bad. It would have been cool to actually see a tornado since they rarely happen up here but mom says it's better that is was in a place where no one was around. I guess she's right!
Today we are going to get some veggies cooked for Mandy and then I don't know! I'm going to get my apples soon and go to play in my play cage for a while!
I hope your day is just wonderful! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

10/01/2013 05:19.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's wet here but mom tells me that is not abnormal for Autumn in the Northwest!
I just had some oatmeal and a bit of toast and now I'm going to take some time to get some notes out there! Mom is on vacation this week so I'll have a bit more time. I haven't been getting around as much as I would like but that's all mom's fault! She had some stuff to get done that she tells me could not be put off! I really do think that what I want to do should be more important!hehehehehehe
I am just going to supervise some chores today and probably play with some toys.
I hope you have a wonderful day and get to do lots of fun stuff!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

09/28/2013 01:50.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day. The gardeners are here so I am keeping an eye on them! I yell at them every once in a while but the machines they use are so loud that they can't hear me! I have to make sure they do a good job you know!
Since yesterday was Talk like a Pirate day, mom and I watched Muppets Treasure Island! It was great and I laughed all the way through it! I just love Miss Piggy. I don't think she would do well in the pig races though.
Today we are going to get some chores done around the house. I have a new toy in my play cage so I'll be working on that while I supervise!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!
Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
With love from Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

09/20/2013 03:54.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day!
I had intended to get a note out yesterday but we had a power failure and then I found out that my friend Punkin had flown to the Rainbow Bridge. It turned out to be a lousy day and I didn't get a note out!
I didn't want anybird to think that I did all those notes for Queen Muffin and then I wouldn't be by anymore! Nope! I love visiting you!
Today we are dealing with ants yet again! They sprayed outside a few months ago and that took care of the problem for a while but I guess there is a new group who is very interested in our kitchen! We live on the second floor so I'm guessing the lady downstairs didn't have anything they liked!heheheheheheh
When mom got home they were in the silverware drawer! ICK! She has cleaned it all out and has the gel stuff on the counter that is suppose to make them all go away. I have my doubts because she has used it before and they stay away for a while and then come back. We have to be careful with things on the counter because the cat is very nosy and wants to see if there is anything good up there for him! He may get locked in the bedroom today. He sleeps most of the day so I don't think he will even notice he's locked up!
I am sitting here in my play cage with my apple and almond and a new toy too! I'll supervise the rest of the kitchen cleaning from here and if I have any good ideas, I'll be sure to give mom a shout out!
I hope your day is just wonderful! Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

09/17/2013 11:07.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day! It's quiet around here but I'm still having fun. I've been knocking toys off the top of my cage for a while and it's lots of fun.
Mom had to go the store for a while but now she is just going to stay here and get some chores done. Not a very exciting way to spend the day but I guess it's necessary. I'll just supervise while she takes care of the stuff.
Enjoy your day and I hope it's a wonderful one!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

09/13/2013 04:40.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you had a wonderful day. Mine was pretty good. I supervised chores this morning and then mom went off to the market for a little while. I got some gala apples and they are my favorites!!
We decided to take a break this afternoon and watch some movies. I'm watching Hunger Games right now. I love this movie. I got to watch Star Trek before this one. The new Star Trek comes out on Tuesday and I can't wait to see it. Mom says it's just as exciting at the first one.
I hope you enjoy your evening! It's still raining here but at least the thunderbooms have stopped!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

09/06/2013 08:46.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a nice day! I have been very busy playing with mom this morning! It's always fun to get rowdy in the morning!!
I'm still doing the molting thing. Took another shower yesterday afternoon and it felt good! I did it in the play cage right after mom washed Mandy's quilt and put it back down in front of my cage! hehehehehe I didn't get it dirty again, just wet!
I hope you enjoy your Labor Day! They say this is the last weekend summer but not really. I think we still have a couple of weeks left so I hope you enjoy it that too!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

09/02/2013 12:57.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are enjoying your day! It's very pretty here but it still feel a bit cool this morning. Today is the last day our complex pool is open so there are tons of people already over there! I'm going to miss yelling at those silly humans splashing in that big bathtub!
It's cooking day since mom starts her work week tonight so I'm hoping for some corn bread. Just a bunch of veggies and a casserole so far!
Enjoy your day and I hope it's spectacular!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog~

Today is the last Parakeet blog! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. It's been a pleasure to learn all about these wonderful birds and a pleasure to be part of Muffin's campaign!

I am ending the Parakeet blogs with the most popular bird in the US ~ The American Budgerigar! There are 120 species of Parakeets and may subspecies also! I did a little research on Budgie clubs and shows and I am sharing that with you today!

The two biggest Budgerigar clubs in the US are the American Budgerigar Society and the Budgerigar Association of America. The American Budgerigar Society and been around since 1941. They are having their annual show on September 19 through the 21st in Nashville. The 2012 winner is pictured in my gallery.

The Budgerigar Association of America is holding it's annual show this weekend in Tampa Florida. They were established in 1999.

To show a Budgie at a competition, you have to have breed that Budgie yourself. They have all different kinds of levels from beginners to experts. They have special cages you must use for competition. There is a picture of one in my gallery.

The Budgies have to be between 8 1/2 inches to 9 1/2 inches from head to the tip of their tail. The perfect size for American competition in 9 inches. The feathers have to be symmetrical and there must be 2 long tail feathers. The bird must sit perfectly still and alert on the perch. If they move around, they get points deducted. Obviously, there will never, ever be an Amazon competition! hehehehehehe

Just like with dog shows, there has to be a proven pedigree with the Budgies. It has become a very popular hobby here in the United States as well as in England, Canada and Germany. I think all my Budgie friends here on the BC deserve Blue Ribbons even if they don't have a pedigree!! Enjoy the pictures of some of our friends in my gallery!

It has been an honor to share these blogs with you! I thank you all so very much for your support of Muffin 203943! It's the last day so let us send her off to the castle in style!

Love, Hugs and a vote for you ~ Sugar

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08/31/2013 10:57.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day! I am keeping an eye on the gardeners right now and making sure they are mowing the lawns just the way I like them!hehehehehe They will be here most of the day since it takes them nearly 8 hours to do the entire complex!
We are going to get some cleaning done around here today so I will be supervising. When the towels are ready to fold, I'll jump in the basket and help out! I am very good at folding towels.
I hope you enjoy your day!

Here it today's Parakeet Blog.

Today I am going to talk about 2 parakeets. They live in the Andes Mountains in South America. The Sierra Parakeet is also known as the Aymara Parakeet or the Grey-hooded Parakeet. The Mountain Parakeet is also known as the Golden-front Parakeet. Check out their pictures in my gallery!

The Andes Mountains run down the entire length of western South America. At 4400 miles long, they are the longest mountain range on land. The highest peak is at 22,841 feet! It runs through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela.

The Sierra Parakeet lives at about 9800 feet. The Mountain Parakeet lives at 11,000 feet. The climate along the mountain is very diverse but these birds seem to eat about the same thing as most parakeets. Seeds, buds, fruits and berries. They are both very small parakeets and both are abundant in the wild. The Mountain Parakeet lives closer to the coast than the Sierra Parakeet.

These birds are another kind who are called dimorphic. That means you can tell the girls from the boys by looking at them. The Sierra Parakeet girls are said to have less black on their heads and less blue on their chests. The Mountain Parakeets girls do not have yellow on their forehead.

As for keeping these little birds as pets, I did not find any breeders in North America. There were a few ads for them in England and I saw a You-Tube video of a pet Sierra Parakeet from Japan.

Thank you so much for your time and thank you so much for your votes for Muffin 203943! She appreciates every vote she gets and it grateful to all of you for supporting her! Only 2 days to go so please get over and leave a vote and encourage your friends to do the same!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/30/2013 10:54.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a lovely day! It's still raining on and off here! It did get muggy and I did take a shower! I did not give mom a heads up though!
I'm sure you will be excited to know that you can now buy Halloween décor and Christmas lights at the store mom works at. Just in case anybird wants to get a head start on it! hehehehehehe
I do hope you enjoy your day!

Here is today's Parakeet blog.

Today I am going to share the Elegant Parakeet with you! This little bird is very pretty and elegant too!

They come from Australia which seems to be a birdie paradise! As you can tell by my blog, Australia and South America have the largest populations of parrots in the world. They both have the right kind of climates for us birds.

The Elegant Parakeet, like the Regent Parakeet lives in the Southwest and the Southeast of Australia. In the west they even live on Kangaroo Island although they leave it during the winter and go to the mainland. There have been no studies as to why the flocks are separated by the rest of the continent of Australia but there may be soon since aviculturist want to solve this mystery.

They say you can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. The girls are a duller color of green, do not have orange patches on their tummies and have a narrower blue band. I birdsonally think if you are going to keep these birds as a pet, you should DNA them. The boys don't always have the orange patch so it could be tricky to figure out who is the girl and who is the boy!

In the wild they like open country. They are part of the "Grass Parrot" group and like to forage on the ground. They eat grass seeds, herbaceous plants, fruits, blossoms and the occasional bug!

They are thriving in their environment. They are very popular pets in Australia, England, and I even found a few breeders here in the US and Canada. They cost anywhere From $100 to $250

Thank you for your time! I appreciate It so very much!
Ony a few days left and Muffin will be packing up for the castle! Thank you so much for your suppot!
Let's have a strong finish and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943!!!!!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/29/2013 12:25.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a great day! It rained a bunch here and it's going to get near 80 too so I think it's going to be pretty muggy around my place! Perhaps it will be a good day to grab a shower! Mom always tells me to let her know so she can grab some towels. I like to surprise her! I splash the water all over and start yelling "wooger"hehehehe It's my bathing ritual!

Enjoy the day!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today I am featuring another Australian Parakeet. This one is called the Regent Parakeet. It is also known as Rock Pebbler, Black-tailed Parakeet, and the Smoker Parrot. I have no idea why the humans felt the need to give it so many names, but they did!

There are two groups of these birds in Australia. The Southeastern group and the Southwestern group. The Southeastern group live in New South Wales and Northwest Victoria while the Southwestern group live in the Wimmera River Basin.

You can tell the boys from the girls by their color. The boys are bright yellow and the girls are an olive green color. They like to eat seeds, grasses, herbs, fruit, berries and flowers. The Southwestern flocks live near the wheat belt where the wheat for cereal is grown so they snack on that too! When they are sitting on the eggs, the boy will feed the girl until the babies are hatched and then they both take care of the babies.

They both live in woodland areas and Eucalyptus groves. The Southwestern flock have moved into urban areas but the Southeastern flock has not.

The Southwestern flocks are listed as CITES II which means they are vulnerable but stable for the moment. The Southeastern flocks are actually on the Endangered Species list. The major reason seems to be the loss of their habitat. They have asked all the people in the area to report any sightings of the bird. They want to figure out where the breeding grounds are so the can protect the area and hopefully build the flocks back up. It's very strange that one group is endangered and the other group is not. I just hope they can protect the breeding ground and save the Northeastern Flocks!

Thank you for your time! Please remember to fly by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin today! Please tell your friends to stop by too!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/28/2013 12:14.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
Are you having a fun day? It's been fun here so far. I've had a lovely piece of croissant and some apple too! The croissant is a special treat that I love but don't get very often. I'm busy with some foam blocks right now. They are much easier to chew up than wood and I have a lovely pile of colored foam at the bottom of my cage!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's full of summer fun!

Here it today's Parakeet Blog

Today I am featuring Green-Cheeked Conures. I was as surprised as any bird when I found out that Conures are considered Parakeets. The only native Parakeet to the United States, the Carolina Parakeet was considered to be a Conure!

The Green-Cheeked Conures comes from South and Central America. There are flocks in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay. They live in the forest there and like to perch high up in the trees. This keeps them safe from predators. The eat seeds, fruits and vegetation. Like all breeds of Conures, you need a DNA test to tell the boys from the girls! Many of the wild flocks have adapted well to living in urban areas.

The Green-Cheeked are known for big personalities and for being vey affectionate. They are very intelligent and loved to play and splash in the water. They are also the least noisy of the Conures. I'm sure anyone who lives with a Green-Cheeked Conure is probably laughing right now but it's true!!!

There are four types of mutations. The Pineapple, the Turquoise, the Cinnamon and the Yellow-sided. You can see their pictures in my gallery along with some of my dear Green-Cheeked friends.

The Green-Cheeked Conures have been put on CITES II list. They are bred all over the US but the birds in the wild are still subject to illegal trade and some of their habitat has been destroyed also. They are not endangered yet but when they get put on the CITES II list it makes it easier for measures to be taken so that they never make it on the endangered list.

Thank you so much for your time and indulging this little green zon in her love of her fellow birds!
Please remember to get over and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943! We are in the home stretch and really need a big finish!!

Love, hugs and vote ~ Sugar

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08/27/2013 12:11.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It was raining this morning and then it got sunny. Now it's getting cloudy again! At least it's not boring!
Everything was messed up here this morning! Dad took my cover off before mom got home so I was pretty upset when mom finally got there! I gave her a good bite on the arm to let her know I was upset! Funny thing about mom is that she never gets upset when I bite her! She just starts calling me Mrs. Beakley! HAHAHAHAHA
I hope you enjoy the day and have lots of fun!

Here is the Parakeet Blog for today!

I want to thank my friend Amando for suggesting these birds! THANKS AMANDO!

Today I am featuring 4 Parakeets. They are all from the same genus - Barnardi! These birds are the Australian Ring-necked! Unlike the Ring-necked in India and Asia, these birds have yellow rings around their necks.

The Australian Ringnecks are the Cloncurry Parrot, The Mallee Ring-necked, Port Lincoln Parrot and the Twenty-eight Parrot.

The Cloncurry is named for a town in Queensland. The Mallee is named for a town in Victoria. The Port Lincoln is named for a town in South Australia. The Twenty-eight is called the Twenty-eight parrot because when they call to each other, it sounds like they are saying "Twenty-eight"! Is that cool or what?

The ring-necked parakeets are in almost every state in Australia. They do not live on the coast or in extreme tropical or highland areas. They forage on the ground and in the tree and like to eat seeds, fruits and nuts. The flocks are big so these guys are not on the endangered list.

They are listed for adoption and for sale on websites from Australia. They were listed at $200 for a pair. I did see a few breeders in the US who had them listed but said they did not have any right now. There are a few places in Australia where you have to get a permit to own more than 4 of the Port Lincoln Parrots and a few places where the Cloncurry are not allowed at all.

The Cloncurry is the least aggressive of this group but they say they are all pretty aggressive birds. They do not suggest having more than on pair in an aviary because they will take over!

Thank you so much for your time! Please feel free to check out the Australian Ring-Necked picture in my gallery! Thank you too for all the votes you have been leaving for Muffin 203943! It's her last week so lets make sure she gets a big finish!! Please have your friends come by and leave a vote for her too!

Love, hugs and a vote from "no votes please~ only leave a hug" Sugar

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08/26/2013 12:18.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a lovely Sunday. I love Sundays! Nice and quite and just hanging out with mom. The cat and the dog are both sleeping now so I have mom all to myself! Yes! Perfect day!
Here's hoping your day is just as perfect!
Remember the hugs and no votes for me! I love the hugs so very much!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today's featured Parakeet is pure self indulgence on my part! This little Parakeet is called the Tui Parakeet.
If you look at the pictures in my gallery you will see that this little bird is a Mini Me! Such a beautiful bird!hehehehehehe They are a miniature version of a Yellow-Crowned Amazon. I am a Yellow-napped Amazon but it's close enough!

The Tui Parakeet lives along the Amazon River in Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia. They live in the forest there and nest in termite mounds in the trees. They eat seeds, fruit, nectar, flowers, minerals, grit and insects. They don't seemed to have the refined pallet of an Amazon but that's okay! They live to be 35 years old and they are not on the endangered list. They are very small-only about 6 1/2 inches-and have a wedge-shaped tail. You have to DNA them to see who is the girl and who is the boy!

They were imported to the United States in the 60's and 70's until the ban on importing birds was passed. It doesn't look like anyone bred them because they are nearly non-existent in the US now. I saw a report about some wild flocks in Florida but it was not specific as to where they were. There was a blog on the BC from a lady in Canada who had 2 pairs and was interested in breeding them.

Thank you for your time and thank you for the votes for Muffin! Only a week to go so please continue voting and have your friends come by too!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/25/2013 11:13.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying the day! We are cooking and I am supervising! Chili is in the crockpot right now and we already finished the veggies for the dog. Mom made pumpkin bread last night. She always stocks up on canned pumpkin so we can have pumpkin bread whenever we like! I like!heheheheh
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!
Please remember no votes for Sugar just lots of hugs!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog.

Today we are going to learn about the Princess Parakeet. This bird is just gorgeous and look at that tail!! I think these little birds will give Macaws a challenge when it comes to beautiful, long tails!

The Princess Parakeet is also know as the Princess Alexandra Parakeet. It was named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark who eventually became the Princess of Wales.

They live in the desert of Central and Western Australia. It is one of the biggest desert areas on the planet. They like the wooded areas and hang out in Eucalyptus trees. They eat seeds of grasses and shrubs.

These birds are nomads and move around to find water. They are rarely seen in the wild anymore so they have been classified as CITES II. I don't think anyone is sure how many are in the wild because they are hard to spot. They have been bred in captivity since 1889 and seem to be very popular pets in Australia. The prices were from $120 to $500. There are several mutations including Blue, Lime, Lutino, Yellow, Albino and Cinnamon. The mutations did not occur naturally but were manipulated by breeders. There are some listed here on the BC from the US so there are breeders here too!

You can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. The girls have a paler crown, greyish-blue upper tail coverts and the 3rd primary tail feather does not have an elongated tip like the boys! Still I have to say those tails are just fabulous! Do I sound like I have Tail Envy??? Well I do! I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thank you for your time! Please get over and leave a vote for Muffin 203943 today. If you have any friends that I might not know, please ask them to come by and leave a vote too! It is appreciated so very much!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/24/2013 12:02.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a spectacular day! Cloudy here but I'm not sure if we are getting rain or not. Mom went to the market yesterday but she still has a few things to pick up today! I'm munching on an apple while I get my notes done!
I think it would be for the best if no bird left me a vote until after the end of the month. I appreciate them all so very much but the objective is to get Muffin to the castle! I thought that once you were BOTM you couldn't be it again, but it looks like it's the same rule with BOTD! You are eligible once a year! I would feel awful if I got in the way of Muffin getting to the castle so please no votes! A hug would be nice!!!!
Enjoy your day and I hope it's filled with lots of fun!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog~

I am very excited to share the Eastern Rosella Parakeet with you today! This bird is spectacular! It seem to have every color of the rainbow on it! They should have called it the RaneBeau Parakeet!hehehehe

This Parakeet is native to South Eastern Australia and Tasmania. The Europeans first saw this bird in the 1700's at Rose Hill in New South Wales and called it the Rosehill Parakeet. It was introduced into New Zealand around 1910. There was some concern about introducing them to a non-native area. There were some that were found to carry Beak and Feather Disease Virus but so far nothing has happened.

Rosella Parakeets are a medium size bird with cute white patches on their cheeks. The boys are brighter in color. The girls are smaller and have duller color but you still need to do a DNA test to be sure. In the wild they eat seeds, fruit, nectar, shoots, buds, leaves and insects. They are mature at 18 months and are said to be extremely aggressive at breeding time.

They are kept as pets and I did find a few breeders in the US and England. They do not like to cuddle and are best kept in a big aviary where they can fly around and just be birds! Even the hand raised ones are not really into cuddling! They seem to go for around $225. I did find quite a few here on the BC but a lot of them were listed as International so they are probably more popular overseas.

I hope you enjoyed today's featured Parakeet and I hope you can check out the pictures in my gallery!
Thank you all for your time and Please be sure to get by Coach Muffin's page 203943 and leave a vote today!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/23/2013 01:28.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a wonderful day. Can you believe that Autumn is less than one month away? I sure do love Autumn.
It's the beginning of our weekend! YAY! Mom wants to sleep and I want to play! Mom says we can do both so I guess that is okay with me. She has to go to the market but other than that, we are just going to stay home.
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog

Today's parakeet is the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet. These guys come from South America also. They have the largest range of any of the parakeets down there. You can find them in Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia! The wild flock is estimated to be over 1 million birds! YES! They RULE!

They live in the tropical lowland evergreen forests and the surrounding areas. They like to perch in the trees and are nearly impossible to see when they are up there. They do like to scream quiet a bit, but who doesn't, so they are easy to find while being noisy! They eat seeds, fruit, flowers, minerals, grit, algae and insects. The girls have duller and less far reaching colors on their heads. They are often mistaken with the Orange-Chinned Parakeet because they both have orange feathers on their chins. The Cobalt-Winged Parakeet has yellow feathers around the beak so you can tell the difference.

The first successful breeding in the US was in 1983. They started breeding them in England in 1985. They seem to be rare as far as the pet business goes. I found a breeder in California that has several of them and the go for $450 a piece.

I hope you get to drop by and see the pictures in the gallery. There is a cool one of them hanging out with Macaws. Those cliffs are clay and they lick the clay to get minerals.

Thank you so very much for your time! I do hope you will get over to Muffin's page 203943 to leave a vote today!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar ~ Happy Easter Every Bird! & The Calendar Page~April Birthstone is the Diamond.

08/22/2013 12:43.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
Are you having a fun day? I hope so! I'm sitting on mom's shoulder this morning to keep an eye on her while she types for me! I want to make sure she gets every word correct!
Enjoy the day!!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today's featured Parakeet is called the Grey-cheeked parakeet! They are also known as Pocket Parrots, Orange Flanked Parakeet and the Orange Winged Parakeet! These really cute birds are from South America. They live in the lowland forest and Shrublands in Ecuador and in Northwest Peru.

They are green with grey cheeks, dusky blue crowns and orange feathers under their wings. They are very tame birds as well as intelligent and curious. They can talk and mimic sounds. They are a little larger than a lovebird. You have to DNA these guys to find out who is girl and who is a boy.

From 1970 to 1992 there were thousands of them imported to the United States. In 1992 the federal government passed a law to stop the importation. At one time they were one of the 10 most desirable birds for pets. It is harder to find one today but there are still breeders out there. They run from about $200 to $400. They are illegal to own in Hawaii. Caiques, Parrotlets and Quakers are also illegal in Hawaii. It is said that they want to protect their natural habitats and at the same time deter the illegal cage trade.

Today they are categorized as CITES II which means they are protected and can not be imported legally. That hasn't stopped the illegal trade and with that and loss of their natural habitat the wild flock in down to about 15,000.

There are 2 reserves in Ecuador and Peru where most of the wild birds live. They are the Cerro Blanco Protection Forest in Ecuador and the Tumbes Reserve in Peru. You can see a picture of them in my gallery. They both look like paradise and it's very cool that the governments down there took action to protect the birds.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog! I thank you all for taking the time to read it and remember that this is for Muffin so you do not need to reply. Please fly by Muffin's page 203943 and leave a vote today!

Love you all so very much!
Hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/21/2013 12:33.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are having a perfect kind of day! It's still beautiful here and I am enjoying a day of snacking on apples and looking out the window. Simple times like this are the best ya know!!
You enjoy your day too!

Here is today's Parakeet blog!

I decided to look for more parakeets from South American, specifically in Ecuador where my mother and father were from! Did you know that Ecuador has 1500 bird species? It is only the size of Nevada. The United States has 800 species.

I saw a listing for a Red-Masked Parakeet and thought that would be interesting to learn about!
Imagine my surprise when I found out another name for the Red-Masked Parakeet is The Cherry-Headed Conure!
YES! Conures are considered Parakeets! You have to remember that the definition of a Parakeet is a small to medium sized bird with a long tail. This includes Conures!

They are from Ecuador and Peru and live in the lowland forests. They eat fruits and seeds out there in the forest. They are all green when they are hatched and get the red feathers when they are about 4 months old.
They are said to be very noisy and love to chew! My kind of bird!

There are wild flocks of them in Spain, Hawaii, Florida and California. The ones in California were featured in the movie "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." I also found out that there is a flock in Seward Park up in Seattle! I told mom it's time for a road trip! I want to go check them out!

The Red-Masked Parakeet it the 10th most common neotropical bird imported. Between 1981 to 1985
26,000 of these birds were imported to the United States. In 1994 the Red-Masked Parakeet went from being "of no concern" to "near threatened". Some of the problems is from loss of habitat but the major factor here is illegal parrot trade which still happens today.

The Red-Masked Parakeets do very well in breeding programs here in the US. I saw several ads for them online. They seem to run from $400 to $600.

Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed it!
Please be sure to drop by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943 today! Thank you all so very much for all the votes you have dropped off! Muffin appreciates it so very much!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/20/2013 01:23.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are enjoying the day! We made corn bread so I am one happy little zon with a happy little tummy!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today I am featuring the Red-Fronted Parakeet! These birds are just awesome and I hope you get to take a peek at them in my gallery. They are also called Red-Fronted Kakarikis.

The Red-Fronted Parakeet is green with a red front. They have violet-blue feathers under their wings! There is a natural mutation that is yellow and some that are pied also. This parakeet has to have DNA to figure out who is a boy and who is a girl! They live in rainforests, costal forests and in tunnels in cliffs. They are omnivores! They eat seeds, fruits, shoots, leaves and dead animal carcass. Sort of like crows!

The Red-Fronted Parakeet was from New Zealand! I say was because they are now extinct in New Zealand! Don't be upset because they are still found on Kermadea Island, Three Kings, Kapiti Island and Stewart Island. These Island are off the coast of New Zealand. There is also a breeding program going on at Norfolk Island which is between New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. It has been very successful but these birds are still listed as CITES I which means they are very vulnerable. They are protected and no export is allowed.

The reasons given for their extinction on New Zealand's mainland was Europeans cutting down the forest to create farmland. There were also animals introduced to area that were not native species. The Cat, the Weasel and the Stoat. The Stoat looks like a little Weasel and is native to the Northern Hemisphere. They have them in England.

The Stoats were brought in to New Zealand to control the over population of rabbits. Now, the rabbits were brought in during the 1870's to be used for food and as game animals by the Europeans who cleared out the forest. It got out of control so they brought the Stoat's in to control the rabbits. Unfortunately the Stoat's also became a major predator to the Red-Fronted Parakeets and many other birds. It seems that the birds that survived left to go live on the Islands. Now, the Stoat's, who is just about as good as the rabbits at having babies, is out of control and are now being trapped and killed by the humans who started the whole thing to begin with! Is this crazy or what?? My grandma always said you should never, ever mess with Mother Nature! I guess she was right!

I looked for Red-Fronted Parakeet for sale but only found a listing for England. They are about $200. I found one Red-Fronted Kakarikis on BC so there must be breeders somewhere in the United States.

Thank you for you time! Please stop by Muffin's page and leave a vote today!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/19/2013 01:31.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hattie~
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! It's beautiful here and I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I know in a month or so, the rain will be back and I won't see much of this beautiful sunshine!
Enjoy the day and I hope you enjoy today's parakeet blog!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Todays featured parakeet is the Bourke's Parakeet. I got the inspiration from Camellia and Bourke of the La Habra flock! They are gorgeous birds!

The Bourke's Parakeet or Bourke's Parrot are from Southwest and Central Australia. They were named after the General Sir Richard Bourke who was governor of New South Wales form 1831 to 1837.

These parakeet are another Grass Parrot since they like to forage on the ground. As with all parakeets you can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. In the wild they are mostly brown with pink bellies! The boys have a blue crown at the top of their beaks and the girls have a full gray head. These birds are unique because the are the only parakeet whose primary plumage is not green!

They have different mutations, mostly shades of pink. They are known to be quiet and unassuming birds and are not aggressive towards other birds. They have what is called zygodactyl feet which means they have 2 toes that face forward and 2 toes that face backwards.

They are very active at sunrise and sunset. This is when they do most of their foraging. They eat seeds and grasses for the most part. They are listed as CITES II which means there are not exports of the wild birds from Australia. They have done very well in breeding programs so hopefully they will thrive out there in the wild!

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