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12-14-13-It is with heavy heart to report Punkin's friend, our frother, Ike was found on the bottom of the cage today. Although he was with son in law we kept track of him and yesterday got the sad news. He was greatly loved by SIL and skin sis as well as us. We will miss him very much.

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Ipo (EE poe),is a fancy GCC. Her person had been keeping an eye on him at PetCo and Ipo had been there nearly a year. When he purchased Ipo he thought he would have time to spend with her, but found he was traveling very much and wanted Ipo in a good home. So Ipo was turned over to be adopted. I brought the lovely bird home fully intending on adopting her out. Sidney adopted her and so with us she will stay.
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Hi! My name is Ipo

I am a Green-Cheeked Conure from Mt. Pleasant, UT.

Hot Shot, Little Imp, sweetheart

4 years old   F

Green-Cheeked Conure

fruits and toast in the morning

on mom

Sophie tryin to take over mom!

She loves me so much
I love tangling myself in mom's long hair too.


flies around the house to look for mom and lands on her head.
Mom's ear is a good pacifier too.
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Explore the world around you.. they can't get every crumb off the floor..

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  Hi Ipo and Flock!
Thank you for stopping by and congratulating us on Bird/Business of the Day! We appreciate it! ♥

Love,
Maddy and Flock
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08/28/2014 11:30.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
The move sounds like a good thing, especially to keep all you birdies from having to smell yucky stuff. Mom and I think you will be happier in the new place. We have had so much rain this summer, we're way ahead of precipitation totals for the year so far.
Today at the center, mom worked reception again. They released about 70 animals this morning, mostly birds, so there was a ton of filing to do. They keep records on every animal, and when they are done with the animal, whether it was released, died, or was euthanized, that record gets filed for the Game Commission.
Mom came home to feed the squirrels, and one of them has her eyes open! She is a tiny grey squirrel that was marked as 3 weeks old, but clearly with her eyes open, she's much older than that. She must have been the runt of the litter or her mom was not very big. She was just admitted to the center Saturday, so she is still on a very weak formula, but with her eyes open, she's gonna want food soon!
The pool opens late today, and mom wasn't going to go, but it's already in the 80s here, so she will be going up for a brief time to get into the water.
I hope you are having a good day, getting some sun and cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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08/25/2014 09:38.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Willie, Maxine, and Peppino like the Madagascar delight, but mom would love to find another one, too. Thanks for the tips. So, you would be moving to another place with the same landlord? That wouldn't be too bad, except for the packing and unpacking parts.
Today mom went to the eye doc, who says all is well. She's going back in 3 weeks for the final follow up and the refraction exam for glasses, YAY! After the eye doc, she went to the center to do her shift at reception again. Maybe next week she'll start with the animals, but she felt it best to do another day at the desk today.
After the center, she went to the bank, then to the Giant Eagle pharmacy to pick up her meds, and finally to the pool for a couple of hours. Now we will have her for the rest of the day, hooray! She will be on the phone looking for a groomer for Polly for part of the time, but the rest of the time, she's ours.
I hope you are having a great day, good weather, and lots of cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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08/22/2014 12:32.02 PM Report This Comment  
  OOPS
I forgot! Willie and Maxine love Brazil nuts, after mom cuts them into smaller pieces, and Willie would love those goodies again. We really appreciate that! What is that mix called? Mom has ordered the Madagascar delight from Goldenfeast, but there are no anise, pine nuts, or Brazil nuts in that. Hugs, Falco

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08/20/2014 08:10.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
I hope mom gets her new phone soon. Did that person bird sit for Sophie and Oatie while mom was gone? How does she like Toos now?
We are all doing well, mom's surgery went well and the macular degeneration is under control for a while, at least. She has to go back in September for another shot.
Today is dark and gloomy, and it was pouring rain when mom walked the girls this morning. Now it seems to be rain free, but who knows how long that will last? So, it must mean it's a laundry catch up day for us here. So many things to wash, and all those trips up and down the stairs will provide good exercise for mom today. We are keeping Kiddo's mom and dad in our prayers, as well as Sweetpepper's Grandpa. We hope all goes well for each of them and they all heal successfully.
I hope you are having a good day today and getting lots of sunshine and scritchies. Hugs, Falco

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08/20/2014 08:08.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ipo
We had an awesome time with you at the KB...
Thanks for the good time and gr8 memories. I hope to see you there more often. Come back and visit !!

Love Snowflake and flock...

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08/19/2014 11:14.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ipo !
Thanks for all the good times over in the KB !

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08/19/2014 05:01.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Ipo-
I salute you back....although I do love a spot of mischief, I always tried to be a good birdie on the Pirate Pearl...my Quartermaster duties did not allow for too much nonsense! I think Capatains Ceasaur and Sam appreciated my taking the job seriously! Which is not to say that I did not have a good giggle watching the other birds from time to time.

Hope all is well at your nest. Hugs.

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08/18/2014 03:26.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
The KB is a crazy place, there's always something going on! I'm glad you had a good time there.
This is the last week for the pool to be open its regular hours. Next week all the guards have to go back to school, so the pool won't open until 3:30.
Today when mom went to the center, she had to work the reception desk because of the surgery. She prefers not to get anything near her eyes yet, until at least the second follow up visit to the eye doc this coming Friday. She also folded lots of towels and blankets, and did some of the dishes until her shift was up. It's more fun working with the animals, but every little bit helps up there.
Tonight mom is going to see a movie (100 step journey, maybe?) and have dinner with Aunt Ginny. This is a very late birthday gift for Gin, her birthday is in June. She just couldn't pick a movie til now. Anyway that's mom's plan for the evening, but we'll be in lockdown. I hope you are having a good day today, seeing some beautiful summer weather where you are, and getting scritches and cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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08/18/2014 01:24.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
thats what happens when moms blogs for us so late at night. she half asleep and doesn't know what she is doing. plus its the only time mom even feels the least bit creative
love Boo Boo

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08/17/2014 10:57.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ipo!
I'm going to miss you when you leave the KB tomorrow! I had so much fun with you there!
So you lived in NC? Where in NC is Angier? We live right outside of Pinehurst in West End. Did you say your mom liked the humidity? We really don't like the humidity.........but we love the warmer weather......and wonderful practically snowless winters . Before we moved to NC we lived in CT for 21 years. Don't miss that at all!
Hope you had a great day!
Love,
Raffikki

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08/17/2014 08:18.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
your mom must work very fast to get all those blankets made so quickly and pillows to match on top of that. a beautiful day today.

Odds are, you’ve never tried to imagine the enormity of a whale’s excrement. Imagine how substantial, and messy, the “flocculent fecal plumes” of these incredibly large mammals can be. scientists are now considering that whale poop can help save our acidifying oceans.

How can a couple of whale turds make an impact? The nutritious, krill-dense waste substance is consumed by vast amounts of plankton, who, in turn, take acidifying carbon out of the ocean waters when they photosynthesize as well as when they die and sink to the ocean floor. Whale poop pretty much fertilizes the photosynthesizers of the ocean, and when the whales die, their massive carcasses also sink to the floor with tons of CO2 trapped within. Some scientists estimate that even the small current whale population could be displacing some 400,000 tons of CO2 every year.

Where whales are still somewhat numerous — like the Southern Ocean — the whale pump, as it’s known, spreads nitrogen and binds up carbon in an environmentally substantial way. However, with the severe decline of whales worldwide due to commercial over-hunting — along with the exponentially worsening acidification of our oceans — the marine ecosystem has suffered a steep tip in its delicate balance. Whales are the guardians of our precious oceans, and their poaching only speeds up the impending acidification. Certainly, whales may not be able to singlehandedly solve the problem of our dying oceans, but these giant mammals have a significant impact on CO2 binding that could potentially retard the process if present in great enough numbers.
To state it blatantly: more whales, more whale poop, more healthy photosynthesizing plankton, less carbon. Let’s protect the whales.
love Boo Boo

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08/16/2014 10:43.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Well, mom did tell me I had an appointment. But, I forgot which day.
My mom is having the worst allergy/asthma year ever!!! I hope this weather changes soon.
For those that asked ... I still have to take allergy meds but, everything except for my weight was good. I have to loose a few grams ... not too bad. I have recovered from all that exam embarrassment. Today was a rainy day that turned into some sun.
Hugs
Chyna

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08/16/2014 10:13.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ipo!
You have done such a great job at the KB! I have had so much fun! I will miss you!
Oh I hope Primer and Oatie can get along.
So your mom visited the Raleigh area? That's an hour from us!
Hope you had a great day!
Love,
Raffikki

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08/16/2014 09:44.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
it was 45 last night and never got above 68 at our house. life guards working at the pools are wearing heavy sweatshirts.

last night mom had bought some expensive chicken to broil for dinner. dad took one bite and said he wouldn't eat it because it tasted gamey. mom was very angry and after eating her chicken she gave a little to our older cat and then threw the rest of the chicken down the garbage disposal. then all last night mom was up sick from eating the chicken. today mom decided to have spaghetti and meat balls and bought the ground meat and spaghetti sauce. she made the meatballs and was cooking them and then opened the jar of spaghetti sauce and whoosh all the spaghetti sauce fell out of the bottom of the jar all over the counter and floors and cabinets and moms feet and the walls. the bottom part of the jar just had broken off. it took mom forever to clean it up. after mom washed her tennis shoes and legs off she ran back to the grocery stow and bought another jar so their was dinner tonight but mom was so angry she couldn't eat.

love Boo Boo

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08/15/2014 11:03.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Thanks for the visit. I'm running so far behind ... just starting to blog at 12;30 and have a total of 33 to do. The BC has been so slow and pages jumping around ...GRRRR.
I went for a car ride today. It was a nice sunny day ... and then we stopped at the vet!!!! Wait a minute, this isn't what I planned on doing! He did my annual well exam, wing trim, beak polish, and a gram stain (that was embarrassing) and then he said ... I need to lose a few grams! What???? How rude!
I hope you had a better day.
Who is Pimer?
Hugs
Chyna

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08/15/2014 10:01.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Ipo!
You are most welcome sweetie! You are doing a fantastic job at the KB! I am having so much fun!
Where in NC did your mom visit?
Sounds like you are having a lot of rain! Isn't it crazy how so many places are flooding from getting too much rain?
Awwww...poor Pimer. Why doesn't Oatie like him?
Hope you are having a great day!
Love,
Raffikki......ps.....I think Robin Williams movies would be great!

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08/15/2014 06:26.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 15--The Chuck Wagon part one
Howdy all, Chuey here with a TGIF Cattle Drive Post for you all. I think it is important that we all learn some history about one of the most important aspects of any cattle drive. THE CHUCK WAGON. Now, any cow-birdie worth it's weight in gold, loves to eat. We have been well fed by our wonderful cook Lizzie, and her two helpers Kaji and Mikey. They have been dishin' out some mighty tasty vittles.
There is a majestic beauty viewing over the massive grazing lands that run from Texas north through the Dakotas reaching into Canada. These plains expanded westward into Colorado meeting the rocky mountains and northwest to the Cascade Mountain Range. Scenic hills covered in tall Buffalo grass that whispers its historic past as one might sit silent reflecting upon the romantic images of the American West. As the wind blows through the wild blades of green stems that still flourish today, the sounds of the cowboys yawp can nearly be heard as they command their livestock on the long cattle-drives. Today, no other item best reflects the images of those cowboys who worked the cattle drives than the “Chuck Wagon”.
Prior to the Chuckwagon, Cowboys often relied on eating what they carried in their saddle bags such as dried beef, corn fitters or biscuits. In 1866, cattleman Charles Goodnight knowing the importance for his crew to drive cattle they'd require daily meals, bedrolls, extra gear and supplies. A humble Cowboy could work harder on a full stomach and a good night sleep. The trail would often last two or more months moving cattle several miles each day. Some drives lasting up to five months. Goodnight took a surplus Army Wagon made by Studebaker and added a large Pantry box to the wagon rear with a hinged door that laid flat to create a work table. The cook would then have everything he needed at arms length to prepare food. Shelves and drawers were added to the inside of the pantry to carry supplies and cooking gear. The larger pots, cast iron skillets and utensils would be carried in a box mounted below the pantry called the boot. The Army wagon merely was a light supply wagon of that period with Goodnight’s added design creating the invention of the CHUCK WAGON.
Tomorrow we will finish our history on the Chuck wagon. I smell dinner, gotta go!
Trail Boss Chuey 245908

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08/15/2014 11:33.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Cookie sneaks into Ipo's room
and pulls on her tail ! It may not be true love with Oatie and Pimer . . . maybe just some fibling rivalry ?

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08/15/2014 09:48.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo!
Thanks for flying by with the congrats! I'm sure, and mom knows, that most bird stores, and even the big stores, can care well for their birds. The store I was trapped in was probably an extreme case. I had actually been abused by the humans inside and had broken toes and had no perches or toys, ever. I had sores all over my feet from never having perches. My mom complained and no one listened. Finally, she went in and said "That bird is dying, I want to take her." The store people first said, "it's a boy, and it's crazy," but then said, "just take it--no charge, it's awful. Just by this food and we'll call it done." She did and the rest is history. (I AM a girl, by the way, and always have been. Pretty hard to miss among the Red Bellied Parrot crowd, since we have sexually dimorphic plumage...) It wasn't long until they had another bird in there, a green cheek, like you, only the cinnamon mutation. It had no toys and a cracked upper beak. A bad crack, and it wasn't eating. Mom called the corporate headquarters of the store chain. The top management was down within 24 hours. They fired all of the employees and restaffed the store. A close friend of mom's purchased the injured conure and mom nursed him back to health. Sadly, he passed over the Rainbow Bridge last year, but nothing to do with his rough start. He had many wonderful years where we got to visit nearly every week. All of that happened back in California. So far, the same store type here in Colorado seems to care well for their bird wards. Since we have 2 cats, one dog and 17 fish in the house, as well as we parrots, mom visits the stores regularly and always checks. :) Anyway, here's to making a short story long! Thanks for flying by, and cheers to you! ~Sarabi

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08/15/2014 09:33.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
there is something about pulling tails that is very hard to resist. i have been attempting to jump up in the air and pulls Coris tail lately. Cori just sits there and looks at me like i am nuts.

love Boo Boo

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08/14/2014 09:39.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a great day! Everything is fine here at my nest. I'm having some playtime with mom and soon I will head off to the play cage for my apple.
We have lots of chores to get done today and I think mom is going over to the market to get a few things. It's only at the end of our driveway so she won't be gone long. Later on we will be getting some cooking done. My beans and grains for my mash are soaking and mom will cook those tonight. I am hoping that some corn bread will be on the menu too! A little corn bread to go with my mash sounds like an excellent idea to me!
So Pimer and Oatie are little love birds?hehehehehe It sounds like there is always something interesting going on at your nest. I hope it all stays peaceful and that Oatie does not get too upset with Pimer!
I do hope you enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
With love ~ Sugar

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08/14/2014 11:10.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's still very pretty here and I am enjoying this last month of summer!

Today is the little niece Maddie 2nd birthday! Time flies! The picture in my gallery is from this morning! She is going to have a party today but I don't get to go. I guess one little kid around is okay but a whole bunch of them would be too much for me to take! I'll get to see her soon!

Merlin is shedding, Mandy is shedding and I am molting! That evil vacuum has been out way too much! mom tries to move us to different rooms when she uses it but she has had to use it so much in the past few days that one of us is always around! Merlin doesn't really care about it but it kind of freaks Mandy out! I go into Monster Bird mode and stomp around! Mom thinks it's funny when I do that! A little respect for the zon attitude is needed!!!!

Enjoy the day and I do hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/09/2014 12:00.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a great day! It's still very summery up here and we are enjoying it. It hasn't been too hot at all! It's been nice to have so much sunshine!
It's been a nice quiet day so far. I like the quiet ones!
When mom is working, she keeps her cell phone in the pocket of her apron. When she went on break last night she shoved her wallet into the pocket with the cell phone and accidentally dialed Aunt Theresa!! Mom goes on break at 1am so it was 4am at Aunt Theresa's house! Luckily Aunt Theresa was awake. She told mom that my Ceasaur and Cheeta are both doing well. If you didn't know, they were both bitten by one of their macaw fiblings who had escaped their cage! Ceasaur got his foot hurt and Cheeta ended up with a broken wing. They are both healing and will be just fine! That made me very happy and worth mom being embarrassed about calling at an ungodly hour! I keep telling you all that mom is such a dork!hahahahahahaha
I hope you enjoy the day! Leaving a vote and sending hugs your way!
Love you ~ Sugar

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08/04/2014 01:43.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello !!!!
Hello !!! Is anybirde here? Ipo you start the Kissing Booth today. There is a short line at the booth already.

Ms BB

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08/04/2014 01:43.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Ipo~
Congratulations to Mikey 61671 who has made it to the
10K Hall of Fame Club!!

Please stop by to congratulate him and enjoy the party we've put together for him! Page #197082

Thank you ~ Sugar

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08/03/2014 10:27.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Dropping off a reminder that you start the Kissing Booth this Monday. Is your Mom going to make up your KB picture for you? If so have her send it to my Dads lfpavairy e mail address. Its in the BC directory.

Still Ms BB

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08/01/2014 09:19.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Hello everyone, Chuey here with my very first BOTM blog. I am looking forward to a fun, and interesting month sharing each day with all my friends. Let me first begin by congratulating our new Queen Zeena on her awesome July campaign, and hope she enjoys her reign in the BC Castle,
The party is going strong over there and the food is greyt.
I plan this month on taking us all on an adventure and sharing some interesting information about birds along the way. I've asked my cousin SKY to provide us with his miniature ponies and horses so we can take a trail ride together. You'll need to bring along your sun screen and some extra clothes, just in case.
Today I want to take a moment to formally introduce myself as some of you might not know me yet. I am a very spoiled female Cockatiel who shares my cage and life with Mikey D. Mikey and I have one son, Kasper. Kasper is a very talented whistler and already can whistle the song " shortening bread". Kasper's photos are in my gallery.
I'm off to check on the ponies, but get ready to hit the trail tomorrow on day one of our adventure. "See ya later partners! "
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08/01/2014 09:36.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo sweetie
July 30th BOTM POST
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?
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07/30/2014 04:16.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It was a pretty nice one here. We had some computer problems but mom ran a scan and it all seems to be running okay now.
I spent the day supervising chores and playing with toys. Dad is home and he is a bit messy. There is of course tons of laundry stacked in the living room! Really kind of boring around here but that is just fine by me!
Mom did the market thing early today since dad had 2 doctor appointments. He has to squeeze them all in when he is home. I don't know when he is going to go back out on the road.
Enjoy the evening and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/18/2014 08:04.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Hello to all my BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST/ Today we stop for a visit in New Zealand's lush forests to meet the endangered, but beautiful New Zealand Pigeon. Thank you to all who shared their feelings regarding the cross species Galah Too and Cockatiel. The hatching of this specimen may answers years of debt over the relationship between Cockatoos and Cockatiel.


The New Zealand pigeon, arboreal fruit-pigeon found in forests from Northland to Stewart Island/Rakiura, ranging in habitats from coastal to mountainous .[6 The general morphology is that of a typical pigeon, in that it has a relatively small head, a straight soft-based bill and loosely attached feathers. It also displays typical pigeon behaviour, which includes drinking by suction, a wing-threat display, hitting with the wing when threatened, a diving display flight, a 'bowing' display, ritualized preening and 'billing' during courtship. New Zealand pigeons build flimsy, shallow, twiggy nests and feed crop milk to hatchlings.

The mainland New Zealand pigeon grows to some 51 centimetres (20 in) in length and 650 grams (23 oz) in weight, compared to 55 centimetres (22 in) and 800 grams (28 oz) for the Chatham Island variant.[8] The head, throat and wings are generally a shiny green-purple colour, but with a bronze tinge to the feathers. The breast is typically white and the bill red with an orange tip. The feet and eyes are red. Juveniles have a similar coloration but are generally paler with dull colours for the beak, eyes and feet and a shorter tail.

The New Zealand Pigeon breeds in spring and fall, dependent on the availability of fruit, especially figs. They eat both the fruit and leaves as well as flowers from several species of trees, and plants.New Zealand pigeons nest in trees, laying a single egg, in a flimsy nest constructed of a few twigs thrown together. The egg is incubated for 28–29 days and the young bird takes another 30–45 days to fledge. In seasons of plentiful fruit the pigeons can successfully nest up to four times.

The Department of Conservation is involved in educating the public about the plight of the New Zealand pigeon and encouraging local initiatives to save it. In Northland, the Department has been working with local iwi in an attempt to curb illegal poaching by educating young Maori about the disastrous effect this activity is having on the birds' survival rate. On the Chatham Islands, landowners have helped protect the habitat by creating reserves and fencing remnant bush to keep out stock. Numbers have recovered from a low of about 40 birds in the 1980s to around 525 in 2013.

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07/13/2014 01:18.21 PM Report This Comment  
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July 12th BOTM POST
Hi everybirdie Zeena here with an interesting article we encountered while studying on the various Cockatoo species. Real or Hoax? We look for your thoughts on this. I know Spot Le' Blaze-atiel will be happy, it gives hope to him with his fiancee Miss Puffin.
HYBRID parrots are nothing new, with various matings occurring over the years, some deliberate, some accidental.

But the latest hybrid that I’ve come across is really incredible, with the environment and the circumstances under which it was bred truly amazing.
Nikki, who lives in New South Wales, has bred a galah-cockatiel cross, which as far as I can ascertain is a world first. She had a 12-year-old male galah in an aviary with five female cockatiels and six male cockatiels. Three pairs of cockatiels were breeding happily and Nikki got the shock of her life when she walked past the cage one day and saw a decidedly different-looking bird sitting on a perch.
“It was a young bird and obviously a cross between the galah and a light yellow coloured six-year-old cockatiel, with the parent birds definitely bonded and together all the time,” she said.

“The young bird is around 25 per cent larger than a cockatiel, with a galah’s body shape that’s grey all over.

“He has an orange galah-style crest, dusty orange chest, deep orange cheek patches, with wings more like a cockatiel in colour but the shape of a galah’s wings.” Joseph Forshaw, the world renowned parrot expert and author of the classic Australian Parrots book, said he had never heard of a galah crossing with a cockatiel anywhere in the world.

“I have never heard of a cockatiel crossing with anything, although I have heard of people trying to cross them with other parrots,” Mr Forshaw said.

He said "recent DNA tests had indicated that cockatiels are related to Australia’s black cockatoos. I guess the fact that the cockatiel has bred with a member of the cockatoo family proves conclusively that it is a part of that family,”

Avian vet Tim Oldfield was skeptical when told of the mutation, but changed his tune when shown the photo. “I have to admit it looks exactly like a cockatiel galah cross, quite amazing,” he said.

The woman who bred the bird took it inside to hand-feed it, intending to make it a pet.

“He’s very quiet and friendly and I’ve been offered $15,000 for him, but people have told me he’s worth a lot more because he’s the only one in the world,” she said. “Three of the logs were used by the cockatiels and the other box was used by the parents of the hybrid baby,” she said."The logs are impossible for a Galah to fit inside easily. There is no other explanation to his appearance in the aviary.

If this indeed is a true cross, it answers many questions of the relationship of our Cockatoo species to the Cockatiels. Whether the baby is fertile and able to reproduce was not indicated. article from 2006.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/12/2014 04:06.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It is very
HOT HOT HOT and I HATE HATE HATE it!hahahahahahaha
We have not had to use the portable AC yet and I only need to make it through the next couple of days and it will be over!
Somehow Rio and Skye were not on the Hatchday list for today so I hope you can get over to wish them a Happy Hatchday! Their page number is 242433. Thanks!
Enjoy your Saturday! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/12/2014 12:41.33 PM Report This Comment  
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Hello again, it is Zeena with today's BOTM post. Today we head into Bolivia to take a look at the last remaining wild Red-Fronted Macaws. This is a special request from my good friend, the very handsome Mr. Cappy. ( Don't tell him I said that or I won't hear the end of it. LOL). Cappy's beautiful fister Dory is a Red-Fronted Macaw so this will be of interest to her especially.

Red Fronted macaws, Ara rubrogenys, are the smallest of the large macaws. Fairly rare and therefore not well-known, Red Fronted macaws are olive green with bright red on their foreheads, ear coverts, shoulders and socks. Their under-wings are flames of red, orange and yellow. They have teal colored feathers in their wings and tails. One thing to note is that Red Fronted Macaws have a bare patch of skin around the eye but lack the bare cheek patch of the large macaws. Red Fronts are generally around 24 inches in length and weigh between 450 and 550 grams. Their wingspans are generally 32 to 34 inches. Red Fronted macaws are considered to be one of the large macaws. They have a body the size of a medium to large Amazon parrot with a longer pointed tail. Considered by many to be the ideal size of macaw, they are fun loving and make wonderful pets. Red Fronted macaws can become excellent talkers and are quite the comedians. They are not dominant birds.
They are extremely affectionate, intelligent, playful, gentle spirits fids with graceful, moderately sized bodies.
Within their natural range, their numbers have been decimated by and there are now less then 1000 wild individuals, some have counted only 150 total. They are being pushed to extinction by;
.loss of habitat due to conversion of their habitat to agriculture and because of intense grazing;
. harvesting of the nut and fruit trees that provide an important food source.

ingestion of pesticides applied to crops; or deliberately baited food set out for them.
illegal trapping for the pet market.

However, they have been doing quite well in captivity and are reproducing successfully. Even though one can't consider them "common" - domestic-bred birds can usually be found.

Range and habitat

The Red-fronted Macaw is native to a small mountainous area of south-central Bolivia situated about 200 km west of Santa Cruz, in the department of the same name, where the climate is medium altitude semi-desert. The natural vegetation consists mostly of cactus (large and small) and thorny trees and scrub. The climate is semi arid with cold nights and hot days. Rain comes in infrequent heavy storms. It is unusual in that it is the only macaw to inhabit such a climatic zone. Most macaws nest in holes in large trees, however here there are no very large trees in its range so it nests in vertical fissures in cliff faces.

Immediate action is required to stop the Red-Fronted Macaws falling to the same fate as the Spix Macaws
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/11/2014 04:29.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
July 10th BOTM POST
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here today to take a peek into some nestboxes around the world, and take a look at some of the amazing Amazon mutations being bred today. Please note that most are not currently available to the public. Some of these awesome finds are selling for as much as 125,000US each to breeders.
One day these new color mutations will be found in pet homes as newer mutations occur. Their unique beauty and charm is well worth the look. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have. There are several renowned pioneers in color mutation breeding working in the USA in conjunction with international breeders.r Howard Voren is one such dedicated breeder. He has specialized in mutation breeding in several species with great success. All pictures show "pure" mutations, they are not hybrids. Hybrids are a breeding of two diverse species to produce specimens with characteristics of both species.
To breed mutations which occur spontaneously, breeders work with like marked birds or carriers which genetically have the potential to reproduce the desired new mutation. With continuing breeding the new mutation becomes stabilized, and will improve in size, pigmentation and over-all characteristics. Mutation breeding does not weaken the natural health of the species as they are produced from "normal coloured" birds. Many mutations are sex-linked which will only produce specimens of one sex or the other or must have one parent that is the desired mutation to reproduce mutation offspring. Mutation breeding is a challenging and rewarding field of aviculture built on patience and hard work.
I wish to thank everyone for their daily votes and blogs. I read each one and have learned a lot from your input.
I have added the mutation name to each picture for easier identification.

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07/10/2014 05:15.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
The Ara Project Part # 3

Happy Humpday everybirdie. Zeena here with the conclusion of the Ara Project series. I hope you have enjoyed visiting with these highly endangered Macaws, and learning about what is being done to help save the species in the wild. I wish to thank each one of my friends for your continuing votes and words of encouragement. I love receiving input from my friends, and learning more.

The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Although the Scarlet Macaw is listed by IUCN as least concern there is evidence of a population decline in the wild. It is listed by CITES as Appendix I. The declines in this species' population are due to habitat loss and fragmentation (expected to lose 20-35% of habitat within its range over 40 years (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011)), the wild bird trade and hunting for feathers and food. Current population estimates are 20,000 – 50,000; total Central American population no more than 4000. Many outside conditions could suddenly drop numbers to the point where they will be unable to rebuild populations.
Reasons for decline in population;

Exploitation for the former wild bird pet trade
Habitat loss and fragmentation due to logging and agriculture
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers
Shooting for the sport of it
Ecology

The Scarlet Macaw is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Birds are encountered in pairs, parties of 3-4 or flocks up to 30 individuals as they forage on fruits, fruits and nuts of various palms, and seeds, flowers and nectar.

Tomorrow we are going to stop and take a peek into a few nestboxes to discover what eggciting chicks are inside. Bring your cameras for these awesome new arrivals in aviculture.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/10/2014 09:06.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo and flockily
Hello Everybird, Zeena here with the continuing article on the Ara Project. Today we will look at the Great Green Macaw ( Military or Buffon's). We will look at their distribution and what has pushed them to the point of extinction.


Once prevalent throughout the entire Caribbean, Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) populations have declined alarmingly in recent years due to poaching and deforestation, in particular the cutting of Mountain Almond trees. BirdLife International states" that over the past 50 years global populations have been reduced by half." A census conducted in the Cordillera de Chongon Colonche and Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador in 2010 found only 8 birds, with the current population in all of Ecuador suspected to be 30-40 birds (E. Horstman in litt. 2012). Recent conservation efforts in Costa Rica have stabilized numbers with less than 300 birds and an estimated 25-35 breeding pairs remaining (PsittaScene Aug. 2011). There are less then 1000 individuals in South American.
Factors contributing to decline in numbers;

Unsustainable exploitation, poaching for the wild bird trade
Subspecies guayaquilensis reportedly shot as a crop-pest
Conversion of forest to oil-palm and banana plantations, causing the loss of the large Mountain Almond
Increased impact of logging, agriculture, illegal coca plantations, gold mining and hunting
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers

Ecology

This macaw prefers lowland humid forest and also strongly deciduous forest; in Costa Rica lowland primary forest. It is found at altitudes to 600m (1968 ft) in Costa Rica and1000m (3280 ft) in Panama. Less gregarious than other large macaws, it is found in pairs and groups of 3-4 birds, foraging on fruits and flowers.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the plight of the Scarlet Macaws, and what we can do to help save the remaining populations.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/08/2014 04:56.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo sweetie
We have finally arrived at Monday once more. It's hard to realize one week is already gone on my BOTM campaign. Today we will take a short stop-over in Costa Rica to visit some good friends of mine and see what they have been busily working on. Being a Macaw this is one subject that is near and dear to my heart. The Ara Project. The Ara Project is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that’s breeds, for the sole purpose of release into the wild, endangered Scarlet & Great Green Macaws. With only 2000 Scarlet Macaws left in Costa Rica and only around 2500 Great Green Macaws ( also known as Buffon's or Military) left in the world the Ara Project is proving "breeding for release" to be a valuable tool to prevent further declines in the numbers or even extinction of these magnificent birds. They work in conjunction with MINAET (Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Energy & Telecommunications).
The Great Green or Military(Buffon's) Macaw is endangered, and has been one of the key elements in the proposal for the formation of a new National Park in Costa Rica, Maquenque National Park. Already significant parts of the bird's existing habitat is covered by Nature reserves and other conservation projects. Project Ara is working hand in hand with locals to reestablish a strong breeding pool of wild Macaws with the end result to stop and reverse it's rapid decline.

The Ara Project incorporates breeding techniques and aviary management in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with Costa Rican wildlife laws imposed by MINAET. The Ara Project has released a total of 80 Scarlet Macaws on its release sites. The Ara Project aimed to started their Great Green Macaw reintroduction program in 2011. This will be Costa Rica's and the world's first official reintroduction of the species. To date having released a number of both species
In the 80's retired American couple Margot and Richard Frisius started a licensed zoological park to take care of parrots confiscated by the government or disowned by private owners. In 1992 they officially started a breeding program to participate in macaw conservation, resulting in the establishment of the non-profit organization formerly known as "Amigos de las Aves" (Friends of the Birds). Over the years they created what has become the biggest collection of Great Green Macaws in captivity and, upon acquiring a breeding stock of sufficient genetic diversity, a successful Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program.
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/07/2014 02:54.46 PM Report This Comment  
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Happy Sunday to all my BC friends. Zeena here with a look at a species of bird, well reputed as THE best talker and mimicker. Once abundantly available at low prices, today an often difficult to find and much costly addition to ones Flockily. Momma Deb says as a child she recalls seeing a number of these interesting, entertaining birds kept in Pet Stores, and businesses. She has been searching for one for over ten years and only encounter one at a very costly price.
The Mynah, the loved and disliked Clown of the avian world.
The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled Mynah, also sometimes known as "Indian Myna", is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature. "Myna" is derived from the Hindi language maina which itself is derived from Sanskrit madana.

The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem".

Mynahs are a lively, confident, aggressive, and noisy bird. It is friendly and perky, and the large flocks that gather at roosting time are usually raucous and grouchy. As pets they have many redeeming qualities including an inmate ability to mimic sounds, whistles and human speech. Once quite common in the pet trade, they now are difficult to locate. The Greater and Lesser Hill Mynahs are most thought of when imaging a Mynah Bird. Their clownish, outgoing personalities winning many a fan in years past.

Mynah's eat a mixture of specially formulated insect mash and fresh foods. Like the Lories, they have watery, odorous droppings, making them difficult to maintain in a home environment. those who endure the mess speak lovingly of their companions who seem to adore children, and adults alike. Daily cage washing, bathing and out of cage time are mandatory for good health. Momma Deb recalls that in her childhood most Mynah's were caged in small cramped cages,eating a diet of sunflower seeds and fruit. Thus living a miserable, short life. As advances came, it was found that Mynah's must have a balanced, more natural diet, and lots of room to move around in their cages. Bonded pairs breed readily in captivity. Babies that are hand-reared average $1200 to 1500 each when available. Bali Mynah's are rare and available to collectors only.

I wish to thank all my friends here on C for their daily support, and words of encouragement.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

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07/06/2014 01:53.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo and flockily
Good afternoon my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. We will once more make a stop in South American to visit one of natures very interesting and unique inhabitants. Our host is one of aviculture's beautiful, and unusual songbirds. The Green Oropendola. The Green Oropendola is of exclusively Amazonian distribution.The Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis) is generally common in its wooded habitats that are found in the Amazon and Guianas of South America; specifically Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Largely pale green above, the posterior underparts and rump are chestnut, and the tail is largely yellow except for the central rectrices. The bill is green basally, becoming red towards the tip, and the skin around the eyes and lores is pink. Males and females are similar in plumage, but the latter sex is substantially smaller. Like most oropendolas, this species breeds in colonies, usually of five to ten pairs, and constructing a hanging ‘basket’ nest of woven plant fibers. The species’ displays are similar to those of the Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus).
Related common species include such song-birds as the Meadow Lark, Bobo-Link and Bullock's Oriole to name but a few.
The Green Oropendola eats a diet of fresh fruits, insects, mynah bird food and nectar in captivity. An active, high energy species these birds require a large, long flight to maintain them in good condition. Somewhat difficult to breed, these beautiful birds require an aviary suitable to house a number of mature pairs to have any success in nesting and rearing offspring. Hand reared babies of the Green Oropendola are occasionally available but do not tend to retain tameness once weaned. In the wild they typically nest in colonies similarly to Quaker Parrots, building their hanging basket-like nests in a common tree. Captive breeding is seeing an increase in successful clutches being raised to fledging and adulthood.
These are definitely not a species for the beginner avicultarist, and their pricy purchase costs in excess of $850.00US each leaves them to the more well off and experienced collectors. Their song is soft and melodious, a pleasure to listen to. Their call is often described as flute-like and low.
Tomorrow we will visit with a wonderful, entertaining species of bird, that once filled many living rooms, but today is rare both in captivity and their wild habitat.
I wish to thank all my many friends for their loving support on my quest to be August's BOTM. I couldn't make it without all of you.
love and scritches
Zeena 255116

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