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7/21/12
Mom was wanting another birdie and found me at the pet store looking all cute. She just couldn't resist!

7/22 day 2- Callie stepped up for me!!Yeay! She is such a good girl!


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Hi! My name is Callie*Thank you for the hatchday wishes & 4 BOD

I am a Pearl Mutation Cockatiel from Boynton Beach, FL.

Baby girl, Hissy girl (after 8:30pm) :) Callie callie Callie!

2 years old   F

Pearl Mutation Cockatiel

RoudyBush crumbles, Millet, broccoli!

On my big playstand! Love it!!

being in a cage!! No one is allowed to walk past my cage or even look at me after 8:30pm.. that's when I turn into Hissy girl!!

She gave my a huge house with lots of toys and perches.I get lots of out of the cage time!!

I used to hiss... Now I put my head down for scritches as soon as you come near me. I peep as mom scrathes my head.. :).

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  Hi Callie♥
I'm sorry things aren't going so well. Is the AC fixed yet? That could help...at least a little.
Not a lot new here, except mom's eyes are healing, and she will be getting a prescription for new glasses in about 3 weeks! She can't wait to see again.
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, Willie♥ xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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08/25/2014 09:59.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
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! "
love Chuey 245908

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08/01/2014 09:36.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
hello everybirdie. Zeena here on my final day of July. Today I want to take the time to thank you all for all the wonderful comments, and helpful topic input. When any bird runs for BOTM, it is a family affair. No one can make it to the BC Castle with out the help and votes of their many friends. I have met many awesome birds this month, and have learned a great deal about the various species we visited.
With a flock legacy of BOTMs to follow after, it was a challenge to equal their efforts and enthusiasm. Sky, Little Angel (Adler) and my frother Casey set the measure by which I hoped to inform and share with you. I had the most wonderful month. Thank you one and all.
This being my final BOTM Post I decided to stop by and visit with a beautiful and unusual species that is a delight to watch.

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

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

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

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

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

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/31/2014 12:41.19 PM Report This Comment  
  hi Callie 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?
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/30/2014 04:16.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Hello to all my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we will take a look in brief at a touchy subject that has people lined up on both sides of the debate. It involves the breeders verses conservationists. I am not sharing this to side with either group, but as a general interest topic. These are exerts from an interview with Tony Silva a world renowned expert on Aviculture.
Interviewer; In light of all the talk about breeders, verses the conservationist groups, how can we make our legislators, the animal rights radicals, and the conservation elitists, understand that what we as private aviculturists do, is valuable and should be encouraged, not strangled with laws and regulations which in the end, will result in extinction, not preservation, of exotic birds?

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

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

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

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07/29/2014 02:22.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Hi everybirdie, Zeena here with Monday's BOTM POST. Today we visit a beautiful song bird making a new comeback in homes around the globe. The Pekin Rokin, a song bird of extraordinary talent. I wish to thank all my many friends for their votes and stopping to leave comments on my page. I read them all.
The Red-billed Leiothrix or PEKIN ROBIN (Leiothrix lutea) is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes. It has also been found at elevations ranging from near sea level to about 7,500 feet.

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

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07/28/2014 04:27.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie♥
Bike riding is always fun. Let's take flowers to Kacey, then go rent a tandem bike, so we can talk while we pedal.
Today is a rainy day and rather cool. I don't think it will hit 70 today. Mom cleaned and fed 13 skunks today, but her record of not getting sprayed still holds, knock on wood! She also took care of those little hawks who are quite grown now, and in the flight cage. (The flight cage is a pre release area for raptors, the center staff makes sure they can hunt, land, preen, do all the birdie things they'll need back home in the wild.) As well as all those, mom also cleaned and watered 3 more juvenile red tailed hawks and 5 screech owls. She also did some dishes and laundry while she was there today. Both of those areas tend to back up quickly if someone doesn't pitch in and help.
After the center, mom went shopping, but now she's home with us, with only one load of laundry to do, so she's basically ours for the day.
I hope you are having a pleasant day filled with sunshine and love. Hugs, Willie♥ xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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07/28/2014 11:30.33 AM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
OH THANK YOU CALLIE FO RTHE LOVELY FLOWERS. PLEASE THANK WILLIE FOR ME TOO.

WELL I HAVE BEEN DOING FINE THIS WEEKEND, NO THROWING UP. I WAS MY PLAYFUL SELF. VET STILL IS CONCERNED ABOUT LOW CALCIUM LEVELS AND HE IS OWRRIED ABOUT FATTY LIVER DISEASE. SO I HAVE TO GET BLOOD DRAWN. I KNOW THATS GOING TO HURT. GOT TO GET MY TOENAILS TRIMMED TOO. SWEETPEPPER IS GOING FOR HER NAILS AND BIRDIE CHECKUP.

WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW THINGS GO

KACEY

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07/27/2014 09:10.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we head to the warm tropical Island Luzon, Philippines and visit an unusual and exotic species of Dove. The Luzon Bleeding-Heart. The Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) is one of a number of species of ground dove in the genus Gallicolumba that are called "bleeding-hearts". They get this name from a splash of vivid red colour at the centre of their white breasts. The Luzon Bleeding-heart is the species in which this feature is most pronounced, and on first sight it is hard to believe that the bird has not recently been wounded. A reddish hue that extends down the belly furthers the illusion of blood having run down the bird's front. The Luzon Bleeding-heart was featured on a Philippine 2-peso postage stamp in 1994.


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

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

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

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

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

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/27/2014 03:18.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Hello my dear BC friends. It was a long day without our beloved BC family but we are happy to say once it was up and going it was actually much faster then before. I had a special request from one of my friends to example the breeding of mutations. As this is a limited BOTM series I will touch on it briefly. For anyone interested in more in depth study I have a number of very good links and references.
In simplest terms a "mutation" is any deviation from the "normal wild-type" of any species of animal or bird. They occur spontaneously in the wild, as well as in captivity. In the wild MOST mutations have a very limited life-span owing to their coloration or other physical characteristics that make them more visible and easier prey. An example of a successful mutations are the red markings on normal Congo African Greys. These individuals integrate well into existing grey colored flocks.
In Captivity mutations are able to live and mature thereby offering breeders an opportunity to reproduce like marked/colored offspring. An excellent example is the Blue Budgie. These spontaneously occurred in several continents. By breeding Blue offspring back to normal parents the breeders were able to produce more of the same. Through selective culling and breeding of F2-second generation-blues the color was stabilized. Mutations can continue to occur even in a new mutation color--such as the blue Budgies who then produced offspring with yellow-Lutino or albino pigments. Inbreeding, selective crossing and out crosses to other colored mutations has given rise to all the many colors common in Budgies.
When looking specifically at Quaker Parrots, whose natural color is green/grey we find that the first mutation was a Blue baby hatched in Belgium in the 1940s. It is a complete replacement of the normal green plumage by blue. The gene for blue plumage is Autosomal Recessive and both hens and cocks can be heterozygous or ‘split’ for or‘carriers’ of blue – depending upon your favored terminology! This means--both parents must carry the gene to produce blue even though they are visually "normals" Today there are a large number of mutations being bred.
With all mutations, breeders must cull out the colors they do not want and breed the desired colors into the gene pool. Through consecutive generations of offspring the color is improved upon, often mutating from the original mutation thereby adding yet another new color for serious breeders to work with. Mutation possibilities are limitless as they occur spontaneously and can not be "created" by humans. Hybrids must not be confused with mutations. Hybrids are the result of breeding two diverse species within the same Genera together--examples of which are the Hybrid Macaws, Blue/Gold mated to a Green Wing etc.
Today we will visit a selection of mutations from a number of different species, I hope you enjoy the results.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/26/2014 05:36.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie♥
How about Adventures in Zambezia? I'll pick you up and bring the movie popcorn nutriberries, okay? Hugs and kisses, Willie♥ xoxoxoxoox

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07/25/2014 01:31.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Thanks so much for the good wishes for my hatchday, but especially for coming over to help me celebrate my special day. The cake and ice cream were luscious, weren't they? I got a new Jungle Talk Cotton Candy, new party whiskers, and my favorite movie popcorn nutriberries! Mom spoiled me all day.
Today mom cleaned in the RVS room, but didn't get it all done. She cleaned the fisher's big cage which takes up half the room, the bat's enclosure, the groundhog, and 8 of the raccoons, but had to leave 4 cages undone. Steph said they'd take care of them, though. It was a perfect pool day, too, so now mom is home to blog, and apparently in time to find BC up and running! Hope you are having another beautiful summer day today and getting lots of love and hugs. Hugs, Falco

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07/25/2014 01:22.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
July 25th BOTM POST
Hello friends, Zeena the Ballerina here today with a popular, very pretty Australian species. The Bourke's Parakeet and it's mutations . These peaceful, gentle birds make awesome pets for people of all ages and have quite the following here in aviculture. With their calm personalities and soft voices they make awesome additions to any home whether it be an apartment or private dwelling.
I want to again thank each one of you for your wonderful comments and daily votes. If there is a species you would like to possibly see in one of my Posts feel free to mention them.
The Bourke's Parakeets (Neopsephotus Bourkii) are endangered in their own homeland of Southwestern and Central Australia, but are popular in aviculture. They are readily available in the United States and relatively inexpensive. Know the world over for their charming qualities.

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

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

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

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/25/2014 09:42.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Miss Callie
Thank you for honoring me with BOTD! I had a greyt time at the castle with King Pepper!
Luv, Queen BonBon?

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07/24/2014 09:43.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie♥
Roller skating sounds like fun! I'll pick you up, and we can go to the pie shop afterwards, then come here for Falco's hatchday party!
It's cooler here today than it has been for a couple of days, only going into the mid 70s today. That's good pool weather though. Mom will spend the afternoon reading by the pool, then do some grocery shopping which is really needed at this point. (She only had 7 things to cut up into the our bowls today.) Later we will celebrate Falco's hatchday with songs, special treats, and maybe a new toy. She's hoping to get her favorite popcorn nutriberries. ♫Happy Hatchday to Falco! ♫ Come on over for some cake and nutriberries later! We can all watch as Falco opens her gifts. Hugs, Willie♥ xoxoxoxoxo

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07/24/2014 08:04.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
HAPPY HUMPDAY

thankyou so muh for sharing your hatchday cake with us. we had the best time celebrating your hatchday with you.

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl VOTE CHUEY BOTM 245908, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE CHUEY BOTM 245908.

07/23/2014 09:01.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
You sure know how to throw such a fun party!We all sure had a greyt time and we just can't thank you enough for having us there to share in your special day!
Loving you always and forever,my sweet Callie,Love,Kallie

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

07/23/2014 08:47.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Awe, Sweet Callie....
...it is on the first row, the center picture. If you've been like me & Mom today, we've had many tears off & on all day due to poor nOOdles flying to the Rainbow Bridge. I know you'll find it in one place or the other. If all fails, I will email it to your good Momma. Hugs, SamIAm

Come visit me, Silver Sluggers Page Where Greyt Things Happen & Sam says, Goodbye Tooth! Fly High! Fly Free!.

07/23/2014 05:06.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Awe, Sweet Callie....
...it is on the first row, the center picture. If you've been like me & Mom today, we've had many tears off & on all day due to poor nOOdles flying to the Rainbow Bridge. I know you'll find it in one place or the other. If all fails, I will email it to your good Momma. Hugs, SamIAm

Come visit me, Silver Sluggers Page Where Greyt Things Happen & Sam says, Goodbye Tooth! Fly High! Fly Free!.

07/23/2014 05:06.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie sweetie
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here with today's special guests. I had a few problems getting them to settle down and then a few chewed their way out of the box, but finally I bribed them with a few Almonds. Today we pause briefly to visit a few very beautiful and interesting Cockatoo mutations. Cockatoos have been cross species bred for a number of years, giving rise to some odd and uncommon looking individuals. However, the birds we will stop to visit today are natural occurring mutations, some of which have been hatched in the wild. Ok, guys, climb down from there please, it's time to get a few photos.
Cockatoos are found in the wild in only a limited area of the world. They are found primarily in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, as well as surrounding areas in the South Pacific.

The cockatoo (of the family Cacatuidae) is one of the most well-known birds in the parrot family because it’s quite noisy; in fact, it’s the loudest of all the parrots. Their loudness comes from a history of having to communicate long distances with one another in dark, thick forests. Cockatoos are found in Australia and some surrounding islands, mainly in forested areas. These birds form flocks, with sometimes up to three different types of cockatoos, to feed together on berries, nuts and seeds. Most cockatoos even stay in the same flock they were raised in and often mate in long-lasting pairs.

Like all parrots, cockatoos are zygodactyl, which means they can use their feet to grasp objects, making them excellent climbers. Although parrots are often colorful, most cockatoos are actually black and white because they lack a certain texture in their feathers that reflects light. In the 1970s, many cockatoos were trapped for the pet trade and their numbers in the wild have decreased dramatically. In fact, some Indonesian cockatoos are now thought to be extinct in the wild. Others are quickly declining due to hunting, poisoning and illegal poaching. Looked upon as pests and nuisances they fight to maintain their territories with ever growing human invasion.

Cockatoos are gregarious, sensitive, demanding and classed as high-maintenance. They have a powerful beak they freely use to chew and tear woodwork and furnishing in homes if left unsupervised. Not a bird for most novices, those who have loved and been loved by one, will forever be a Cockatoo fan.

I hope you enjoy the photos of some of the wonderful mutations available today.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/23/2014 03:42.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
I love cake, thanks for sharing it! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, Divo, welcoming his old buddy Tooth home & Falco, fly free, Tooth.

07/23/2014 07:46.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie♥
I miss you so much! I wish you were here more often so we could do all the fun things we used to do like roller skate, bike ride, swim, boat, etc. I've been taking Peppino around and showing him the ropes but it just isn't the same.
Mom made a recommendation to readers in the BC Library (Cookie's page), if anyone likes thrillers/mysteries.
Dinner last night was good, the groupon was for a local Japanese restaurant, but not traditional Japanese, one of those places that puts on a show of cooking on the hibachi. It's called Saga, and the chef came out and cooked in front of mom and her sis. They shared a sushi roll for appetizers, and her sister had a tempura banana for dessert. Mom was much too stuffed to have any dessert, though. Plus, a fried banana didn't sound appealing.
Mom has her mammogram and bone density appointment today. There is a women's imaging center that does both at the same site, so that's where she'll go. They are predicting rain today, but if the walk with the dogs this morning is any indication, it will be another bright sunny day, so pool time again!
I hope you are having a bright sunshiney day with lots of hugs. Hugs from me too, Willie♥ xoxoxoxoxoxo

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, Divo, welcoming his old buddy Tooth home & Falco, fly free, Tooth.

07/23/2014 07:31.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
We miss your flock, it was our pleasure to visit you yesterday. Willie keeps asking when you will be back to play with him. Hugs, Falco, with cake all over her beak

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, Divo, welcoming his old buddy Tooth home & Falco, fly free, Tooth.

07/23/2014 07:06.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy another special day.
Thanks for the yummy cake.
It was a hot, humid and windy day. So why was I surprised that the power went out tonight? I need my beauty sleep ... I'm turning 4 on Wednesday! It finally came on at 12:40am. Now to catch up. Hey, it's Wednesday .... do I get my presents now mom?
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

07/22/2014 10:09.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Queen Callie, & Congratulations!
Sam bows before the new BOTD Queen. I apologize for coming so very late but Mom was cooking for most of the day. And if she wasn't cooking, she was cleaning something or another. It was beyond frustrating to me because I so wanted to come to your coronation! I have these 3 white roses for you. One is for innocence. Another for charm. And this last one, for heavenly light. I think that fits you to the "T". Actually, it should fit you to the "C". C is for Callie! Heehee!

You will find your card on my page. I made it just for you & posted it on FB-BC page & also in my gallery. I hope you will pick it up. It is my gift to you.

I've never forgotten how your good Momma made me some pictures when I first came on the BC years ago. It really touched me & Mom's hearts that your good Momma
was so computer savvy. Mom's still not all that "savvy" but she can do a little bit.

Good Night, Queen Callie. Sam bows to her Majesty, Queen Callie and exits the Throne Room doors.

Come visit me, Silver Sluggers Page Where Greyt Things Happen & Sam says, Goodbye Tooth! Fly High! Fly Free!.

07/22/2014 09:41.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
On BOTD!sweet Callie!We were so eggcited to see your sweet face in the spotlight today!We are all wishing you a belated hatchday and and wishing you a day of fun in the castle with king Pepper for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!Loving you always and forever,Dixie,Kallie and Peepers

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

07/22/2014 09:30.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie,

Congrat's on being BOTD. My name is Apache and I'm marrying Snowflake & my Sister, Cheyenne is marrying her Brother, Jedi on Sept. 20th of this year. EVERYBIRDIE is invited. So save the date for you and your Flock and whoever you all want to bring. It's gonna be at the Castle and Ms. BB is even letting us use her Carriage and Horses! How cool is that??? Spot will be doing the double Ceremony. I hope you enjoyed your day in the Castle. I know my Flock & I did when we were there. Here's a vote for you, cutie. Bye for now.

Love & Winghugs,
Apache

Come visit me, Parker, Silver, APACHE IS SO HAPPY SNOWFLAKE SAID YES ON 04/27/14, Oz & Cheyenne said YES to her Jedi 5/3/14.

07/22/2014 04:19.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
I smell cake!!!


Short blog today, because Mom and I have been very busy with the August County Fair Milonga. We have our 16 pig riders! To get the names just fly on over to the milonga page #165848 and they are posted. The new riders don't have their pig assignments yet, but returnees will ride their old friends from last year.
However please don't forget the July milonga is this Saturday, and we are all going to have a fantastic beach party at the lake.

I had a nice sunbath before my mom went to the gym this morning. I have been climbing into my carrier to play more and more often. Those toys are pretty good in there!

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote for Ms. Chuey #245908 for BOTM!!!.

07/22/2014 04:02.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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

07/22/2014 04:00.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations Queen Callie on BOTD
Hello my dear friends. Thank you all for the lovely words of encouragement and your faithful daily votes. i hope you are enjoying viewing a few very rare and uncommon Parrots and birds. All the birds I have discussed are species that are kept in captivity. Some we will not see, or won't see available for a long time due to their rarity.
Today we will stop by to visit some very common friends, in some very interesting and striking colors. Momma Deb has raised many Green Cheeked Conures in her lifetime but none like those we will see today. Many are only available to breeders at this time due to their difficulty in reproducing their colors. I hope you will enjoy what you see.
Momma Deb and I tried to locate the current price of many of these beauties and have listed them here, just for your information sake--

American Dilutes--$2000.00 US a pair and up
American Dilutes yellow-sided---$ 3800 to 6000Us a pair
Red-Faced Yellow-sided----$2500 to 7000.US a pair
Sun Cheek -------$ 4500 to 8500US a pair
Moon Cheeks---$7000Us and up for good stock
Mint-----$5000 to 10,000US a pair
Turquoise---$500 US a pair and up
Cinnamon Turquoise---$750 US and up a pair
Recessive Pied-----$4000 to 8000US a pair and up
Red-Factored Pineapples--$300US and up per pair
Dilute Moon Cheeks---$7000US and up per pair

There are by far not all the new and shocking color mutations available but will give you a good idea of what has been hatching in Green Cheeked Conure nest boxes lately.

Habitat:
Seen in dense, low forests and woodlands. Also in moist, mossy cloud forest on E Andes where seen up to 2900m (9512 ft).

Threat Summary:
Probably declining in E Bolivia because of rapid forest clearance. They are found on CITES
Appendix II. There are flocks living in both Florida and California which can be seen in company of the wild Amazon Parrots.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/22/2014 02:48.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
Congratulations on winning BOTD! and Happy Hatchday!


Have a greyt one
be a good birdie
wings hugs and V4U
Your Pal,Oki

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07/22/2014 02:21.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie!
Congrats on BOTD!!
Left you a vote.

Ronnie Lee, Charlotte, NC.

07/22/2014 12:59.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Callie
Congratulations on BOTD! Enjoy your day at the castle with King Pepper!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL & PEPPER.

07/22/2014 12:55.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Callie
Congratulations on botd.I hope your having a great day at the castle and in the spotlight. Two days of celebrating doesn't get much better than that. Have a good afternoon.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Chuey (245908) BOTM.

07/22/2014 12:41.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Callie~~
Congratulations sweetie! I am so very happy for you! I know you are going to love having a day in the spotlight!
Your Royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!!
Royal hugs ~ Sugar

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07/22/2014 11:39.55 AM Report This Comment  
  MIKEY #61671/KAJI #43005 4-10K CLUB
HEY CALLIE CONGRATULATONS ON BEING OUR BOTD TODAY AND TOMORROW WILL BE YOUR HATCHDAY. DO YOU FEEL ANY OLDER?

OH THAT HATCHDAY CAKE LOOKS YUMMY. THANK YOU FOR THE PIECE FOR SWEETPEPPER.

LEST GO SWIMMING TO STAY COOL. ITS VERY HOT AND HUMID AT HOME.

KACEY

Come visit me, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY.

07/22/2014 10:45.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Callie
congratulations on winning BOTD hope you are having a super fun time celebrating your special honor at the castle today with King Pepper

love Cori and Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl VOTE CHUEY BOTM 245908, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE CHUEY BOTM 245908.

07/22/2014 09:48.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats on BOTD,
Congratulations on your win. Hope you are enjoying your special day in the spotlight!! Leaving a vote for you!

Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/22/2014 09:42.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Dear Queen Callie
Congrats on winning BOTD today! Here's a basket of RoudyBush crumbles, Millet, broccoli, and I added some carrot leaves for you to try! All for you to enjoy while you're in the castle with King Pepper!
By the way, you should go and meet my new fister, Lemon Le'BonBon! She's a yellow budgie and, don't tell her, she's very cute!
Oh, and HAPPY HATCH DAY(belated)!!!
Luv, Spot♥

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07/22/2014 07:53.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Queen Callie, congrats for BOTD-from Jenny & Ziggy
...enjoy your time in the spotlight pretty little girl, have a wonderful day! It will be very hot today with temps in the mid-nineties, and heat indexes well over 100! The high humidity is a killer for dad's old COPD lungs, we are going to keep him inside today! I was mocking dad's morning cough, he was worried about me until he realized what I was doing! Have a happy ToosDay, and give my love to all in your pretty home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love from Jenny, Ziggy, & our family

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07/22/2014 07:53.05 AM Report This Comment  
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