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New Research: Secret to Parrot Intelligence? It’s In Their Genes
Check out what scientists are learning about parrot genes, as well as research on laughter being contagious among parrots, how parrots’ feathers evolved to be to so shiny and how some birds of prey are battling drones in their airspace in this look at this birds in the news compilation.
A Fun Look at “Spooktacular Parrots” This Halloween
It’s that spooky time of the year! Some parrot species seem to especially mesh with a Halloween theme. Here is a lighthearted look at parrot species that bring “trick or treat” up a notch.
Foraging For Food Satisfies Parrots’ Appetites & Minds
Giving your feathered friend food is essential, but the way that you provide it matters, too! Will parrots work for their food? You would be surprised!
Birds’ Amazing Physical Powers
If you’re a bird lover, you’ll especially find these bird-focused articles worth a read, as they showcase more bird superpowers!
Did Avocado Fumes Cause Bird’s Death?
As a healthy food for people, avocado is more popular than ever, and along with that comes an abundance of avocado recipes. Unfortunately, a recent bird death brings up the question, “Could fumes from frying an avocado be dangerous to pet birds?”
Healthy Habits We Can Learn From Our Birds
Looking for some healthy habits to try in the year ahead? Good news! Chances are you have your very own health coach living with you right now — look no further than your feathered friend!
Newsworthy Bird Stories
Do a Google news search with the key words “parrot” or “bird.” You might be treated to some fascinating and downright entertaining bird stories — perfect topics to read aloud to your pet bird!
Back-to-School Shopping For Your Pet Bird
End of summer means school is back in session; a time when stores are full of school essentials. See how some basic school supplies can help up your game when it comes to caring for your pet bird.
Four Things You Should Never Do In Front Of Your Pet Bird
Four things you should never do in front of your bird (and one thing you should do!) to promote the health and happiness of your feathered pal.
Fictitious Birds Should Eat Healthy Too
The Minecraft video game had a parrot problem — the parrot characters were fed chocolate chip cookies! See which movie parrots were also fed no-no foods.
Birds That Deceive To Get Ahead
The first day of April is notable mostly because that is the day of the year where pranks and deception rule the day. With that theme in mind, there are plenty of instances in nature where animals have evolved to be deceptive as a survival tactic. Here’s a look at bird species that use trickery to get ahead.
Birds for St. Patrick’s Day
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, which falls on March 17 each year, here’s a look at one popular bird in Ireland – the Northern lapwing ‑ as well as some parrots whose plumage will make us all green with envy.
More Birds With Dr. Seuss-Like Looks
For the most part, Dr. Seuss’s birds look familiar, but their feathers and shapes are best described as otherworldly. We’ve previously shared some real-life birds that look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book, here are some more fantastical Dr. Seuss-like birds to check out.
Vampire Finches & Ghost Birds
October is the spooky time of the year, so it is befitting to learn about two peculiar topics related to the world of birds: vampire finches and ghost birds. Yes, there is a finch that drinks blood, but humans need not run. And what is a ghost bird … curious?
Finches Talk To Their Eggs & Other Fascinating Bird News
Check out these intriguing bird-centric stories, which range from parrots playing video games to zebra finches telling their eggs when to hatch to how the males of a bird species called the southern pied babble favor their own biological male chicks over their “stepchicks.”
A Safe & Sane Fourth of July For Your Bird
If your bird startles at the sound of a slammed door, car alarm or other loud, unexpected noise, the Fourth of July might not be the easiest holiday for your feathered friend to handle. Here are some preemptive steps to take to help your bird remain stress-free around Independence Day.
Pet Parrots & Ground Foraging
Parrots in the wild spend good part of the day on foot looking for items to munch. And so it stands to reason that the parrots in our homes might also enjoy walking on their own two feet to see what they can find. Here are some tips for creating a bottom play and foraging area for your pet bird.
Transform Your Bird’s Cage From Drab to Fab
Dog and cat owners have to deal with shed fur. For pet-bird owners, it’s the challenge of cage fallout — namely food, toys and shed feathers.
Real Birds That Look Like A Dr. Seuss Character
Dr. Seuss’s books are filled with an assortment of animal characters — including birds — drawn in a distinct Seuss style. Here are some spectacular real-life bird species that look like they belong in a Dr. Seuss book!
Be Your Bird’s “Wingman”
Are you good at providing support when your bird is around other people, be it visitors to the home or even among household members who might not have as strong a bond with your bird? Here are five signs of a good wingman as it pertains to the feathered kind.
“Healthy” Foods Your Bird Should Stop Eating Today
Many of the foods we think are healthy aren’t 100% so. In fact, some start to creep into to the unhealthy category if we overindulge. When we offer some of these seemingly healthy foods to our birds we might be serving our feathered companions a potential overload of sugar, sodium and other unhealthy ingredients.
Tech Gadgets for Pet Bird Owners
Did you get one of the top-selling tech holiday gifts this season? Big box retailer Best Buy did a consumer survey of the most sought-after tech gadgets heading into Black Friday and Cyber Monday this past holiday season, which range from iPads to GoPros . Following is a sampling of top gadgets that might prove especially helpful to pet bird enthusiasts and why.
How Smart Are Parrots? They Use Tools Too!
Research on Vasa parrots from the University of York and University of St. Andrews that point to the first documentation of nonhuman use of tools for grinding, and one of only a few reports of nonhuman animals sharing tools directly. See the Vasa parrots’ tool of choice to grind calcium powder from shells.
Budgies, Cockatiels & Lovebirds Are Parrots Too!
Here’s a look at some common small bird myths and facts.
Why Parrots Can Talk
From budgerigars to African Greys to macaws, nine parrot species in a university study reveal why certain bird species are better at imitating sounds than other birds. Hint: It’s got a lot to do with the structure of the brain.
A Longer Life For Your Pet Bird
Three simple steps help you to help your bird enjoy a longer, healthier life with you.
See What Sets Bird Hospitals Apart
Susan Horton, DVM, takes us on a tour of her labor of love — the recently opened Chicago Exotics Hospital.
5 Ways You Freak Your Pet Bird Out
If you don’t understand the instincts, needs, and anatomy of your parrot friend, problems can quickly arise. Interrupting your bird’s snooze time or switching food abruptly are just two ways you can ruin your bird’s day. Learn what not to do so both you and your bird live harmoniously.
10 Things Bird Owners Do That Others Find Baffling
Life with a feathered companion calls for doing things a bit differently, which non-bird people might find baffling. Here are 10 Things Bird Owners Do That Others Will Never Understand.
Blast From The Past Pet Bird Products
From colorful assortments of toys and playgyms to healthy diets and treats, there are plenty of bird-centric offerings to choose from to meet your bird’s many needs. Here’s a fun look at “off the beaten path” bird products from years bygone.
Spring Cleaning Tips For Bird Owners
Check out these easy “Spring Clean” tips and tricks every pet bird enthusiast should try.
Types of Parrot Play
Every bird has a play personality — from explorer to destroyer, and many more. Knowing your bird’s style of play can help you zero in on the types of toys and interactions your bird enjoys most.
Pet Bird Home Hazards
Looking for a reason to update some of your home furnishings? Here are a few suggestions for swapping out potentially dangerous household furnishings with more bird-friendly designs.
5 Ways Parrots Rule Our Roosts
With a parrot you have a pet companion with the intelligence — and the mischievousness — of a young child, which can make for an interesting family dynamic. Here’s lighthearted look at the ways our feathered friends can rule our own roosts.
Fun Days To Celebrate With Your Pet Bird
Just about every week of every month has a special day of recognition for a specific group, cause or theme — the topics of which range from serious to silly; here are some interesting lesser-known National Designation Days that seem especially apropos for pet bird enthusiasts.
Small Birds Do Talk!
Bigger birds aren’t the only ones talking. In fact, some of the smaller parrots are capable of mimicking human speech and can even amass impressive vocabularies. Here’s a look at some of the tiny talkers of the pet bird world.
Follow This Stay-Healthy Plan For Your Pet Bird
If you’re a to-do list person or one who needs a little reminding every now and then, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a month-by-month list of suggestions —and gentle nudges — to help you help your pet bird in the year ahead.
5 Reasons To Adopt A Pet Bird
Here are five reasons why you should consider the adoption option if you are thinking about welcoming a feathered friend into your heart and home.
Christmas Traditions For The Birds
Did you know that Scandinavians countries celebrate Christmas with an offering of food for the wild birds? Or the reason why the cardinal is incorporated into so many holiday motifs? Check out this special look at birds’ unique connections to the holidays.
Conure Fast Facts
Conures are popular pet companions for good reason — these parrots are full of spunk with colorful personalities and a wide range of colors and sizes.
Cockatiel Behavior: Brilliantly Baffling
Cockatiels can be every bit a parrot as their larger counterparts — friendly and outgoing to snugly and gentle — no wonder these little feathered companions are America’s Top Bird. But ever stop to think if your cockatiel is normal?
5 Ways You’re Ruining Your Bird’s Day
Don’t let life with you be a bore for your feathered companion. Use these tips to bring joy to your bird’s day!
A Microchip Can Bring Your Lost Bird Home
The story of Nigel, the African grey parrot that returned home speaking Spanish, is a good example of how a microchip can facilitate a happy reunion for lost pet.
Five Types of Bird Friends
We all need friends. And life is even better if a few of your friends have some of the same interests as you. Better yet is knowing others who share in your love and appreciation of birds. Check out these five types of friends you might buddy up with as you navigate life with a feathered companion.
Tips To Manage Your Pet Bird’s Mess
In addition to tried-and-true cage maintenance products, there are additional ways to maintain a clean and healthy environment for your feather companion. With some simple pre-planning and regular maintenance, you’ll be able to put your feet up and enjoy more one-on-one time with your bird.
Pet Birds Vs. Dogs
Here’s a fun look at some of the advantages bird companions have to canine companions and vice versa.
Give Your Bird A Clean Cage This Summer
Here are three things you can do for your feathered companion to improve his health and well being, as well as add some summer-inspired fun to his day.
Spotlight on Female Parrots
Female birds tend to fly under the radar, so to speak, when compared to their flashier male counterparts. In many bird species, including parrots, the males have the more eye-catching colors. It’s time, however, to give our feathered girls time in the spotlight.
New World Parrots: Conures, Amazons, Macaws & More
Parrots can be categorized according to Old World psittacines and New World psittacines. Do you know if your parrots are “Team Old World” or “Team New World”?
7 Ways You Can Help Birds & The Environment
Here’s an annual event that bird lovers can help celebrate — Earth Day, which takes place on April 22 each year. In honor of Earth Day, here are seven ways bird lovers can make a difference in our own neighborhoods and abroad.
Avoid These Feeding Mistakes
There are many pet birds that only eat one or two types of foods, but that’s because they haven’t been offered much else or the foods offered don’t appeal to them. Here are four ways we can sabotage our birds’ appetites and how to avoid them.
Books For Birds
Nursery-rhyme books and others that cater to a young audience also make great reading material for parrots — these books are designed to be read out loud and with extreme silliness. Dr. Seuss books certainly fit the bill!
Lovebirds As Pets
No other companion pet has a name quite as endearing as a lovebird. The lovebird’s genus, Agapornis, is the words “love” and “bird” joined together — agape is Greek for “love” and ornis is Greek for “bird.”
Tips To Get Your Parrot To Be Quiet
Does covering the cage or running toward your bird to tell him/her to quiet down … or screaming back … sound familiar? If you find yourself in need of a little quiet time and your parrot is simply not getting it, here are tips and tricks to stop the screech.
Your Pet Bird Will Love The New You!
A new year is upon us and with that comes another set of New Year’s resolutions (or a re-do of last year’s!) While there’s plenty you can do for your pet bird to make the new year great, here are three things you can do for yourself that will also reap benefits for your pet bird.
Pet Birds & Children
Find out the real reasons why budgies and cockatiels can make wonderful pets for children, as well as all the wrong reasons for bringing a small bird into your home.
Pet Birds & Other Birds
It’s easy to assume that birds must like other birds. But before you buddy up two birds consider that fact that many avian veterinarians treat bird patients that were injured by other bird housemates.
Kick Start Your Bird’s Day
Spending more time with your bird and serving a healthy breakfast are just two ways to start your bird’s day off right.
“Theft-Proof” Your Pet Bird
Pet parrots can be prime targets of pet theft because of their perceived monetary value. Here are some steps pet bird owners can take to “theft-proof” their beloved companions:
Pet Bird Owner Summer Safety Tips
But before you fire up your backyard grill or unroll the pool or spa cover, take a moment to see what steps you need to make to ensure your bird’s safety and well-being all summer long.
5 Fun Ways To Pamper Your Pet Parrot
Use these five fun suggestions to create Pampered Parrot Days that are all about your feathered friends. They deserve to be treated as VIPs, too!
Don’t Leave These In Your Pet Bird’s Cage
Cage safety starts with not just what you put in your bird’s cage, but what you don’t leave behind.
Cockatiel Sounds Explained
Chirps, warbles, whistles, squawks, cheeps, and more are noises and sounds pet cockatiels make. Find out what your cockatiel is trying to say.
Swift Parrots & Orange-Bellied Parrots: Rare Migrators
Almost all parrots are non-migratory birds, that is, they do not fly to a different climate during specific times of the year. There are two parrot species, however, that do migrate in the truest sense of the word — the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) and the orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster).
Pet Bird Owners Can Find New Uses For These Recyclables
From using newspaper as cage liner, cardboard as chew toys, to wadded-up paper to hide foraging treats, we bird owners can be quite creative in our thriftiness. Here are a few other items that can get a second life before going into the recycle bin.
What Liz Wilson Taught Us
I had the pleasure of working with many avian experts throughout my years as editor of Bird Talk magazine, but none was quite like avian behavioral consultant Liz Wilson.
Renowned Companion Parrot Behaviorist Liz Wilson Passes Away
The bird community lost a special member when long-time parrot advocate and well-respected author Liz Wilson, CVT, passed away on April 13, 2013. Liz was the voice behind the popular parrot behavior column “Parrot Psychology,” which ran in Bird Talk magazine for many years and, up until her passing, was a monthly feature on LafeberCares.com.
Pet Bird Enrichment: Four Great Uses For Newspaper
To many pet bird owners, yesterday’s news is today’s cage liner. In addition to the long-held practice of lining the bottom of the birdcage with newspaper, here are four other ways to get the most bang out of your newspaper subscription buck.
9 Things Never To Do Around Your Pet Bird
While most responsible pet bird owners strive to make their birds feel part of the family and offer them plenty of one-on-one time whenever feasible, there are times when your bird should perch elsewhere.
Furniture Fixes For Pet Bird Owners
Here is a look at furniture types that might be vulnerable to the feathered kind, and what you can do about it.
Presidents & Their Pet Parrots
Can you imagine a parrot perched in the White House? It’s probably happened at some point during our country’s history; after all, some of our past presidents had parrot companions during their presidencies. Here is a list of presidents who really did have parrots during their White House days.
5 Health Choices Pet Bird Owners Should Make Today
Why put off to tomorrow what you should do today … especially if it can be a lifesaver for your pet bird? Here are five choices to make now to better your bird’s health.
Pet Bird Owner New Year’s Resolutions
A better cage, new toys or perches, healthier foods and treats — what is your New Year’s resolution regarding your bird?
Keep Your Pet Bird Out Of The ER This Holiday!
The holidays can bring added dangers to a bird’s typically safe life. Being aware of these dangers can prevent accidents and tragedies, and a trip to your emergency avian veterinarian.
After The Hurricane: What Pet Bird Owners Need To Know
Dr. Gregory Rich’s clinic was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. He shares his experience, plus what pet bird owners need to do in a hurricane’s aftermath.