Articles by Matt:
Create a Hospitable Backyard Bird Habitat
Spring brings a bustle of action from the wildlife right outside our front doors—including birds busily building nests. Now is the perfect time to give your yard a spring makeover to create a sanctuary for wild birds to raise their young.
Emotional Like Us: Parrots & Jealousy
As humans, we display a wide array of emotions that reveal our states of mind. It’s quite a sight to witness happiness in full bloom, and equally dismaying to see sadness in action. Of course, those are only two in the wide spectrum of emotions. Some emotions can be destructive, and some simply annoying. Take […]
Why Parrots Dance & The Music Genre Most Birds Hate
Humans aren’t the only animals who like to get their groove on. Many pet bird enthusiasts can attest to the fact that music brings out the moves in their feathered friend. And just like us, studies point to the notion that parrots can be choosy in their musical choices.
Can “De-Extinction” Bring the Passenger Pigeon Back?
Martha, the last passenger pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. Now, some 105 years later, scientists involved in a project titled “The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback” hope to use CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat) technology to help bring the passenger pigeon back from extinction.
Red-Crowned Amazon Parrots Thrive in Los Angeles
Burgeoning populations of feral red-crowned Amazons in Los Angeles inspired Conservation ecologists at UCLA to launch “Urban Ark to help city-dwelling birds adapt and thrive.
Meet the Kea: The “Mountain Parrot”
The Kea parrot of New Zealand fascinates many scientists with its high intelligence and choice of habitat. But the Kea is threatened and perhaps faces extinction.
Birds & Bathing
For birds and humans alike, bathing is one of the essential elements of day-to-day living. And like us, some birds like it, and some tolerate it—some even hate it. If you peruse YouTube, you’ll find more than a few videos of owners and their exotic birds bathing in a variety of ways. Some take showers; […]
In Sync: Starlings’ Mesmerizing Murmuration
Chances are, you’ve witnessed a murmuration of starlings. A murmuration is when a mass of starlings fly in a coordinated manner in what appears to be a moving black cloud. Discover how these birds are able to be so in sync.
Cockatoo Survives Storm & Wins the Hearts of Many
This tough cockatoo’s miraculous survival from a tumultuous rainstorm storm surprises the Australian farmer who thought the bird for dead and garners a swell of well-wishers from around the globe.
Cockatoo “Retires” From The Limelight At Age 82
Frosty, an 82-year-old sulphur-crested cockatoo, recently retired from entertaining audiences at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Learn more about this special ‘too who was part of the original “jail birds” trained at Folsom State Prison, and for 40-plus years wowed audiences with his high-wire unicycle tricks and more.
Make Your Love of Birds Count
Make your love of birds count this November. Project FeederWatch invites bird fans to partake by watching birds at their feeders for two designated days per week. See what to be on lookout for and how your participation can help birds near and far.
Bird-Watching & Conservation Go Hand-In-Hand
Annual bird-watching events contribute greatly to our understanding and observation of birds in their natural habitats. Long-established birding events, as well as new events popping up throughout the year, are valuable in that they help foster interest in our native birds and the ongoing efforts to help them survive in an ever-developing world.
Young Photographer’s Impressive Win at Audubon’s Bird Photo Contest
Be inspired by a young photographer whose flair for capturing birds’ natural beauty has garnered him recognition in the prestigious Audubon photography awards.
Spix’s Macaw Among the Many Bird Species Now Extinct In the Wild
Unfortunately, the prolonged efforts of conservationists simply aren’t enough to prevent the disappearance of many of our bird species. Recently, eight species of bird were recently added to the “extinct in the wild” list—including the Spix’s macaw.
Parrots Blush To Communicate
Feathers are for flying, but did you know that birds might also use their feathers and blush to visually communicate with other birds as well as their human caretakers?
A Buried Mystery: Researchers Discover An ancient Macaw Breeding Facility
Archaeologists are uncovering an exciting find on northern Mexico—an ancient scarlet macaw breeding facility, which may suggest the existence of a robust bird trade in the Southwest area of the U.S.
Secret to Birds’ Amazing “GPS” Abilities
Science has long wondered how birds navigate; essentially what drives their internal compass? Recent research sheds light on birds’ amazing navigational abilities — namely the discovery that they can see magnetic fields.
Scarlet Macaws Soar Once Again In Mexico
Of Mexico’s more than 40 protected biosphere reserves, the Tuxlas region of Veracruz, Mexico, is one devoted to the re-introductions of scarlet macaws back into the wild, with the hope that these majestic parrots will once again thrive in their native habitat.
Wild Birds Become Each Others “Wingmen” To Survive
Wild birds of differing species cooperate with each other to enhance the safety of their families over long periods of time.
Saving The Cape Parrot
With less than 2,000 left in the wild, the survival of the Cape parrot might depend on the Cape Parrot Project and people who fight for this species.