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Bird Mural Depicts Avian History
Be amazed by the huge bird mural at Cornell University. It depicts birds across the world in their true sizes, and a website lets you interact with it.
The Desert Cardinal: Beauty In the Desert
Do male and female Desert Cardinals differ in looks? Learn this and other fun facts about this lesser-known, southern counterpart to the Northern Cardinal.
Genetic Engineering: New Hope For Rare Species?
Discover how emerging biological and preservation technologies currently being developed might be a way of saving endangered species.
Hatching Success for Orange-Bellied Parrots
With its wild population numbers critically low, the orange-bellied parrot, one of Australia’s rarest birds, stands on the brink of extinction. Fortunately, the Healsville Sanctuary, which spans over 74 acres of native Australian landscape, had one of its most successful breeding seasons. See what the sanctuary is doing to save this little parrot.
“The Macaw Project” Documentary Takes Flight
Crowdfunding on the internet made The Macaw Project documentary possible. Watch it to find out the dangers faced by macaws in the wild.
Physics of Bird Flight Inspire Scientists
Scientists created a special flight test for a trained Pacific parrotlet, and they learned surprising things about how birds fly.
The Night Parrot: Nocturnal Rarity
Recently, a few people with a passion for finding the rare Night Parrot of Australia have documented proof of its existence, ending rumors of its extinction.
Feather Duster Budgies
The Feather Duster Budgie is a mutation that might make you doubt a bird is inside all the curly, overgrown feathers.
Presley the Spix’s Macaw Legacy
Revisit the remarkable story of Presley, the rare Spix’s macaw found living as a pet parrot in Colorado and then repatriated to Brazil to help save his species from the brink of extinction. Presley passed away in 2014 but scientists hope to use new technology to keep his legacy alive.
The World’s Oldest Cockatoo Passes Away: Celebrating Cookie
The Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo – and countless fans near and far ‑ are mourning the loss the zoo’s most beloved and well-known resident, Cookie, the 83-year-old Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, who passed away on August 27, 2016. Cookie was certified by Guinness World Records as the oldest living parrot and was the zoo’s last original member when it first opened in 1934.
From Pub To Parrot Aviary & Zoo
Andy Cowell and his wife found a way to help more homeless animals than ever before by taking over a closed down, historic pub to make it a zoo and aviary.
Wild Spix Macaw Sighting
One of the rarest and most endangered parrots, the Spix macaw, was recently spotted in in its native Brazil. With a population estimated to be less than 100, all of which are in captivity, this exciting discovery of a Spix in the wild gives hope to the Spix’s survival.
3D Technology Offers New Lease On Life
Not too long ago, a bird with a broken-off beak or a tortoise with a destroyed shell would have a poor prognosis. Fortunately, advances in science and technology are giving us creative options for helping sick and injured animals.
Parrots As Service Animals
Parrots offer support to owners with special emotional needs, so could parrots someday be recognized as service animals?
U.K. Boy Raises Money For Parrots
An 11-year-old boy in England gets help from his caique to deal with his autism, and he found a unique way to help both needy parrots and cancer patients.
Lost Conure Lands On TV Reporter
Lola the sun conure flew off, making her owner frantic to find her. A happy reunion followed after Lola mistook a TV reporter for her owner and got on TV.
It’s not everyday that a parrot’s Instagram account garners 14,000 fans in just a month’s time. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Iggy Pop, frontman for the influential proto-punk band The Stooges, recently created an Instagram account for his Moluccan Cockatoo, Biggy Pop, who has taken over social media as only a cockatoo can do.
Macaws Get U.S. Fish & Wildlife Protection
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service adds two species of macaw to its list of endangered species. Each has 13,000 individuals or less left in the wild.
Do Parrots Get Depressed?
Behavior offers clues on your bird’s mental state. Lack of appetite, feather picking, and changing habits might indicate an emotional struggle.
A Printed Prosthetic For A Damaged Beak
A brave toucan named Tieta can eat again thanks a special collaboration between the South American wildlife management group Instituto Vida Livre and three Brazilian universities determined to give her a new start in life. See what her 3D printable beak looks like and how she’s learning to use it!
Adventure Awaits: Bird-Watching Tours
From South America and Central America to Africa and Indonesia — and just about everywhere in between — there are hundreds of bird-watching tours to choose from and each offers a unique adventure in birding. Here’s a glimpse of a few travel options where you can see parrots and other birds in their natural habitats.
Capturing The Beauty of Birds
One of the many ways that we appreciate our birds of nature is by photography of them in the wild. Since 2010, The National Audubon Society has held an annual Photography Awards, inviting aspiring photographers to participate, namely those who are willing to wait for that once in a lifetime shot.
A Unique Feather Color Mutation
Perhaps you’ve seen a “mash-up” video, where two or more recordings/elements are blended to create a new version. Nature has its own type of “mash-up” that can happen during the early embryonic stages of chick development. The result of this rare but natural phenomenon is referred to as a “half-sider” bird.
New Technology Allows For A “Printable” Beak
The future of 3D printing is quite exciting — and it can even help our feathered friends. In fact, 3D printing might just be a lifesaver for this friendly toucan!
How Feathers Color Our World
Colors give off psychological properties that can affect the way we feel. Read more about how birds’ colors grab our attention.
Bird-Inspired Prose From Kevin Brockmeier
Kevin Brockmeier takes readers on a journey to a city where everyone sings, except a mute man who raises parakeets. And then something amazing happens.