Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: Africa—Nigeria & the Democratic Republic of Congo
Africa is the native land to several old-world parrot species. This month we will look at the ongoing work to protect the Congo African grey in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These parrots are quite beloved and famed in captivity, but their very existence in Africa is in serious jeopardy. While […]
A Rare Bird—the All-Black Chicken
Meet the Ayem Cemani, an all-black chicken native to Indonesia’s island of Java. See why this rare bird is considered by many to be the most magnificent breed of chicken in the world.
Webinar: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Where Are They Now?
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Judy Irving (released in 2003) is a touching documentary that features the relationship between Mark Bittner and a flock of feral parrots that he feeds and interacts with within the Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. In this special webinar, Mark will talk about the film and give us an update on his life, as well as give us an update on the feral parrot flock. Tune in on Friday, May 7!
World’s Oldest Wild Bird Raising Chicks at Age 70!
Wisdom the Laysan albatross is unique in more ways than one. She is the oldest known wild bird, having been banded by biologists in 1956. What makes her even more remarkable is that she has recently hatched and is rearing another chick!
Webinar: The Grey Way: Adoption – A New Start with Lisa Bono, CPBC
Thinking of adopting an African grey parrot? Don’t miss your chance to learn about the way of the grey with Lisa Bono, CPBC, a certified parrot behavior consultant specializing in African grey parrots. This free interactive webinar is on April 9.
Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: Indonesia
Lafeber’s latest Conservation Spotlight takes us to Indonesia, where The Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) has spent the past 20 years supporting conservation efforts for many parrot species, including Moluccan cockatoos, Eclectus, various other cockatoos, great-billed parrots, and lorikeets.
Prosthetic Beak Saves Injured Wild Parrot
An injured beak can severely impact a parrot’s health—a missing beak can put a parrot in peril. Fortunately, this wild parrot got a second chance at life with the help of Paulo Roberto Martins Nunziata and veterinarian Maria Ângela Panelli Marchió of the Renascer ACN animal rehabilitation center in Brazil.
Spotting a Rare Beauty: Pied Mutation Rainbow Lorikeet
If you live in Australia, it’s not unusual to spot native parrot species foraging in your yard. New South Wales resident Jayde Parrey, for one, is used to seeing rainbow lorikeets, but one member of a recent flock of 20 parrots certainly stood out for it was an unusually colored rainbow lorikeet. Learn more about this special lorikeet.
Webinar: Grey Parrot Anatomy Project: An Update & Relevance to all Parrot Species
Dr. Echols will give us an update on the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project, which aims to create an accurate physical and digital anatomy reference of the African grey parrot.
Lafeber’s Global Parrot Conservation Spotlight: Bolivia
Wild parrot conservation groups are working hard to protect a wide diversity of parrot species. Lafeber is committed to helping as well with our Global Parrot conservation grant. This month’s spotlight takes us to Bolivia, South America, where the Conservación del Loro Boliviano Foundation is fighting to save macaws and other parrot species.
“Twitching” is Bird Watching at Its Extreme
There’s birding, and then there’s an extreme form of birding referred to as “twitching,” where enthusiasts are willing to brave the elements, the costs and other obstacles to catch a glimpse of a rare bird in the wild. Learn the story behind the “twitchers” name and the lengths they are willing to go to see a feathered beauty in nature.
Starling Murmurations: A Sight to Behold
A starling murmuration is a sight to behold. Those lucky to stumble upon a murmuration are witness to an aerial ballet of thousands of birds moving in unison, individual birds blending into a moving mass that appears to morph into different shapes.
Inside Dr. Pepperberg’s Lab: Parrots & People—Relationships Built on Trust
In her latest blog, Dr. Irene Pepperberg dishes on how our feathered companions rely on their humans to not only provide the essentials such as food and water, but, in a broader aspect, a sense of security.
New Study Shows Birds Bring Happiness
A new study affirms what many of us bird enthusiasts already sense—wild birds give us an emotional boost. Seeing and hearing the variety of birds in our neighborhoods can make us happier, especially when we choose to engage with them by offering food and creating a safe and inviting habitat to visit.
New Year, New Resolutions for You & Your Bird
A new year is upon us, and with that comes new motivations for the 12 months ahead. We can use this time to think of ways we can make our lives and the lives of our feathered friends more enriched, less stressful, and healthier.
Rocky the “Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Owl” Goes Home
The tiny Saw-whet owl rescued from the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce tree that was brought from upstate New York to Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center takes flight after being treated at a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Inside Pepperberg’s Lab: Research Under COVID-Optimal Conditions
Dr. Irene Pepperberg gives us an update on how she is forging ahead despite that challenges posed by COVID-related social distancing requirements and the shutdown of her cognitive behavior research lab on the Harvard campus.