Archive | December, 2011

Free at Last – Grey Parrots in Africa

Until recently, African Grey parrots were nearly gone in Uganda. Were nearly gone, that is, until 224 Greys — confiscated from smugglers — were rehabilitated and re-released in Kibaale National Park, in July of 2011. These birds were the among 272 birds confiscated in two shipments by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. All were taken to […]

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Lucky the Lorikeet

This children’s book — based on a true story — tells the story of Lucky, a parrot who is captured in the wild and eventually regains his freedom with the help of a young boy. The story helps encourage children to be kind to animals without being didactic and gently awakens readers to the plight […]

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Wildlife trade and uncontrolled deforestation threaten Africa’s parrots…

Africa’s parrots are a unique assemblage of lovebirds, Poicephalus parrots, grey parrots, and Rose-ringed parakeets that have managed to find a home in the forests and savanna of this wild and primordial continent. All species are now under serious threat from escalating trade due to emerging markets in the Far East and habitat loss due […]

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Budgie in a cage

The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as common pet parakeet or shell parakeet informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot, and the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus. Wild budgerigars are found throughout the drier parts of Australia, where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million […]

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Macaws in captivity

Parrots often resort to self-mutilation in captivity.

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Green-winged Macaws

The Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus), also known as the Green-winged Macaw, is a large mostly-red macaw of the Ara genus. This is the largest of the Ara genus, widespread in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America. However, in common with other macaws, in recent years there has been a marked decline […]

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Congo African Grey Parrots

The African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), also known as the Grey Parrot, is a medium-sized parrot found in the primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, leafy matter, but have been observed eating snails. Their […]

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Yellow-shouldered Amazons

The charismatic Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot is considered vulnerable to the threat of extinction. There are only 800 remaining on Bonaire. While it does appear that the parrot population on Bonaire is increasing, 800 birds is still not very many, and other populations continue to struggle. Overall, the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot still faces a serious extinction […]

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