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2010 - Issue 2

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By Gilly Lloyd . A Magical Journey Awaits You - at the 6th International Parrots International Symposium
Save the World’s Parrots - Video and Narration by Peter Odekerken
By Marie Stafford . Peter exhibits a truly professional and outstanding collection of video footage featuring parrots in the wild. This video is well balanced, with beautiful clips, information and mapped areas of his travels. It is a wonderful documentary, to be shared and enjoyed with the entire family. I would love to see more video, photos, and listen to stories of his adventures.
A long-term partnership
By Neiva Guedes and Mariana de Moraes A long-term partnership, Toyota Brazil and the Hyacinth Macaw Project in the Pantanal By Neiva Guedes and Mariana de Moraes In the past two decades, we have observed how a relationship between a Japanese company and a conservation research project in Brazil has progressed - leading to an increase in the Hyacinth Macaw population, the creation of the Toyota Foundation in Brazil and the construction of a Center for Sustainability in 2010.
The Parrot Within
By Stewart Metz, M.D. The Parrot Within, I was asked to write a short article by a lady whose seven parrots sadly disappeared into the parrot mill (alluded to below) under false pretenses. She was having difficulty explaining to people unfamiliar with parrots why the fate of her beloved birds (at least three of whom had died) still haunted her, and so she asked me to write about the often-unappreciated needs of captive parrots. The following is the result.
The Bigger the Mess, the Happier the Parrot!
By Leah Lemieux The Bigger the Mess, the Happier the Parrot!, With a single word, my world was turned completely upside down… How did it happen? About ten years back, I had been talking to my friend Wanda, a parrot aficionado with two African Greys. Knowing I adored cockatoos but had never owned one, the question came up - would I ever keep one? I answered that I would never consider buying a parrot, because even then I knew there were problems with too many unwanted birds whose owners simply couldn’t handle them.
Growing up with Cape Parrots
By Craig Symes , Centocow, a remote Catholic mission station in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, was founded in 1888, when Abbot Francis Pfanner purchased a small farm on the western bank of the Umzimkulu River. It was not far from here, on a farm on the opposite bank, near Creighton, that I grew up. On the farm, Menin - named after Menin Gate near Ypres, where two great-great-uncles fell - I spent most of my childhood years, and in the spirit of a farmboy, gained an appreciation of the flora and fauna that surrounded me.
Why City Parrots can help with parrot conservation
By Roelant Jonker and Grace Innemee Why City Parrots can help with parrot conservation, Have you spotted them in your area already? Chances are you are closer to a wild parrot than you might have imagined. In the USA and Europe, many major cities have one or two species of parrot living and breeding within their city limits. 10 European capitals, for example, hold psittacine populations. The list is not confined just to capitals, though. California’s conglomerates are famous for their populations of Amazon and Conure species, many of which are endangered in their native Central and South American home ranges.
Rehabilitating rescued and rehomed Amazons is so rewarding
By Dorothy Schwarz , Four orange-winged Amazons live in my aviary in Essex, in the United Kingdom - Archie and Lena, and Basil and Cybil - the former pair in their late thirties or early forties, the latter pair between seven and ten years old. Their fragmentary stories must be similar to that of many wild caught birds that change their homes for various reasons.
The eleventh hour for the Grey-breasted Parakeet
By David Waugh, , It was early August 2007, and Albertos Alves Campos and his team-mates had scaled a cliff in the small mountain range of Serra do Estevão, Ceará State, in the dry north-east of Brazil. They stood quietly on a broad ledge near the top of the cliff, scanning the remnant patches of forest on the lower slopes, and they repeatedly played an audio recording of a parakeet, hoping to elicit a response from a real bird. Disappointingly, after many days of trying, they did not hear or see this parakeet, even though some of the local people they had interviewed have given diagnostic descriptions of the species.
The Bahama Parrot - a new management plan
By Caroline Stahala, M.S The Bahama Parrot – a new management plan, The Bahama Parrot (Amazona leucocephala bahamensis), which is found on Great Abaco and Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas, is finally receiving some much needed management attention from the Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment (Abaco) and organizations such as Parrots International and the Amazona Society.
The beautiful Black-winged Lory - A species in danger of disappearing from aviculture
By Rosemary Low , The number of parrot species being bred in numbers sufficient to sustain them is gradually declining. This is mainly because the market is driven by commerce and the species for which there is little demand will not survive.
Tick Related Disease in Cage and Aviary Birds
By Neil Forbes, DipECAMS FRCVS RCVS , Avian medicine is a young, challenging and fast developing field. It is a sad reflection that there is very little original research being undertaken in any of the UK veterinary schools into many of the new and emerging bird diseases. One of the things which make working as an avian vet genuinely exciting is the potential to discover new diseases, even if at the time one does not find all the answers.

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