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Report on the International Parrot Symposium in Dublin, Ireland
By Winny Weinbeck , Trinity College in Dublin was the venue for the International Parrot Symposium held from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June. Founded in 1592, the College is one of the oldest universities in Europe and is located in the centre of Dublin.
World Animal Day . Show the animals that you care - be part of something special October 4th is World Animal Day, the feast day of the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi, and the World ...
Kakapo Chicks Return to Codfish Island / Whenua Hou . In our last issue we carried a news item from New Zealand about the discovery in the wild of a male kakapo (Strigops habroptila) more than 20 years after it was last seen. In this issue ...
Birds are smarter than you think . A report by Aaron Hoover, which appears on the website University of Florida, indicates that biologists have formed the opinion that mockingbirds can recognize and remember people whom the birds perceive as threatening their nests.
Why Toucans have such large beaks . A team of scientists appears to have discovered why the toucan (Thiago Filadelpho) has such a large beak. It has the largest bill of any bird relative to the size of its body - making up about one-third of its total body length.
Dinosaur with Nut-cracking Jaws . National Geographic News reports on the findings of a group of scientists who have been examining the skeleton of a dinosaur with nut-cracking jaws. It was found in the Gobi desert in 2001 and seems to have eaten much as parrots do today.
Parrots in Argentina Bleached by Wildlife Traffickers . We've received a report from The Times in London that illegal wildlife traffickers in Argentina are bleaching the plumage of common parrots to enable them to sell them as a rarer and more valuable species.
Rare sighting of Swift Parrot . According to a report received from Narooma News Online in July, birdwatchers in New South Wales, Australia, have reported the arrival of up to 30% of the total population of the highly endangered Swift Parrot in forests on the Far South Coast.
Rare Australian Parrot at Centre of Logging Dispute . Reports have reached us - from Voice of America and the Sydney Morning Herald - about the Australian government's decision to ban logging in an important breeding site for the Superb Parrot.
Parrot Status Under Review . A recent report from The Courthouse News advises that the US Fish and Wildlife Service has initiated a status review of 12 parrot species to see whether they warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.
Review of Parrots International Symposium 2009
By Kashmir Csaky CPBC IAABC , The Parrots International 2009 Symposium was unsurpassed - ranking right up at the top of some of the best avian related functions I have attended.
Congratulations to the Slender-billed Conure Project and Ana Bertoldi
By Parrots International and the University de las Lagos
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 10:32
. Great news for Ana Bertoldi, the Master Student from the Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile, who was the lead research student on the Parrots International supported Slender-billed Conure Project.

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