A parrot rescue centre has said that the breeding of parrots should cease in the UK as a measure to tackle the huge number of the birds which are abandoned every year. Many people are attracted to parrots as pets but do not realise the challenges of caring for the birds until it is […]
In New Zealand, measures have been taken by conservationists to keep the kea, the world’s only alpine parrot, away from traffic. Experts have created roadside exercise gyms for these naturally curious and playful birds, with the aim being to draw their interest when they might otherwise venture onto the dangerous roads. The gyms consist of […]
Before 2005, European countries were the biggest importers of wild birds. The various species mainly emanated from West Africa. Many of the birds later escaped into the wild and threatened local species. But in 2005 the EU introduced a temporary ban on the import of these birds in response to the threat of an avian […]
A bird lover in North Wales has turned her home into a rescue centre for parrots. Joan Rakhra cares for up to 15 parrots at any one time in her two up two down home! Exotic birds frequently become too much for their owners and for a variety of reasons. Many people don’t realise how […]
Wild parrots in Australia have been heard speaking English! They have apparently picked up words and phrases from pet birds which have escaped into the wild. Those walking in Sydney’s parks have been startled by squawks of “Hello darling!” and “What’s happening?” from the trees around them. Some of the words heard have been a […]
Parrots are popular pets. Those who love parrots are often attracted to them because they are highly intelligent creatures and possess the ability to mimic. There are few things more fascinating than a talking bird. But whilst parrot’s ability to speak is well-known, little is understood about how they vocalise and learn to mimic in […]
All of the available statistics show that dog owners are fitter people and live longer than those without a canine friend. Dog walking encourages people to exercise regularly and to keep active in their twilight years. Fans of Britain’s Got Talent will recall that one of last year’s contestants had their own special take on […]
If you are fortunate enough to visit Peru, there are many spectacular sights to take in. You will be sure to head for Machu Picchu and you might also wish to visit Lake Titicaca. But if you love birds, you should head for the clay cliffs alongside the Tambopata River. The clay cliffs are also […]
If you examine a list of the world’s best-selling video games you will discover Minecraft at number two. Outsold only by Tetris, Minecraft was created by a self-taught Swedish programmer. It boasts simple graphics and gameplay that involves digging for blocks which can then be used to build any structure that your imagination can conjure.
New research has revealed that kea parrots start to exhibit playful behaviour when exposed to a parrot version of canned laughter. In a study led by Raoul Schwing of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, keas were played 5-minute recordings of exuberant wild keas and the laughter proved to be incredibly infectious!