World Bird Park

Welt Vogel Park Whenever I find myself in a new place, I make it a point to learn about the local animals. Of course I have a strong bend towards avian species and am always curious if there is a bird park nearby. On a 2013 trip to attend a conference in Germany, I came…

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Parrot Bytes- health topics related to pet parrots with Emily Strong of the Austin Parrot Society and Dr Scott Echols avian specialist veterinarian To request additional topics, please contact Emily Strong at frombeakstobarks@gmail.com     Introduction Emily: In my ongoing search for nutrition information, I’m seeing a lot of fairly reckless blanket statements about the…

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Update on Proventricular Dilatation Disease and Bornavirus Probably one of the most frightening and frustrating disease of parrot species is proventricular dilatation disease (or ‘PDD’). The disease goes by many names such as macaw wasting syndrome, myenteric ganglioneuritis, proventricular dilatation syndrome and more. The bottom line is that the disease is characterized by a specific inflammatory…

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3-19-13 Those who are following ‘Phoenix’ will be happy to know that the young eagle is doing well.  His caretakers are waiting for Phoenix to moult and get a new set of feathers.  Once Phoenix has a brand new set of feathers, to replace the burned ones, then flight training will begin.  From there, we…

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The Painted Parrots of Mexico Ever since the Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992, the illegal trade of parrot species into the United States has declined. Of course it still occurs, but we no longer see the mass movement of parrot species being brought into the US. Also gone are the days when quarantine stations…

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Duck Love

Duck Love By its very nature, the phrase ‘duck love’ can have multiple meanings. So that we are all going in the right direction, this blog will refer to ducks ‘loving’ each other. Ducks as a family are highly successful. That is they can be found on every continent and major body of water. (Only…

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While in Phoenix, Arizona right smack in the heat of July of 2011, I lectured at the Arizona Seed Crackers Society meeting. I am always honored to be able to talk with club members about birds. My only hope is that I can add something to their understanding of birds. With a room full of…

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Yesterday, I vasectomized a peacock.  The procedure itself was straightforward, but it was all of the discussion that followed that prompted me to write.  In fact, a lot of the comments and questions were ones that I had heard before.  So I thought I would take advantage of the time to discuss bird castration and…

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Metabolic bone disease (MBD), while prevalent, is not commonly reported in the pet parrot literature. MBD is broadly defined as a diseases of the bone due to many causes- rather vague! African greys have certainly received most of the attention (especially from the European community). Regardless, MBD can occur in any species (above and beyond…

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