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Meyer’s Lorikeet – Natural History and Captive Care

Most parrot aficionados know of the Meyer’s Parrot, however the lovely inexperienced lorikeet bearing the identical “first name” is comparatively unstudied within the wild, and not generally saved right here within the USA. The Meyer’s Lorikeet (Trichoglossus flavoviridus mayeri), a subspecies of the Yellow-and-Green Lorikeet, differs from many associated species in each coloration and social habits.  A forest-dweller confined to a single island, this distinctive bird deserves the eye of […]

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Echo Parakeet Conservation – World’s Rarest Parrot, Back from the Brink

The Echo or Mauritius Parakeet (Psittacula eques) population was reduced to 10-12 individuals by the late 1970’s, and remained at similar levels into the next decade.   Thus, it had the dubious distinction of being the world’s rarest parrot.  Thanks to the efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the World Parrot Trust, and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, its future is now somewhat brighter.  However, the Echo Parakeet is still one

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Pygmy Parrots – Thumb-Sized Lichen-Eaters that move like Woodpeckers

I lately attended an enchanting lecture on Island Chicken Range on the American Museum of Pure Historical past.  Two Pygmy Parrot species – the Purple-Breasted (Micropsitta bruijni) and the Finsch’s (M. finschii) – drew the speaker to the Solomon Islands. In reflecting again on the discuss afterwards, I spotted that, regardless of my curiosity, I had but to look at a reside Pygmy Parrot. They’ve by no means been within the

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Keeping the Tawny Frogmouth bird with Natural History

Images of the Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), with its enormous yellow eyes, gaping mouth, “expressive face” (an impression given by the feathery “eyebrows”) and owl-like plumage, have captivated me since childhood.  For years, I stalked Whip-poor-wills, Nighthawks and different of its family that dwelled within the USA.  Precise contact with a Frogmouth was delayed, nevertheless, till I started working on the Bronx Zoo.  Nevertheless it was well worth the wait,

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