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September 2009 | Issue 25


Dear Reader,

Owning a pet parrot (or, having one own you) is, of course, a big responsibility. There are the issues of proper nutrition, health care, socializing and so on, all to maintain the physical and mental well being of your pet. And sometimes there is the unfortunate task of having to give up a beloved parrot. In this issue we talk of rescues, one in particular, which has had to be inventive with its rescues from the start. We also deal with the issue of psittacosis, and how it can affect more than just a family pet. And with a twinkle in our eye we ask you all to let us know about some of the good things you've done for parrots, all with a sprinkle of humour and a dash of hope.

Desi Milpacher, Flock Talk editor

Species Profile:

Critically Endangered Blue-fronted Lorikeet

Genus: Charmosyna
Species: toxopei

Where found: Buru, S Moluccas, Indonesia.

Ecology: Wild diet not recorded; may move frequently in response to food availability.

Population: 50-249
IUCN Status: Critically endangered, Appendix II

Threats: Almost complete clearance of coastal forest on Buru, and degradation of forest on other parts of the island.

More information about the Blue-fronted Lorikeet »
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Carving for Communities

WPT supporting people who once harvested parrots

For a number of years the World Parrot Trust has supported local people from Guyana by purchasing and reselling some very unique items: parrot figurines. Standing two to three inches tall and measuring four to seven inches in length, these ornaments are carved from natural balata (latex).

The selling of these detailed parrot sculptures provides income for some of the poorest people in South America. By supporting these artisans, the WPT is helping to save local parrots that may otherwise be trapped and sold into the bird trade. Please help save parrots by supporting these artisans.

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Balata carving


A Serious Illness for Parrots and Humans

In our last issue we began examining a number of zoonotic diseases (things you may catch from your parrot and vice versa). One of these diseases is psittacosis, or "parrot fever," a disorder caused by a tenacious bacterial parasite, Chlamydia psittaci. Read the article to find out more about this serious illness and what you can do to prevent it.  

Parrot Adoption Education

by Judy Hill

Judy Hill

Source: PsittaScene 15.1,
February 2003

When Judy Hill and her husband David decided to set up a parrot rescue and rehabilitation group, they realized they had a number of choices to make. The largest decision concerned where the abandoned birds were to be housed -- no easy task.

Read about their innovative solutions to some puzzling problems.

More information on parrot rescues »

2010 Parrots Calendar

Supporting conservation with pretty pictures of parrots

Endorsed by The World Parrot Trust, this year's calendar provides a gallery of stunning images of parrots in natural settings as they are rarely seen, from world-renowned wildlife photographers.

Each image includes informative captions about the featured species, which include the Blue-throated Macaw, Hyacinth Macaw, Baudin's Black Cockatoo, and more.

Support the WPT's work by purchasing one of these striking calendars today.

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2010 Calendar
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Parrot Experts

Brian Speer, DVM:
Eye problems in a Blue-fronted Amazon »

EB Cravens:
Choosing a suitable flock mate »

Parrot Bloggers

Sam Williams:
There's no more candle »

Parrot Headlines

Parakeets in Britain? (video) »

Shiek goes from collector to conservationist in effort to save the world's rarest parrot »

World's smallest parrot filmed
(video) »

Man tried to import 40 parrot eggs: Customs »

Disregard for the environment damages the nation's economy »

Wildlife traffickers bleach parrots to increase value »


1) What is unique about the Hawk-headed Parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus)?

2) How long can Lilac-crowned Amazons (Amazona finschi) live?

3) Why is the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus robustus) declining in population in the wild?

4) When are Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrots (Prioniturus platurus) commonly active?

5) True or false: The Yellow-collared Macaw (Primolius auricollis) seems to tolerate extensive habitat alteration much better than most parrots.

6) What do wild Violet-necked Lories (Eos squamata) eat?

7) How have wild Moluccan Cockatoos (Cacatua moluccensis) been trapped for the bird trade?

For more information visit the Parrot Encyclopedia »


We'd like to Hear from YOU!

Tell us about some great things you've done for parrots

These days, in the midst of some bad-to-worse news all over the world, people begin to crave some good news for a change...the World Parrot Trust is no exception. So with that in mind we'd like to ask you for your good news -- something special you've done for the parrots. Let us know if you've had a raffle for wild parrots, your school has raised awareness about endangered parrots, or you've rescued some abandoned pet birds and given them a home.

Good old-fashioned good news, topped off with a bit of humour. Just send us your story via email at, and if we like it, we'll include it in an issue of Flock Talk. So write away; we love a good story!

Events, Donations and Other Good Things

Creative people supporting World Parrot Trust projects

2009 Parrot Lover's Cruise
October 24, 2009
Featuring Dr. James Morrisey DVM, Robin Shewokis and Lara Joseph.

2nd Annual Florida West Coast Avian Society (FWCAS) Parrot Symposium
November 7-8, 2009
Featuring Sally Blanchard, Susan Clubb, DVM, Robin Shewokis, Cassie Malina
and Glenn Reynolds (WPT-USA).
Phone: 941-379-8334
You and Your Parrot
November 7, 2009
A one-day course dedicated to the education of parrot behaviour and care.
Contact: Wesley Flower
Phone: 01495 792823

True Early Bird Dinner
November 15, 2009
Hosted by the Golden Cockatoo Exotic Bird Boutique, this exciting fundraising event will see proceeds going towards the Cape Parrot Endangered Species Project (CAPES).
Contact: Jean Horvitz
Phone: 954-725-0088

2010 International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) Annual Conference
March 3-6, 2010
Phone: 901-685-9122

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