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August 2010 | Issue 36


Dear Reader,

The time is nigh for another newsletter -- and so here it is. It is packed-full of things interesting, informative and of course, parrot-y. In this issue we deal with the complex of illnesses that is Mycobacteriosis, and how to prevent it. We introduce a new DVD, 20 Years of PsittaScene, a compilation of nearly every issue of our venerable publication. And we visit with two field biologists in Brazil, out on the front lines of the never-ending battle against the wild bird trade -- and their successes in the endeavour. Tie all this up with a tidy bow with our Parrot IQ, Headlines and What's New? -- and there you have it. Have a look...

Best regards to all,
Desi Milpacher, Flock Talk editor

Back to Nature

Interview with biologists Carlos Yamashita and
Vincent Kurt Lo

Back to Nature

Read the article (PDF) »

Biologists Carlos Yamashita and Vincent Kurt Lo, along with several colleagues have taken on the unenviable task of helping to enforce wild parrot trade laws in Brazil. Through their pioneering and steadfast work they have become leaders in the effort to rehabilitate and release confiscated birds back to their natural world. Read about their progress in this fascinating article.

Zoonotic Diseases Series

Mycobacteriosis – Avian and Human Tuberculosis

In our last article of this series we cover mycobacteriosis, or tuberculosis -- a multifaceted set of disorders troublesome enough to warrant attention from both the veterinary and human medical communities.

Here we see the effects of this disease, from both a human and a pet bird standpoint.


Read the article (PDF) »

Species Profile:

Moluccan or Salmon-crested Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo

Information on the Moluccan Cockatoo »

Genus: Cacatua
Species: moluccensis
Where found: S Moluccas (Ceram, Saparua and Haruku), Indonesia
Ecology: Found in lowland forest between 100-1200m (328-3936 ft). Birds feed on nuts, young coconut, seeds, berries and insects and their larvae. Are found in noisy roosts of up to a dozen birds outside the breeding season.
Population: 62,400+
IUCN/CITES Status: Vulnerable, Appendix I
Threats: Pet trade, loss of habitat and deforestation.

20 Years of PsittaScene Magazine

The Complete Collection

Explore 20 years of fascinating field research, expert advice on parrot care, and some of the world's best parrot photography with this exciting DVD produced by the World Parrot Trust. Digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, this definitive collection offers an exciting glimpse into the realm of parrots -- a world few get to see. Playable on your computer, the easy-to-use menu enables you to locate specific issues based on topic, author, or by year of publication. Discover hundreds of articles and photographs -- from 1989 through 2009. A must-have collection.

20 Years of PsittaScene

Place your order today! »

Help Save Parrots in Guatemala

Volunteers Needed for Wildlife Rescue


Find out more about becoming a volunteer »

You've thought about it before: you'd like to do something for wild parrots, but you don't know what. Now here's your chance. Guatemalan wildlife rescue ARCAS (Asociacion de Rescate y Conservacion de Vida Silvestre / Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association) requires more of what every wildlife rescue dearly needs... more hands. ARCAS would like volunteers for jobs as varied as feeding and medical care, monitoring nest sites and dispensing environmental education to locals and tourists. So take a chance -- make a difference in wild parrots' lives.

The Parrot Enrichment and Activity Book 2.0

by Kris Porter

Learn the finer points of keeping your feathered family happy and active with a repeat performance of Kris Porter's full-to-the-brim manual of fun. Help improve your parrot's life through countless exercise and mind-expanding toys and games.

Download your copy (PDF) »

Events and Other Good Things

Creative people supporting WPT projects

Dag van de Papegaai 2010 (Dutch)
October 10, 2010
Olmen-2491 Balen, Belgium

2010 Parrot Lover's Cruise
November 7-14, 2010

Skills to Empower People to Understand Parrots ("STEP-UP")
November 12-15, 2010
Ashville, NC

For more event listings, visit the WPT website at:

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PsittaScene August 2010



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New Blue-throated Macaw
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Welcome to our new Spanish representative Rosa Elena Zegarra! Contact her at:

Enrichment and parrot training! Visit the Flight School at Paradise Park »  

Ask an Expert

EB Cravens:
Breeding parrots and parakeets in a mixed species aviary »

Steve Martin:
Allopreening »

Ellen K. Cook, DVM:
Why does my cockatiel keep picking? »

Phoebe Green Linden:
Housing and humidity for a Blue-fronted Amazon »

Parrot Headlines

Council bars birdwatchers »

PAWB: Wildlife in Negros under threat »

Rally to protect land from
logging »

Bird smuggling bid foiled »

Management of Swift Parrot breeding habitat »

Cockatoos in peril »

More news on Twitter »





1. How many Ruppell's Parrots (Poicephalus ruppellii) are in the wild?

2. What is unique about the Green-cheeked Amazon (Amazona viridigenalis)?

3. On what continent is the Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) found?

4. Where does the word "rosella" come from?

5. How many sub-species make up the Brown-throated Conure (Aratinga pertinax)?

6. Why is the Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot (Micropsitta bruijnii) different from other pygmy parrots?

7. Are there Spix's Macaws (Cyanopsitta spixii) left in the wild?

Last month's answers »

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20 Years of PsittaScene 

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