Sunday, 29 June 2014

Guest speaking in New Zealand

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NZ here I come!
2014 has been a GREAT year so far and 2015 looks to be on track to be yet another GREAT year with so much in the pipeline and so much happening with friends and birds. The 2015 highlight though for me so far is that I have been asked to give a talk at the Parrot Society of New Zealand’s 2015 conference in Auckland, New Zealand. A conference that will be attended by many and feature a great line up of speakers.

Unique Palms

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Ben - Adelaide Zoo's resident breeding male
The Palm Cockatoo is a unique and very cool bird with a high level of intelligence. Large and greyish black in colour they are equipped with a distinctive bill and bare cheek patch. The cheek patch says a lot about a Palm Cockatoo and will vary in colour from light reddish pink to a bright red depending on the bird’s age, level of excitement and or alarm. The crest too is erected when alarmed or excited and also features in their dramatic mating displays. Unlike members of the Black Cockatoo genus Calyptorhynchus the Palm Cockatoo lacks a coloured tail panel.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Galah's - The Acrobatic Clown's

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The Galah is an Aussie Icon & Easily recognizable

The acrobat of the sky the Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) can be seen gallivanting about the country either in pairs, family parties, in noisy flocks of hundreds to thousands or even in mixed flocks with other Cockatoo species. These birds are referred to in some parts of Australia as pink and greys or overseas as Rose-breasted Cockatoos. They are extremely common both in the wild and in captivity. 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

African Gem's - The Jardine's Parrot

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Hen Jardine's Parrot
African Parrots are feathered gems. They posses great beauty, are highly sought after and not too mention incredibly intelligent. The most well known species of African Parrot is the African Grey which is largely famed for its ability to mimic and its intelligence. Who remembers the brilliant, Alex the African Grey? If not Google away. You are sure to be impressed.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Loving Lilac's

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Mature Pair of Lilac-crowned Amazons

WOW, SPECTACULAR, BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING are just some of the words that left my mouth recently. What had I seen? Lilac-crowned Amazons (Amazona f. finschi) of course.  Now I've seen these birds plenty of time before but I fail to get past the aviaries housing them every time. I just can't get enough. I just need to have one more look. It's like a fix but a good fix. You know like a chocolate fix but so much better.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014


Welcome to my new Blog. A blog I hope others will learn from, laugh at from time to time and enjoy reading. It will be a blog all about the birds especially Parrots. I guess it has taken me a few years to get on over and start a blog and I am not sure why? Can't be much different to what I already do on my facebook can it?