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Rosellas and ducks at Mt Eliza, Melbourne

 How Parrots Name Their Chicks

Keeping and Breeding the Eastern Rosella  by Shane Fairlie

Due to its striking colour, pleasant whistle and general hardiness, the Eastern Rosella, (Platycercus eximius) has always been a popular aviary bird, having first been bred in Spain in 1863.

Scottish Parliament told: Axe pigeon killing ban 8 May 2014

Lethal measures may be taken to tackle the parliament pigeons. Picture: Ian RutherfordHOLYROOD bosses have been told they must consider abandoning their “no kill” policy if they want to get rid of the pigeons continuing to plague the Scottish Parliament.

Contractors called in to tackle the persistent bird menace said they had successfully reduced the parliament’s pigeon population to “around 15 individuals” – but warned that if the numbers were to be cut further, options including “lethal controls” could be necessary.

Windows Kill a Billion Birds a Year

February 12, 2014

Windows Kill a Billion Birds a YearCats’ reputations have taken a hit in recent years as research has revealed just how many birds die at their furry paws.

A 2012 study by the University of Georgia and National Geographic found that U.S. cats could kill as many as 4 billion birds and small animals a year. Similar research in New Zealand prompted a prominent economist to propose ridding the country of domestic cats. But teeth and claws aren’t the only threat to aviation populations.

Vetafarm, Sydney, Australia

VetafarmVetafarm is Australia’s leading innovator in companion animal health and welfare. With all products being focused on improving animal welfare Vetafarm prides itself on producing the best for your pet, be it a bird, reptile, dog cat or small mammal.

Dr Tony Gestier BVSc, sole owner and director of Vetafarm, has many years experience as a practising veterinarian as well as special qualifications in avian health (MACVSc) and pharmaceutics (BMSc). Under Dr Gestier’s direction Vetafarm has acquired professional production and marketing teams to serve the needs of all our companion animals and their owners.

Innovation remains the cornerstone of Vetafarm’s success. “All our products stem from a need to help the animal or its keeper” explains Dr Gestier, “as a veterinarian, I am always aware of the need to constantly improve animal health and welfare; sometimes the best way to do this is to make the animal care easier for the owner”. Since 1990 over 450 products have been designed and marketed by the dynamic group at Vetafarm.

“Squakomo” the Robot Steampunk Parrot.

by Scott Macdonald, 28 May 2013

One of my latest projects was converting a found robot toy, to a custom steampunk piece. He was stripped of the factory fabric, taken apart, painted, modified, reassembled, and decked out in steampunk regalia. He’s quite cool, interactive, and full of surprises.

4 Things That Kill More Birds Than Wind Farms

by 4 things turbineeth Buczynski December 12, 2013

Duke Energy, the operator of two major wind farms in Wyoming, was recently fined $1 million dollars for eagles and other birds killed by wind turbines. Although I’ve got little love for Duke Energy (they single-handedly killed 900,000 fish in North Carolina), I do care about the continued expansion of wind power in this country.

Caged Bird Bill of Rights

Although we have many decades of tradition in keeping companion birds in aviaries and as pets, we, as stewards, have often failed to meet the basic needs of these animals. The intrinsic nature of most birds leads them to be adaptable to almost any circumstance, even those that fall far short of thoughtful, humane care. Although these tenants of humane and compassionate care might be self evident, the following list should serve as a reminder to all of us acting as stewards. Although our caged birds may appear tolerant of conditions and traditions that defy logic and common sense, we have a responsibility to define and deliver a standard of care befitting these wonderful creatures. Click for more

Avian Enrichment

Welcome to Avian Enrichment where our mission is to provide information to bird owners that will foster a deeper understanding of the emotional, instinctual and physical needs of parrots as well as to offer a comprehensive selection of top tier, solution based products specifically designed to enrich the lives of companion birds.  We believe, that the better we understand our birds, the better we can ensure that they will live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives as our companions.


Enrichment, in terms of the lives of our parrots, refers to simple actions we can take to vastly improve their lives in captivity.  Enrichment offers the benefits of decreased stress, improved mental and physical health and reduction of behavioral problems.   Throughout the site we have included specific examples of enrichment techniques and have highlighted products that will help you meet your bird’s needs. 

  We hope that the information presented within our site will inspire our visitors to learn more about their birds and to take action to enrich their lives to the fullest extent possible.   We also hope that you will enjoy the journey through our site and will visit our parrot fun and facts section. We sincerely wish you and your bird a happy and fulfilling life together.

National Eagle Centre




Accipitriformes – a taxonomical order that includes most diurnal birds of prey including eagles, hawks and old world vultures

Accipter –  genus of hawks in the taxonomic family Accipitridae characterized by broad, rounded wings; includes Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks and Northern Goshawks

Air sac –  a part of the complex respiratory system in birds; air filled cavities in the lungs and bones; aids in breathing and temperature regulation

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OrnithologyNervous System: Brain & Senses
See The Bird in Black

The Avian Nervous System consists of

  • central nervous system, including the brain & spinal cord
  • peripheral nervous system, including cranial & spinal nerves, autonomic nerves & ganglia, & sense organs

The functions of the avian nervous system are to

  • obtain (via sensory receptors) information about the internal & external environment
  • analyze &, as needed, respond to that information
  • store information as memory & learning
  • coordinate outgoing motor impulses to skeletal muscles & the viscera (smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, & glands)

Scarlet Macaw Fly Free, June 2011

The street that banned feeding birds

Neighbors at war over radical step to control plague of pigeons

  • Drew Lane in Bangor has had an ever-growing population of pigeons for the past eight years
  • Pigeons arrived in droves after one resident began feeding them
  • The pigeon feeder was asked by neighbors to stop but refused
  • The ban will incur a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second and $200 thereafter

Published on Feb 8, 2013
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The 39 species of birds-of-paradise include tiny, starling-sized birds and big, crow-sized birds; birds in vivid blues, greens, and reds; birds with head plumes, tail plumes, back plumes, chest plumes, and no plumes; mountain birds and swamp birds; branch dancers, pole dancers, ballerina dancers. The Birds-of-Paradise Project is the first to capture all 39 in stills and video. Catch a glimpse of every one of them here.

Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman.

Shelter going to the Birds



The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) was founded to foster communication, professionalism, and cooperation among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.

Specifically, IAATE recognizes its role in and responsibilities to the continued existence of zoological parks, public and private institutions housing birds. Trainers and other personnel involved in the husbandry and research of birds must have a clear understanding of their individual roles as well as the interplay between themselves, the animals in their care, the communities in which they live and work, and the public which they serve and to which they are ultimately responsible.

IAATE will provide opportunities through which bird trainers can exchange and disseminate current knowledge, research and other information among themselves in professional and social settings. In addition, IAATE seeks to maintain a positive public image by preparing its members to act as ambassadors for the avian community.

IAATE hopes to establish a community of members aspiring to attain the objectives of the Association and committed to its code of professional ethics. IAATE is dedicated to providing and advancing the most professional, effective, and humane care and handling of birds in all habitats.

A birding blog by Gunnar Engblom

Who is Gunnar?

Birder, biologist, runner, former punkrock sing/song-writer, daddy, husband and owner, manager and guide of Kolibri Expeditions based in Lima, Peru  – that is me in a nutshell. I have been living in Lima since 1998, but was spending several months every year in Peru since 1990, travelling, birding, guiding and surveying Polylepis forests in the High Andes. I am particularly interested in threatened birds and I have conducted surveys for a number of threatened species such as Peruvian Plantcutter, Titicaca Grebe, Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager and White-bellied Cinclodes. I  always believed that birding tourism can make a difference to local communiities and inspire to protect the habitat where threatened species are, if the same community recieves some tangible benefit.