Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wild California Parrots Making Baby Parrots

california-parrots-making-baby-parrots-video-665x385California parrots are out to populate the nation, starting with the Red-crowned Amazon stars of a new video from CaliforniaFlocks. Move over, wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. You’ve got competition from your feathered friends down south.

Salvatore Angius, the filmmaker behind CaliforniaFlocks, said that he has filmed 13 parrot species in over 30 cities in his quest to raise awareness of the charming birds. The new video may be his best yet, as it captures the personality of two species of wild parrots as they pair up to start their families.

In addition to the Red-crowned Amazons getting busy on an open telephone wire, he also follows a pair of Blue-crowned Conures, a species better known to some film fans from the $23 million 1998 Hollywood feature Paulie.

It’s good to see Red-crowned Amazons (also known as Red-crowned Parrots or Amazona viridigenalis) doing the wild thing. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list, they have been endangered since at least 1994. Their population has collapsed to a few thousand individuals in their native Mexico, probably because of over-collection for the pet trade as well as habitat loss.

However, they have quietly introduced themselves to some areas of the United States, including California’s San Gabriel Valley, where they have been nesting since at least 1973. The California Parrot Project said that they are now thriving so well there that they were added to the official list of California birds in 2001.

Where did they come from? To a certain extent, no one really knows the whole story. A 1991 Los Angeles Times article said that some of the birds may have come from the old Busch Gardens bird collection at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys. Others may have escaped from their owners or been willingly released by smugglers trying to escape the long arm of the law.

Wherever they came from, CaliforniaFlock’s video allows you to experience the beauty and energy of these intelligent parrots, even if you can’t get to the West Coast any time soon. He has a lot more videos of the parrots on his You Tube channel, and I highly recommend them to all parrot lovers.

I would love to see these parrots in the wild!!!!

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

All Dressed Up Parrot

What a darling little cutie pie……all dressed up and ready to go out (LOL)  I can imagine her saying…..”How about a dinner and movie Hon”?

FunTime Birdy

Bird with Bow

How to Choose a Name for Your Parrot

Red-browed_Amazon_parrotNaming your new parrot can be a fun, exciting process. But it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. As you consider pet bird names here are a few factors to keep in mind:
Whatever name you choose, you will be hearing it a lot! So be sure to select a name you can live with. As you watch your feathered friend playing with his/her bird toys, there may be all kinds of names popping in your head—but choose wisely, as you will have to say and hear that name every day.

Remember that your bird will most likely live a long time. So choose a name that will stand the test of time–one you can still enjoy down the road. If you decide to name your parrot after your favorite pop star or musician, that name may lose its attraction in 10 or 15 years.

Naming your parrot does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can be extremely enjoyable, allowing you to utilize your creativity and imagination. Start by making a list of all the names you like. Then select the one that best suits your feathered friend. Here are a few additional tips to consider when choosing a name:

Get to know your bird. Instead of picking out a name as you are driving home with your new feathered friend, wait a few days or even a week or two. Take the time to get to know your bird’s personality and character traits. This may help you come up with a suitable name. Watch your bird as he/she plays with his parrot toys or plays on his/her bird stand. See if he/she has any unique characteristics or behavioral patterns.

Consider your bird’s appearance. Some people select a name based on their parrot’s feathers, colors or other features. If you are impressed by one of your parrot’s unique physical characteristics, consider using this as a basis for a name.  If so, consider a name that reflects this quality.
Most important of all, select a name you love and one that will suit your bird for the rest of his life. Enjoy the creative process!!