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Irene Pepperberg at UM NOW!

I just got back from picking up Irene Pepperberg from the Detroit airport and dropping her off at a hotel here in Ann Arbor. A while back I interviewed her for Friday Grey Matters, and afterwards suggested to the UM Neuro peeps on high that she be an invited speaker for the Neuroscience Spring Symposia!…

Don’t have any groundbreaking parrot research to report on today, so content your self with fun parrot news this Friday. Just take this adorable cockatoo which has spent the last two weeks trying to hatch a bunch of chocolate Easter eggs! The cockatoo has been protecting the chocolates since she was taken outside, and saw…

Just came across this interesting blog, CityParrots, which catalogs and reports on feral parrot populations in cities. Quite a lot of breadth, from parrot conservation, to stories on illegal trade, to Kakapos, to wild parakeets in Connecticut! Check it out!

After gazing at the cute owlet all day, I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pet owl, like a pet parrot?” Now deep down I figured that was a horrible idea on a LOT of levels (and turns out, yeah, its a BAD idea). But I’m sure that with the huge popularity…

Everybody Beat Me To It…..

Yeah, remote controlled birds…….crazy cool…… Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains, state media reported on Tuesday. Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University of Science and Technology said their electrodes could command them to fly right…

Rare Night Parrot Found, Headless

What’s very bad for one parrot turns out to be great for the species. A rare night parrot in Queensland, Australia was flying and struck a barbed-wire fence which instantly killed it, its headless body found the next day. However, ornithologists already had believed the parrot species to be extinct, so finding the dead parrot…

Kazakh Man + 500 Parrots in an Audi

If Kazakhstan wants to clean up its image (remember how much they protested about “Borat”?), they might want to curb the rampant parrot-smuggling-by-Audi practices going on. Kazakh border guards arrested a man trying to smuggle 500 parrots in his car from neighbouring Uzbekistan, media reported on Tuesday. “Border guards discovered a live cargo of 500…

What’s a kakariki? Other than an incredibly cool-sounding name, its a kind of parrot that lives in New Zealand and thereabouts. Apparently, the red-crowned kakariki is an extremely rare subspecies, one of which has recently been spotted on the island of Maungatautari. It was once believed to be extinct, outside of aviaries. Maungatautari Ecological Island…

Previously on this blog, I’ve criticized the European Union for continuing to allow the import of wild-caught parrots (including African Greys) which has devastated many species of rare birds. I was never sure why the EU, which his usually a trailblazer in the areas of progressive conservation, was so slow to act to restrict the…

The natural world has been a-buzz lately with new things—new island, now a new parrot? Apparently an Australian bird enthusiast, John Young, has made the claim of discovering a new type of parrot, which he has named the blue-browed fig-parrot. The Queensland Environmental Minister Lindy Nelson-Carr (what a title!) has endorsed the claim as authentic…