BIRD NEWS | Parrot Disappears for Four Years, Returns Home Fluent in Spanish

A parrot with a "cultivated British accent" that went missing for four years returned home to California last week, apparently speaking Spanish and asking for a guy named Larry.
The parrot disappeared from his Southern California home without a trace in 2010— finally turning up in a dog groomer's backyard earlier this month. A veterinarian tried to trace the bird's microchip, but found it was unregistered.
Eventually by tracking down the bird's sales papers, they were able to identify the owner, who happened to live nearby.
The parrot reportedly came back from its semester abroad with a little bit of an attitude problem, refusing to speak English and at one point literally biting the hand that feeds him.
The vet told the Daily Breeze that's normal and the parrot will eventually start sucking up again in order to get food.
No one knows who Larry is.
[h/t Daily News, image via Shutterstock]

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"Birds enjoy sharper vision than humans. Birds can see certain light frequencies, including ultraviolet, that humans cannot see." via

Miss Tiel has been spending the most time with the Happy Light. She definitely seems to be more peppy and alert. When you first turn it on, your eyes instantly respond to it, it's like someone opened a window to let the sun in or you got a new lens prescription.

We all are enjoying the Natural Spectrum Compact Fluorescent bulbs. There's an obvious contrast between the Verilux Bulbs to our old standard bulbs. They really brighten up the place and makes things more vivid.

I personally love supporting companies that support charities, I'm so grateful they would consider ol' NFLB over here (as well as others!)

Thank you kindly for thinking of the birds.

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New Rescue - Charmander

Alyss and I named him on the spot. He's getting checked at Dr. Backos'.
He's outside to prevent potential disease spread. Bird looks fine but we don't know his history. Chewed his way into a ladies porch from the outside. Will be adoptable once tests come back. Is on ParrotAlert.

New Rescue - Layla

Layla went to the vet yesterday. We were told she wasn't keen on coming out of her cage, or socializing, but she crawled on Dr. Backos' without hesitation. She even sat on my shoulder, preened herself, and let me give head rubs. Birds tend to like some people and not others and some birds like other birds. It's our job to figure that out and match the right bird to the right friend.

Abandoned Parrots

Information You Should Know Before you Adopt a Bird
Read the full story via World Parrot Mission

I can attest to this. Two years is generally the time of which they transition for cute needy-baby stage to hormonal, nippy, loud adults aka the wild animals that they are. 

Victims of the Exotic Pet Trade

Read the full story 5 Animals That are Victims of the Exotic Pet Trade
via One Green Planet

The wild at heart do not belong in a cage. Owning your own bird, hedgehog, lizard or monkey might seem striking, it might even add a certain color to your personality; but, it is wrong and unfair to keep an exotic animal in your home. No matter how you may try to replicate their environment, their natural instinct is to live in the wild, not amongst four brick walls. Some humans readily believe that they can provide all the care necessary to make exotic animals “happy” and feel “at home,” but the fact remains: wild animals belong in the wild.

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Ten to twenty percent of wild birds that are caught and confined to a small cage die because of the shock of losing their freedom. The next time you look at a bird in a cage, don’t just see the bird, see what the bird sees.

Imagine if someone stuck you in a tiny shower cubicle for the rest of your life; you can’t reach your arms or legs out fully and you cannot walk far. Would you call this a life?

Breeders claim birds bred in captivity protect the species, but the reality is one-third of all parrot species worldwide are close to extinction due to the exotic bird trade. Recent statistics show over150,000 parrots are smuggled into the U.S. every year. Birds should be in the sky, not in a prison.

Many diseases can be caught from keeping pet birds. The most common is the parrot fever which causes pneumonia. If the owner inhales dry dropping, they are far more likely to catch it.

Why Do you Need Full Spectrum Lighting?

via Pacificparrotlet

Due to a bird’s internal structure and natural habitat they desperately need natural or “avian full spectrum” lighting in order to survive.  The amount of benefits natural lighting has on birds is so great I’m only going to detail a few!

"Glass windows filter out up to 90% of the beneficial UV spectrum unless that glass was made pre 1939. Aluminum screening used can filter out 30% or more UV light. High-grade acrylic (cages) filters out less than 5% of the UV light." [x] Sitting in front of a window doesn’t count!  Modern day windows are created in a way which filters out the UV rays that birds need! In order for your bird to properly absorb these rays you either need a special UV full spectrum bulb/lamp or you need to get your bird in a cage, harnessed and outside for at least an hour a day.

If you do put your bird outside in a cage make sure they’ve got a towel blocking out the sun on one half of the cage so they don’t overheat!  The water should be kept shaded as well and they should be supervised at all times.  My birds like to pick at the cage doors so as an added precaution I clip the doors she with clothspegs or put small locks on their doors.  The cage should not be placed directly in grass or on the floor, they need to be up off the ground so that bugs and predators can not easily get to them.

Lamps and UV bulbs should be positioned towards the bird, leaving areas for shade and should not be within the bird’s reach.  Bulbs can get very hot, the last thing you want is to be rushing down to the vet.

So what’s the point of natural sunlight anyways?
Not only does the natural UV lighting help to bring out the natural colouring of objects which creates a more natural, interesting environment for them and can aid in helping picky eaters (the blue bird pictured above refused to eat fresh foods unless they had UV lighting on them) but there are enormous health effects.

The natural lighting helps to stimulate a bird’s natural synthesis to absorb and regulate vitamin doses. Without natural lighting bird’s can not properly absorb the nutrients from their foods.  While you may believe you are giving them a proper dose of each vitamin they are only absorbing a minimal amount of those nutrients.  In turn a bird will develop hypovitmainosis, fatty liver disease, egg bonding and other nutritional deficiencies.
This lighting also plays a critical role in skin/ feather health and is incredibly important for preening regulation. “If a bird’s system is not stimulated through adequate environmental lighting to maintain proper endocrine function, it may become lethargic and not continue normal preening behaviors.” [x]

Other Major Benefits
  • Prepares bird for seasonal changes
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Lowers obsessive/compulsive behavior frequencies
  • Relieves psychological distress
  • Mimics a bird’s natural environment
  • Aids in Vitamin D Synthesis
  • Maintains constant environmental temperature
  • Aids a bird’s visual acuity
  • Increases the longevity of the captive bird [x]