Accidents happen, and since birds are so small compared to us, accidents often lead to death.

stumblebumm said:
Today has been the worst day. I have several birds and during the day while my wife and I are home, they all play outside of their cages. Some of our birds like to hide under blankets and pillows. Today I accidentally sat on Yuki, a rescued lovebird. It's been a nightmare. Can you post this story? It only takes a second to end their precious lives. I will miss her. The memory of her lying limp in my hands will haunt me.

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]

Donations from Verilux - Light Therapy

"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.