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2011 Comic Relief Donation Promise

March 18th, 2011

Comic Relief Noses 2011

Here at the African Grey Parrot Centre ™ we have decided that this year we are going to donate a portion of the money we receive from our parrot rescue donations to support Comic relief 2011, read on to hear more.




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So how does it work I hear you ask and how can you help.

Well as you may or may not know we operate our parrot rescue service completely on donations that we receive from regular members, people that we take on birds from and people that become forever homes for our rescues, often the donations don’t even cover the cost meaning we can’t take on every parrot that needs rescuing which is a real issue for us.

But we’re getting better at collecting them so hopefully one day we’ll be in the position to take on all the parrots that need rescuing but until that time we have to think of innovative ways to collect more donations so we can do what we do best just more often!!

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Enough about the background, you probably may know it’s comic relief at the moment, in fact it’s red nose day today, if you don’t already know that then shame on you where have you been.

So comic relief is all about helping those in need in the UK, Africa and around the world which is essentially what we do (in the UK) for parrots that are in desperate need to be helped, the link is almost uncanny!!

So what we propose is for every £pound we receive over our normal donation level till the end of the month we will give £0.50 yes that’s a massive 50% or half of what we receive and give it to comic relief 2011 to do our bit while the other half goes to rescuing birds … we’d like to stress at this point that not one penny of your donation money goes into our pockets and we have independent members who have access to our donation accounts to ensure it doesn’t.

So do the right thing today click on one of the donate links around the site and do some good for both Comic Relief 2011 AND the African Grey Parrot Rescue Centre ™




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African Grey Parrot Still On Loose Around Borough

January 13th, 2011

The owner of a parrot missing for more than three months says he has received multiple reports of sightings of his feathered friend.

Mark Walters, from Makepiece Road in Priestwood, has been hunting for his beloved African grey parrot Tootsie since she flew away in October.

Have you seen missing parrot?

Mark said he is sure Tootsie is still in the area and has been dashing to places where she has been spotted, however he has not managed to catch her.

He said: “I’ve had so many calls about her. She was spotted in Great Hollands, she’s been spotted near here and even near Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

“So she’s definitely about, but it’s a question of catching her.”

He added Tootsie has a distinctive call and can even whistle the theme tune to Clint Eastwood’s classic ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’.

Anyone who thinks they have seen her can call Mark on 07957 612173.


Getting Your Parrot To Roll Over on Cue

December 26th, 2009

Parrots are amazing and with some time and patience you can train them to do tricks on demand as you can see in the following post from Jamieleigh’s Parrot Help.

So, I finally implemented a cue for Bondi to use to roll over and no longer have to touch her at all to get her to do it! Pretty exciting, she is even doing it for other people which lets me know she really gets it.

See the following video to see how I taught her how to do this:


Lorikeets at Coral World

February 17th, 2009

Photo by David
Location: Coral World, St. Thomas, USVI
Sipping Nectar: Lorikeets

I spent Christmas at Coral World on the island of St. Thomas (in the US Virgin Islands) last year and wanted to share the experience here. The big draw for me to go there was that I heard they had birds. I didn’t know what kind they had, but I was looking forward to meeting them. I normally travel with my flock and to have two weeks to myself was almost… unbearable. I really missed my “fids” (feathered kids) back home.

Well, they had an entire aviary dedicated to USVI-born lorikeets. The aviary was great with tons of misters going and lots of trees and waterfalls. The lorikeets were happy as ever as I could tell, flying about and dive bombing the people who came in their territory (such as myself). They were vocal and spunky and I could hear them from anywhere in the park.

I’ve been pretty used to parrots like cockatoos and macaws and have never really had any experience with lorikeets. So, I decided to find out more about them. At the park you could purchase little cups of nectar to feed them and they would eagerly fly to you and lap up the nectar from the cup (of course, I had to buy two).

Photo by David
Location: Coral World, St. Thomas, USVI
Shown: A Flock of Lorikeets

The main thing that interested me was their diet. I asked the lady there but she didn’t seem to know much. She said they fed them lots of fruit and nectar (their nectar was watered down fruit juice but in the wild it would come from flowers like blossoms) along with a pelleted diet. I was curious about the diet difference for them as well, but all she could tell me was, “They smell like fruit loops!”

When I got home was when I did a majority of the research. I was surprised about how alike lorikeets are with toucans. Their droppings for one! With all the fruit in their diet and tons of nectar, their droppings are very much like that of a toucan. I also found out they do best on a very low iron diet, just like a toucan does. I didn’t get any video of the lorikeets drinking the nectar from my cup but if I did, it would look something like this:

As I was feeding these gorgeous birds, a red flash caught my eye and I looked up. The ladie’s eyes watched mine and she said, “We have one hybrid here. He is mostly red.” Now I was really looking for him, curious as to what a hybrid lorikeet would look like. He was very cool looking but seemed to always be solo. I wondered if the others were outcasting him a little. The lady working in the aviary told me he came from their breeder and that it didn’t happen in their park. He sure was a sight to look at, nonetheless where he came from. Nor did he seem to care what the other lorikeets thought of him. He knew he was one good looking bird!

Photo by David
Location: Coral World, St. Thomas, USIV
Pictured: Hybrid Lorikeet

More photos of hybrid lorikeet parrots.

Posted in Hybrids Tagged: bird, coral world, flock of birds, flock of lorikeets, flock of parrots, hybrid, hybrid birds, hybrid lories, hybrid lorikeet parrots, hybrid lorikeets, hybrid parrots, Hybrids, jamieleigh, lorie, lorikeet, lorikeets, parrot, st thomas, theme park, united states, us virgin islands, usvi on Jamie’s Parrot Help


Parrots Learn Faster From Other Parrots

February 14th, 2009

Anyone who has more than one parrot has learned pretty fast that parrots learn fastest from other parrots. Even when learning to talk, they learn best from listening to other parrots speak. I’ve learned both of these things from having a flock of birds compared to just one. Obviously, I had to start with just one at one point in time and progress to more to learn about these things.

The nice thing about having more than one parrot is that they learn from other birds much faster than they would from a person. For example, with weaning… it’s great to have other birds around to help out the younger ones.

Photo by Jamieleigh
Location: Spokane, WA
Oatmeal Eaters: Galah “Bondi” & Blue Throated Macaw “Jinx”

My 4 year old rose breasted cockatoo, Bondi, was sweet enough to teach my baby blue throated macaw, Jinx, that oatmeal is a tasty food to eat. I didn’t have to do a thing but make a little extra for breakfast for the two of them.

I put a bowl down and let Bondi start eating first while Jinx sat on the same counter exploring around. The house was unfamiliar to them both as I was staying at a friend’s house in Spokane, Washington. As Bondi began to eat, Jinx saw her and decided to try it for himself. The oatmeal wasn’t hot but it was still warm, resembling a little bit like baby food which I believe helps baby birds in trying new things (if it has a little resemblence to baby food in either temperature or texture).

If you want to learn more about the principle of birds learning faster from each other, just research into what is called “observational learning” to understand more.

Posted in Behavior Tagged: barb’s house, birds, blue throated macaw, bondi, eating, jinx, learning to talk, oatmeal, parrots, parrots learn fastest from other parrots, parrots learn from other parrots, rose breasted cockatoo, spokane, washington, weaning on Jamie’s Parrot Help


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