Kakapo Chicks Day Out – Arrowtown, New Zealand

Kakapo Chicks Day Out – Arrowtown, New Zealand

Real Journeys helped bring three precious Kakapo Chicks to Arrowtown in May 2014 for a one off public viewing.
This resulted in some very happy people and funds raised in support of the Kakapo Recovery Programme.

Real Journeys has a strong history of conservation so this initiative was a natural fit!

Behind the Scenes Parrot Tour of Peabody Parrot Collection

Behind the Scenes Parrot Tour of Peabody Parrot Collection

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This is a behind the scenes tour of the parrot collection in the storage room of the Peabody Museum in Yale. Daniel Field, a doctoral candidate, shows and talks about parrots from all over the world. You will see Black Red Tailed Cockatoos up close, Cape Parrots, Kea Parrot, and the extinct Carolina Parakeet. Also you will get to see the skeleton of a Senegal Parrot, Hyacinth Macaw, and Kakapo.

Recent Kakapo Hatchings in New Zealand Boost Population

Recent Kakapo Hatchings in New Zealand Boost Population

Kakapos are making a sweet little comeback in New Zealand.

Kakapos are making a sweet little comeback in New Zealand. A few new chicks have finally arrived in the country, due to a slight but very significant baby boom.

The chicks are the first to be born in three years. The six chicks have made New Zealand’s kakapo population reach the 130 mark. The species is often called the owl parrot, given their striking resemblance to owls.

Native to New Zealand, the ground dwelling birds, which can weigh up to 8 pounds, are entirely flightless and are thought to be the world’s rarest and most bizarre parrot.

Kakapos are considered to be critically endangered. Contributing to their scarceness is the fact they only breed about three times over the course of a decade.

Prior to the recent hatchings, the last time any chicks were born was in 2011. On February 28th of this year, the first surviving chick named Lisa One hatched.

She’s definitely a fighter as her mother crushed the egg prior to the hatching. Luckily, rangers intricately pieced it back together. Five of the hatchings took place on the predator free Codfish Island, while the remaining one hatched on Little Barrier Island.

Three of them were taken in by the New Zealand Department of Conservation’s Kakapo Recovery program where they will be hand fed. Another two were fostered to kakapo mothers and will be continuously monitored.

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ABOUT PARROTS
The parrots are a broad order of more than 350 birds. Macaws, Amazons, lorikeets, lovebirds, cockatoos and many others are all considered parrots.
Shared Traits
Though there is great diversity among these birds, there are similarities as well. All parrots have curved beaks and all are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot, two pointing forward and two projecting backward. Most parrots eat fruit, flowers, buds, nuts, seeds, and some small creatures such as insects.
Habitats
Most wild parrots live in the warm areas of the Southern Hemisphere, though they can be found in many other regions of the world, such as northern Mexico. Australia, South America and Central America have the greatest diversity of parrot species.
Parrot Facts: Habits & Species
Parrots are members of the order Psittaciformes, which includes more than 350 bird species, including parakeets, macaws, cockatiels and cockatoos, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). Though there are many types of parrots, all parrot species have a few traits in common. For example, to be classified as a parrot, the bird must have a curved beak, and its feet must be zygodactyl, which means there are four toes on each foot with two toes that point forward and two that point backward.
Size
Because the parrot order includes so many different species, parrot sizes vary widely. Parrots can range in size from about 3.5 to 40 inches (8.7 to 100 centimeters) and weigh 2.25 to 56 ounces (64 g to 1.6 kg), on average. The world’s heaviest type of parrot is the kakapo, which can weigh up to 9 lbs. (4 kg). The smallest parrot is the buff-faced pygmy parrot, which is only about 3 inches (8 cm) tall and weighs just 0.4 ounces (10 g).
Fun Parrot Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun parrot facts for kids. Learn about different parrot species, what they eat, which make popular pets and much more. Read on and enjoy a variety of interesting information about parrots.
There are around 372 different parrot species.
Most parrots live in tropical areas.
Parrots have curved bills (beaks), strong legs and clawed feet.
Parrots are often brightly coloured.
Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species.
Some species are known for imitating human voices.
Most parrot species rely on seeds as food. Others may eat fruit, nectar, flowers or small insects.
Parrots such as the budgerigar (budgie) and cockatiel are popular as pets.
Some parrot species can live for over 80 years.
There are 21 different species of cockatoo.
Cockatoos usually have black, grey or white plumage (feathers).
New Zealand is home to some very unique parrots including the kea, kaka and kakapo.
Keas are large, intelligent parrots that live in alpine areas of New Zealand’s South Island. They are the world’s only alpine parrot and are known for their curious and sometimes cheeky behaviour near ski fields where they like to investigate bags, steal small items and damage cars.
Kakapos are critically endangered flightless parrots, as of 2010 only around 130 are known to exist. They are active at night (nocturnal) and feed on a range of seeds, fruit, plants and pollen. Kakapos are also the world’s heaviest parrot.
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“EAST OF THE SUN”: NICKI PARROTT, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, HAL SMITH (July 28, 2012)

“EAST OF THE SUN”: NICKI PARROTT, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, HAL SMITH (July 28, 2012)

The first half of a delicious jazz concert produced by Paul Blystone on July 28, 2012 at Dominican University at San Rafael, California — featuring four swing heroes: Rossano Sportiello and Stephanie Trick, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass and vocals; Hal Smith, drums. Recorded by Michael Steinman for JAZZ LIVES (http://www.jazzlives.wordpress.com.)

JAZZ MEETS THE CLASSICS: ROSSANO SPORTIELLO / NICKI PARROTT at FILOLI (July 29, 2012)

JAZZ MEETS THE CLASSICS: ROSSANO SPORTIELLO / NICKI PARROTT at FILOLI (July 29, 2012)

Glorious music in a delicious setting — recorded Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California, by Michael Steinman for JAZZ LIVES (http://www.jazzlives.wordpress.com.) The players; Rossano and Stephanie, piano; Nicki, string bass, vocal; Hal, drums. Wow!

Teaching a Parrot to Take Food Without Biting

Teaching a Parrot to Take Food Without Biting

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Santina the Green-Winged Macaw has a visitor and things don’t exactly turn out so well off the bat. Ginger goes up to give a nut to the parrot and gets nailed. Learn how not to approach a strange, new, or someone else’s parrot and then how to offer food to a bird without getting bit. This is also helpful to be able to guide other people visiting your parrot not to get bit as well during the earlier stages of the socialization process where your parrot is learning to take food from others.

This video is in real time to show you the body language, speed of approach, and solutions to get a parrot to begin taking food without the opportunity to bite. As the parrot becomes more aware that it will receive food and nothing harmful, the more trusting it will become and the less likely it will be to bite even when it has the chance to.

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Building Trust with a Parrot- MUST SEE!

Building Trust with a Parrot- MUST SEE!

Its Beautiful how you can understand your bird, spend time with it as if it where your brother, sister or cousin and even become its best friend. Its amazing how birds can open up to us but only when they allow us too. That is why birds are very sensitive when it comes to establishing a relationship. In this video which Animal Activist Hani sent us, shows you how he spends time with his bird which essentially establishes a well structured bond.
Taking time to bond with your bird is essential to building a long lasting and successful relationship with your pet. Birds are not domesticated and operate with a flock mentality, so forming a bond with your pet is crucial to helping him understand that you are his friend. The strength of the bond between you and your bird will greatly influence the quality of your pet’s life, as well as your ownership experience. If you need help bonding with your bird, try these effective ways of helping shy birds warm up to you. They will likely help if you find that your relationship with your pet could use some work.

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