Scooby – 2 year old White Fronted Amazon Parrot being his usual mischevious & destructive self!
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Parrots are intelligent, entertaining and beautiful creatures. They may also be the most misunderstood and
frustrating of all animals commonly kept as pets today.Pet parrot behavior is fast becoming the boom sector of the pet industry for the new
Parrot behavior is largely responsible for another fast growing area in the companion parrot world: parrot
sanctuaries. These are the places where people can donate, often for a fee, their treasured pet that they can no
longer stand to live with. The lucky parrots find their way here as many other parrots end up being sold back to
pet shops or in newspapers like used cars. Most often the undesirable behavior of the bird is at the root of his
Some experts have expressed some pretty interesting views about why parrots scream and consequently some
pretty interesting ideas for solutions to the problem. One “behaviorist” blamed a painting of Abraham Lincoln
looking directly at the bird for its screaming problem. She said, “He was a good man but not a handsome man.”
She also scolded the owner of the bird for wearing a back T-shirt with paintings of parrots on it, which scared the
parrot into screaming because all the bird saw was dead parrots! These are fairly wild explanations for something
that, when you look at natural parrot behavior, is very easily understood.Screaming is one of the most natural things a parrot does in the wild and, likewise, one of the most natural things a
parrot does in captivity. At sunup each morning the forests are alive with sounds of parrots claiming their territory
and expressing their well being with various contact calls and other vocalizations. In the wild, parrots scream as
a play behavior, to define territory, and to communicate many messages to other birds in their community. This
form of screaming is innate, driven by instincts, and is one of the reasons that parrots make such challenging pets
for many people. Unfortunately, it is difficult to eliminate instinctive behavior in any organism.
Screaming can easily become a learned behavior in a captive parrot. Behavior is a product of it’s consequence, and
if a parrot’s screaming brings its owner rushing into the room and showing the bird attention, it is very possible
the bird will soon learn to scream for attention.
So, how do you stop a parrot from screaming? That question is similar to how do you stop a dog from playing, or
how do you stop a child from laughing? However, parrots are more independent than both dogs and children and
are more difficult to control with negative interactions, which, unfortunately, are the most common approaches
used to modify behavior with both dogs and children. Few people realize the power of positive reinforcement
and usually resort to the less effective, but easier to use, negative approaches. Many people have tried covering
the cage of a screaming parrot or squirting the bird with a squirt bottle when it screams. These methods generally
produce only marginal results and rarely stop the screaming behavior.
If a parrot’s screaming behavior is learned, or, if the bird vocalizes for a desired response such as getting attention
or other positive reinforcers, it is possible that simply ignoring it may eliminate the screaming behavior. A
behavior that goes unreinforced will eventually extinguish itself. However, screaming in the form of contact calls
in the morning and evening is more hard-wired and is therefore more difficult to modify.
One skilled parrot trainer taught her Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva) to modify its morning and evening
contact calls by ignoring the bird’s natural loud call and only responding to a soft whistle that the bird had
previously learned from her. The owner went to the extent of freezing when the bird screamed so it could not
even hear her moving in another room. When the bird finally made the soft whistle, the owner would whistle in
response and the bird’s contact whistle was reinforced. Over time, the bird finally replaced its natural loud contact
call with the much more acceptable soft whistle.
“Biting is just part of having a parrot as a pet.” Does that sound familiar? It should. It is the most common attitude
associated with companion parrot ownership. However, this author feels the opposite is true. A parrot owner
should strive to never get bit. That is a pretty bold statement for such a common problem. The fact is that biting is
not a natural behavior for parrots. They don’t bite each other in the wild, at least not hard enough to make another
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I am on a roll with the Parrot videos of the day!! Today’s video ends in an awesome cockatoo tantrum from no other than Vinny my Galah cockatoo! After Jersey saw Vinny hanging out with Genna she got jealous and cuddled up…but then Vinny went on a rampage and threw his own tantrum!!
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This is how I typically flight train my parrots in the morning so that they can get some exercise. Instead of just putting their breakfast meal in their bowl, I have them fly to receive it bit by bit. This is much more healthy and natural for parrots than to just pig out from a bowl.
To have room for the camera, I put the perches a bit closer. Normally we make use of the longest distance possible to get more out of it.
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The kakapo (Māori: kākāpō or night parrot), Strigops habroptilus (Gray, 1845), also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless,nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea endemic to New Zealand.
It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length. A combination of traits make it unique among its kind; it is the world’s only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate and no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous lek breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world’s longest-living birds. Its anatomy typifies the tendency of bird evolution on oceanic islands, with few predators and abundant food: a generally robust physique, with accretion of thermodynamic efficiency at the expense of flight abilities, reduced wing muscles, and a diminishedkeel on the sternum. Like many other New Zealand bird species, the kakapo was historically important to the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, appearing in many of their traditional legends and folklore. It was hunted and used as a resource by Māori, both for its meat as a food source and for its feathers, which were used to make highly valued pieces of clothing. It was also sometimes kept as a pet.
The kakapo is critically endangered; as of March 2014, with an additional six from the first hatchings since 2011, the total known population is only 126 living individuals, as reported by the Kakapo Recovery programme, most of which have been given names.Because of Polynesian and European colonisation and the introduction of predators such as cats, rats, ferrets, and stoats, the kakapo was almost wiped out. Conservation efforts began in the 1890s, but they were not very successful until the implementation of the Kakapo Recovery plan in the 1980s. As of April 2012, surviving kakapo are kept on three predator-free islands, Codfish (Whenua Hou), Anchorand Little Barrier islands, where they are closely monitored. Two large Fiordland islands, Resolution and Secretary, have been the subject of large-scale ecological restoration activities to prepare self-sustaining ecosystems with suitable habitat for the kakapo. The New Zealand government is willingly providing the use of these islands to kakapo conservation.
El Loro de Amazonas es originario de América Latina y tiene un plumaje verde que le cubre casi todo el cuerpo. Se adapta fácilmente a una vida de cautiverio y en contacto con otros ejemplares de su especie. Atención que es una mascota para la vida. Son aves muy longevas, en las que se han dado casos extremos de animales que han sobrevivido hasta edades de 70 o 90 años.
The Amazon Parrot is native to Latin America and has a green plumage that covers almost the entire body. It adapts easily to a life of captivity and in contact with other specimens of its species. Attention is a pet for life. They are very long-lived birds, in which there have been extreme cases of animals that have survived to the age of 70 or 90 years.
Boning the Cambird.
I start by building a deformation armature throughout the bird’s body. Three bones in each toe, two in each leg, three including the head for a backbone, another for it’s stomach , beak. Many for the tail and some for the bird’s crest.
Then I make that armature into a modifier of the bird’s skin. The skin will bend along with the bones.
In order for this to work well, each vertex on the skin’s mesh needs to know which of the bones are supposed to guide it’s movement. This is organized by vertex-groups. Each bone has a vertex group named after it, and those in the vertex group are affected by the bone the group is named after.
The automatic guess-level default for that isn’t terribly great, so it takes quite a lot of tweeking and fine-tuning using the weight paint system to get the skin actually responding to the bones properly.
Blender even crashes as I do so, but I’d saved recently. All is fine.
Once all the deformation bones are in place, and the bird’s skin seems to follow that well, I add some more bones for kinematics.
Rigging the Cambird.
It can be hard to position a character as you’d like if you have to work up forward in the bone tree from the root every time. So I add new non-deformation bones and tell the system to draw those as rings and loops and targets, then add constraints to many of the deformation bones to have them track the target bones.
I give this a test, tweek, revise a few doomed experiments, then eventually animate a test flap.
It’s time to try out the motion-blur that’s going to be essential to getting the wings to buzz and look fast, giving the character the speed it needs to appear to have.
This doesn’t look great at all with the wings deforming as they are. The top of the wing clashes with the bottom, giving unpredictable effects.
So I remake the wings, deleting the bottom layer, making them zero-height, hoping that will work better.
It doesn’t really, because the actual probables was the displacement map, pushing the body’s mesh out through the wings.
Still, I get a decent flap animation going, then correct the texture.
And that gives me an idea!
Experimenting with cloth-simulated wings.
I delete the birds wings entirely, and decide to try running them as a separate object connected to the bird and running the cloth-physics simulator. It might make my little bird look a bit bat-like, but it’s supposed to be an alien bird anyway.
Worth a try.
I build some new wings, apply the armature to them and apply a cloth simulator to the deformed mesh.
I move the wing armature so that it affects only the leading edge of the wings, and then try a test animation.
It’s hard to get the bones to effect the whole wing well, so I add another set of wing-bones towards the back of the wing, and experiment more with ways to get those to map well into the wing shapes.
This still works pretty poorly so I add yet more wing-bones in, spanning the length of the wing between the two main wing-bone lines.
That makes things look much better.
So I build some more test animations, even sitting the cambird on a perch.
Then I try those test animations, with and without the cloth.
The cloth-simulator adds little, I feel, and certainly slows my computer down to a crawl.
I decide the cloth isn’t worth the effort and rendering time. So do without it.
Which means joining the wings-object back to the main mesh.
Building a better texture
The texture all looks a little rubbish really, all solid-colours, no texture.
So I find a bunch of pictures of parrots, and pull the feather-textures from those pictures instead. Tweaking until it looks about right.
Adding the camera
The cambird is a cybernetic organism, and needs it’s cyber-camera added. This is just a very simply model with a picture of a lens projected on it and a plastic camera backing on the rest.
I try it in her stomach/chest, but it doesn’t really work well there.
After the test render, and without the screencast running, I end up moving it into a ring around the crest. But the next time we see Cambird, she’ll be in her introductory scene.
The music is a track called “Living”, by Coco, whose Jamando page can be found at http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/1551/koko