Owls belonging to genus Asio are known as the eared owls, as they have tufts of feathers resembling mammalian ears. These "ear" tufts may or may not be visible.  Asio flammeus will display its tufts when in a defensive pose. However, its very short tufts are usually not visible.

These cockatoos weigh about 700-950 grams. They are approximately 50 centimeters long.

CLASS: AVESORDER: PSITTACIFORMES FAMILY: PsittacidaeGENUS: AraSPECIES: A. glaucogularis  Common Name(s):  Blue-throated macaw, Wagler's macaw, Caninde macawOther names:  Ara à gorge bleue, Ara canindé, Blaukehlara, Caninde-Ara, Guacamayo amarillo, Guacamayo barbazul

An end to the trade in wild-caught African Grey parrots has come one step closer to reality. A number of African countries (including Gabon, Angola, Chad, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo) together with the European Union and United...

Your Macaw is sitting in the tree on the side of the stage, ignoring your plaintive appeals and progressive offerings of more enticing food. Your restless audience bakes in the hot sun and all you can think of is how to get this damn bird out of the tree before you have exhausted your reserves of natural history wisdom.

The plumage of the Umberella Cockatoo is completely white except for a distinct yellow coloration on the underwings and at the base of the tail. They have a large white crest which lays flat on their head, but is raised with alarm, which may include excitement, curiosity, and/or fear. This crest is rounded and umbrella-shaped when raised, thus giving them their name.

The name cockatoo originated from the Malay name for these birds, kakaktua, which translates literally as "older sister."

Common Name(s): Umbrella Cockatoo, White Cockatoo, Great-white Cockatoo, White-crested Cockatoo

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CLASS: AVESORDER: PSITTACIFORMES FAMILY: PsittacidaeGENUS: AraSPECIES: A. chloropterusCommon Name(s):  Green-winged macaw, Green-wing macaw, Red-and-green macaw

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Sound familiar? You're not alone, it has happened to all bird trainers. All who fly their birds free, anyway. Unfortunately, all too often the result of this experience is lowering the bird's weight when poor training practices, not the weight of the bird, is often the cause of the problem.

Parrots are among the most familiar and charismatic of all birds. Their stunning plumage and boisterous displays are unmistakable. They are well known even to the uninitiated, adored by the devout. But their magnetism has come with a price. As a group, parrots are the most endangered of all birds. Of the estimated 330 living parrot species, almost 1/3 are considered to be threatened or endangered.

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This parrot species is very popular in the pet trade. The number of greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo globally is unknown. CITES lists them in their Appendix II, meaning these cockatoos are not currently threatened with extinction but may unless exotic pet trade is controlled. The United States Wild Bird Act prohibits the commercial import of any bird listed by CITES.

Additional Informaiton: The Sun Conure was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae. Linnaeus placed this species in the genus Psittacus, but it has since been moved to the widely accepted Aratinga, which contains a number of similar New World species. The specific epithet solstitialis is derived from the Latin for 'of the summer solstice', hence 'sunny', and refers to its golden plumage.

Some species of lories and lorikeets are kept as pets but are quite messy, and often more popular as aviary birds. Hanging parrots and fig parrots are normally kept as aviary birds and not as pets. Some species as pygmy parrots and kakapos, night parrots, and about half of the species of parrotlet, are not considered companion parrots due to difficult dietary requirements or unavailability.

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Question:I would like to know if the fuchsia plants are safe to give to my parrot. And if so what part of the plant.

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Parrots need a cage large enough to exercise in, stretch their wings, and climb if it will not be out for a good part of the day. Without exercise, parrots tend to become obese and unhealthy.

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Their characteristic flight comprises a series of rapid, shallow wingbeats interspersed with gliding. When traveling to and from feeding grounds they fly at considerable height, gliding down to the trees in wide, sweeping circles.

Species of parrots that are kept as companions include large parrots such as amazons, African greys, cockatoos, eclectus, hawk-headed parrots, and macaws; mid-sized birds such as caiques, conures, quakers, Pionus, Poicephalus, rose-ringed parakeets, and rosellas, and many of the smaller types including Brotogeris, budgies, cockatiels, parakeets, lovebirds, parrotlets and lineolated parakeets.


The Short-eared Owl is a medium-sized Owl. The plumage is buffy brown with dark streaks on the chest, belly, and back. Males tend to be lighter in color than females. This coloring provides good camouflage, but if this fails, a Short-eared Owl will feign death to avoid detection. The wings and tail are strongly barred.

There are only three distinct birds in this genus; along with the Psittacus erithacus erithacus, there is Psittacus erithacus timneh and Psittacus erithacus princes. Whether or not they are different species, subspecies or simply variants of the main species, Psittacus erithacus, is still open for debate.

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Their call is a harsh, raucous screech. Their alarm call consists of a series of abrupt, guttural screeches.Contact calls while feeding include the occasional sharp squawk or a shrill whistle.

Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are the largest of the Sulphur-crested group. They have white bodies and a yellow crest; the underside of their wings and tail is also yellow. They also have a dark gray-black, hooked beak. They have a naked periophthalmic eye ring. Males and females differ only in that females’ eyes are red-brown compared to dark brown in males. Juveniles resemble adults.

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CLASS: AVES ORDER: PSITTACIFORMES FAMILY: Psittacidae GENUS: Trichoglossus SPECIES: haematodus moluccanus

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In our quest to provide our audiences with the most dramatic and entertaining behaviors possible, we are often faced with the challenge of how to motivate our animals to perform these incredible feats. How do we encourage them do what we want them to do?

Companion Parrot Articles: Over 150 Articles by Sally Blanchard and various authors about many aspects of parrot care and behavior. The illustration to the left shows "the Full Body Stroke" and is from an article about Sexual Behaviors in Companion Parrots. Articles about Parrot Nutrition plus Parrot Recipes Includes: Sally's Reprinted BIRD TALK Articles from 1988 to 2012 

Currently, there are ten recognized subspecies of the Short-eared Owl

The Green-winged macaw, known as the "Gentle Giant", is second in size only to the Hyacinth Macaw. 

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