Learning About Condors & Vultures

Andean Condor (above)
I watch a lot of old Westerns and you can always count on the scene where the vultures are circling above the guy that was left in the desert to die just before being rescued (sometimes).
 
I’d like to point out some of the benefits vulture ownership can offer (should you wish to commit a felony). If you have a home on a sizable property -1 acre, 5 acres, 10 acres – a vulture flock will keep it free of any and all debris/vermin/rodents/dead cats. Vultures are nature’s janitors.

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At Last, The Secret To How Do Birds Stay Alive During Winter Is Revealed

Quora is a cool place for content. Unfortunately there are a lot of amateurs answering questions with some, well, wrong answers. This particular question ran off the rails quite early. You can view the first 2 original answers here.

With 10,400 (plus or minus) species of birds the question is rather vague. Parrots a.k.a. hookbills, parakeets and conures all reside in temperate climates. One exception we know quite well here in Chicago is the Monk parakeet or Quaker parrot.

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Scientists Fundraise for Conures

Did you know the sun conure may be facing extinction in the wild, and you can help? There is a real need for more surveys to establish their status in nature. The 2014 estimates published on the IUCN database are between 1,000 and 1,499 mature birds. Some of the last known sun conures live in Guyana, a country with a small human population and a lot of forest and savannah grasslands.

The IUCN page mentions that the trade in wild conures is “ongoing” because “due to the ease with which birds can be attracted to bait (e.g. corn) and the large distances they will travel, it is easy to trap all the individuals in an area.” Quoted from Jamie Gilardi.

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How Are Feral Parrots Surviving Feral Cat Genocide?

I’ll let this sink in – I call it “sanity” A follow up to:

Debunking the myth of feral cats devastating US songbird populations

3,700,000,000 birds (feral cats *by themselves* through simple math are killing an estimated 1.4-3.7 billion birds per year… )

(If you accept statistics with a plus or minus 110% statistical accuracy)

 

1 year = 8,760 hours = 422,374 birds being eaten by feral cats every hour 24/7

8,447 birds being eaten by a feral cat in each of the 50 states every hour 24/7

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Debunking the Myth of Feral Cats Devastating Us Songbird Populations

We try to stay true to our philosophy and vision about the care of exotic birds but because we love birds we’re always trying to learn a little more. Most of you reading this have birds.

Some of you are thinking of getting a bird and others have had birds. Were all here for the same reason. We love birds. Humans will always disappoint, birds never will.

I’ve seen this argument come up repeatedly in the past year or so. Feral cats are devastating the song bird population. Folks, I don’t buy it. But because I’m the guy without the degree of the white lab coat I’ve got to go out and earn your trust the old-fashioned way.

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Should this Eagle Fly Free?

Since beginning to work with raptors we’ve been posting images of all birds of prey. The image above evoked some interesting responses on our Facebook fan page  today. I thought I’d share the thread on our blog.
 
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Freedom Lives These birds shouldn’t have “handlers” for crissakes. This bird looks sick! It should be FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! humans are so assuming, its disgusting.
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Are Cedar Nest Boxes for Birds Dangerous?

We recently received this email from a customer:

I was looking at your nest box cams and noticed that your shop carries cedarwood nest boxes. Not sure if these are somehow treated to prevent off-gassing, but cedar wood is particularly poisonous to birds, especially when the wood has been cut.

I apologize if this is a null point and a response that you get often. On a forum recently we had a person who saw cedarwood nest boxes and decided to make some himself, causing the poisoning and near death of one of his parrots from the finished box being in his bird room. 

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