Monday, July 8, 2013

Rare Australian Parrot Spotted

Pezoporus occidentalis, or what's more commonly referred to as the "night parrot," is an endangered desert-dwelling bird that no one has seen in the wild over a century. However, John Young, an avid Australian birdwatcher, claims to have seen and even photographed this elusive parrot.

If Young's claims are true, this would be the first definitive proof that the night parrot is still alive and inhabiting the lands of Australia. Up until now, scientists were fearful that it may have gone extinct since. Other birdwatchers have recorded calls of the night parrot and even found a couple dead specimens in the wild several decades ago, but no one has seen a live one in over a hundred years. This latest development, should it turn out to be true, is huge news for bird watchers and environmentalists from all over the world.

The night parrot is a relatively small species with colorful yellow and green plumage with several brown spots throughout. It certainly lives up to its namesake by hiding in thick grass during the daytime and coming out to feed at night. Because of its innate nocturnal characteristics and dangerously low population numbers, few people have witnessed the night parrot in the wild.

So, why has the night parrot's population declined to such abysmal numbers? Researchers believe its the direct result of increased predator numbers along with a decrease in their natural habitat. Feral cats, foxes and dingos are all predators that see the night parrot as a meal. Another reason why their numbers have declined is simply because of their nocturnal characteristics. By coming out at night, they are placing themselves at risk for getting scooped up by a predator.

John Young claims to have both photographs and video of the night parrot after his recent encounter. After capturing this highly elusive bird on tape, he took the recordings to the Queensland Museum for verification. I know some people are probably upset that he didn't first post the video online, but this is step is necessary to verify the authenticity of the bird. Researchers at the Queensland Museum will carefully inspect the video to determine if Young did in fact see a night parrot.

Young refused to reveal the night parrot's location out of fear that someone would try to harm it. "I think the worst thing we can do at the moment is to let too many people anywhere near it," said Young.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Top 3 Parrots For Apartment Living

Some people automatically assume that parrots are a poor choice of pet for apartment living. After all, these highly social animals love to sing and dance, which could anger some of the nearby tenants. While certain parrots do in fact make a fair amount of noise, there are other species that are quieter and more docile. If you're looking for an apartment-friendly parrot, check out some of the suggestions listed below.

Let me first start off by stressing the importance of providing your parrot with a healthy living environment. If you don't provide your feathered friend with everything they need to grow and remain healthy, they may either lash out in aggression or screech loudly using their vocal abilities. You probably don't want either one of these things happening, especially if you live in an apartment.

Parakeet


Parakeets are a wonderful choice for apartment living. These medium-sized birds are both affectionate and quite. The term "parakeet" actually refers to a broad range of different parrots, but the "Budgie" is the most widely known. It features soft green feathers with hunts of yellow, dark blue and black. Budgies make wonderful pet parrots for apartment living.

Cockatiel


Cockatiels are another highly popular choice for apartment living. These brilliant-colored show birds love to dance, play and sing, but they are surprisingly quite compared to most other parrot species. While cockatiels enjoy singing in their cage, they do it soft enough so that it's really difficult to hear from far away. As long as your cockatiel is tucked inside, their singing shouldn't disturb your neighbors. Cockatiels can live up to 20 years in captivity, but only if their nutritional needs are properly met. Feed your pet cockatiel a diet consisting of either a brand-name seed or pellet mix along with fresh fruits and veggies.

Pinous Parrot


Of course, some apartment dwellers will probably want a larger parrot than a cockatiel or parakeet. Unfortunately, most larger parrots are naturally more vocal, making them poor choices for apartments. Before you go throwing in the towel, though, you should check out a pinous parrot. They aren't quite as large as macaws or African Greys, but pinous parrots are still relatively big compared to cockatiels and parakeets. These parrots possess an arrangement of multicolored feathers along with a large, prominent beak. In addition to their docile nature, pinous parrots are also incredibly quite and make minimal noise. The bottom line is that these make excellent pet parrots for apartment living.