Silly Bird Things

You Know Your Parrot Owns You When…

You know your parrot owns you when … You got rid of the gorgeous, expensive non-stick pans you got as housewarming gifts You stop watching TV after sundown because the bird needs to sleep Every pet store employee in the tri-state area knows you by name. You have special shirts you wear for the express…

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What is a Bite?

I’d like a parrot who doesn’t bite! There’s no such thing as a parrot who doesn’t bite. All birds will bite.  I hear the first request from would-be bird owners who are exploring adopting their first parrot. They think that buying a baby bird from a breeder will help them avoid getting bitten. Conversely, they…

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Do Parrots in the Wild Have Names?

Do parrots in the wild have names? If so, how do they learn them (and how can we know this)? Check out this great video explaining how a scientist named Karl Berg is studying green-rumped parrotlets and how they learn their “signature contact calls” (aka. “names”). Hello, I’m Bob. Hey, Tom, do you want to…

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You know you’re a bird nerd when …

I’ve been watching the Netflix show “House of Cards” (great show, btw) and there’s an episode where the main character Frank Underwood visits a billionaire who happens to own a parrot. The parrot, you eventually see, is a sun conure. Which of course I point out to Stewie, who is sitting behind me. The screen…

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We almost forgot… Happy Pi Day*!

It’s National Pi Day: 3.14 (but only in the United States, where we list dates backwards). Last year we listed 3.14 reasons why pi(onus) are awesome. Here is my list of why I love my Mika girl: She’s nuts! Yesterday I walked in the door listening to my iPod and she flipped out. She spent…

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Tactile Enrichment

Tactile enrichment? I’ll show you how to do tactile enrichment … To Mika, all bits of paper are bird toys.

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Is This Crow Sledding?!

Sure looks like he’s sledding to me! In any case, it’s clear that even wild animals like to do things that serve no other purpose than to have fun. Smart animals will come up with games for themselves even when it doesn’t serve any immediate needs like shelter, food or reproduction. Since most of us…

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Budgie Balancing Act

This is more than a simple mating dance; this budgie is showing off some impressive balancing moves as he “woos” his tennis ball.

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It’s National Pi Day

Here at Best in Flock, we like to celebrate National Pi Day with a very sweet pi(onus) topped with a bit of cinnamon: List your 3.14 Reasons Why Pis are awesome in the comments….

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2010 Wrap Up: Our Top Posts of the Year

It’s been a somewhat slow year for postings here on Best in Flock, but I thought I’d do a year-end wrap-up as we approach 170 different articles. We didn’t work on a lot of new clicker training tricks in the last year, but Mika made a lot of progress with flying. I also started making…

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Dancing Cockatoo Frostie: Whip My Hair

Frostie the dancing parrot shows off how to whip yo’ hair.. um, I mean “crest”.

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