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Intelligence in animals in nature, our backyards, and our homes!

November 24, 2008

Happy Monday!

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September 05, 2008

Bird Duets Are "Aggressive Audio Warfare" NAT_GO

The intertwining songs of tropical wrens are their weapons of choice in turf wars, says a new study that could also shed light on other duetting species. The duets may also help the birds locate one another in dense foliage.

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Mennill and his team recorded the duets of tropical rufous-and-white wrens in the forests of Santa Rosa National Park in northwestern Costa Rica.

Hear the duets!

Read the full story

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August 15, 2008

New Video of Snub Fin Dolphins

Identified as a new species only in 2005, the bulbous-headed snub fin dolphin-called the world's ugliest-had never been filmed until now, according to an Australian TV production.
From Natioal Geographic

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August 04, 2008

Summer fun with Moose!

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July 25, 2008

Turtle Love from beyond the grave?

This is one of the most beautiful and sad things I have ever seen. It also goes far in showing that love and grief are not only "human" emotions, as many would like us to believe.

Please watch the VIDEO here.

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July 17, 2008

Bird found, likes to clean owners teeth!

(Please don't do this, it is NOT healthy for your bird ~sue)

Melbourne, July 17 (ANI): Meet Rainbow, a lorikeet parrot from Sydney, who loves to clean its owners teeth.

It was the parrots teeth-cleaning talent that reunited him with its owners after he went missing from his home on Sydney’’s northern beaches, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The Manly Daily newspaper had reported that the bird had been found in Belrose Park.

Michelle Needham, of Brookvale, was among those to step forward to claim the lost lorikeet.

”I know it is Rainbow,” she said.

“I know his little face and the way his feathers stick out at the front.”

“(And) if you open your mouth, he will stick his head in and clean your teeth,” she added.

Meanwhile, the bird had already shown his fondness for cleaning teeth while in the care of the finder’’s family.

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It is VERY dangerous to let a bird get anywhere near your mouth, much less teeth. The bacteria in our mouths are dangerous to our birds and can make them very sick, possibly kill them. Please do not let your bird clean your teeth, and do not share the same food that has been in your mouth with them.
Maggie Wright-

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July 08, 2008

Bird Show!

Rosie is one of 10 birds from around the world in the show, performed free for zoo visitors up to three times daily from Wednesday to Sunday. About 30 birds have been trained to be part of the presentation, but only some are used.

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The show, which continues through Sept. 1, is put on by Natural Encounters, a company that has trained staff at DisneyWorld for similar animal shows. The Philadelphia Zoo and Texas State Aquarium previously hosted the bird show.

The Free Flight Bird Show highlights unusual kinds of birds, from raptors to parrots, combining their natural behaviors with a conservation message.

The birds are trained by using positive re-inforcement such as food treats, and none have had their wings clipped.

Please read full story.

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June 09, 2008

PitBull, Cat & Chicks!

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May 23, 2008

Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address

TOKYO (AP) — When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.

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Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.
He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.
"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.
"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.
The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.
But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.
"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.

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May 19, 2008

How birds make water defy gravity

A team of MIT mathematicians and engineers has shown that some shorebirds use their long, thin beaks in a tweezering motion to make prey-bearing water droplets rise upwards so they can be consumed.

the birds point their beaks downward, gravity must be overcome to get those droplets from the tip of the bird’s long beak to its mouth.

Until now, scientists have been puzzled as to how that happens.

Full Story and cool Videos HERE

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May 16, 2008

The Chimp that Learned Sign Language

Back in the 1970s, a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky took part in a Columbia University research study called "Project Nim."

Project Nim was led by Herbert Terrace, a psychologist at Columbia who was attempting to find out if a chimpanzee could learn to communicate using American Sign Language.

"Everyone knows that words are learned one at a time," but something happens when children begin to combine words and create true language, Terrace says.

The question, he says, was, "Could Nim do this?"

A newly released book takes a look at the project, and the people involved examine the ethics of the experiment.

Full Story and first chapter of the book here

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December 28, 2007

Alex the Grey and Washoe the Chimp

From the NY Times.

There is, no telling what tales they had to tell, the two greatest nonhuman linguists of our day: Washoe, the sign-language-wielding chimpanzee with an intense footwear fetish; and Alex, the wildly outspoken parrot, an African gray known to regularly order about his human researchers and to purposely give them the wrong answers to their questions just to alleviate his boredom. After all, we only ever gave them our own words to work with.

Please read the full story

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December 10, 2007

Parrot has man running!

A man has had to change his mobile phone ring tone five times, because his parrot keeps mimicking them.

Whenever Stuart McNae goes out of his room his cheeky pet 'Billy' starts aping the sound of a call and when his owner dashes back to answer the call, the birdie bursts out in fits of giggles.

please read this funny story here

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December 07, 2007

Crow and Kitten are Friends

Found on You Tube:

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October 19, 2007

Talking to wild birds in Australia - Live Radio Show!

This Monday, October 22, 2007 at 12 Noon Eastern, join Conscious Animal Radio Host Christine Agro in a fascinating conversation with Australian based Gitie House. Gitie will be sharing her stories of communication and cohabitation with wild birds: from Crows to Thornbills, her stories will encourage you to see birds through different eyes!

Gitie and her husband Ron have been talking to the wild birds that live in the open Australian bush in Southern Queensland for over six years. The birds range from big and aggressive such as the crows to the small and vulnerable like the thornbills. Six of the species that have formed long term friendships are considered to be amongst the top eight most aggressive birds in the country. Chief amongst them are the magpies, who are well known for attacking humans particularly during breeding season. Yet these birds have taken Gitie and Ron to their nests, and brought their young to them, even leaving their chicks behind with their human baby-sitters, while they go off bug-hunting.

Conscious Animal Radio is a live call in internet radio show. If you have your own stories, comments or have questions about the animals in your life (Christine is a clairvoyant natural healer) call-in to 646-716-7281 or you can send an IM. All contact information can be found at www.consciousanimalradio.com


Access the show live at http://www.consciousanimalradio.com If you can't listen live, archived shows are available for download at the Conscious Animal Radio website and also as a podcast at iTunes.

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October 18, 2007

Snowball, the dancing Cockatoo !!

Snowball is a member of the Bird Lovers Only Rescue and Sanctuary in Schererville, Indiana, which is near Chicago. The sanctuary is a donation-based not-for-profit rescue. They take in unwanted, abused, neglected, and special needs birds, from finches to cockatoos and macaws. They screen applicants thoroughly by checking character and vet references and also by conducting home visits, which are mainly for educational purposes.

Visit their Rescue BLOG here:

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October 12, 2007

Deer in the Yard

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October 02, 2007

Seagull steals a snack!

Here is the long version from You Tube that many of you have seen a part of in emails..

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September 29, 2007

Oliver learns to Count..






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September 04, 2007

The 2007 2nd Annual Online Dog Expo Unleashed September 29-30: Celebrating Canines Virtually

Canines have their own bakeries, hotels, and high fashion, and now their own natural health expo online

~Our own Maggie Wright, Publisher of Nature's Corner Magazine, Authur of one of the top 10 books on Parrots, among other endevors, will also be participating. Maggie will be discussing the Human/Animal bond, using her African Greys as an example!~

September 3, 2007 - Dogs seem to have it all these days with special bakeries dedicated to them, haute` couture, along with special doggie daycares and hotels. With this in mind, it isn't surprising that the next big thing for dogs would be their very own online natural health expo.

The 2007 2nd Annual Online Dog Expo, produced by the online radio show Animal Talk Naturally, will take place Saturday September 29 through Sunday September 30. The weekend long event will kick off on Saturday morning at 11AM Eastern.

The Animal Talk Naturally online radio show duet, Kim Bloomer & Jeannie Thomason, are hosting and producing this event for the second year in a row with this year shaping up to be just as exciting as last year's event!

With a line-up of expert speakers ranging in topics on acupressure, nutrition, environmental issues, and more the 2007 2nd Annual Online Dog Expo will bring a wide variety of learning and fun for dog owners, fanciers, professionals, and dog lovers worldwide...

There will also be giveaway prizes for attendees from various sponsors of the event including Vladae the 911 Dog Wizard, Jan Rasmusen author of Scared Poopless, and The Barkery Cafe among others.

"Our mission is to empower dog owners with the knowledge they need to make informed and wise decisions for their dogs. For Jeannie and me, it is always about, and for, the animals." says Bloomer.

"Kim and I began our online radio show to become a voice on natural health for the animals and to share our passion to see the animals begin to thrive and live longer, happier lives. With so many of our beloved pets dying at such a young age of preventable diseases, we desired to help dog owners and fanciers everywhere become armed with knowledge; equipped to be proactive in their pets health care. This Expo is designed to be fun and educational." comments Thomason.

Go to www.OnlineDogExpo.com to purchase your ticket today for only $25 per person for the weekend long event or for more information on topics, presenters, sponsoring and how to attend. Or you can email us at info@onlinedogexpo.com . This event is presented by the American College of Veterinary Naturopathy and the Natural Rearing Breeders Association

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August 24, 2007

Talkative parrot Booger Bear keeps family entertained

It could just have been a cheap parlor trick, with the parrot saying "Polly want a cracker," but for Lynn Reed and her family, Booger Bear is no side show; he's the main event.

A yellow nape Amazon, Booger Bear can meow, whistle and sing Popeye the Sailor Man; Row, Row, Row Your Boat and his own ode to himself, Booger Bear.

To read the complete article, please visit:
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/082407/liv_140869.shtml

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August 13, 2007

Heeeeere's Johnny.. and the Amazon!

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August 09, 2007

Parrot refuses to leave man's head

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 7 A Stockholm, Sweden, man was forced to get veterinary assistance when a mysterious parrot took up a position on his head and refused to budge.

Catharina Nordin of Stockholm Police said the bird "came out of nowhere" Monday and attached itself to the head of the man, whose name was not released, The Local reported Tuesday.

The man and his wife sought assistance from the local animal hospital after their own attempts at removing the bird from the man's head failed.

It was unknown Tuesday whether the incident caused any injuries to the man or the bird.


source: earthtimes.org

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August 07, 2007

Parrot mimics owner ..to wind up her dog

A PETRIFIED pooch is being bullied by a cheeky pet parrot who mimics their owner's voice.

Hapless mutt Kizzie doesn't know whether she's coming or going when Banjo squawks out orders to her.

The mischevious 11-year-old African Grey imitates owner Katie Field to call poor Kizzie into the room - only to demand: "What are you doing?"

At other times she even orders the poor Italian Spinone into her cage - and then tells her off for misbehaving. The real Katie admitted: "Kizzie now avoids going in the kitchen if she knows Banjo is in there. If she has to go in there, she'll creep round the edge of the room.

"But Banjo even taunts her by calling her into the room when she's not there.

"Kizzie will go bounding in, but will be confused because Banjo's voice sounds so much like mine - but there's no one to be seen."

Banjo mimics Katie to shout all sorts of intimidating commands at the 14-month-old gundog. Katie, 23, said: "She says 'Get in there' to make Kizzie sit in her cage. And says 'Get off' when she thinks she's doing something wrong.

"Sometimes she'll even shout her name and ask her 'Kizzie - what are you doing?' She's just so talkative and you rarely see that in parrots.

"Kizzie is very wary of Banjo. She will sit near the window in the kitchen and is really afraid of her. When Banjo is in there flapping away and chatting to everyone she will wander out the kitchen and sulk in another room."

Katie - a trainer in animal behaviour - said Banjo acts the boss at the pet-crowded home in Stafford. Katie, who owns 13 other dogs, added: "You can't change her behaviour - Banjo does what she wants on her own terms.

"She rules the roost around here and she knows it.

"Banjo is stuck in her ways and is too old to change. But she only does it to Kizzie because she knows she will get a reaction. If you ignore her like my other dogs do, nothing happens.

"But Banjo knows that Kizzie - who is very shy anyway - is frightened so carries on.

"It all started with another dog we had who also reacted badly and never really got over her encounters with Banjo.

"She has to be the centre of attention at all times.

"If she says something and someone reacts to it she will do it again and again and again. She even talks to us as well. If she asks a question and doesn't get an answer, she'll repeat herself until she gets one."

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September 29, 2005

Humming Birds

Friend of Nature's Corner Magazine, Nan-C, writes:
Wow! These are my favorite little outdoor birds for the past 20 years! In the past few days they seem to have taken off for their Summer Grounds, leaving the Northeast for their long Trek south! We had about 25 of them here and I sure will miss their antics and yelling at one another over who's feeder is whose!
Here is a great site to track the Hummingbirds as they go South in the fall and come back in the spring!
Hummingbird Migration Maps
Hummers usually always return to the same feeding grounds every year! They can become quite tame if you have the time to try to get them accustomed to you, even feeding from a feeder held in your hand!

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