04/03/2016 - Eclectus Parrot
The first European ornithologists to lay eyes on the Eclectus Parrots thought they were 2 different species and this view didn't change until the early 20th century.
This species is the best example of sexual dimorphism in the parrot world.
The species was discovered in 1776 by Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller, a German zoologist who lived between 1725 and 1776.
Take a guess at which is the male and which is the female, without researching, and think how you would relate sex to a colour.
18/03/2016 - Food for parrots
Our collection of birds, including the Eclectus parrots, are fed twice daily, first at 7am and again at midday. If the pair are feeding a young chick, then an extra feed is prepared late in the afternoon, so that there is no stress on the feeding mother.
We are lucky to be in an area that produces the food that the birds like – we supply sweet corn still on the cob, in pieces big enough so the birds can manage to hold them when eating. They eat papaya flesh still on the skin and the black seeds, raw peanuts, purple grapes, long beans, and bananas. If the sunflower is in bloom, we add the seeds. The grapes and the corn are the first items to be eaten if sunflower seeds are not provided, and we know they would eat more of these items than we provide them with. However, our main concern is a varied and healthy diet
08/04/2016 - The Talking African Grey Parrot
African Greys are highly intelligent and extremely sensitive but not all Greys will talk. They can learn to say more than 1000 words. Their intelligence can rival that of a 5-year-old child.
Our African Grey, Tatty, who regards himself as one of the foundation team, is very good at mimicking the human voice and making a number of other sounds relating to human activities, and often accompanies the whistles and sounds with appropriate movements.
27/04/2016 - Another bird on the edge of extinction
Frequent visits to bird markets will give a clear idea about which species are under pressure in the wild by trapping for the pet trade.
When it comes to parrot species, Forsten's Lorikeets (Trichoglossus forsteni forsteni), indigenous to Sumbawa, are now targeted by the poachers. When visiting the traders in the bird markets, it is evident that this species is available in large numbers, and thus another species will soon be pushed onto the Critically Endangered species list.
10/06/2016 - What’s in a name?
The Hornbill (Bucerotidae) is so called because of the shape of its long curved bill, resembling a cow’s horn.
Not all hornbills have the casque on its top mandible.
The heaviest casque is that of the Helmeted Hornbill, and this much sought after ‘ivory’ has seen this species move from the Near Threatened to the Critically Endangered list in just a few years. As security for elephants and rhinos tightens, so the threat to these hornbills increases as poachers catch to sell the casque for carvings or traditional medicine.
Our own Wreathed Hornbills, in less danger of extinction, are are so named because of the narrow band of wreaths on its top mandible.
24/06/2016 - Hornbill communication
We can hear our pair of Wreathed Hornbills calling each other from anywhere on the site at Sibang. In the wild, the loud 'bark' helps them to know where their mates are. It is also a way to claim possession of their territory.
To us it seems like their calls are all similar but this is not the case. Every bird, like the human voice, has an individual tone that others can recognise.
05/05/2017 - Birds need showers
Just like humans, all birds need showers to keep their bodies clean and their feathers moist, shiny, and undamaged. If feathers are not clean it will be hard for birds to flap their wings and fly, as dirt can cause the feathers to become more vulnerable to damage. Birds may become stressed and pluck their own feathers.
Our chicks are showered every two days; the adult Bali Starlings have small bathing pools which are often used for splashing and cleaning themselves daily.
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