Kathy's Best Exotic Bird Resources

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              Kathy's Best Exotic Bird Resources

Bringing to you the information and hopefully, the INSPIRATION 
you and your feathered friends need !
She was not quite what you would call refined.

   She was not quite what you would call unrefined.

 She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.

                            -Mark Twain

Bringing a new parrot into your home requires quite a lot of forethought, resources, education on care, habitat, and species that will fit well into your lifestyle, budget, and household routine.  

Each species requires different foods, interaction, supplies, and time, etc. that require a lot of intelligent research prior to the purchase or adoption.  A hasty, impetuous purchase rarely turns out well for the new owner or for the hapless bird who cannot adapt to an environment completely alien to its' needs.  A subsequently forgotten bird is nothing more than a sin.

The Web can be an excellent tool to begin your journey into the world of parrot-keeping, and will serve you well as you begin to look into cage choices for the specific species you would like to bring into your home (always opt for the largest possible - if you can't afford an intelligently sized cage and out of cage play area, then FORGET THE PURCHASE AND GET A FISH) as well as the needs the bird has for whiling away the time between it's valuable interaction intervals
with it's adopted human(s).

Toys and other forms of activity geared to the instincts of that particular breed are vital for the psychological well-being of your bird.  Please take the necessary time to look into all aspects of parrot-keeping prior to bringing one home!  The market is flooding with unwanted birds who may well have become treasured and loved members of a household with a bit of
reading and learning beforehand.  

If you are an experienced bird-keeper, please look into the adoption of a rescue bird. These treasures need forever homes with patient, loving and knowledgeable people with the time and resources to devote to them.  Keep in mind, large exotic birds can out live you.
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Please see my blog page for new articles I have come across.  I find articles on dogs and cats, too!  Be sure and go over the archived files for older entries. I'm disabled, and on pension; don't always feel up to everything, but this gives me something creative to do! Have been doing compositing for several years, have lost My.Opera blog, closing in March.....so I plan to revamp this as some of the graphics are more than dated, but when I started this back oh, heavens, maybe in 09? earlier? I hadn't the eye or experience nor the resources I have now, so here and there I shall change some of the graphics and be adding to and changing and updating. Kat  Blue Rose Pictures, Images and Photos 

The Alex Foundation



Alex "The" African Grey
1976 to 2007


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Known as one of the most famous African Grey parrots in history, Alex pioneered new avenues in avian intelligence. He possessed more than 100 vocal labels for different objects, actions, and colors and could identify certain objects by their particular material. He could count object sets up to the total number six and was working on seven and eight. Alex exhibited math skills that were considered advanced in animal intelligence, developing his own “zero-like” concept in addition to being able to infer the connection between written numerals, objects sets, and the vocalization of the number. Alex was learning to read the sounds of various letters and had a concept of phonemes, the sounds that make up words.

Alex’s personality was very evident in his everyday life. He was “in charge” of his home and relished ordering “his” humans to perform various tasks for him. He also acted as a coach and cheerleader to his fellow birds, Wart and  
Griffin, alternately encouraging or admonishing them during their lessons. His favorite toys were cardboard boxes, key chains and corks.

Purchased from a Chicago pet store in June, 1977, at that time he was 12 to 13 months old. Alex came from humble beginnings. Alex’s accomplishments proved that all African Grey parrots have intelligence far beyond what was previously thought before his decades-long work with Dr. Pepperberg. Sadly, Alex passed away on September 6, 2007, dying of unknown causes. He was 31 years old.  We miss him dearly.  

Fly high Little dude!


For another Alex site :

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If you're interested, the same blog gives this link to the 1995 Amazon page....


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Parrot Craft


DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Parrot Toilet Paper Roll Craft

This craft was originally requested by "Dee" who commented that it was the only thing she needed that hadn't been able to find on the site so far... I just couldn't let her down (though it did take me awhile to finally make it *blush*)!

Parrot craft


bullettoilet paper roll, 
bulletsomething to colour with 


bulletPrint out the template of choice. 
bulletColour the pieces as appropriate and cut them out.
bulletGlue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper tube.
bulletGlue  tail onto the back of the tp roll.   I glued it to the inside back and then folded it upward (see photo above).  I think it looks nice that way, but be creative!.
bulletGlue the head onto the front of the tp roll.
bulletGlue the wings onto the side of the tp roll (as in photo) or make it look like the parrot is flying by gluing the wings onto the back of the roll.
bulletFold the feet and glue the tabs to the inside of the tube.


bulletClose the template window after printing to return to this screen. 
bulletSet page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers). 


Template     (color)   or   (B&W)


Loving Birds:  My Beginning


When I was five, we lived in Gary, Indiana in a small 2-bedroom frame house across the street from the new Village Shopping Center on 36th and Grant Street.  Nestled within the Village was Kresge’s, a 5 and 10 cent type store (the precurser of K-Mart) which had a super toy department, which I visited several times a month with my mother, especially on my dad’s biweekly Inland Steel payday, on which day I was allowed to pick out a little trinket or two.  Another section of the store boasted turtles, goldfish, chameleons, hamsters, and parakeets!  I fell in love with the little birds and hoped someday to bring home a littlet feathered friend.  My older married sister had one named Pretty Boy. My mother said, “We’ll see.”

Hoping against hope, life went on and I began Kindergarten at Daniel Webster Elementary School.  One day I was walked home from my morning session at Webster (Miss Pauers’ class, in the classroom on the left side of the entry hallway of Webster), and saw something on the kitchen table when we got home.  It was covered with a towel.  My mother removed the covering and voila!  A green and yellow parakeet in a cute roomy cage with food and water dishes, a dish filled with greens, a little mirror and some other small toys.  She had gone all out and I will never forget that moment as long as I live.  Never had an acquisition before nor since, except for the birth of my four children, given me more joy!

Now, we all know all good things must end, but that ended all too soon, but I never knew my mother had so much imagination, nor did I realize till I was in eighth grade and recounting the incident to a friend of mine, that there was a kink in my storyline.

According to my mother, while I was in school one day that fall of my Kindergarten year, she felt that the colors of the bird didn’t match her kitchen. She needed to remedy the situation, and had to apparently do it quickly, as I was to be picked up at school before noon and it was a five block walk to the school for my mother.

When I checked on my little green buddy that afternoon, I noticed a significant difference. Where my birds’ face had been sunny yellow, it was now snow white. Hmmm. The green in my bird had magically been changed to sky blue. Yeah. My sister, Betty, had a blue and white parakeet, and that is part of why I had a cultivated interest in birds at such a young age. It entered my mind that my mom and my sis had traded. Heck no.

My mom told me a little white lie, (the green bird had died) but she got me hook, line and sinker and continued to have me till I was 13 and in that eighth grade conversation and that is when it hit me like a ton of bricks. (I was a sheltered kid and pretty naive)....She said that green and yellow did not go well in the kitchen so she got some RIT DYE and dyed him blue in the sink. Oh, OK. I don’t think I put up too much fuss, as I had a bird anyway.

Due tell, that bird ended up living 9 long years and said everything in the book! He was christened “Augie” as he was hatched in August!

Now I have 2 Quakers, an African Grey, a Yellow Nape Amazon, and a male German Roller canary who sings. No parakeet.  I need to be
 getting me a parakeet! or 2 or 3, and a cockatiel, I really have to have 1 or 2 of those, the cages are all ready. And another German Roller Canary, female.....

I love this picture.  Has to be the best on the web!  Poor kid! Her name was Frances.
Probably hates birds. 
I was about that size when my evil sisters' "Pretty Boy" (the original monster parakeet) landed on me.  His favorite place was on my sisters' hubby Francis' newspaper - AS he was reading it!

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