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Forum: Lost and Found 08-05-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 553
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Catching a stressed Alexandrine, advice please

If you know where she is and have seen her, then maybe you could contact a bird-watching group or university, where someone might have a cannon net (or, indeed, any kind of mist net used for catching...
Forum: Cockatoos 08-03-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 319
Posted By Betrisher
Wild visitors today!

I missed it! Having sat up till ridiculous o'clock studying, I was snoring in my bed when two (TWO!) corellas flew into our back deck and paid Rosetta a visit. My son was up and got to watch the...
Forum: Lost and Found 08-03-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 553
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Catching a stressed Alexandrine, advice please

Try going early to the place where you know she is and putting down food (white bread might work best, as it's highly visible). It will attract other birds and may attract Rio: she should be hungry...
Forum: General Parrot Information 08-01-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Can I rename my cockatoo?

My corella came to me with the horrendous name of 'Houdini' - commemorating her brilliant ability to open things and release herself from being confined. Uglee!

I renamed her 'Miss Rosetta Stone'...
Forum: Lost and Found 07-25-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Lovebird in the park- how to help?

The old box-on-a-stick trick works like a charm. First, see if you can attract the bird with food (try bread: it's white and will attract other birds, which will, in turn, attract the lovie). If he...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-28-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By Betrisher
Re: COCKATOO! The Destroyer!

You can buy sisal rope pretty cheaply from Sydney Rope Company (among others) and make a purpose-built cargo net to hang on the back of the cage (instructions in the toymaking forum). You can tie (or...
Forum: Birds Wanted 06-28-2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Identify bird type

Where are you? (In the world, that is). It looks like a cuckoo chick to me, but I'm in Australia. :)
Forum: Budgies/Parakeets 06-19-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By Betrisher
Re: What so you use on the bottom of their cages?

I use cardboard. Mostly pizza boxes, but also packing boxes which I get for free from our local hardware store. The birds just love turning the cardboard into confetti and Rosetta really enjoys using...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-16-2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Galah/RB2 Horror stories?

Sigh. This isn't a competition, noodles123. I'm not trying to 'beat' you to the winners' circle!

Talven is gathering information in order to make an informed purchase and I applaud that. It's the...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-15-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Galah/RB2 Horror stories?

But... really, how does it profit you to hear horror stories about what other peoples' birds did in other circumstances and in other conditions? It won't give you any kind of baseline to work from...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-14-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,566
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Quiet 'toos?

Hah! I posted too soon! THIS is more like it!

Corellas invade Australian suburb in their thousands - YouTube

In the last couple of years, there has been some person or a group of people laying...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-14-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,566
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Quiet 'toos?

Here y'go! I found these on YouTube for a comparison: two videos showing corellas and galahs calling in their usual everyday way.I have to say, the corellas in the video are a bit on the quiet side...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-13-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,566
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Quiet 'toos?

Helloo! Waving!

I said it before and I'll say it again: I've kept three species of native cockatoo over a protracted period and I would never recommend either an SC2 (you've reached your own...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-13-2020, 06:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,566
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Quiet 'toos?

Scott, I know not a thing about Goffins beyond the fact they exist. Could you possibly tell us a bit about yours so we can all have some idea about their personalities and behaviours?

AFAIK,...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-12-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,566
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Quiet 'toos?

Galahs are certainly quieter than most cockies, however they will flock call in the mornings and evenings. I'm sure you've heard their shriek when wild flocks fly over. That shriek can indeed make...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-12-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,576
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Is a playstand worth the money?

Cagzo, your 'little conure' is lovely! I've only ever seen one: she lives in the foyer of the nursing home where my friend, Pat, is living and she bites like mad (the conure, not Pat). Have you tried...
Forum: Cockatiels 06-12-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 17,167
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Please send healing vibes to my new addition. Little Baby Pipsqueak.

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about Pip surviving on millet for the moment. Cockatiels naturally eat cereal grain, native grasses and other native seeds, so millet isn't such a far cry from that. Just...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-11-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,576
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Is a playstand worth the money?

I lived in a tiny house and then moved into a tinier one. We didn't have the space for a typical playgym, so we made a hanging one from pvc pipe and wrapped it in vetwrap. Here's a rather busy...
Forum: General Parrot Information 06-10-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Interesting article: black galah!

Well, it seems the university boffins think it's a melanistic bird and it has been followed and studied for some years. The presence of melanin in the skin doesn't necessarily preclude the continued...
Forum: General Parrot Information 06-10-2020, 02:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Interesting article: black galah!

LOL! Clearly the bird has nested alone, then, since no others are suffering from the same condition. :)
Forum: General Parrot Information 06-09-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By Betrisher
Interesting article: black galah!

I hope the link works! This turned up on our Zoology Society newsfeed today. I thought I'd post it as an item of interest.
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Forum: Cockatoos 06-09-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Unknown ritualised behaviour.

I think you're probably right, but who knows what triggered Ngayuk's odd display? A few years ago, I got new glasses and my galah utterly disowned me! It took ages before I worked out what sin I'd...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-08-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Update and a couple of questions.

I think you've made the right decision, having tried to put everything in place for this bird. Thank you *so* much for trying! So few people would even bother to care as much as you have. My son is...
Forum: Others 06-07-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,270
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Super Cute Bird Videos :)

How lovely! A whopping great flock of Rosettas! I reckon there's between three hundred and three hundred and fifty birds present on the footy field. They probably belong to a much larger parent flock...
Forum: Cockatoos 06-07-2020, 12:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By Betrisher
Re: Update and a couple of questions.

It can take some weeks for a bird to settle into a new environment, so be patient and be willing to wait for Ngayuk to relax. I know you want to see some positive signs right *now*, but it'll happen...
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