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SAT, JUN 29, 2019
Bird Club Picnic, Abbott Park, 11AM-3PM

TUE, JUL 2, 2019

SUN, JUL 28, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, AUG 6, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, AUG 18, 2019
Homeless Animals Day at the Alaska Zoo!

SUN, AUG 25, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, SEP 3, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, SEP 22, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, OCT 1, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, OCT 27, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, NOV 5, 2019
Educational Meeting

SUN, NOV 24, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon

TUE, DEC 3, 2019
Holiday Potluck and Board Elections

SUN, DEC 29, 2019
Board Meeting at Denny's, 3950 Debarr Road, Anchorage, 10-Noon


Bird of the Month: February 2007

(By Diane Richards)

Malika came to live with me in March 2006. She was living with a lady who’d bought her so she wouldn’t have to go into a breeding program again. Malika is a Congo African Grey. She will be 19 years old this year and has been a breeder most of her life. She is now retired and, might I add, spoiled rotten.

This sweet bird is blind and has been from birth. She has no sight at all, does not see even the brightest beam of light. This does not affect her daily routine, playing with toys, chewing up toys and flapping outstretched wings to the point of taking off and hovering a few seconds and then landing back in the middle of my bed (not always gracefully).

Malika does not talk in human language, prefers several different squeaks, peeps, clicks (Grey sounds) and whistling to get my attention. She will whilstle once, which I don’t acknowledge but, when she does two notes, I will go to her and either take her out or at least acknowledge her calling. If I’m busy and call to her to hold on, she will sometimes wait and other times will burst out whistling over and over till I stop what I’m doing and go to her.

This little girl is the sweetest, most gentle and loving bird. She loves to be held, get kisses on the head, scratches and tickles, and will often lay with me watching TV for hours. What a wonderful blessing she is!

General Congo African Grey:
The African Grey Parrot is a medium-sized parrot about 12 inches/30cm long (Congo subspecies) of the genus Psittacus, native to Africa. As the name implies, the African Grey parrot is predominantly grey, with accents of white and a red or maroon tail depending on the subspecies. African Grey parrots, like all parrots, are zygodactyl, having 4 toes on each foot, two towards the front and two towards the back. They feed primarily on nuts and fruits supplemented by leafy matter.

While comparative judgments of animal intelligence are always very difficult to make objectively, Psittaciformes are generally regarded as being amongst the most intelligent of birds. African Grey parrots are particularly noted for their cognitive abilities which are believed to have evolved as a consequence of their history of cooperative feeding on the ground in central Africa.

African Grey parrots captured in the wild need time and effort to adapt to human presence, and have a tendency to growl. Hand-fed African Grey parrots generally make wonderful and very affectionate companions. Pet owners often refer to their relationship with them as being "like having a five-year-old child." They are generally thought to be the best mimics of all parrots. Anyone considering getting an African Grey parrot as a pet should note that they quickly become bored unless provided with stimulating toys and interaction with their owners. Their life spans are 40+ years in captivity.

There are two subspecies:
Congo African Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) and Timneh African Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus timneh). Congo African Grey parrots (CAGs) are larger birds with light grey feathers, bright red tails and black beaks. The other subspecies, Timneh African Grey parrots (TAGs), are smaller in size, have a darker charcoal grey coloring, a dark maroon tail, and a light horn colored beak. A few authors recognize a third subspecies, Ghana African Grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus princeps) which is similar to CAGs, but darker and slightly smaller.



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