10 comments on “Macaws and the Native American Feather Factories!!

  1. Maybe even as far North East as Mesa Verde Colorado…

    Damn…now I am sidetracked with a treasure hunt for Parrots on North America… lol

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  2. The wife and i had 6 pet birds at one time and they are as social and personable as any dog, a little more neurotic at times though. i bought a 2 year subscription to Bird Talk magazine and breed specific books on each breed. Peach faced love bird, 2 budgerigars(parakeets) color mutated “lutino” cockateil, albino zebra finch and a red eared finch. if the author was an ornithologist i would not disagree, but i have to,on one point only. feathers even the primary flights are not attached to bone. they are only in the skin like hair or scales. they have muscles in the skin and can move them sort of like the flaps on an airplane wing. they do molt, lose them periodically just like we shed hair. not all at once but some here and there. they can also ” panic molt” when under attack from a predator as a means to confuse them. there are 2 stages in the growth of the feather. as it grows out the pore in the skin it is a “pin” or “blood feather”, when it is fully grown out and unraveled, it is dead tissue just like our hair. if you rip one out it will hurt , if you rip out a blood feather they can bleed to death. in our color mutated cockatiel you could see the blood in the feathers, instead of white they are dark pink, then turn white as they unravel.

    when we first had our first dog Shasta, a full blooded pound dog, she didn’t pay any attention to the birds, even if they were chirping and singing, making lots of racket. i also never kept their wings clipped, they were full flighted and they got to fly around our house. Peach the lovebird was in the living room on a plant hanger and he decided he wanted to be on me and flew in front of Shasta and she snatched him out of the air. i was reading Jurassic Park and chucked the book as hard as i could, hitting her in the ass. luckily she had a soft bite and she released Peach and he flew directly to his cage. feathers were in her mouth and floating right there around her head. i scolded her big time screaming at her and kicked out into the yard. my wife went out and chewed her ass some more, and Shasta opened her mouth panting some more feather floated out. traumatic and cartoonish at the same time!

    mistreated, neglected birds will self mutilate, i have seen pics where they have no feathers at all on there bodies, wings, totally bald, except their head. they will even mutilate their skin. If these ancient birders had more than one bird, say 6 like us there would be no need to ever pluck them, they shed a couple times a year and they have way more feather then what a person would think. further, if you tried to pluck a healthy feather from a great macaw, you could easily lose a finger or 2, they can crack coconuts you know. birds also have fast and very sensitive metabolism and when under emotional stress can easily get sick and die.as far as the marking or deformations on the bones that could be infection scars whether or not they were plucked or naturally shed. they are very emotional species and just capturing them could kill them due to the stress. that is why it is becoming illegal to capture wild birds, better than half never live to be imprisoned as a status symbol. since these types of birds are prey they are also genetically hard wired to not show illness until they are about 1 or 2 hours before they die, believe me, been there, done that. it is clear to me that ancient people had much more reverence for nature and her inhabitants, i don’t believe they were arrogant, abusive assholes like we see today.

    also i want to correct another misnomer. parakeets are a family of different birds. budgerigars are in that family, yes they are parakeets, but so are derbian, beebee, and tovee, as well as the African and Indian ring necks. many types like the great and mini macaws, cockatoos, parrots and conures. budgerigar is the British pronunciation of the Australian aboriginal word “betcharuga” which means “pretty bird”. these families of bird have certain things in common, parakeets have slender bodies with long tapering tails, parrots have stalky bodies with a short cropped tail, cockatoos have crests and the macaws, great and mini have a bald facial patch with maybe some small stripes, i don’t know what conure’s deal is as i haven’t seen that many. however with nature there are exceptions to these rules, the black palm cockatoo has a bald facial patch like the macaw, and even the shape of their face and beak looks like a macaw with a crest on top of the head. go figure.

    dammit, i miss our birds, now i’m going to have to give our dogs a really big hug and cherish our time together to ease my soul;)

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    • Fantastic information Randolf! My Sister owned a pet shop and sold larger birds but I never did get the chance to learn more about them. One thing that I did learn and has always fascinated me is their lifespan. Apparently they can outlive two life long Human owners in a row?

      Thank you for dropping in over at my site Randolf! I replied back but have the “email alerts” turned off because I didn’t want to bother anyone with emails until I get it done and they choose to receive them by their own option. 🙂

      Great info you shared here, your info makes a great point! Thank you!

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      • Several years ago I had a friend who had 4 macaws that she raised in her townhouse. Big mistake IMO! She didn’t keep them caged so they shredded cabinets, counter tops, carpet, and everything else. She seemed not to care but I could never live with these birds. They were also very loud and screeched all of the time. Oh well, to each their own.

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      • J.R. , you welcome and i have bookmarked your blog so i will be looking forward to more political incorrectness and try very hard to contribute. 🙂

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        • Great Randolf! Thank you! Roberto and I have been having an offline email discussion about the origins of religion and it is a bit controversial. Maybe not fitted for this blog here and Roberto’s professional peer/occupation reputation. But I thought you might want to be kept in the loop because of a few comments we have made here about it. Would you like me to email you with a summery and links ? Is the email you used over at my site a good one you check often?

          I am working my butt off trying to get my site dialed in so that I can post our discussion topic in the discussion forums there. But the script I chose is like the difference between folding a Paper Airplane and completely rewiring a 747 Jumbo Jet…so it is taking me a bit longer than I like. So if you feel uncomfortable with me emailing you I can fill you in when I get it posted there. Just didn’t want to make you curious as hell about what we were hinting about on here. lol

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    • By the way Randolf, I apologize for how my site script displayed the paragraphs in your comment there. You did post right but the script didn’t render it correctly. I changed some settings so hopefully I have that issue fixed. So many little things like that I need to get fixed before I start to bring traffic to it! 🙂

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  3. Roberto… I am on your side with these birds. Just because of how loud and obnoxious they are! The whole neighborhood will know when you get one. lol

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