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Fight Against Maturity

That’s the last time I go to a cut-rate hair dresser!

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July 16, 2011 Posted by | animals, bird | Comments Off on That’s the last time I go to a cut-rate hair dresser!

That’s gotta hurt

A woman returned to her Cumbrian home to find a near perfect imprint of an owl on her window. The bird had apparently crashed into the window of Sally Arnold’s Kendal home, leaving the bizarre image – complete with eyes, beak and feathers.

via BBC News

July 11, 2011 Posted by | animals, bird | Comments Off on That’s gotta hurt

Unlikely buddies

A mynah bird and a dog who cannot bear to be parted have become local celebrities in China.

The pair are such great friends their owner has built a special perch for the bird which fits on the dog.

More via Orange UK

October 12, 2010 Posted by | bird, cool stuff | Comments Off on Unlikely buddies

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Turkey”

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo at Cincinnati Zoo

Image via Wikipedia

They’re out there, blocking traffic, invading front porches, hiking the banks of the South Platte and the Poudre rivers in Greeley.

Wild turkeys. Maybe wild and crazy turkeys, judging from their recent behavior.

Early Wednesday morning, two turkeys stopped traffic along 5th Street in east Greeley, challenging the drivers and sometimes block-

ing the road as people drove to work.

In addition to stopping traffic, the turkeys are getting more bold. Recently, one east Greeley family reported a turkey knocking on their front door. They called animal control officers.

More via  Greeley Tribune.

August 26, 2010 Posted by | animals, bird | | Comments Off on “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Turkey”

How do you smoke bird brains?

One of Africa’s largest birds of prey is being threatened by gamblers who believe smoking its brains gives them powers to predict World Cup results.

Mark Anderson, of BirdLife South Africa, said he feared that belief in ‘muti’ magic would accelerate the decline in rare Cape vultures, reports the Daily Telegraph.

via World Cup gamblers threaten vultures | Orange UK.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | animals, bird | | Comments Off on How do you smoke bird brains?

“I don’t care what they say about penguins! My feet are cold!!”

There are more beautiful pictures of ice at this link.

The picture above is cropped slightly from an image  copyright by  Steven Kazlowski/Barcroft Media

March 30, 2010 Posted by | animals, Art for sure, bird | | Comments Off on “I don’t care what they say about penguins! My feet are cold!!”

Sometimes a bird has gotta make do

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July 24, 2009 Posted by | animals, bird | Comments Off on Sometimes a bird has gotta make do

Polly wants a passport

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A British tourist has had his passport stolen in New Zealand – by a large wild parrot with a reputation for mischief.

The Scottish visitor reported the theft from a tour bus on its way to Milford Sound, a beauty spot in South Island’s Fiordland region. A police spokesman said the kea had swooped on a brightly coloured bag containing the man’s passport when the coach made a stop.

via Ananova – Parrot steals Brit’s passport.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | animals, bird | Comments Off on Polly wants a passport

One for the birds

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MAY 5–Two California men were indicted today on federal charges that they illegally smuggled Asian songbirds into the country, most recently last month when one of the defendants, returning from a trip to Vietnam, was found with 14 live birds strapped to his legs.

via The smoking gun

May 5, 2009 Posted by | animals, bird, Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on One for the birds

Now if they could just get him to put the seat down


January 31, 2009 Posted by | animals, bird | , | Comments Off on Now if they could just get him to put the seat down

Well, it was a nice trip anyway.

As a keen birdwatcher, Janet Davies thought nothing of travelling 1,000 miles to Norway to try and catch a glimpse of a rare snow bunting.

Unfortunately, however, the bird proved elusive during her trip, and Mrs Davies returned home – where she has found one sitting on her garden fence.

More at   Mail Online.

January 1, 2009 Posted by | animals, bird | | 1 Comment

Elvis, the parrot terrorist

More at Metro.co.uk

He is not even human but Elvis ruffles so many feathers he is being threatened with an Asbo.

Elvis the parrot has been accused of dive-bombing people and wrecking street lights when owner Edward Pikul lets him out.

“He is a lovely pet and would never harm anybody. If I had to imprison him in his cage, I would rather get rid of him,” said 49-year-old Mr Pikul. “It’s true Elvis has a mischievous streak, he knows a few swear words and his shriek is quite loud but hes an ­abs­olute joy to have.”

But one resident complained: “The bird is a nuisance. Just because he likes the parrot doesnt mean he should terrorise the whole village with it.”

Since Mr Pikul got Elvis seven years ago, the macaw has become a regular sight in Wilsden, West Yorkshire.

June 2, 2008 Posted by | animals, bird | , , | Comments Off on Elvis, the parrot terrorist