You don’t need to have birds... You just need to love them! WLABC Established 1991 NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE NEWSBEAK T H E N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E W E S T LO S A N G E L E S B I R D C LU B Keep Your Parrot Safe This Holiday Season It’s getting to be the holiday season and while it can be a busy and joyous time, it is important to think about pet bird safety as there are many dangers lurking for your parrots this time of year. Here are five important tips to look out for to keep your parrot safe: 1. Ovens Teflon is a danger to pet birds. Many ovens have Teflon pans and if heated to a certain temperature for an unknown length of time, they can be deadly to birds. To be on the safe side, if you are cooking for any length of time, make sure the parrot is in a well ventilated location away from the kitchen. 2. Cooking When cooking on the stove, it’s easy for a curious little bird that wants to be with its owner to come flying in if it’s unclipped. While cooking, keep birds safely in their cages. This prevents you from being distracted while cooking and prevents something horrible from happening to your pet bird. 3. Christmas Trees Needles from Christmas trees can be deadly to pet birds. Flocked trees are pretty to look at but are toxic to birds. Christmas tree decorations are not bird toys. 4. Toxic Plants The Christmas poinsettia plant can be dangerous to your birds. Be cautious of Christmas wreaths and table decorations around your pet bird. Many of these items can be poisonous to birds. 5. Guests Your guests may leave open windows and doors. It’s best to keep your parrot in the cage or in a secure location around guests. There are instances of pet birds getting lost even when owners thought that the parrot could not fly. Nothing can spoil a holiday season like a lost pet bird or parrot. WHAT’S INSIDE: n Cockatoos 3: An Interview with Darlene Parker n How to Stuff your Parrot on Thanksgiving n SAVE THE DATE for the WLABC Holiday Party - 12/14 JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING: Nov. 9th at 7pm - Dr. Frank Lavac Read more about our upcoming meetings on page 3.
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2016 West L.A. Bird Club Officers and Committee Chairs President Doreen Seelig 310-488-9749 dseelig@aol.com Vice President/Speakers Linda Jensen 424-772-6797 ltlbeachgirl@yahoo.com Treasurer/Secretary Pat Julien 310-306-2835 pjluvsgreys@earthlink.net Newsbeak Editor; Membership Kimberly Knab 310-498-2369 kimberly.knab@gmail.com Sponsors/Advertising Jan Julien 310-301-1942 jjulienbirds@gmail.com Webmaster/Social Media Steve Gumplo 310-498-8142 stevengumplo@gmail.com Refreshments Miriam Ginzburg Hospitality Dennis Iberman Special Events & Field Trips Joni Malukas sambapb@gmail.com CrossBird Puzzle Editor Dave Friedman 310-837-3089 Correspondence Secretary President’s Message November is one of my favorite months. I think Thanksgiving is the best meal of the year. Desi and Arriba agree too. Desi, my little green vacuum cleaner, loves to eat just about anything but Thanksgiving dinner has some of his (and mine) personal bests such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, corn, rolls, green beans, sweet potatoes, and (sorry vegans) turkey. Arriba is more of a purist. He sticks to corn and rolls. I, of course, love the pumpkin pie and whipped cream. The birds don’t get any because sugar is not good for them. Of course, it is not good for me either. However, if you would want to donate a few holiday treats for our November meeting we would never turn them down. I plan to bring something. I hope you and your birds had a happy Halloween. Desi has a variety of costumes to choose from. Sometimes he is a little beaver chewing all the wood in sight and throwing the remains on the floor, perhaps in hopes of building a dam. Other times he dresses up in a Macaw suit and chews toys four times bigger than he is. Of course, his favorite is his imp suit, making mischief anywhere he can think of. Arriba usually just wears his angel halo, being the good, cooperative boy that he always is. The October meeting was a huge success. Susan Doggett, a migratory bird rehabilitator, was there with her raptors. I was on vacation in Ashland, Oregon but I was told by all who attended that it was an interesting and informative meeting. Dr, Lavac will be speaking at our November meeting on Advances in Avian Medicine. I hope we have a big turn out for him, as he is a great speaker as well as one of our sponsors. November also means that Christmas and Hanukah are coming. Our club has always had an outstanding holiday party. We always need donations of gift baskets ready to be put on our wonderful raffle table. If we want to our club to continue, we must have a successful party. It is our major fundraiser of the year. We actually lose money at most meetings after paying the rent, providing the snacks, and purchasing items for our terrific raffle. We need everyone to pitch in this year. At the next meeting, it is imperative for all our members to contribute a gift basket for the raffle. Sign up as early as you can for the party and bring friends and loved ones. There are items on the table not just for birds but people too. Remember our club isn’t just for bird owners but bird lovers as well. 310-390-5224 fjportnoy@verizon.net Again please donate a gift basket for the holiday party that would encourage someone to spend money for tickets. Remember the members are the club, not just the Board. We all need to pitch in. Board Medical Advisor See you in November, Frank Portnoy Dr. Annelise Spira Doreen and Desi www.westlabirdclub.com Mailing Address: 531 Main St, #133, El Segundo, CA 90245 2
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OUR MISSION Our mission is to help all pet birds have happy, healthy, and full lives while living in captivity and to provide a vital community for bird lovers. We aim to do this by educating and informing pet bird caretakers on the best possible ways to treat, feed, and house their companion birds. Further, aware of the amount of abused and neglected birds nationally, the club realizes the importance of helping to eradicate this crisis through education, community outreach, and by helping abused birds directly wherever possible. West L.A. Bird Club does not discriminate; to us, all birds are created equal. 3
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Cockatoos 3: An Interview with Darlene Parker on White Cockatoo Pets Written by EB Cravens Darlene Parker has for over 30 years now been the owner of one of the most reputable bird stores in the U.S., Feathered Friends of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her vast avicultural experience with domestically-raised hookbills spans literally decades of pet raising and training with dozens of psittacine species; while her notable clientele includes Hollywood movie stars, playwrights, and Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists. We approached her about doing a brief interview for inclusion in our three-part series of white cockatoo articles, and she kindly consented to share her expertise. Here is a transcript of that conversation… 1) Do you have any cockatoos in the shop right now? No, not right now. 2) When is the last time you acquired a baby cockatoo to handfeed and sell in the shop? Every year we get two baby Rose-breasted cockatoos from a trusted breeder in Florida. Rosies are the only cockatoos we sell anymore. We find them smaller than most cockatoos, less loud, less destructive. People do not tend to pass them on to new owners. They retail around $2200. 3) Do you like cockatoos? Yes, very much so. I think they are some of the sweetest birds around. But they can be a real handful as pets. It takes a committed kind of owner to have a happy cockatoo. 4) What species have you handfed and raised as pets in the past? Moluccans, umbrellas, citrons, bare-eyed (little corella), medium and lesser sulphur crested, goffins, rose breasteds, Major Mitchell’s DuCorps. We have also had Tritons in the shop but not as babies. 5) Some cockatoo people claim the diminutive DuCorps makes one of the best pets. What do you think? They are really nice, but they can be nervous and flighty. 6) So which species do you think make the best companion parrots in the home? Well, rosies like I mentioned. Also the smaller the cockatoo, usually the less the challenges and problems that might arise. But let me be clear about this, I have known lots of great cockatoos that are happily settled in pet homes. Especially if they are in the right environment with plenty to see and do, like with a big outdoor play aviary where they can fly around sometimes. Why, one of our good customers has a twenty-eight-year-old umbrella cockatoo that is wonderful. This couple take the bird everywhere with them—downtown, to the market, everywhere. They never had kids and this parrot is their kid. If you have the time, cockatoos can be marvelous pets. 7) What percentage of the past pet cockatoos you have sold from Feathered Friends have come back to the shop for re-placement or been passed on to different homes? We have really only had two white cockatoos come back to us in the past because they were not working out with the new owners. How many were passed on without our knowledge, it is hard to say because we do not hear about them. We have not had a Moluccan for sale in over 15 years. My problem is I kept trying to talk prospective buyers out of buying one of our former cockatoo babies because it did not seem like the perfect home. One lady had her male Moluccan who was her good pet just “go off” one day while on her shoulder and it bit a hole through her lip. She got rid of it, of course. I have over thirty years of ‘cockatoo stories’ if we had the time…(laughs!) 66
Cockatoos 3  An Interview with Darlene Parker on White Cockatoo Pets Written by EB Cravens Darlene Parker has for over 30 ...
8) What are the primary reasons preventing cockatoos from staying long term in a household pet situation? There are four major reasons I have found. One, these parrots live a very long time. They quite often will outlive their owners and if someone in the family does not want to take them on, they are moved to another situation. Two, many persons end up being allergic to the white powder down. It can cause serious lung problems. Three, cockatoos tend to be very loud and very destructive. We know of persons who have gotten kicked out of an apartment because of the screaming. ‘Termites with feathers’ some people call them. One bird shoppe customer had a Triton Cockatoo that was loose and one day chewed up her $20,000 antique grand piano! Four, they are very co-dependent birds. It is their nature; I never met a white cockatoo that was not co-dependent on its owners. And they are very sexual too. I could not own one because I do not have the time. For example, ‘Beamer’ my thirty- yearold eclectus male loves to hang out with us, but if we do not have the time or are busy, he is perfectly happy to be there and watch or be in his cage. He does not screech to be let out or insist on being petted. 9) Do you know breeders who no longer breed cockatoos? Some like Phoebe Linden, but when you have been in the business as long as I have, it is more common that the breeders of before have gotten out of it or have died. A friend on the east coast still breeds cockatoos; that’s where I get my baby Rose-breasteds from every year. 10) Can you cite some subjective comparisons between male cockatoos and female cockatoos? I have to admit I have always found the females to be a bit nicer, not as aggressive, they stay calmer with sexual maturity and tend to be in homes for a longer time. The males are more unpredictable, quicker to nip. It shows up in pairs of birds where the males can go off on their mate and rip part of the upper beak off the hen! 11) Have you known of many white cockatoo pets that disfigured their feathers? How prone do you find these parrots to be feather pickers? Gosh, it has been so long since I regularly sold white cockatoos, but I have known some. Umbrellas, Goffin’s for sure, Moluccans. You only need to visit an adoption agency. The white cockatoos are just like African Greys I guess. If you do not keep them in a good environment, these birds are just too smart; they will get bored and start picking. On the other had we have a lady who comes in to the shop and she has had her white cockatoo for over 25 years. She does not work, is retired; she makes little sweaters for her pet, bakes little cakes, and that parrot is spoiled! You need to make them a part of your flock, a part of your family. 12) What kind of advice would you give someone contemplating getting a white cockatoo as a companion parrot? I would say to them: “Do your research.” Learn as much as you can about a white cockatoo species before acquisition. Maybe consider a rescue bird because there are so many out there in need of a loving home and an older bird will show you exactly what they are going to be like. We know of one customer who bought an umbrella cockatoo and really loved that parrot. Then a year later she came into the shop and said she would like to ‘strangle’ that bird. It had chewed up all the window sills in the house. Cockatoos need structure in their lives to be taught to behave in a home. Realize this is a long term commitment--years. These birds need toys and lots of time out with their owners. Some sellers will emphasize the baby cockatoo, one of the sweetest parrots on the planet, and not mention any of the negative stuff. My problem was I told prospective owners so much that I ended up talking them out of buying a white ‘too! 77
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Treat Parrots to Pumpkin Spice Bird Bread This Thanksgiving This holiday, treat your feathered friends to a festive batch of pumpkin spice bird bread. The bright orange bread is rich in Vitamin A, which The Bird Clinic identifies as one of the most common deficiencies in pet birds, thanks to a generous dose of pumpkin puree. I like to use assorted toppings and mix-ins to add a variety of textures and colors to my re-homed green-wing macaw’s homemade treats. Whether he nibbles indiscriminately at the bird bread, picks out a single veggie chunk, or simply pulverizes the treats into a crumbly mess, he does so while making gleeful murmurs interspersed with excited yelps that echo through his food dish. One batch makes approximately 6 cupcake-size bird treats and 18 minis. Both sizes are foot-friendly and easy to handle because the pumpkin spice bread is somewhat denser than pound cake. Pumpkin Spice Bird Bread Recipe Ingredients: Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a fork to combine egg, oil, water, and pumpkin puree. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and flax seed in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add the pumpkin puree mixture. Stir until combined. Add mix-ins and stir to disperse. For birdie bites, use a mini muffin pan or baking sheet. Lightly coat the pan with vegetable oil. Fill the muffin cavities about 1/2 full OR drop the batter by the spoonful about an inch apart on the sheet pan. Bake until slightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. For larger discs, use a standard muffin pan. Lightly coat the pan with oil. Fill cups about 2/3 full. Bake until slightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. • 1 egg • 1 tablespoon oil, preferably organic coconut oil • 1/2 cup fresh cooked OR canned pumpkin puree Store prepared pumpkin spice birdie bread in the fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Allow chilled treats to reach room temperature before serving. • 2/3 cup water Pumpkin Spice Bird Bread Recipe Tips • 1/2 cup all-purpose OR whole wheat flour • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed • 1/4 cup mix-ins, see tips below The mix-ins are a great opportunity to boost your bird’s veggie intake and sneak in foods he is hesitant to try. You can forage a variety of unseasoned veggies from your Thanksgiving pantry. Diced bell peppers, cooked black beans, peas, green beans, and corn work well in this recipe. If you prefer, use a bit of chopped apple in your mix-ins to add a touch of sweetness. 10
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Use fresh, organic ingredients whenever possible. If using canned veggies, choose those without added salt. You’ve probably seen this same tip on every pumpkin recipe ever written, but it is worth repeating; canned pumpkin puree is different than canned pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin pie mix usually includes a blend of sugar, spices, salt, and flavorings. For added texture, sprinkle the batter with millet or sesame seeds before baking. Should parrots eat turkey? Of course, as long it’s a Thanksgiving turkey topper made from veggies. Cut a large, flat slice from the side of a bell pepper. Use a mini turkey cookie cutter to cut through the pepper. Place the pepper on top of the batter and press gently before baking. Alternatively, you can use a paring knife to cut freehand shapes. To create fluffier birdie bread, replace half the baking powder with baking soda. TIPS FOR COOKING FOR BIRDS The basic list of no-no’s includes salt, caffeine, chocolate, avocado, dairy, apple seeds (a source of cyanide), fruit pits (stone fruit pits contain amygdalin), garlic, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, alcohol, tobacco, junk food, and sugar. BirdChannel.com cautions against feeding celery to birds because the stringy component may cause health issues such as crop impaction. The Bird Clinic’s list of diet hazards includes acidic foods such as oranges, Granny Smith apples, raspberries, and pineapple because they change the crop’s pH and inhibit or stop the crop’s normal function. Since metals such as aluminum are toxic to birds, it is important to avoid foil paper when preparing and storing this homemade bird treat. Why take a risk that an errant piece will stick to the pumpkin spice bread? Use aluminum-free baking powder. It costs a little more than its traditional counterpart-maybe an extra quarterand is widely available from brands such as Rumford and Bob’s Red Mill. At extreme temperatures, non-stick bakeware and Teflon-coated surfaces can release toxic fumes that are lethal to birds. Birdkeepers should avoid these materials. 11
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How to Stuff your Parrot on Thanksgiving Ingredients: 1 Turkey Stuffing Sweet Potatoes Mashed Potatoes with Gravy Green Beans Cranberry Sauce Hot rolls and Butter Relish tray Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream Hot Coffee Instructions: 1. Get up early in the morning and have a cup of coffee. It’s going to be a long day, so place your Parrot on a perch nearby to keep you company while you prepare the meal. 2. Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to perch. 3. Prepare stuffing, and remove Parrot from edge of stuffing bowl and return him to perch. 4. Stuff turkey and place it in the roasting pan, and remove Parrot from edge of pan and return him to perch. 5. Have another cup of coffee to steady your nerves. 6. Remove Parrot’s head from turkey cavity and return him to perch. 7. Re-stuff the turkey. 8. Prepare relish tray, and remember to make twice as much so that you’ll have a regular size serving after the Parrot has eaten his fill. 9. Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to perch. 10. Prepare cranberry sauce, discard berries accidentally flung to the floor by Parrot. 11. Peel potatoes remove Parrot from edge of potato bowl and return him to perch. 12. Arrange sweet potatoes in a pan and cover with brown sugar and mini-marshmallows. 13. Remove Parrot from edge of pan and return him to perch. 14. Replace missing marshmallows. 15. Brew another pot of coffee. While it is brewing, clean up and replace the torn filter. 16. Pry coffee bean from Parrot beak. Have another cup of coffee. 17. Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to perch. When it is time to serve the meal: 1. Place roasted turkey on a large platter, and cover beak marks with strategically placed sprigs of parsley. 2. Put mashed potatoes into serving bowl, re-whip at last minute to conceal beak marks and claw prints. 3. Place pan of sweet potatoes on sideboard, forget presentation as thereZ’s no way to hide the areas of missing marshmallows. 4. Put rolls in decorative basket, remove Parrot from side of basket and return him to perch. 5. Remove beaked rolls, serve what’s left. 6. Set a stick of butter out on the counter to soften. think better and return it to the refrigerator. 7. Wipe down counter to remove mashed potato claw tracks. 8. Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to perch. 9. Cut the pie into serving slices. 10. Wipe whipped cream off Parrot’s beak and place large dollops of remaining whipped cream on pie slices. 11. Whole slices are then served to guests, beaked-out portions should be reserved for hosts and hostesses. 12. Place Parrot inside ca ge and lock the door. 13. Sit down to a nice relaxing dinner with your family – accompanied by plaintive cries of “WANT DINNER!” from the other room. 12
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Lost or Found Bird? If you have lost or found a bird, please contact your local pet stores, vet offices, and post an ad in your local media outets, including Craigslist. You can also post flyers and use social media to spread the word. Finally, contact WLABC and these great parrot “lost and found”websites: What To Do If Your Bird Is Lost 1. Make and distribute flyers (with a picture!) in the neighborhood. 2. Notify the Humane Society or Animal Control 3. Enlist the help of neighborhood kids. Children love to help look for lost parrots. 4. Call area pet stores and vets. 5. Place classified ads in newspapers. 6. Put up posters in local convenience stores and at your post office. 7. Don’t limit your notification activity to the immediate vicinity where the parrot was lost. Frightened birds often fly a long way. 8. Use social media. 9. Post notices on local websites like Craigslist. Why tell people to join the West LA Bird Club? There are many benefits of being a member! Here are just a few: Attend monthly meetings where you can hear great presentations by bird specialists and professionals Enjoy free snacks and beverages at all meetings Win great prizes with our popular monthly raffle Bring your birds to meetings and meet other birds Have fun and make great friends who love birds too Get discounts at local pet stores Support bird rescue organizations and sanctuaries 16 14
Lost or Found Bird  If you have lost or found a bird, please contact your local pet stores, vet offices, and post an ad in...
Dave’s CrossBird Puzzle TM Correctly solve the CrossBirdTM puzzle and win a prize. Bring your completed puzzle to the November meeting. The solution to this puzzle will appear in the next issue of Newsbeak. Don’t YOU Be a Turkey … Try the WLABC CrossBird TM Puzzle! It’s Thanks-Giving Time, Turkey! 1 2 3 4 5 6 14 7 10 18 24 21 28 34 29 30 31 32 36 40 44 41 38 49 53 54 57 50 55 58 59 60 65 66 67 68 69 70 61 62 63 64 CrossBird (TM) puzzle #1116, © 2016 by David Friedman. All rights reserved. ACROSS 1 6 10 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 23 26 27 28 32 33 35 36 39 Business bigwig Patron saint of Norway Help, as a hoodlum Castle city in Shogun Part of a full house Weighty sport? Thanks... Phone button Duffers' desires Small part of the whole Besmirch Hood release? U.N. workers' agcy. Pin-on for a hero Fly swatter Letter openers Spanish Lady Not "with it" Beckoning word 40 42 43 45 46 47 48 50 51 54 56 58 59 60 65 66 67 68 69 70 6 7 8 9 10 46 48 56 37 42 45 47 DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 22 35 39 52 13 26 27 43 12 19 25 33 11 16 20 51 9 15 17 23 8 Billboards or omens Prop for Mr. Peanut Shorthand expert Bar order They may be tight or loose Part of DJIA Heartbreak or heartache Set of tools Killer hurricane of 1992 Employs again Overnight bags Seas' shockers Get the lead out Thanks... Singer Simone Apollo program's O.J. Uncanny Droops Ship's sail support Hang with cloth 11 12 13 18 22 23 24 25 29 Long thin fluffy scarf Fire proof? Sally's Norma (1979) Giraffe-like mammal Weapon made from jellied gasoline Popular brand of hummingbird feeder Male child HIV consequence Prepare eggs (2 wds) A promise or guarantee Thanks... Net receipts? Austrian light cake Animal lineages "Mister", to a Hindu Jewel-case contents George, the lady poet Thanks... What are you __??!! 30 31 34 37 38 41 44 49 51 52 53 55 57 58 61 62 63 64 Pique condition? Dole family's island Spanish ladies Sundance Festival film, often Vermin Headphones' output Isn't even Like a jewelry box drawer, perhaps Colorful perennials Ms Comaneci Woven fabrics Leading man? Word after saddle or soft MIT grad. Gene-copying matl. Roth saving acct. ___/Tuck: TV comedy/drama Whiz preceder Solution to previous puzzle: Weapons Of Mass Distraction The Final Conflict M A T T A C H E A L G A L E I S C A S E Y R U P E E A M C M E O E L I N N D R P L A L I E D A L R L I E K S P S T E O C H E R U M A M I N L S Y S C O C E A N S M A R T Y O U S M O H E R T A T T H E Y E R S W A N S T A R S T A R T A G P H O T E L E D E I H E R O Y O G I O U R E M U R E U R S E D C A D I S A R M C O P A V A N O T I C F O R E T S A R M A G I R I L E S L I M 15
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