The word Random is awesome. It means many different things to different people. To me, it means this traffic camera and this toucan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OR7Zm1Ajzo Totally random, right? Plus adorable.
When I thought about this post, I thought I would just see how many species of birds I could randomly think of for a country. I picked Africa and parrots that I don’t own. So grays and love birds are out. But there’s not much in the way of videos of wild parrots. Who wouldn’t want to hang out in the jungle with heavy camera equipment just waiting for the birds to fly past? So instead here’s a clip of a young Jardine’s chattering a bit in its sleep. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW-H5qhV8oQ
If you have an hour, here’s a great video with lots of random parrots in it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhDiigWqDX8 It’s National Geographic, so it has to be the best!
And here is a really good video full of information on Jardine’s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Kwj-TOkO4
Another random African parrot is the Meyer’s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u23IDomN6Uw Here’s a short but clear clip of a wild Meyer’s parrot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C29Igd1sEmw I have trouble identifying Meyer’s and Senegal parrots, or should I say differentiating one from the other at a glance. I try to remember that the Senegals have the sunny orange feathers that the mild Meyer’s does not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWA-lpf4CNw
One person describes the difference between the two as the Meyers loves to love you, the Senegal loves to be loved by you. So Meyer’s are like dogs, and Senegals are like cats. Good to know. And here’s more information about the differences in these as Rupells, another of the poicephalus parrots.
Possibly the rarest and most endangered member of this family is the Cape Parrot, with the awesome Zulu name of uPholi. That’s not a typo, the u is small and the P is large. http://www.parrots.org/index.php/ourwork/home/cape_parrot
I am not now, and never shall be, a rabid anti-pets, animal rights activist and fanatic. Animals can live very happy lives with their people, and people can only benefit from that relationship. But I am rabid about poaching. Wild birds and animals need to stay in the wild, and the wild needs to be protected. So read this article about wild-caught parrots being poached and the majority of them dying in transit.
Now go hug your parrots and promise them an extra treat when you have time. Speaking of time, you may notice that my mid-week posts have gotten late and later. My week has changed and my time is taken up thoroughly early in the week. This is my last Wednesday post, I’ll see you on Sunday and then move to Thursday of next week.