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Should I Own a Large Bird as a Pet

Should I Own a Large Bird as a Pet

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Large, exotic birds make beautiful and unique pets, but the duties involved pose many challenges. Cockatoos, parrots or macaws seem like fun pets, but be ready for the huge responsibility that comes along with owning a large pet bird. The first consideration is the investment that goes into owning a large bird. Cages, food and veterinarian bills for exotic animals create a huge expense. Even a modest cage for a large bird will run upwards of $800. Planning vacations or even going away for the weekend can be a hassle as well. Be ready to pay someone to care for the bird during any absence. Time is another large investment when owning a large bird. Owners will spend hours a day, every day, caring for and catering to the animals' emotional and physical needs. Large birds are attract...
The 1916 Migratory Bird Convention

The 1916 Migratory Bird Convention

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Any approach to conservation of migratory birds requires international cooperation because many bird species breed in one country and spend the winter in another. During migration, they often pass through other countries as well. Anywhere along their migration route, they may be killed. The Reason for an International Conservation Agreement for Birds In 1919, George Lawyer, Chief U.S. Game Warden, wrote: “The myriads of migratory birds that fairly astounded the early explorers… inspired the writing of volumes of literature. These volumes have told of the wanton and thoughtless slaughter of the birds, and have given warning of their certain disappearance with the settlement of the country and the usurpation of the forests, fields, and streams that had furnished shelter, food, and
The Penguins of Antarctica

The Penguins of Antarctica

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The penguin is the most common species of bird found in the Antarctic. Although there are 17 species of penguin, only four actually breed on the continent of Antarctica. These are Adelie, Emperor, Chinstrap and Gentoo. Most of the others are found in sub Antarctic regions which includes many coastal islands and they can also be seen as far north as the Galapagos Islands. The Penguin Name There is no known origin of the word penguin although some believe it could have come from the welsh "pen gwyn" which means white head or the Latin "pinguis" which refers to the fat or blubber of a bird. The Penguin's Appearance All species of penguin have a stricking black and white coat. The distinguishing features and colours are on the head and neck. They vary greatly in size from the l...