Ring Ring…

In a new study, researchers from Northeastern University, the University of Glasgow and MIT found that given the choice, birds would call each other.

Eighteen birds participated in the study (three dropped out early on). They were taught how to work with the smartphones and tablets, and were able to decide if they wanted to make video calls to fellow birds.

They found that the birds would initiate calls, and would “learn skills from their video friends, including foraging, new vocalizations and even flying.” The phone calls were especially beneficial for birds who were isolated. Two elderly macaws formed a deep bond through their calls.

You can read more about the study here.

Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday. Cooper decided she wanted to use the money she has made from her Redbubble shop to donate treats and toys to Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary and to Ginger’s Parrot Rescue.

Both rescues have a donation page. Other ways to help are by sponsoring a bird or donating items from their Amazon wish lists.
Free Flight’s Wish List
Ginger’s Wish List

Turkey Time

Cooper has a shop on Redbubble. She donates a percentage of her sales to her favorite bird rescues. The past couple years, Cooper decided to adopt a turkey through Farm Sanctuary. This year she decided to adopt again.

You can read more about Farm Sanctuary here.
Cooper recommends skipping the turkey this Thanksgiving. It’s all about the sides anyway.

99 Budgies

Ninety nine budgies were recently brought in to the British Columbia SPCA in West Kelowna. You can read the full story here.

Their previous owner was not able to care for the birds, who were living in unsanitary conditions. Most were removed from the home. The owner was offered assistance, and there will be a follow up visit to ensure that the remaining birds are being suitably cared for.

The budgies will be all be examined and given any necessary medical attention.

If you would like to donate to the care of these little ones, you can do so here.

Once the budgies clear their quarantine they will available for adoption. If you are in the area and looking to add a budgie or two to your family, please keep the 99 in mind.

Thank you to Shivangi for sharing this story with us.