Each year our calendar cover features a Poster Parrot whose job is to educate the public about some aspect of birds.
Our last calendar for 2010 features our past 4 Poster Parrots
Our 2009 Poster Parrot - Tinkerbell
Hi! My name is Tinkerbell. Although my name sounds feminine, I am what is referred to as a normal grey male cockatiel. My message to you all is the importance of bathing. In order to maintain our feathers in top notch condition, we need to bathe on a regular basis. Bathing provides moisture for our feathers and skin, aids in removing dander, loose feathers and debris from new feather growth.
It is instinctive for us to want to bathe but just like a kid, we need some guidance. When we are first introduced to showers or bathing, we may not take to it right away. If we were in the wild, we would learn from our parents or the flock. Monkey see monkey do! Never force us to bathe. Consistency is key!! Introduce bathing to your bird gradually and consistently.
My wisdom on bathing was excerpted from an article courtesy of Grey Feather Toys.
I encourage you to read the full article at the following link to Grey Feather Toys, who became a sponsor of our program this year!:
The humans I lived with for a spell submitted my picture to the folks at Parrots At Play and they felt that the picture would make a good cover for the calendar. How cool is it to see a cockatiel surfing?? Unfortunately, my stay with these humans was brief. Here's my sad story:
My family adopted me 3 1/2 years ago. I was out on my own in this big world and two mean crows decided I looked like I would make a great meal, so they knocked me out of the sky and I fell into this backyard. I started yelling for help and this nice man ran out and scared the crows off. He gave me to his daughter and she looked for my original family, but when they couldn't be located, she decided to keep me. She bought me a great big cage and in no time flat I had her heart wrapped around my little wing! Mom’s daughter wanted to name me, so she named me Tinkerbell, because that was her favorite character at the time. Mom told her that was a girls name and that I was a boy, but she replied, "Mommy, he's just a bird he doesn't know that's a girls name!" Well I just have one thing to say to that "If I didn't know it before then, I know it now!" But that's okay, I really don't mind, because the little girl is one of my favorite people. She lets me ride around on her shoulder and I show her my heart wings and sing to her really pretty! Sadly though on May 14, 2008 my cage door was accidentally left open while I was outside enjoying the nice warm weather and I decided to see if my flight feathers had grown in enough for me to soar in that big blue sky (I forgot about those mean crows) and sure enough they had and I haven't been able to find my family since. I know they miss me very much, because I miss them and even though we are now apart, I will always love them and I know they still love me!
Message from the folks at Parrots At Play: Please, please, be careful when bringing your birds outside. Always have them secured
in either a cage, carrier, or harness.
Even if you have your bird's flight feathers clipped, this will not prevent them from being carried away by a gust of wind.
Our 2008 Poster Parrot - BooBoo
Hi! My name is BooBoo. I’m a 3 1/2 year old female black headed caique and I live with humans in Alabama. I was asked to speak to you about the agility of parrots. Although parrots are creatures of flight, they are also very agile with their beaks and feet. Please provide us with lots of opportunities to exercise. A large cage and a playgym with swings and toys would be very much appreciated.
Our 2007 Poster Parrot – Stich
"HHmmmmmm......I wonder if humans appreciate how intelligent parrots are?"
"Hi! My name is Stich and I live with humans in Canada. I was asked to educate you about the intelligence of parrots. My friend Trudy says it so much better than I".
"I have always believed that if we did not use our intellect as a unit of measurement for elevating ourselves above all other creations we would greatly improve our ability to more accurately perceive and, consequently, appreciate the amazing world about us and relate with greater sensitivity to it. I would like to share with you the following lines by Henry Beston, The Outermost House (1928):"
"We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
Our 2006 Poster Parrot – Cookie
Cookie is a Major Mitchell's Cockatoo who has lived at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois since it opened
in 1934. Yup, that's right, he's over 70 years old! Cookie has seen many caregivers come and go
in his lifetime. The larger species of parrot such as Macaws, Amazons, African Greys , and Cockatoos
have a potential life span of between 50 and 80 years!
Our 2005 Poster Parrot – Indy
Indy is a Severe Macaw that was rescued in 2002 at the age of 13 by Iowa Parrot Rescue from humans that maintained him in a small 18" X 18" cage with no toys, only one over-sized dowel perch, second-hand smoke and junk food. After getting him back to Iowa, Mike and Abi gave him repeated baths and the water that ran off was brown. Vet visit showed anemia and vitamin deficiencies, as well as severe upper respiratory problems. During the next 60 days the vet bills climbed to over $1,000. Indy required irrigation of the sinuses several times a day and needed supplements and antibiotics. He also needed a lot of socialization. It wasn't until March of 2003 that he was ready for adoption.
Indy is now in the hands of caregivers that are feeding him good food, giving him lots of love and a quality of life. You can read his progress at http://www.machlink.com/~dmc/Indyjournal.html
Indy's story illustrates the need for education, rescue and adoption services, and conservation. There are many non-profit avian organizations around the country that are working hard to help birds. They need our support. The Parrots At Play Calendar Program is designed to help. All net proceeds from calendar sales are donated to non-profit avian organizations.
Our 2004 Poster Parrot – Sampson Bell
"My Sampson Bell proudly passes the Poster Parrot Perch over to Indy. Please read his story above to show how we all need love. " LisaB
Sampson Bell, Congo African Grey, who passed away on Dec 7, 2002, at the tender age of 2 1/2 from Aspergillosis; was the Poster Parrot for the 2004 campaign and was featured on the cover of the calendar. Sampson and his mom, Lisa, volunteered at local schools, scout meetings, and other events to educate the public on birds and their care. You can read his story at www.avianweb.com/sampson.htm
The Parrot Chronicles has an article on Aspergillosis at:
For more information on Aspergillosis click here