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Longest recorded migration of tagged bird from Sweden
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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2003
Museum reports longest recorded migration of tagged bird from Sweden
STOCKHOLM (AP) - An Arctic tern found dead in Southern New Zealand flew 25,000 kilometres from Sweden, a museum spokesman said Wednesday.
"It is the farthest-ever recorded migration of a tagged bird in Sweden," said Thord Fransson, who oversees the tagging and release of birds at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
The tern was tagged in June in the northern Swedish province of Haelsingland. It was found dead Dec. 1 on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The distance between the two locations is 17,500 kilometres, but the bird flew southward along Africa's west coast, passed South Africa and then turned eastward, researchers surmised.
Fransson said the museum tags their birds with small aluminum rings, provided with location and identification data on the birds, but the tags don't offer a blow-by-blow account of where they have been.
"It is possible that the tern hitched a ride with a ship, or that somebody intentionally smuggled the bird to New Zealand and planted it where we found it, but I find that very unlikely," he said. Another possibility, Fransson raised, was that the bird drowned and drifted along with the tides before washing up in New Zealand.
"We've discussed how long the tern could have drifted in the water, but we are fairly certain that it doesn't amount to any great length of time since it would have dissolved by then, and the bird is still in pretty good condition," he said.
"We found a dead Swedish tern on the Australian West Coast in 1963, but that's not nearly as far as New Zealand," he said.
The birds usually spend the winter in Antarctica.
A couple's pet parrot frightened off thieves that broke into their home.
Mystery/Cryptococcus Neoformans has claimed 118 animals on Vancouver Island since 1999.BY: Catherine Litt "The News Bulletin" Monday Nov 10th,2003.Nanaimo BC
Steven cautions pet owners to be aware of any signs of health problems that could be linked to Cryptococcus, but he says they shouldn't be overly preventative. "The biggest advice I give people is two-fold"said Steven. "The health benefits of getting out and taking your dog for a walk are far going to outweigh the risk protection of locking your animal inside. If they do get infected, certainly the earlier there's detections the better the likelihood of a successful treatment."
PARROT SMUGGLERS ARRESTED
Border police arrested four women trying to smuggle an unusual cargo - 420 parrots hidden in their van and on their person, news reports said. Customs officers at the Malko Tarnovo border crossing, some 400 Kilometres southeast of Sofia, found the exotic birds as the women tried to cross into Turkey, the Daily Standart said. Between 15 and 20 centimetres long, some of the green birds were hidden in compartments in the van and others in special pockets sewn into the women's clothes, said the report.
The smugglers expected to get the equivalent of $28 Cdn per bird in Turkey where people often give a parrot as a declaration of love. The parrots will now go to several zoos in the region, a customs official said.
ABBOTSFORD Police said it was a typical case of “jail birds” refusing to talk.
On July 26, at 6:20pm, the Abbotsford Police Marijuana Task Force executed a drug search warrant at a residence in the 3400-block of Interprovincial Highway. To the officers’ surprise they located 1,500 marijuana plants, at various stages, three suspects and 160 parrots.
The residence, which is a bird refuge for abandoned or injured parrots is a registered charity that helps parrots get well. The 160 parrots that were in the barn appeared to be in good condition; however, none were willing to talk to police.
Police in Burundi, Africa have a suspect in custody. The charge is attempted spying. No effort was made to handcuff the alleged spy at the time of his arrest, however; the feathers covering it would have made that next to impossible. Their latest inmate is in fact, not human at all. It’s a South African Stork.
The name of the alleged spy is “Saturn”, and he was one of a 5 member flock that was involved in a Cape Town research program designed to monitor the immigration patterns of the birds. They were all fitted with a tracking device, which was attached to their body.
The remaining four members of ‘s flock died in February after heavy rains in Mozambique. Saturn was apprehended with an injured wing after apparently mourning the loss of his flock-mates by turning to a darker life of crime. He crash-landed in a village in the Muyinga Province.
Upon learning of this small, lost detail in the birds’ care the Professor said that in light of todays’ concerns over recent international events even he would have to concede that such concern was very understandable. After all, the device does look very “space age” in design and contains an aerial and a small solar cell to help charge the battery. He does remain hopeful that the bird will eventually be returned to him unharmed upon its’ release from the slammer.
Source: The Times UK; BBC
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|Fine-feathered love story
Proving the power of love, .a pair of parrots from different species went cuckoo over each other, set up nestkeeping and hatched a whole new breed.
Tom, the male, is a golden mantle rosella. The rainbow plumed-dandy stands about a foot high. His partner is a kakariki named Cheeky, a green-feathered jungle princess only about 5 inches high.
Their love-birds' eyes met across a household aviary and set both their hearts aflutter. "Ever since the rosella could fly, he has flown over to the kakariki's cage and fed her," says owner Paul Taylor, 37, of Wakefield, England.
"They groom and feed each other and can't stand to be parted. We tried splitting them up, but they created such a fuss we had to put them back together.
"There has always been some chemistry between them. But it's really weird to see them together_ one multicoloured and the other pure green."
For 16 months, the mixed marriage produced eggs but no hatchlings. Then Paul heard the proud parents screeching in the aviary.
"I opened the nesting box and saw this furry thing," says Paul.
"As the mother moved out of the way, I realized there were two chicks. It's a bit of a shock, really. Everyone reckons it's a million-to-one chance."
The Taylors-including wife Julie, 42, and daughters Rachel, 19, and Tricia, 23-treat the new chicks like part of the family. They've named the fluff-balls Betty and Jack after Paul's late parents. And they've named the new breed the Wakefield kakarella.
"I've been feeding the chicks every day," says Julie. "They are a joy, really gorgeous. It's a real love story."