Let’s rewind to a couple years ago – me – taking a phone call from somebody looking for “a bunch of doves”. The response to my query was what I expected, they needed them for a wedding.
I politely pleaded ignorance hung up but I was totally indignant. How dare they want to take these innocent birds, release them in front of a bunch of people into unknown territory where they can crash into buildings, trees, and God knows what?
I immediately wrote a blog post about and then I got an e-mail from someone who ran a company that “rented doves”. Turns out my indignation was for naught!
The organization http://www.white-dove-releases.com/ specializes in dove releases for ceremonies. If you check out any of their members you’ll learn that the birds aren’t “just” white Doves – they are pure white “Rock Doves” a.k.a. homing pigeons! The companies that release the birds are very particular in terms of not releasing them at night or in foul weather and so forth.
They normally put a release distance of no more than 50 miles within a certain geographical area. Now you know.
Oh and by the way if you’re interested in knowing how homing pigeons find a way back home, here’s some science that sheds light on this mysterious subject
I have 16mm footage (which make me feel old) of me holding parrots at Parrot Jungle now called Jungle Island, when I was 5 making the place really old – it was actually founded in 1935. It’s one of the few places in the United States that you cannot only look at the animals but you can hold the animals.
Video – Visiting Jungle Island in Florida
Then there’s Parrot Mountain and Gardens which of all places is in Parrot Forge, Tennessee. Here you can visit the bird garden with more than 70 birds of mixed species, a Lory aviary were you can have Lories sip nectar from your hand then visit a baby bird nursery where you can pet the babies and watch them being hand fed.
If your budget doesn’t allow you to travel to these bird filled parks you could always stay home and watch videos on YouTube for free.
One of the most entertaining display of bird tricks done by professional birds in front of a large audience (for money) that I know and isn’t Macaws or Amazons.
It’s this amazing group of Budgies shown below. If you’ve been following us for any length of time you may have seen this before but I never get tired of it – enjoy!
written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing
your zygodactyl footnote
Norman Barrett – Dressage Perruches
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