We’ve learned how much we know and don’t know about captive bird care after taking the exam

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Find the Birdy IQ exam here if you haven’t taken it

Of the first 170 exams we had a 25% pass with 75% correct answers to 44 multiple and true/false questions

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Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?

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Questions about birds I answered on Quora the week of 3/13/17

Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?

I can’t speak to power lines but I know that Quaker parrots are colonial animals. They build large nests where a whole colony can live enabling them to survive brutal Chicago winters.

A heat source they seek out and build their nests in is electrical transformers. CommEd has access to a number of Quaker rescues who will come and get the birds when requested.

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Old School Falconry Jargon Untangled

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per Craig Hendee – In the case of the Peregrine only, the males are called Tiercels. Throughout history if you said Tiercel, it meant male Peregrine. The female is called the falcon. If you said falcon, it meant and was understood to be a female Peregrine. Nowdays only the purists or those with great knowledge of the history of falconry and its language would understand it as such. 
 
mitchr with hooded falcon on gloved hand
 
When the gentleman commented on the photo as “nice tiercel” he was saying nice male Peregrine, and meant to be understood as such. I know that he did it intentionally so that we would know of his level of knowledge. Very few falconers have a good understanding of the old terms and meanings. You technically should say male Prairie falcon, but many people would say tiercel Prairie falcon which is incorrect. There are intense epic battles over language on the internet which I love to see. 
 
Under no circumstances should a female raptor be called a hen, such as saying hen red-tail. That will bring down the wrath of many falconers who hate it. It would be female red-tail. There are numerous other names such as a male sparrowhawk which is a musket and the female which is called the spar or sparrowhawk, or the male merlin which is called a Jack, and the male Hobby called a Robin. You just have to learn them.
 

Male Peregrine falcon on arm of woman in medieval costume

Flying eagle point of view

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Hello,

I really enjoy your e:mails and am always interested in the things I learn, or the laughs I get. One thing, they are never boring. Sometimes I see something I’d love to share with my bird club. I have forwarded some stories to friends, but I just became editor of the MidAmerican Cage Bird Society (MACBS) and want to know if I could occasionally reprint an article?

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