Bird Flight Suit Endorsement

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Dear Catherine and Mitch, I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with the flight suit and leash I purchased from your company. When my cockatiel’s cage mate died, I wanted to find a way that I could spend more time with my remaining cockatiel tiel (Rai).

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Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Intro

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Packed with romance, comedy and a surprise ending that makes you feel like you could fly out of the theater!”
— San Jose Mercury News

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An “engrossing, delightful film” (The Washington Post), THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL is the bonafide sleeper theatrical hit of the year.

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Wild bird cam frequently asked questions

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The Hawk Eye is a color camera, but I’m not seeing any in my birdhouse?

Although the Hawk Eye is a color cam, the brightness and intensity of that color depends on the amount of incadescent, or natural light reaching the camera. The size of the birdhouse entrance, whether the house is made of light or dark wood, and brightness of the sun (dawn, noon, dusk, overcast) will influence color intensity. In most cases the color inside a birdhouse will be rather muted. Full color capability is achieved when the Hawk Eye is used outside around birdbaths, feeders, etc.

Can I use the Hawk Eye on my computer? And, can I stream the video onto the Internet?

Most computers now have RCA (audio- and video-in) ports into which you can plug your Hawk Eye Nature Cam. Make certain these are “in” ports. In and Out RCA ports look the same . . .little colored holes in the side (yellow is video, white and red are audio). You have to make sure yours are “In”. If your computer has RCA In ports, it will also have the necessary capturing and editing software. Check your Programs file. Windows comes packaged with MS MovieMaker, a good, but basic editing package, but there are other programs that different manufacturers bundle with their particular machines.

If your computer doesn’t have RCA In ports, you’ll have to buy an adapter into which you plug the Hawk Eye, and then plug the adapter into the computer’s USB port. The one I like best is the Dazzle, made by Pinnacle . Great capturing, editing, and DVD burning capabilities.

All of the above is for getting signals into the computer. From there you can either save it as a file, edit it, and then simply add an html link to your web site so people can click on the file and see that day’s highlights. This is probably the easiest, and least expensive way to go, but, obviously, isn’t real time. Visitors to your site will only see highlights of what happened the day before.

Now, if you want to stream live, real-time video

(none of this still photos that refresh ever 30 seconds stuff) you’ll have to pay for it. We did it a couple years ago with ‘our’ Screech owls, and literally had thousands of hits, from as far away as China, across the U.S. and on to Germany. It does cost, but it’s well worth it. A great video/audio streaming company is . There is a learning curve doing this, but it’s fairly easy. Audio Video Web has great customer support, and it is a tremendous way to get visitors to your site and keep them coming back.

Go to and click on the “Content Delivery” tab at the top. From this select “Live Webcasting.” There are three payment options. I learned the hard — and expensive way — that Option 3 is the best. Click on the “rates” button on Option 3. You’ll see that this option offers unlimited bandwidth, but limits you on the number of people who can log in at one time. Because you want to stream real time, live action, you need to select the 300 kb option at the bottom of the page. There you’ll see you have different options for allowing three, 10, and so on listeners to log on at one time. Three listeners at a time will probably suffice, but if you want to splurge, go for 10. Just ask viewers to limit the time they are on.

AudioVideo Web has great tech support and can walk you through the setup. You’ll have to download their free encoding software into your computer. Do this, and hook up the camera and make sure everything is working — you have a video and audio signal on the software’s viewing screen, BEFORE you sign up and pay them.One of our customers, Alison C. in Charlotte, NC, has discovered a FREE video streaming service at She says: I’m using It’s free and some of the broadcasters appear to have been with them for quite a while so there are a lot of satisfied customers.

As for set up, the encoder (software needed as a bridge between your computer and Camstream) downloaded and installed without a problem. The difficulty I had was finding out that my IP address was assigned dynamically through the cable modem and essentially firewalled. I had to change my IP address to a static one then do a port forward so my broadcast stream could get out through my cable modem.

When I started I didn’t know much about video streaming, but was able to follow the help instructions to set it all up. However, it may not be for everyone. A quick test of minimal comprehension would be to ask if you’ve ever checked your IPconfig setting through the command prompt window. If you haven’t a clue, this may not be for you.

This free version of Camstreams allows up to 15 viewers, but each viewer pulls a 64K bit stream and the total service only allows a total of 500K so if all 15 did get on at the same time they would pull 500/15, which would degrade the image.

Another nice feature is the chat – works great.

How far way does the Hawk Eye focus?

With a few twists of the Hawk Eye’s lens (be sure to loosen the little set screw beneath the lens . . . no need to retighten) you can literally see your finger prints from 1/8″ away. A couple of twists the other way and you are out to infinity.

More importantly, is the depth of field. From only a few inches away, the entire object (birds in our case) will be in focus. In a typical birdhouse the camera may be anywhere from 3-12 inches above a bird’s head, but yet all of the bird and the eggs it is sitting on are in focus.

One other point . . . because the Hawk Eye has a wide angle lens, the apparent size of the object gets very small with distance from the camera. It is therefore best to get the camera as close as possible to the bird feeder, bath, or whatever you are watching.

Will the Hawk Eye work in the cold?

Many of our customers live in northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Maine and regularly use the camera throughout the year. On of our Canadian customers used it to video flying squirrels when it was -16 below zero.

The manufacturer recommends leaving the camera on all the time, as the minute amount of heat it generates helps prevent any cold damage. As of February 2008 we’ve had two cameras running 24/7 for four years.

Bear in mind that your Hawk Eye is a piece of electronics, so the more shelter you can give it, the better. A small board, or piece of plastic over the top will go a long way in extending its life.

Can I extend the Hawk Eye beyond its 100 feet of cable?

Yes, the Hawk Eye can be extended out at least 1000 feet, by daisy-chaining a series of our 100′ extension cables, which we offer for sale.

How difficult is it to hook up the Hawk Eye cams?

It really couldn’t be easier. Simply hang the birdhouse, or attach the Hawk Eye to a post overlooking a feeder; run the cable into the house, plug the audio and video plugs into the appropriate RCA jacks (video-in and audio-in) in the back of the TV. Plug in the power and sit back and enjoy.
Here are the complete Hawk Eye mounting instructions in .pdf

How do I get the cord into the house?
I’m a great one for drilling holes. Just drill through the nearest wall, and run the cord through. Of course you must be sure to avoid any electrical wires or water pipes, and be sure to calk the hole shut.

Your spouse isn’t too keen on that idea? OK, then run the cord under a door. Most have a 1/4 “+ gap between the floor and door, which is sealed with a flexible plastic or rubber weather strip. Most doors will easily close with the cord running beneath them.

That won’t work? How about through a loose fitting window jam?

That won’t work? Do you have a sliding door? There’s quite a gap between the sliding part of the door and the permanent, non-sliding side. This is sealed by a rubber gasket or flap through which the camera cord can easily be pushed. Make sure the cord is then attached to the floor or baseboard so that it does not fall into the track the door slides in.

Why Parrots Need Bird Toys

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Busy beaks are happy beaks!

A minimum of ten toys should hang in a well-furnished cage. Parrots should not be easily seen in their cage. This their home and they should feel camouflaged as in the wild. Parrots naturally live in trees allowing them to be heard, not seen.

Nests are built inside trees surrounded by more trees. Here, young are raised in the safety of nature’s cover.

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Why is flight so important for parrots?

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At the first hint of danger a bird normally takes to flight. During the hundreds of defensive short flights, flighted birds take each day, they are quickly assessing potential dangers and deciding if they need to keep flying to avoid a real danger. These short flights require immediate and appropriate decision making abilities.

We call this process ‘Thinking on the Wing’.The Parrot University has spent 20 years researching what makes a parrot “a parrot”. Our 20 year flighted parrot experience includes over 800 flock oriented pet parrots, and over 4,000 flighted baby parrots from more than 50 species. Cumulatively this amounts to over 7,000 bird years of hands on experience.

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What Makes Pretty Bird Food Different?

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What Makes Pretty Bird, Bird Food Different?
custom 3 cockatoos What Makes Pretty Bird Food Different?
Pretty Bird International Inc. Is a young, modern, fast growing company. After four years of development Pretty Bird’s first products were introduced in 1990. In a few short years Pretty Bird has grown to be a leader in the field of exotic pet nutrition.

Pretty Bird was founded by Michael Massie with the goal of providing the best possible foods for your companion animals. Unemcumbered by history, Pretty Bird has taken a fresh approach to nutrition and applied new ideas and technology to solve old problems in unique ways. Initially working with prominent breeders, Pretty Bird launched a nationwide grass roots distribution network which resulted in rapid growth in the marketplace. Our continuing research and application of new ideas allows Pretty Bird to continue to meet the changing needs of companion animals and their owners.

– Innovation
Modern times demand innovative solutions to old problems.
Pretty Bird was first to:

  • Introduce multi-colored, multi-shaped foods to enhance acceptance
  • Develop and introduce species specific formulas
  • Establish in house manufacturing capabilities

– Quality
Quality is our primary concern in food, packaging, and customer service. We operate an in house quality assurance lab with a microbiologist on staff. An independent laboratory runs continual analysis to assure consistency in composition. Our in house toxicology lab screens all incoming grains for toxins. This ensures the purity of any raw materials in the manufacture of our feeds. Our breeding and research facility in Florida is always using the food which is currently being sold providing an additional quality assurance safeguard. We do it ourselves to make sure it’s done right.

– Technology
In 1995, when only 5 years old, Pretty Bird acquired and installed one of the most technologically advanced extrusion facilities for the manufacturing of pet food products. Our system is based on Swiss made twin screw extruders, this high-tech equipment is commonly used to produce human breakfast cereals. One Buehler extruder has the capability to produce 4 tons of food per hour, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week. A smaller Buehler extruder was installed for research and specialty products. This smaller extruder has a capacity of 200 to 1500 lbs per hour, making it economically feasible to produce small bathces or test runs of food.

– Service
Quality customer service has always been a primary objective at Pretty Bird. We have always had an 800 help line which is managed by experienced knowledgeable people. We are happy to provide advice on feeding and other aspects of captive management of exotic companion animals. We love to hear the questions or ideas of veterinarians, breeders and pet owners. Please give us a call at 1-800-356-5020 we may be of assistance.

– Packaging
Pretty Bird leads the industry in brilliant, colorful packaging featuring original hand-drawn illustrations. Our in-house artist, David Charles Brandon, has developed a style that is uniquely Pretty Bird. Pretty Bird products are available in various sizes to meet all needs from single pet owners to breeders. Attractively packaged in canisters, plastic and paper bags to ensure freshness on delivery and provide a visually appealing addition to the bird section in your favorite pet store.

– Research
Pretty Bird utilizes an independent breeding facility for research and product testing. Hurricane Aviaries, owned and operated by Kevin and Susan Clubb, is an outdoor breeding facility in Southern Florida. Hurricane aviaries is home to some 350 pairs of breeding birds of various species.

Susan Clubb, DVM, has 18 years experience in Avian Medicine, the pet industry and avicultural medicine. She is actively involved with product development, research as well as field studies and product testing.

Kevin Clubb MS, microbiologist, has 16 years practical experience in all aspects of aviculture including nursery management. Additional staff bring extensive avicultural experience. Numerous other private aviaries participate in product evaluation. Pretty Birds research takes place in the real world of aviculture in order to solve real world problems with innovative solutions.

– Products
Pretty Bird/Pretty Pets offers an extensive array of food products for birds, reptiles, and small animals.
We are constantly developing new and exciting products for your favorite pet.

-Pretty Bird
Our Pretty Bird Division offers a full line of avaian food products for your feathered friends.
These products include:

  • Daily Select Line of Maintenance foods designed for pet birds
  • Breeder Select Line of Breeder Formulas
  • Species Specific foods – Designed to meet special needs
  • Birdy Banquet – A fun and nutritious cooked food
  • Breeder Basics – A fun and nutritious cooked food for breeding birds
  • Medicated food for treatment of Psittacosis
  • Bird Treats – A constantly growing line of treats for your feathered friends
    A full line of handrearing formulas
– Pretty Pets
Our Pretty Pets Division offers a full line of foods for our non-feathered companion animals.
These products include:
  • Juvenile and Adult Iguana foods
  • Juvenile and Adult Bearded Dragon formulas
    Cricket loading formula
  • Aquatic Turtle food
  • Box Turtle food
  • Tortoise food
    Hedgehog food
  • Sugar Glider Formula
  • Rabbit food
  • Guinea Pig food
  • Hamster and Gerbil food
    Small Animal Treats
– Support for Avian Conservation and Rehabilitation
Pretty bird provides food for over 35 avian rehabilitation projects in the US as well as abroad, including Panama, Indonesia, and Europe.– Committment
Pretty Bird is committed to providing the best quality nutritional products for your exotic birds and animals. We are committed to providing the best value, service, packaging, and marketing. We are utilizing state of the art technology combined with extensive research and testing in order to lead the field in development of innovative, practical products. Please let us be of service to you.

Tropican pelleted bird food and the competiton

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  1. READ THE INGREDIENT LIST. Tropican contains NO fish meal, and is not based on wheat or soybeans. In fact, Tropican actually contains ingredients such as sunflower meal, oat hearts and peanut meal. Palatability is second to none. Of course, it is still very moderate in protein and fat – nothing like a seed diet.

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