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2021-12-04 2:13:58 PM  
There was a CSB a while back about a group camped out in the Bush, miles from civilisation, when a flock of budgies arrived in trees above. And then all started going "Who's a pretty boy then?"

Supposition that a escaped city bird was getting all the chicks with his next-level mating song, so all the other boys learned it to compete.

Good yarn
 
2021-12-04 2:22:17 PM  
You see beauty.  I see an Alfred Hitchcock movie combined with a monumental amount of bird shiat.
 
2021-12-04 2:32:04 PM  
Interesting point about how they need the old, twisted, sometimes rotting trees to nest in. Nature's interconnections are fascinating.
 
2021-12-04 3:00:47 PM  
Yay! Budgie thread

Budgie - I Can't See My Feelings
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2021-12-04 3:05:39 PM  
It would be worth enduring the poop storm to be in the middle that for a hot minute.
 
2021-12-04 3:21:31 PM  
They were there to eat, drink and court each other.

They ate and drank each other? Eww.
 
2021-12-04 6:29:47 PM  

I Ate Shergar: They were there to eat, drink and court each other.

They ate and drank each other? Eww.


Type type delete
 
2021-12-04 7:04:44 PM  
Oblig, and great murmuration to Alt-J:  https://vimeo.com/58291553
 
2021-12-04 7:12:09 PM  
Only other time I've seen 'murmuration' in print was Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men
 
2021-12-04 7:27:26 PM  
bearded clamorer

Yay! Budgie thread

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2021-12-04 8:23:10 PM  
How many were being smuggled tho?
 
2021-12-04 9:16:05 PM  
I see animals we keep as pets and foodstuffs we grow and I forget that they also exist in the wild somewhere.

Blows my mind, kinda.
 
2021-12-04 9:39:03 PM  

Thosw: I see animals we keep as pets and foodstuffs we grow and I forget that they also exist in the wild somewhere.

Blows my mind, kinda.


Not much meat on a budgie. I expect you pluck 'em, roast 'em and eat them whole?
 
2021-12-04 10:06:12 PM  
They exterminated the passenger pigeon for that.
 
2021-12-04 11:05:28 PM  

Thosw: I see animals we keep as pets and foodstuffs we grow and I forget that they also exist in the wild somewhere.

Blows my mind, kinda.


First trip to India that was the thing that shocked me most that my wife didnt prepare me for. Parrot type birds are like pigeons there. It's one of those details that you just wouldn't think to mention when describing your home, I guess.
 
2021-12-05 12:03:14 AM  
Budgies!

They're a preytty common pet here in southern africa. We've always had at least one in the house until our last one died on June of last year.

They're not all cute and cuddly, though, and could be quite horrible. Some time ago we had a pair whichsuddenly turned out to be a breeding pair. That's when we learned that the dad needed to be separated when the chicks hatched or else he'd eat them.

Somewhat later when our wild bird nurturing ways were more well known and we'd get more people coming to us with lost or injured birdies we got our first Mousebird. The very first one we had was a happy and sweet one and was well on his way to recovery and being released. At that point we also had a budgie that roamed freely over all the cages of birds and never seemed to be aggro. Until we came back from shopping and saw that the mousebird had had his top half of hos beak bitten clean off by the nostrils and bloodstains on the budgie. The mousebird didn't live long afterwards and we passed the budgie on to other people.

And just for reference, this is a mousebird:
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About the same body size as a budgie
 
2021-12-05 2:16:43 AM  

Fano: Thosw: I see animals we keep as pets and foodstuffs we grow and I forget that they also exist in the wild somewhere.

Blows my mind, kinda.

First trip to India that was the thing that shocked me most that my wife didnt prepare me for. Parrot type birds are like pigeons there. It's one of those details that you just wouldn't think to mention when describing your home, I guess.


Works both ways. Go to Singapore bird sanctuary and see the exotic magpie in a cage.
 
2021-12-05 8:22:39 AM  
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One of my birdybirdd
 
2021-12-05 8:23:56 AM  

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One of my birdybirdd


Birdybirds goddamnit
 
2021-12-05 7:00:11 PM  
Me and a guy were having a smoke outside of a cablestation in Peru. Mid-conversation he looks up at the tree 8 feet away from us, "Are those parrots?" Parrots are exotic in the west, in the south they apparently grow on trees.
 
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