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Birds: News and Views Fit To Squawk About!

Read our selection of articles, blogs, and thought-provoking opinion. For more up-to-the minute avian news, join AWC on Facebook.

Parrot Breeding and Keeping

Parrot Breeding and Keeping:
The Impact of Capture and Captivity.
Order Your Copy of This Important Policy Paper Now!   

Parrot Confidential

Parrot Confidential - ARGO Films and Thirteen/WNET Nature Sheds Light on the Plight of Captive Birds. See the film here!  


NEW – Online Avian Wellness Training Series coordinated by The Avian Welfare Coalition and sponsored by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), an international sanctuary accreditation body.  The training series, in three parts, describes the best practices in temporary housing, intake, handling, disease, and nutrition, among other topics useful for short-term bird care in shelters and animal care facilities. Read more.

Listen to all three webinars here!


Captive Birds Need Protection Now!
Did you know that captive exotic birds commonly sold in the pet trade or used for other entertainment purposes do not have specific protections under the Federal Animal Welfare Act? Read why.


Help Birds by Being a Squeaky Wheel!
Did you know that the vast majority of retail pet stores are not regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act?
Learn what you can do!


Jane Goodall and I Set Free the Smartest Birds in the World
By Charles Bergman

Featured Articles


“No Fly Zone” 
Denied Their Natural Habits, Millions of Pet Parrots Lead Bleak, Lonely Lives.
By Charles Bergman, ALL ANIMALS Magazine, March/April 2013 Issue


Not Just a Pretty Boy: 
Intelligent, devoted, alien – parrots are unlike any other pet.  But what does the human-avian bond say about us?
By Ilan Greenberg, AEON Magazine, February 5, 2013

Avian Welfare: From Extinction to Euthanasia
Parrots and other exotic birds are the native species of other countries. They are adapted for life in the wild, not our homes. They live in two opposing worlds – and they are threatened in both. Learn about their plight.

Birds: Get the Facts at More Beautiful Wild
The popularity of birds — whether captive-bred or wild-caught — as "pets" in the U.S. has enormous global influence, and fuels the trade in exotic birds around the world. The impact of the pet trade on wild parrot populations is devastating, with parrot species more globally threatened than almost any other major group of birds.


The Welfare and Suitability of Exotic Birds as Companion Animals: A Review
By Monica Engebretson
The ‘five freedoms’ of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (1992) have been used to evaluate animal welfare for many species and are used as part of the Schuppli and Fraser (2000) criteria for determining companion animal suitability. How do birds fare? Read the answer here.


Thinking Outside the Cage
By Denise Kelly

Avian Welfare Coalition:  Helping Shelters Take Wing on Proper Bird Care
In honor of this year’s National Bird Day celebration on Saturday, January 5, the Avian Welfare Coalition has produced a series of informative pamphlets designed especially to help shelters and care facilities tend to the needs of birds.



Photo: David Hemmings,
Natures Photo Adventures

Cupid and Kenya: A Tale of Two Lovebirds
Because these species are so common in captivity and are small, I think people tend to forget that they are small parrots, that they exist in the wild and are the native species of other countries. Lovebirds are from Africa.

Symbol of Liberty: The Resplendent Quetzal
It is a historical icon of liberty. Quetzals were revered by the Maya and hey believed the quetzal would not survive in captivity as it would rather kill itself than be held prisoner.


Lorikeets: Too Appealing for Their Own Good?
Lorikeets are admired for their beautiful plumage and amusing antics, yet their food requirements and droppings make them particularly difficult to care for.... Of course, like all birds, they are wild animals and their natural behaviors and activities are constricted when they are kept captive.


“If only I could so live and so serve the world that after me there should never again be birds in cages.”

-Baroness Karen Blixen