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Our Tribute To Birds In The Military

or
“You might be speaking German if it wasn’t for pigeons”
Originally published May 22, 2013
This post has been re-edited many times and fresh content related to pigeons was added 5/22/18 which can be found below.
An addendum was added on 5/14/19 with a brief overview of other animals in the military.
Pigeons have been used to communicate over distances since the time of Julius Caesar.
 
The Persians (now Iran), and even the Greeks used homing pigeons to “broadcast” news about who won the Olympics.
 
Homing pigeons were considered highly prestigious way back in 18th century France until the French Revolution which changed things so anybody who wanted one, could have a pigeon.
 

During the Franco Prussian war, Parisians used hot air balloons to deploy flocks of homing pigeons out of their city to the countryside and vice versa.

 

With the advent of microphotography in the 19th-century pigeons could carry as many as 30,000 messages by a single bird.

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In Response to “Do You Serve Your Pet Bird Chop?”

Sherry L. comments:

Yes, my birds are fed ‘chop’ (Arlo the grey, calls it ‘bobbity’) This is a new term for what I have done for 28+ years.

 

Chop is chopped veg, grains, and sometimes, a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top or a bit of walnut, or something.

 

I used to cut the vegetables larger because Arlo was pretty accepting of lots of things, and I didn’t have a food processor.

 

I also (now) feed Arlo pelleted diet, along with the chop.

 

She also gets a small amount of fruit, and sometimes about an inch square of chicken breast (baked) or some steamed scallop (yum).

 

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Why is It So Critical to Know Different Pet Bird Species?

Why is it so important to understand the differences between bird species?

 

I’m not ashamed to say we get more deliveries from Amazon (like most Americans) then we care to talk about.

 

This week a new Amazon driver “Patrick” handed off an envelope then said “I’ve never been here before – this place looks cool.”

 

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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.

 

Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly

 

Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure

 

Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.

 

Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.

 

You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.

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Our Tribute To Birds In The Military

or
“You might be speaking German if it wasn’t for pigeons”
Originally published May 22, 2013
This post has been re edited many times and fresh content related to pigeons was added 5/22/18 which can be found below.
Pigeons have been used to communicate over distances since the time of Julius Caesar.
 
The Persians (now Iran), and even the Greeks used homing pigeons to “broadcast” news about who won the Olympics.
 
Homing pigeons were considered highly prestigious way back in 18th century France until the French Revolution which changed things so anybody who wanted one, could have a pigeon.
 

During the Franco Prussian war, Parisians used hot air balloons to deploy flocks of homing pigeons out of their city to countryside and vice versa.

 

With the advent of micro photography in the 19th century pigeons could carry as many as 30,000 messages by a single bird.

(more…)

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