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Nature: Parrot Confidential

From the wilds of Costa Rica to the suburbs of our own country, NATURE explores the difficulties of raising parrots, why some breeders and owners become rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild when "Parrot Confidential" premieres Wednesday, November 13, 2013 on PBS.

Blue and gold macaw, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Blue and gold macaw, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Published on November 12, 2013

Marie Charon, who runs a small parrot rescue out of her home in suburban Mich., holds Fagan, an African gray with special needs. (Marie Charon’s house, Milan, Mich.)

Marie Charon, who runs a small parrot rescue out of her home in suburban Mich., holds Fagan, an African gray with special needs. (Marie Charon’s house, Milan, Mich.)

Published on November 12, 2013

African gray parrot, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

African gray parrot, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Published on November 12, 2013

Marc Johnson, founder and CEO, Foster Parrots Ltd.

Marc Johnson, founder and CEO, Foster Parrots Ltd.

Published on November 12, 2013

Lavanya Michel and her adopted Moluccan Cockatoo, Dolly.

Lavanya Michel and her adopted Moluccan Cockatoo, Dolly.

Published on November 12, 2013

Jamie McLeod, founder of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, with a yellow-crested cockatoo.

Jamie McLeod, founder of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, with a yellow-crested cockatoo.

Published on November 12, 2013

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Published on November 12, 2013

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot - this bird has plucked the feathers from its’ chest, behavior that is not uncommon in captivity, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot - this bird has plucked the feathers from its’ chest, behavior that is not uncommon in captivity, Foster Parrots, New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Hope Valley, RI.

Published on November 12, 2013

A bird names Salsa. During PBS’ NATURE “Parrot Confidential” session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday, August 5, 2013, filmmaker Allison Argo, founder and CEO of Foster Parrots Ltd. Marc Johnson, Lavanya Michel and her adopted Moluccan cockatoo Dolly and NATURE executive producer Fred Kaufman discuss the difficulties of raising parrots, why some breeders and owners become rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild.

A bird names Salsa. During PBS’ NATURE “Parrot Confidential” session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday, August 5, 2013, filmmaker Allison Argo, founder and CEO of Foster Parrots Ltd. Marc Johnson, Lavanya Michel and her adopted Moluccan cockatoo Dolly and NATURE executive producer Fred Kaufman discuss the difficulties of raising parrots, why some breeders and owners become rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild.

Published on November 12, 2013

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