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Yesterday The Parrot Breeders and Exhibitors of New South Wales held their annual show. I was very happy and surprised when one of my Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Heckle won Champion Cockatoo. His brother Jeckle got second and my friends Sulphur got third. My friend was stewarding for the section and listening to the judges comments when it came to Champion. It was between Heckle and my sweet Galah. The judge had difficulty deciding between the 2 birds but Heckle finally got the nod. She commented that the Galah was one of the nicest she had ever seen. I didn't expect to do anygood on the day as Heckle and Jeckle both had slightly dirty tails (very hard to keep a white bird looking clean). It was taken into consideration that he was a very young bird and it was probably his very first show (which it was). Heckle and Jeckle are nest mates that I hand raised after they were rescued out of a tree that was being cut down, they were about 3 weeks old at that stage and they are now 2 1/2 years old so they are still very young and have alot of growing to do yet. So I was very pleased to get this feedback from Jim on the way home.
Grand Champion was a lovely Normal Whiteface Cockatiel Cock and Reserve Grand Champion was a beautiful blue Princess Parrot Cock.









 

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Congratulations! What prize did the galah receive?
 

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She only got a place card. But today they are all getting some apple and she got plenty of love from me.
 

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Well, that is better, anyway. I only asked because you said the judge was deciding between the two, so I wondered if she got something, too.
 

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When a bird goes up for Champion in a section all the birds that gained first place in their individual sections get judged for Champion. In this case it was Short Billed Corella, Long Billed Corella, Galah, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Major Mitchell Cockatoo & Any Other Variety Cockatoo. So the birds that got first in all those classes then go up for the Champion Cockatoo. The Reserve Champion in the Cockatoos always goes to the Opposite Sex. So if a Cock bird won the Champion the Best Hen out of those classes would become Reserve Champion. If a hen wond Champion then the Best Cock would become Reserve Champion. The Reserve Champion in this case was my friends Cockatoo.
 

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Wow, congrats!! That's great!!

On a side note, the Gang-Gang cockatoo next to your sulfur is gorgeous :lovehearts: One of my favorite, but sooo hard to find, species
 

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They are not all that common over here either. His name is Ricky and he is a bit of a rogue. He literally growls at you. They are funny birds and require meat in their diet. Nat is trying to get a mate for him at the moment, she has an order in for a baby female this year that she can hand raise. That way he can get to know her from a very young age. They will have to be introduced very very carefully. If he does not want to accept her Nat will get another male to make a pair.
 

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Huh, they need meat in their diet? There are the occasional breeders in the US who sell them as pets, but I've only ever seen them in person at Parrot Jungle Island, a big zoo that features primarily Parrots down in Miami :giggle: They're always playing, singing, and flipping their little crests back and forth!
 

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Kate,
Thank you for explaining how the judging works.
 

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No problem Nanay.

Jenny recently a young mouse got into Ricky's cage but it did not get out, and yes he ate it. To keep their feathers in peak and assist with breeding they need animal protein. In one of their main breeding areas they grab and eat the migrating Bogong Moths. They are not the only Cockatoo to eat meat and bugs. Red Tailed Blacks when you are weaning hand raised babies are given meal worms.

I have watched pretty much all of my parrots scratching around on the floor of the aviary to catch beetles and meal worms and have watched the Cockies and Galah's catch flies. Even budgies in the wild have been seen believe it or not eating road kill.
 

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Oh, I believe it, Kate. I know Kakapo eat meat as a staple part of their diet - beetles, worms, moths, even other baby birds and they've been seen pecking off sheep! :yikes: I've seen birds eat beetles, flies, worms, etc but the mouse is surprising. I didn't know cockatoos were big on meat in the wild
 
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