Bloedel Conservatory gets rare eastern rosella parrot

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      A rare parrot is joining the Bloedel Conservatory’s flock.

      Clyde, an eastern rosella, will see his cage door thrown open on Friday morning (October 22), a press release from Friends of the Bloedel says.

      A rescued parrot from the local Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Clyde will join the other 100 or so free-flying birds housed in the Queen Elizabeth Park facility.

      According to the release, eastern rosellas are native to southeast Australia and Tasmania.

      They have an average length of 30 to 35 centimetres, and are good at mimicking whistling.

      On September 20, the Vancouver park board approved the joint proposal of the Friends of the Bloedel Association and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association to keep the conservatory from shutting its doors.

      Friends of the Bloedel is merging with the VanDusen association, which will manage the conservatory in partnership with the park board.

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      RIP Charlie the Parrot

      Oct 21, 2010 at 4:28pm

      My son is still grieving for the ill-tempered Charlie, who died of old age at Blodel some months ago. Does Clyde have the personality to fill Charlie's perch?

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