Parrots Traumatized By War


War is bad for all living things – not just people.

This story is about some parrots in Luhansk who are suffering from post-traumatic stress.  Even though the truce is in place now, the parrots are still in shock from what happened over the summer of 2014, according to the owner of the bird sanctuary, Sergei Galinichenko.

“The explosions and gunshots very much affected the behavior of the parrots, 85-90% of the birds who had eggs, stopped brooding them.  Due to stress, the parental birds stopped feeding their young, and with time, the baby birds started to die.  It got to the point, where even the grown birds refused their feed.”

Fortunately, according to Sergei, things have started to get better:  “The smaller birds have calmed down, everything is normal for them; the large parrots have not been completely rehabilitated yet, but this will happen with time.”

Galinichenko currently has around 400 parrots of various species, including some rare breeds.  He sells them to customers.

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5 Responses to Parrots Traumatized By War

  1. bolasete says:

    my first reaction was to think this is ridiculous. but the older i get the less difference i detect among mammals: we all grew from the same seed, so to speak, and we tend to react to stimuli in comparable manner. of course i showed this and said this to a friend and she said: yeah, right!


    • yalensis says:

      Dear bolasete:
      Well, animals are our cousins, in a way, since we all evolved from the same DNA molecules. Emotions and nervous responses are common to all of us. It’s all there in the evolution of the neuronic brain, I think.
      Of course, we are very different from birds, but I have read that a lot of their nervous responses are similar to ours. And they have good memories, so they would remember things that scared them in the past, like loud explosions. It makes sense that birds and mammals can suffer from post-traumatic stress, just like humans do.


        • yalensis says:

          That’s interesting, I didn’t know they had international parrot symposiums.
          This was helpful also, listing out some of the parrot projects. There was a paragraph in the original piece which I didn’t try to translate, because I couldn’t find the English equivalent of one the species listed, which turned out to be “blue-fronted Amazon”. Now I can translate the full list: В настоящее время на территории питомника находятся порядка 400 попугаев 25-ти различных видов, в том числе и редких: жако, синелобые амазоны, сенегальские, конголезские, александрийские, пенантовая розелла.
          From your wiki piece, I think it would be translated thusly:

          “At the current time at the parrot breedery there are around 400 parrots consisting of 25 various species (breeds?), including some rare ones: jackos, blue-fronted Amazons, Senegal parrots, Congolese parrots, Alexandrine parrots, Pennant Rosellas.”

          Also an interesting tidbit: In the original piece, in PolitNavigator, one of the readers/commenters named Dina Simonyan, wrote the following:
          У нас в Луганске один попугай потерял хозяев и жил во дворе. Он научился подражать звуку минометного обстрела. Сидел на ветке и орал “Тиуууу-бабах!” Поначалу люди падали на землю, потом узнали кто это творит.
          “Here in Luhansk, there was a parrot who lost his owners and lived in the yard. He learned to imitate the sound of machine-gun fire. He would sit on the branch and shout Tiuuuuu-babakhhh! People would throw themselves on the ground; but later they figured out (it was just the parrot).”


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