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  Newsletter 28 May 2020  

Certificant Highlight

We want you! We would love to highlight you or your facility in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Contact us by email for more information.

Want to find out more about setting these types of standards within your facility or becoming certified? Contact the IATCB board by visiting our website!

Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers

Sign up for the last testing cycle for 2018!

Application Deadline  September 21, 2018  
Testing Window October 20 - November 3, 2018  

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria as of the application deadline indicated on the cover of the handbook:

  • Three (3) years of professional experience with birds, or membership at the professional level in the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.
  • Completion and filing of an Application for the Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers.
  • Payment of required fees.

International Testing

Already certified?

The CPBT-KA credential is valid for 5 years from the date it is awarded. To renew the credential a certificant must either re-take the examination after 5 years or accumulate sixty Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by attending IATCB approved workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences. Head over to http://www.iatcb.com/staying-certified/ceu-events to check out a list of approved CEUs!

Trainers Talk

We all know that birds have an incredible since of sight, but now scientist have learned even more about their vision.

The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic compass, but a newly discovered protein in their eyes that lets them "see" Earth's magnetic fields.
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Bird is the Word

Red-legged Seriema Cariama cristata

The Red-legged Seriema is a striking, unmistakable bird of open woodland, thorny scrub and hilly grassland. Its Red legged Seriemalarge size, bright red legs and bill, and prominent loose crest make it a visually distinctive species. These birds are capable predators and opportunistic feeders with a varied diet, taking a wide range of foods including arthropods, lizards, snakes, small rodents, eggs, corn and other grans, and wild fruit. One of their most fascinating features is their characteristic method of dealing with vertebrate prey. The prey animal is grabbed in the bill, killed by violent shaking and beating on the substrate, and subsequently torn into pieces and consumed. The Red-legged Seriema is commonly found in grasslands and open scrub of central and eastern Brazil. It is believed that seriemas' closest ancestral relatives were the extinct, flightless "terror birds" of Phorusrhacidae, which were fierce predators in the prehistoric Americas. This species has an extremely large range, and is listed as a Least Concern on the IUCN Red list.