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Feb 15, 2016


Supported release 8.1.0 "Andean Parakeet"
+ Restore make configure_tests, remove outdated t/steps/auto/labs-01.t
+ Annotate needed -Wcast-align fixes (for early armv5 systems)
+ Add missing hyperref package for latex
+ Fix typo in move_buffer_callback doc

The Andean parakeet (Bolborhynchus orbygnesius) is a small 160 mm (6 in)
parrot found in the upland wooded valleys of the central eastern Andes in
Bolivia and Peru, at elevations of 1,500 m (4,900 ft) to 5,000 m (16,400
ft).  It is solid green, darker above and lighter below, with some blue
visible on the wings when flying.  It has a pale bill and medium length
tail.  It is stockier and darker than the mountain parakeet.

Most flocks are small, but sometimes include over 300 individuals. The
Andean parakeet eats seeds, buds, and berries, and it breeds in burrows in
steep banks.

It was formerly known as B. andicolus - Wikipedia
Dec 14, 2015


Release 7.11.0 "Amazonian parrotlet"
* Improve darwin and cygwin build, seperate installable libparrot.
  GH #1212, 1096
* Honor --disable-rpath on darwin, skip -install_name then
* Update default cygwin compiler and linker to gcc with 1.7
* Add darwin and windows smokers (travis + appveyor), prev. linux only
* use a smaller default target: core (most parrot_utils, not all)
  make all builds now all, including docs and installables
Nov 20, 2015


Prepare for the 7.10.0 release.
Oct 20, 2015


Supported Release 7.9.0 - "Sangihe hanging parrot"
- Core
    + StringBuilder.clone and ResizablePMCArray write barrier optimizations.
      1.14% faster, GH #1123
    + More StringBuilder optimizations with substr, set_pmc, push_pmc,
      i_concatenate, and do less overallocation. <1% faster. GH #1123
    + Support -D1 GC stats with --ccflags=-DMEMORY_DEBUG for --gc=ms
    + Added a Parrot_{un,}block_GC_move API for the 2 string compacting
      collectors ms and ms2
    + Deprecated ListChunk GC API and src/list.c GH #1179
    + Fixed a --gc=ms segv in Parrot_io_write_s GH #1196
    + const/ARGIN all read-only IO api arguments
    + Fixed --gc=inf string header allocation and failing tests
- Build
    + --optimize: Replace -O2 from perl5 with -O3 on clang or gcc. GH #1185
      5% faster
    + Fixed make clean realclean and install which sometimes forgot pmc_default.h
      GH #1194, GH #1206
- Tests
    + Use the faster travis docker infrastructure without sudo
Sep 16, 2015


Prepare for the 7.8.0 release.
Aug 17, 2015


Release 7.7.0 - "Red-headed Lovebird"
"It makes its nest in a termites nest usually in a tree or sometimes on the
ground.  To make a nest the female digs a tunnel up to a length of 30 cm (12
in) in the termites nest in a colony with other lovebirds."

"The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat
destruction and unsustainable levels of exploitation."
- BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Agapornis pullarius.
Downloaded from on 17/08/2015
Jul 23, 2015


Prepare for the 7.6.0 release.
Jun 15, 2015


Release 7.5.0 - "Yellow-collared Lovebird"
"White eye-rings lovebirds, of which Yellow-collared lovebirds are part, are
reportedly less aggressive in comparison to the slightly larger peach-faced
lovebird.  They are frequently housed in aviaries with other species of
their genus, a practice which although can be convenient, and wonderfully
aesthetic, may lead to hybridization.  This can especially be concerning
where other species may not be as locally common e.g.  black-cheeked
lovebird, and Lilians lovebird." -
May 20, 2015


Prepare for the 7.4.0 release.
Apr 21, 2015


Supported release 7.3.0 - "Peach-faced Lovebird"
"The rosy-faced lovebird is a fairly small bird, 17–18 cm long with an
average wing length of 106 mm and tail length of 44–52 mm.
Populations have been reduced in some areas by trapping for the pet trade.
However numbers may have increased in other parts due to human creation of
new water sources and the building of artificial structures which provide
new nesting sites." -
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