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Breeding and Keeping the Nonpareil Finch or Pin-Tailed Parrot Finch

When translated to English, the French language name for this little finch – Nonpareil – means “without equal”.  The name suits the gorgeous bird perfectly…so much so that aviculturists of all nationalities have adopted it.  Also known as the Pin-Tailed Parrot Finch (Erythrura prasina), the brilliantly-colored Nonpareil has long been among the most desired of all Southeast Asian finches. My first experience with these beauties came while working for a […]

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Meyer’s Lorikeet – Natural History and Captive Care

Most parrot aficionados know of the Meyer’s Parrot, however the lovely inexperienced lorikeet bearing the identical “first name” is comparatively unstudied within the wild, and not generally saved right here within the USA. The Meyer’s Lorikeet (Trichoglossus flavoviridus mayeri), a subspecies of the Yellow-and-Green Lorikeet, differs from many associated species in each coloration and social habits.  A forest-dweller confined to a single island, this distinctive bird deserves the eye of

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Winter Bird Feeding – Some Useful Products

Winter brings with it distinctive bird-watching alternatives, as chilly climate forces otherwise-shy species to go to feeders in the hunt for meals.  Uncommon guests pushed south by extreme climate and others blown off target throughout migration additionally brighten birders’ days.  Immediately I’d wish to warn you to a number of new (and customary) fowl feeding merchandise, and spotlight some methods to see the weird avian guests to your neighborhood. Table

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Blue-Crowned Conures in the Wild – the Natural History of a Popular Pet

The Blue-Crowned Conure (a/okay/a Blue-Crowned Parakeet, Sharp-Tailed Conure, Aratinga acuticaudata) has at all times had followers amongst parrot lovers, however its recognition exploded in 1998 with the discharge of Paulie, a film that featured one as the primary “actor”.  Extra lately, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a documentary, additionally highlighted this species. Sadly, this sort of publicity is just not at all times best, as pets are sometimes bought

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Echo Parakeet Conservation – World’s Rarest Parrot, Back from the Brink

The Echo or Mauritius Parakeet (Psittacula eques) population was reduced to 10-12 individuals by the late 1970’s, and remained at similar levels into the next decade.   Thus, it had the dubious distinction of being the world’s rarest parrot.  Thanks to the efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the World Parrot Trust, and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, its future is now somewhat brighter.  However, the Echo Parakeet is still one

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The Best Pet Bird: My Choice for “Perfect Pet Parrot”

Choosing a Best Pet Bird from the lots of of captive bred species could be very difficult as a result of personalities range a lot among the many identical species. The qualities you search in a pet ought to information your determination.  For instance, would you like a quiet bird, one you’ll be able to work together with, or a Best Pet Bird to watch in a big flight cage

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Hooded Crows: The World’s Most Intelligent Bird Keeping as Pets

Whereas the time period “most clever” shall be questioned by some parrot house owners, a lifetime of working with birds in zoos and at residence leaves me in favor of granting a number of Corvids (crows, ravens, jays and their kin) that honor…no disrespect to the wonderful talents of different birds! My fascination with this fowl household started after I took in nestling American Crows and Blue Jays as a

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Green Cheek Conures – Captive Care and Natural History

The choice to buy or undertake a parrot requires cautious consideration. For all their great qualities, these clever, social birds are very demanding of 1’s time and funds, and never suited to all houses. One species, nonetheless, stands out as an “nearly” secure wager.  The Inexperienced-Cheeked Conure (Pyrrhura molinae) adapts nicely to many various conditions, and is much less prone to show the behaviors that frustrate so many parrot house

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Pygmy Parrots – Thumb-Sized Lichen-Eaters that move like Woodpeckers

I lately attended an enchanting lecture on Island Chicken Range on the American Museum of Pure Historical past.  Two Pygmy Parrot species – the Purple-Breasted (Micropsitta bruijni) and the Finsch’s (M. finschii) – drew the speaker to the Solomon Islands. In reflecting again on the discuss afterwards, I spotted that, regardless of my curiosity, I had but to look at a reside Pygmy Parrot. They’ve by no means been within the

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Healthy Parrot Foods – New Study Compares Pellets, Seed and Produce

After I first started work as a Hen Keeper on the Bronx Zoo, a lot of my time was spent cooking eggs and horsemeat, rearing and capturing bugs, chopping produce and in any other case getting ready the diets for 1000’s of birds (please see the article linked beneath for extra info on feeding zoo birds).  The introduction of nutritionally-sound pellets and chows for birds starting from parrots to cassowaries

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