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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 […]

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 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

Watching a pair of Lovebirds as they bond, after which courtroom and rear their younger is without doubt one of the most rewarding of all parrot-keeping experiences. In contrast to many parrots, Lovebirds are sometimes completely happy to cool down and breed in modestly-sized cages, and most make tremendous dad and mom. However whereas mated pairs could produce clutch after clutch of eggs, aggression (to proprietor and mate), infertility, ailing

Few bird-keeping experiences are extra thrilling than watching your pets breed…or extra irritating than seeing them toss out their eggs or abandon the nest. Egg destruction and nest abandonment, uncommon within the wild, are fairly widespread amongst pet birds of every kind, together with parrots, budgies, finches, canaries, lovebirds and others. Whereas the explanations are sometimes particular to particular person chicken species, some basic concerns, together with infertility, same-sex pairs,

Images of the Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides), with its enormous yellow eyes, gaping mouth, “expressive face” (an impression given by the feathery “eyebrows”) and owl-like plumage, have captivated me since childhood.  For years, I stalked Whip-poor-wills, Nighthawks and different of its family that dwelled within the USA.  Precise contact with a Frogmouth was delayed, nevertheless, till I started working on the Bronx Zoo.  Nevertheless it was well worth the wait,

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