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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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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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Keeping the Tawny Frogmouth bird with Natural History

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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