Golden Conures are stunning birds….
The internet is full of “expert” advice. Often such advice covers key areas like diet, avian medicine and pet ownership.
The breeders wanted to know what species I recommended that was easily bred, required little care and would make them money. My first thought was a wooden parrot carving: it would require no care, cleaning or feeding, could never become ill and would always be beautiful..
Conures display tremendous variation in size, morphology and color.
Each day without failure I receive at least one email asking the same question: “Sir could you provide some tips for breeding.”
It was 1976 when I first saw the species. In the quarantine of George Kroesen there were hundreds. The birds congregated in the farthest corner, each trying to hide.
My avicultural career spans more than four decades. During this time, I have kept and bred a huge array of species, many of which have disappeared from aviculture or have always been very rare.
During the past few months, I set aside several of the questions that I received via Facebook.
Aviculture has evolved fairly rapidly in the past decades. This is evident everywhere I travel and across every facet of the hobby, but especially when it concerns breeding.
When I was a kid, I periodically visited the now vanished Sedgewick Studio, a bird store owned by the eccentric Erling Kjelland. He believed in ´witching´– the process of sexing birds by suspending a pendulum over its head.
Some frequently asked questions and answers..
The common name ´macaw´ is used to describe a group of often very gaudily colored neo-tropical parrots that range from very large to small.