I watched the bird in amazement. It would walk across a clothes line in an enclosed porch, chattering, lunging and moving, its tail open. I was probably 7 years old.
Today hundreds of young amazons, caiques, macaws and conures, to mention just a few groups, are captive bred each year and they ultimately become pets.
As I grasped the bird to place it in the shipping crate, my little finger felt a bulge. I looked closer and my heart sank.
The conures range from being very easily bred to very difficult to breed.
Thinking out of the box about nesting boxes
I was a young and inexperienced aviculturist when I first met Ramon Noegel. For decades Noegel the doyen of Amazon parrot breeders worldwide.
Wild parrots feed on a vast variety of foods…
The concept of giving toys and enrichment to parrots dates back only about 30 years.
More pairs of tame Eclectus produce clear eggs than any other group.
Aviculturists in the West learned long ago that diet is key to health and success. One cannot feed just sunflower seeds or peanuts and expect the birds to remain healthy.
The subject of feeding animal protein to parrots is the question being answered here.
This article addresses the immediate response that the owner should take to improve the life of a sick pet bird.