Greenwing Macaws Join Flock in the Bird Hall

01-09-2012 Today is a really exciting day here at the bird school. As you know I had four Greenwing macaw parrots in my bedroom – unflighted / handicapped birds which could not be safely placed in the bird hall. Miss Lizzie’s horribly mauled flight feathers have been growing back over the past two years, since she moved in with me. These things just take forever. Since her flights have almost completed their growing back in a few weeks ago, Lizzie’s flight efforts have been vigorous. She progressed from “hand flying” exercises, to little jump flights onto my bed, until finally . . . → Read More: Greenwing Macaws Join Flock in the Bird Hall

Cage almost kills monk parakeet

zinc poisoning through parrot cage

by Sabrina Gärtner

A beautiful Sunday afternoon. Just before 2 pm my pair of monk parakeets, Lumpi and Azzurra, fly to their feeding bowls to splurge on parrot mash. I am relaxing on the sofa, reading a book, when I suddenly hear a strange noise from the direction of my birds. Alarmed, I jump up and run to the cage. I see Lumpi throwing up his food. He keeps gagging until he is only expelling clear mucous.

At the vets

I am lucky and am able to reach my vet in spite of it being Sunday. I am taking Lumpi . . . → Read More: Cage almost kills monk parakeet

German minimum requirements for the keeping of parrots

Report on the minimum requirements for the care of parrots, German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumers – unofficial translation (to original report) 10th January 1995

I. General Information

Parrots (Psittacidae) are social birds that are found on every continent except Europe. They populate different habitats, for example tropical rainforests, savannahs, semi-deserts, mountain forests and and Páramos up to 4000 meters and more above sea level . The diet of different parrot species varies widely. Many feed on seeds while others are specialised on fruits or nectar. Parrots are, with a few exceptions, cavity-nesting birds.

At present 340 parrot . . . → Read More: German minimum requirements for the keeping of parrots