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It’s a parrot’s life…!

Unless you are familiar with parrots, it often comes as a great surprise to find out how long-lived they are. People familiar with animals such as dogs and cats know that a 15 year old dog is something to talk about; but what about an 84 year old parrot? Holy longevity, Batman!* When a person […]

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There’s a hole in my wall!

Being so close to their wild ancestors creates unique problems with owning a parrot as a pet. Parrots are naturally “prey animals” (ie. predators eat them: parrots are “prey”) and as such flock together in large groups as protection against predators. Parrots have loud calls so that they can communicate with their flock, and to […]

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Cockatoo bite

A parrot’s beak is an amazing instrument meant to be used to find the tasty and nutritious nuts inside extremely tough shells. It is a tool for climbing, preening, and protection. The force that a beak can exhibit to crack open these nuts is impressive.

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African Grey Parrot in captivity

Parrots often resort to self-mutilation in captivity.

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Budgie in a cage

The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as common pet parakeet or shell parakeet informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot, and the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus. Wild budgerigars are found throughout the drier parts of Australia, where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million […]

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Yellow-shouldered Amazons

The charismatic Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot is considered vulnerable to the threat of extinction. There are only 800 remaining on Bonaire. While it does appear that the parrot population on Bonaire is increasing, 800 birds is still not very many, and other populations continue to struggle. Overall, the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot still faces a serious extinction […]

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