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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Companion or breeder - given the chance?

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Complete Psittacine by EB Cravens

Most of the aviculturists I know are familiar with former hand-fed pet psittacines that, even after years of trial, have absolutely no interest in breaking their attachment to humans and becoming breeder birds.  Regardless of their apparent ill ease or outright discontent in their living situation, such birds frequently cannot make the connection between needing affection and obtaining it from another parrot!  Such is one unfavourable side effect of the whole domestic hand-feeding procedure.  But, what about the other side of this issue?

What about those psittacines which, as they fully mature, begin to exhibit very strong tendencies towards going to nest and breeding offspring?  Even the most well-adjusted companion parrots can evolve to the point where reproductive expression becomes the primary need in their lives.  The logical first question is why does this happen?

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