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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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Considerations for a parrot’s cage

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by Annie MacIntyre

I think a parrot’s cage should be thought of as a room where the bird is safe and secure and has lots of activity and play possibilities. It can be a place where it goes for ‘time out’ if it is being too rambunctious, but it shouldn’t be a place it goes to be punished or banished away from its human companions.

Being very social, parrots like to be where the action is. They want to know what is going on and it is important for their sense of security that they are part of the interactions of their human flock. If you spend most of your time in the living room, that’s where the cage should be. If you spend most of your time in the family room, that’s where their cage should be. However, if you stay up late watching television, the bird should also have a sleeping cage in another room so it can get some sleep. It also helps to have a variety of stands and playgyms in other areas where the family spends a lot of time.

I am not a fan of keeping parrots in a ‘bird room’ unless there are several birds that keep each other company, even if they are not in the same cage.

I have talked with people who think it makes sense to keep their parrots’ cage in another room so they don’t have to listen to its screaming. This is faulty logic simply because most gregarious parrots will tend to be louder if they can’t see what’s going on – they need to be a part of the family flock. Being out of the loop creates a much greater potential for screaming..

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