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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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10 ways to improve the life of your pet parrot

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by Jennifer Ryan

1 Environment

The surroundings in which your bird lives is vitally important to its happiness and contentment. Bearing in mind we are keeping our birds in a captive, or some may say restrictive environment, we must ensure it is as suitable as we can possibly make it.

Parrots are incredibly intelligent and like to interact with humans, so do not want to be kept in any type of isolated situation. Most owners will keep their birds close to them in a part of a household where there can be a variety of activities.

Most parrots would be in close proximity of others of their kind in the wild and therefore we need to try to emulate a similar environment. With lots going on, most parrots would like to be part of the action. Cages should be in a position that will avoid extreme temperatures, be out of direct sunlight and draughts. Play stands and other items to climb on will add enrichment to a parrot's life..

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