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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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Parrot toy safety

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by Pamela Johnson

Toys of all kinds and purposes are essential to the emotional and physical health of our companion parrots. There are many companies dedicated to producing quality parrot toys, and some people choose to make their own toys for their parrots. While there are toys that may not be safe for every parrot, most toys on the market today are safe for the type and size of parrots for which they are made.

Every parrot plays with toys in its own way. People should pay close attention to the way their birds play to know if specific toys are right for their birds. There are toys that people should be comfortable keeping in their birds’ cages, but others should only be placed on play gyms or hanging gyms, where the birds can play with supervision. If people who have multiple birds watch carefully, they will realise that each bird may utilise their toys differently. However, and a caution, there are some parrots that will ingest much of what they chew on and need to be watched carefully so they don't end up with problems with toxicity and/or digestive tract impaction. This ingestion of toy materials seems to be more common in Cockatoos, particularly Umbrellas, so they need to be watched extra carefully in this regard.

In buying or making toys for your parrots, keep these considerations in mind.

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