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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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Healthy feathers

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by Sally Blanchard

Healthy feathers are essential to a parrot’s well-being and a great deal of their time and energy is spent maintaining them. In the wild, a parrot without properly groomed and maintained feathers, especially flight feathers, is unlikely to survive. This, of course, brings up major questions about feather destructive behaviour in captive and companion parrots.

1. Why would a bird, whose instincts determine that good feather condition is essential for survival, destroy such a critical part of their anatomy?

2. Another question is why do some parrots feather pick under certain conditions, while others don’t under the same conditions?

3. The most important question is how do we get them to stop?

No-one really knows the answers to these questions, but there are many possibilities that may be true.

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