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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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Searching for the Shining Parrots

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By Mehd Halaouate

I have always been fascinated by the Shining Parrot family and my longing to see them in the wild has been present in my everyday life for a long time. Even in captivity this family seems to be very rare. One can say that getting to see them in their range, wild and free, topped my bucket list of species that I needed to see before leaving this planet. This longing got even intensified when I saw the film ‘Robinson Crusoe’ starring Pierce Brosnan where they had a tame Shining Parrot as a pet.

For almost 13 years we, birdingindonesia, have been arranging and leading birdwatching trips in Indonesia especially to Papua (Irian Jaya) to experience the amazing displays of the different species of the ‘Birds of Paradise’. This is a very demanding job which involves some extreme trekking at times through slippery muddy and steep trails infested with mosquitoes.

In 2015, I joined a friend of mine, Bob Jackson, and off we went to search for Shining Parrots. The trip started taking shape and we decided to meet after we landed at Nadi airport in Veti Levu with plans to see at least two species of Shining Parrots, Collared Lories and any species we could encounter.

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