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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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Understanding our parrots – Ornithological Principles II

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By Sally Blanchard
I took an anatomy class in college and taught the lab class the next semester. I also took a comparative anatomy class and later an ornithology class. Although there are significant differences in the anatomy, chemistry, and basic biology of vertebrates (animals with spines), there are also many aspects that they all share.

In the world of nature, there is what is called cryptic coloration. Sometimes the patterns of a flock of flying birds blend together from individual to individual that a predator can’t pick out as an individual if the group stays tight. Classic examples in wild birds in trees would be the mottled brown creeper and owls. Against a tree, they might be impossible to see because the patterns and colours are so similar. This is a form of camouflage that hides and protects the birds. Some are so well hidden you rarely see them unless they fly.

Some tropical birds have similar brown mottled cryptic colouration that makes them difficult to find, but many others, including parrots, have multi-coloured bright feathers. Certainly, brightly coloured gaudy parrots couldn’t be well camouflaged?

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