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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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Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens

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Does Your Parrot Need a Friend? Part II – Friends for larger birds

One of the difficult points of being a pet psittacine owner is when you decide to purchase or adopt another hookbill in the hope of it becoming an acquaintance to your existing bird. This can be especially difficult if you own a jealous or possessive type of parrot.

If not undertaken carefully, such a move can bring discord into a normally calm avian home. However, there are certain species of psittacine that often may be better accepted as the ‘newcomer.’ When dealing with the medium and larger kinds of psittacines, it is usually necessary to move ahead with even more caution, as the bigger the parrot, the more dangerous could be the interactions between prospective companions.

I have introduced or counselled many larger hookbill friendships over the years and have developed some favoured species for bringing into a birdkeeper’s home. Each species and gender has its own advantages both for the owner and for the birds themselves.

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