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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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Calcium – Why is it so important for your pet parrot?

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By Thomas Dutton BVM&S CertAVP(ZooMed) DipECZM(avian) MRCVS

Providing your pet parrot with correct nutrition can be confusing! Lots of different diets are recommended and the internet is awash with conflicting information. Many different parrot species are kept, and as you would expect, they don’t all have the same nutritional requirement or preferences. This article will specifically look at the micromineral – Calcium and its importance to pet parrots.

Parrots have a high calcium requirement, with the mineral being required for bone development, egg shell formation, but also normal body metabolism and neuromuscular function. Calcium deficiency can be a potentially life threatening disease.

Control of calcium levels in the avian body: Calcium levels in the body are controlled by the hormone’s calcitonin, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D. In female (hen) birds’ calcium is stored in the middle of large bones like the femur and humerus providing a source of calcium for eggshell formation, when calcium from blood and diet would not be sufficient to meet demand.

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