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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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Parrot pioneers

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Parrot-mad writer and journalist, Lee Connor, takes a look at some of the parrot keeping pioneers of the late 19th and early 20th century – characters that contributed so much to our wonderful hobby

Everyone needs a hobby, so the old saying goes, and I firmly believe that, like most old sayings, this one is absolutely correct.

For several years I lived in the South Devon resort of Paignton. We owned a bungalow and on either side of us were two elderly couples. Both were long-retired and their days seemed to entirely consist of chasing the sun around their block paved gardens. On gloomy days, one neighbour would drag his ladder out, scale it and snip back any intruding stems of ivy from his neighbour’s side of the fence. This ritual took place almost every other day.

The other neighbour, if he wasn’t jet washing his tiny front garden, would scowl behind a net curtain, watching and waiting for any errant ball to bounce onto their property or simply to spy on the comings and goings of the rest of the street.

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