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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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Breeding and Companion Parrotlets - all the antics of a parrot, but in miniature by Jill Perry

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Breeding and Companion Parrotlets - all the antics of a parrot, but in miniature by Jill Perry

Parrotlets, found in Mexico, Central America and South America, are the second smallest parrots in the world - the pygmy parrot from Australasia taking the No. 1 spot - and rather surprisingly, are most closely-related to Amazon parrots.  But, Stefano Salles, originally from Rome, but now living in London, who has been breeding these delightful little birds for just over three years, isn’t in the least bit surprised, and says, “My tame pet Celestial Parrotlets display many of the antics of larger parrots, and are sometimes even as playful and as entertaining as my pet Caique!”

Parrotlets are particularly popular in the US, both as breeding birds and pets, but for some reason, they have never really taken off in quite the same way in the UK.  But, Stefano, who has kept birds since he was a young boy, has become completely enchanted by these miniature parrots, with huge personalities, and says, “Parrotlets are more amusing than budgies, much quieter than lovebirds, can live for up to 20 years, and parent-reared chicks can be easily tamed, and become just as confiding as hand-reared birds.”

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