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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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Living with Orinoco and Urk


by Karen Chudley

Karen keeps a mixed collection of companion parrots and seems to have a special affinity and understanding of each and every one of them. Here she helps Orinoco, who she rescued from a pet shop, tell his story…

Hello, my name is Orinoco and I am a male Orange-winged Amazon parrot. I will be three this year and I’m still a big kid at heart. I spent the first year of my life stuck in a cage in a pet shop, with no toys and nothing but a big dish of parrot mix, stuffed with sunflower seed, to keep me occupied. Not surprisingly I put on weight and my feathers got a bit scruffy but to my credit I never plucked them out.

One day, because I had nothing to play with, I began improvising and made a toy out of one of the door catches. I managed to let myself out of my boring prison, but after that they put padlocks on all the doors and that was the end of that bit of fun. In the end I became very territorial about my cage as it was the only place I felt safe.

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