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Letters: Plumage colours

Dear Parrots magazine,

Plumage colours

I read with great interest in the September issue about Eclectus plumage and why the male and female have completely different colours. But it’s not just about Eclectus, as many other parrots in other countries are extremely colourful and in some cases it’s difficult to understand why, for example, in South America there are several different species that live in the same area as each other, but have a completely different colourings, and there seems to be no logical reason for it. Also, many other non-parrot like birds have completely different and contrasting plumage so not just confined to parrots. I suppose this is a subject that baffles many scientists and naturalists as well as the general public.

Letters: Feather plucking

Dear Parrots magazine,

Feather plucking

In the last issue of Parrots magazine I was interested to see a full page of copy concerning feather plucking in psittacines. It properly attributed poor nutrition as one cause for some parrots to self-mutilate. I do think a bit of further clarification is in order, as there are many other causes for feather plucking.

Letters: Parrot therapy

Dear Parrots magazine,

Parrot therapy

I read with great interest the article on parrot therapy in the October issue and can fully associate with the points the author was stating.

Letters: Escaped Parrots

Dear Parrots magazine,

Escaped Parrots

It is quite sad to see that most of the news stories in Parrots magazine relate to escaped parrots. In the September magazine a Grey escaped after it was taken into a field, a conure flew off as the owner took out the rubbish, a Blue and Yellow Macaw escaped when the door was opened, a Blue-fronted Amazon flew out of an open window, and a Grey flew away when the cage door was opened. Come on owners! Please be more security conscious! Your carelessness leads to death in the worst case scenario and only a lot of stress if the bird is lucky.

Letters: Great places to visit in the South West

Dear Parrots magazine,

Great places to visit in the South West

How lovely to read Rosemary’s Low’s account of her visit to Paradise Park in Cornwall. The collection there truly is unsurpassed in the UK, as are the splendid conditions in which the birds are maintained.

Letters: That new beak!

Dear Parrots magazine,

That new beak!

In the June issue, I was delighted to read about the parrot that got a new beak. It never ceases to amaze me how there are so many wonderful people who care for the birds we all love.

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