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Letters: Knowing them better


Dear Parrots magazine,

Knowing them better

In the August issue of this magazine, I was delighted to find an article on parrots’ genomes, as this is a subject close to my heart. It seems that owners of parrots are becoming increasingly interested in what makes their birds tick, and the information contained in this article is very interesting.

Letters: People helping Parrots


Dear Parrots magazine,

People helping Parrots

I have really enjoyed Rosemary Low’s series “People Helping Parrots”. Sarah Otterstrom’s project to protect the Yellow-naped Amazon is fascinating. The species faces a serious scenario to survive, due to the high level of deforestation and poaching. Nicaragua is a poor country with a really big unemployed population, which boosts the pressure on the environmental resources, especially wildlife, as a way to get a source of income. It’s a great challenge to deal with all the threats against the species and the remaining forests.

Letters: A better life


Dear Parrots magazine,

A better life

It was just four months ago when I was given a Jardine’s parrot that had been the pet of an elderly woman. Friends of mine new I had had parrots in the past and also knew of this lady. She was elderly and has now gone into care, so what would have to be done about her Jardine? I lost my Orange-wing six month’s ago and was at a crossroads about whether I should get another one. But this lady’s Jardine solved my conundrum, as I could not let this bird be given away to an unknown future, or be sold on.

Letters: Four stolen parrots


Dear Parrots magazine,

Four stolen parrots

Over the evening of Friday the 12th of July 2019, our four parrots were stolen from Swallow Aquatics, East Harling Norfolk Store. The deputy site manager closed the doors at 6.30pm and the parrots were settling down for the evening. The following morning at 8.30 am on opening the store it was discovered the birds had been forcibly taken from their outdoor aviaries. We had two African Grey Parrots, Burt and Daisy and two Blue and Gold Macaws, Albert and Lilly.

Letters: Nervous but affectionate


Dear Parrots magazine,

Nervous but affectionate

I thought I would drop a line in case this is something you can include, which might help other owners with nervous birds. Is it worth asking your readers for contributions to a hints and tips section? This can be reduced right down if you have somewhere to slot it as a tip in the magazine. I feel silly that it took me so long to resolve.

Letters: Stop knocking seed


Dear Parrots magazine,

Stop knocking seed

We seem to hear so much criticism against seed diets, or even partial seed diets, but always condemning seeds as non-nutritious and not very good for our birds. On the other side of the argument, there seems to be a lot of promotion of pellets, or should we really say extruded, processed diets. I am sure lots of these processed, complete diets may well be ‘scientifically’ good on paper, but do they take into account foraging and the natural appeal for birds.

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