Northern Parrots Blog http://www.northernparrots.com Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT http://www.northernparrots.com en hourly 1 10 Things You Need To Know About TOPs Parrot Food http://www.northernparrots.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-tops-parrot-food-blog604/ http://www.northernparrots.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-tops-parrot-food-blog604/#comments Thurs, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-tops-parrot-food-blog604/

 
One of the most-asked questions we get is "what is your best selling product?" 

By far, pellets are the best sellers, and have been since 2003. However, many Parrot owners still have questions about feeding pellets to their flock, and what to look for in nutritional value.

Below are 10 facts about TOP's Parrot Pellets so you can be in-the-know when it comes to your Parrot's nutrition. Keep these facts in mind when evaluating pellets for your companions. 

 

1. Pellets should be part of a varied diet and supplemented with vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. 
2. TOP's Pellets contain NO artificial colours, flavours, vitamins, preservatives, sugar or animal by-products.
3. Cold-pressing (not extruded or baked) keeps natural enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients intact. TOP's Pellets are cold-pressed. 
4. All ingredients are human-grade and sustainably grown.
5. TOP's Pellets are GMO-free.
6. Large Pellets for large birds and small Pellets for small hookbills, like Parakeets, are made from the same ingredients.
7. Pellets can be frozen to extend shelf life but should not be kept in the refrigerator. 
8. TOP's Pellets contain ingredients from across the United States, like California, Oregon, Colorado and Maine, and are made 100% in the USA. 
9. The proprietary recipe was designed by avian nutritionists.
10. Parrots from around the world, including the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada, enjoy TOP’s pellets every day.

 

TOP's Parrot Pellets come in a variety of sizes, from 12 ounces to 25-pound bags. Find the right size for your flock and add these nutritious, wholesome pellets to their diet.

You can buy the large pellets of food here and the small pellets of food here.


This blog was originally featured on the TOP's newsletter. 


 
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Overbonding And Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/overbonding-and-parrots-blog603/ http://www.northernparrots.com/overbonding-and-parrots-blog603/#comments Tues, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Dot http://www.northernparrots.com/overbonding-and-parrots-blog603/

Most Parrots who live with us are now born in captivity – pet animals. But they are genetically still wild creatures. Although people have kept Parrots for centuries, breeding has only been established in any great numbers in the latter part of the 20th century.

When Parrots in a collection died, they were replaced with wild caught. That means that the innate behaviour of their wild cousins is still a great part of the captive bred Parrot’s repertoire. The more you know of wild Parrots’ behaviour the easier it is to understand the complexities of Parrots in the home.



You are unlikely to make friends with a wild mammal (though it’s possible) but this isn’t necessarily the case with wild birds. One London winter, I sat with Aaron, my 6-year-old grandson, on a bench in a small patch of grass at a bus junction and fed wild pigeons with biscuit crumbs.

Before we left, we both enjoyed the delight of a pigeon taking crumbs from our hands. We aren’t bird whisperers; the birds were hungry and by explaining to Aaron that he must keep still and quiet, the pigeons overcame their distrust of two enormous, flightless predators.

Trust is the quality that we must establish between ourselves and any Parrot who comes into our lives.  I believe that my two African Greys, Artha (hen) and Casper (cock) are bonded to me and friends with each other. They are not over- bonded. Here is a brief account of why I believe this.

There is a difference in bringing a well-socialised baby into your home compared to a mature bird who may not so easily adjust to a new environment. Having brought up dogs, cats, kids, horses and other assorted species, twenty years ago when Artha came into my life, I expected Parrots would be a pushover; I was mistaken.

I already knew a successful, kind and conscientious Parrot breeder. Barrett Watson’s Parrots are parent-reared for some weeks then pulled from the nest box and handfed with skilful care and great experience.



From a breeder like Barrett, the just-purchased baby arrives in her new home, fully weaned, trusting people, used to household noises and in good health.

Artha progressed rapidly. She wasn’t scared off me and within a few days would step up out of the cage and take a treat from my hand. When I talked to her she would cock her head to one side. When I arrived at her cage each morning, she’d raise a wing in greeting. My kids had already left home but visitors, friends and family all were introduced to the young Parrot.

Our bond strengthened because Barrett Watson had accustomed Artha to wearing a harness while he was hand feeding her.

So, as a novice owner, I didn’t have to harness train her. Taking her out frequently on various excursions, shopping arks, friends, provided great opportunities for socialisation and interest. Had Artha been a wild African Grey, at this age, she’d have been flying over the forest to forage with her parents and other Parrots.

So, I reasoned - the more opportunities she was given to participate in a wider scene, the less likelihood that she’d become bored, scream for attention.



And yes, misadventures occurred. Walking in a nearby wood, I didn’t have the leash looped round my wrist.. Artha spooked, the leash played out and she ended up at the top of an oak tree. At 35- weeks old she had not the skill to fly down. The Fire Brigade rescued her. That particular accident never happened again.

 The behaviour of a well-bonded Parrot
  • Artha would greet me as soon as she saw me
  • Artha would respond vocally in Parrot language, beak clicks, wing raises, whistles and chirps
  • Artha’s body language, wing raises, fluffed-up feathers was positive
  • Artha adopted certain English phrases like ‘Good morning,’ ‘Good evening,’ “hello.’ ‘Goodbye,’ and used them in the right context.  (She‘d also imitate telephones and microwaves  - not so amusing)
  • Artha solicited petting. I could handle her wings and tail (all over body handling is essential if you want the Parrot to wear a harness)
  • Artha never bit or even nipped (she still doesn’t)
  • Artha learned ‘step up’ and ‘fly to me,’ ‘off there,’ and ‘drop it’
  • Artha picked up some tricks like high five wave, turn around. (I’ve tried but never managed the retrieve)
  • Artha accepted other humans
  • Artha adjusted to the company of our dogs and cats
  • Artha preened me. I enjoyed it when it was my hair, less so when it was pimples or moles and was nervous when it was my eyelashes
By the time she was a year old, I considered the human - Parrot bond was strong and flexible.

Given my age and Artha’s (more than 50 years between us)  I knew she wouldn’t spend her whole life with me so we acquired Casper, an African Grey from the same breeder. I was told by some friends and some experts and read in manuals that Artha might become less bonded to me with a new Parrot companion or that the two would fight.



Neither situation arose.  Artha had met Casper as a chick at his breeders before he came home.  Within a day they were sharing a large cage.

One curious, inexplicable thing happened.  Up to the time she was 18 months old Artha’s vocabulary was 150 words or which 40% were used in context. Casper, arrived, learned a few words and was (and is) particularly musical. He can sing in tune and whistle various bird calls.

Within some weeks of his arrival, Artha stopped speaking English and in the 17 years since, she has hardly ever spoken English, although she makes her wishes known with whistles, chirps and body movements.

No one has ever satisfactorily explained this phenomenon. That she still knows her English vocabulary is attested by the fact she has sometimes been heard talking to
herself.



When Artha reached sexual maturity, she never considered me as a mate.

Unfortunately, she did not consider Casper either. So, the patter of tiny African Grey claws that I have dearly wished for, has never rejoiced my heart.

Signs of over- bonding: an over bonded bird can show some or all of these signs and even display some that I have not listed
  • Parrot only wants to be with or on the Chosen One. Let’s call this CO
  • Parrot screams when CO leaves the space
  • Parrot cannot be handled or fed by any other person than CO
  • Parrot attacks anyone who approaches the CO
  • Parrot may even BITE CO is anyone comes near or CO interacts with another creature
  • Parrot is only content when on or close to CO, and constantly preens and attempts to feed/court CO 
  • Parrot may not eat or drink unless CO is present


 
Tips to avoid over- bonding
  • Try to obtain a young well-socialised bird to start with
  • Develop and maintain, calm and patience when dealing with a young or new bird
  • Don’t send MORE time with the new bird than you intend to spend eventually
  • Make sure other members of a household interact with the Parrot, especially feeding it
  • Find time to train the bird with basics:  step up, step down, fly to me. drop it
  • Add tricks to the bird’s repertoire
  • Treat the bird as a bird not dog or cat or human baby
Fids = F - feathered K- ids

If anyone calls me Mummy in relation to my my pet birds, I reply, ‘Absolutely NOT. I’ve never laid an egg.’ Treating birds as Fids, can increase your affection for them but may lead to the drawbacks of not seeing them as birds.

Humans and birds have a lot in common. Birds are similar to people in that they like a (mostly) permanent partner, they live in groups (flocks) they communicate with one another. Several species have even picked up the rudiments of human language.

They often eat holding their food in one claw (like a hand). One ability we do not share is their ability to fly which brings them somewhat closer to the angels. There is nothing intrinsically wrong is considering your bird is a fid.

Problems can arise if you expect a fids reaction to mirror a kid’s (or a puppy or a kitten). As much as they can and do adapt to life in our sitting rooms, the deeper imperative of their wild life is still a major part of their pysche.



The problem with Cockatoos
This wonderful group of birds, ranging from the diminutive Lesser Sulphur Crested, to the amazing Goliath Black Cockatoo in Australia and the Moluccan in Indonesia are the species who more than any other, except perhaps some Amazons, can become over-bonded.

Until quite recently, great numbers of Cockatoos were bred and hand-raised freely. These chicks displayed a trustfulness, a beauty and a cuddliness that was irresistible to many people searching for a pet Parrot.

What happened is that the baby bird raised too often away for other birds imprinted on its human carers and often in maturity chose a member of the household as its mate.

To live with a screaming biting over bonded Cockatoo is virtually impossible. That’s the reason that sanctuaries contain a disproportionate number of male Cockatoos. Three breeders that I know, have stopped breeding Cockatoos for that reason.

Cockatoos can live lives acceptable to themselves and their carers if enough conditions are met. They need space; they need activity for their inquisitive intelligence.

Perdy Lesser Sulphur Crested cockatoo came to us at one year old. Well socialised by Les Rance. Cautious of over bonding I did not let her get too attached to me. Instead, she chose Wal my husband. Fortunately, it was not a disaster because although Perdy was reluctant to let me handle her, she was not a biter, screamer, nor plucker.

That was due, I’m sure to the early sensible upbringing she had undergone with her breeder Les Rance.

At ten years old however, Perdy’s desire to mate became impossible. She would guard a nest box in the aviary (and attack you if you approached).



She developed an unhealthy, curious relationship with Casper the Grey. Natalie Spencer agreed to rehome her. And there now, almost 3 years later, she is a much happier bird.
Her adoration for Wal is transferred to Matthew. Natalie’s husband. And he keeps her with him all day in his workshop and allows her to fly around the garden. Natalie accepts that she cannot handle Perdy without a lot of caution.

The nicely bonded Parrot is a continual joy. If you are unlucky and the bonding becomes exaggerated, with knowledge and patience it can usually be put in proportion and under control. 


For more on training and behaviour please click here

 
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Northern Parrots National Cockatiel Day http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-national-cockatiel-day-blog278/ http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-national-cockatiel-day-blog278/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-national-cockatiel-day-blog278/


We’re celebrating #CockatielDay on Thursday May 17th, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Use the #CockatielDay on social media to show you’re getting involved.

Our Facebook friends Feathered Friends are getting involved too. 

Cockatiel Facts
Like previous years, we’re going to be sharing some impressive facts about Cockatiels. For example did you know that Cockatiels are one of the few Parrots that can be bred successfully in a colony aviary? Or that Rosemary Low rates them second only to Budgerigars as being best suited to children as pets?



For more details on the Cockatiel read our useful fact sheet by Rosemary Low here.

You can make sure you’re taking excellent care of your Cockatiel with our excellent products for Cockatiels. Why not buy them as a gift for your Cockatiel on National Cockatiel Day.

There are lots of delicious food you can add to your Cockatiel’s feeding dish or find in a foraging toy. 
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There’s complete food, seed and treats and breeding diets and hand feed for Cockatiel parents and chicks.

 


Then there are plenty of entertaining toys to enrich your Cockatiel’s life with, including musical toys, chewable foraging toys and reusable foraging toys. 
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Keep your Cockatiel fit and healthy with our range of supplements.

There are lots of styles of cage for your Cockatiel to rest and play in, including play top, solid top and open top cages.

Finally, browse our huge array of accessories, which include perches and hideaways.


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Cockatiel Day Offers

We’ll have five very special offers running for #CockatielDay.

Kaytee Cockatiel is a tasty complete meal for all Cockatiels. You will be able to buy two for £11 (normally £6.50 each), saving you over 15%.

AviCakes are a delicious treat for Tiels to enjoy between meals. They normally retail for £5.99, but you will be able to buy two for £9.

The Octopus Pinata has lots of chewable and shreddable pieces to occupy your  bird. Was £4.99 but you’ll be able to buy two for £7.98, saving you 20%.

The Seed Corral is the perfect place for your Cockatiel to enjoy their food from. Was £16.99, now only £12.99.

Finally the Perch and Play Centre, an alternative resting place for your Cockatiel, was £39.99, now just £34.99, a saving of over 10%.


We hope you and your Tiel enjoy the day. 


 

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Meet My Parrot - Chilli the African Grey http://www.northernparrots.com/meet-my-parrot-chilli-the-african-grey-blog596/ http://www.northernparrots.com/meet-my-parrot-chilli-the-african-grey-blog596/#comments Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/meet-my-parrot-chilli-the-african-grey-blog596/
For this month’s Meet My Parrot, we’re meeting Chilli the African Grey. Over to his owner Jackie who tells us all about him.

My African Grey’s name is Chilli.

When we decided to have a Parrot we looked into different species and we decided he was right for us. Parrots need lots of attention and I’m home a lot so thought we could give him a good home. 



Chilli’s favourite food is apple, although he has problems saying l’s so he constantly shouts I want appo and of course a wee peanut after his daily spray. ###544160###

He favourite toy is his large spiral and we have two hanging from the ceiling with his babble ball, (he’s had 3 so far) and of course being a typical Grey lots of wooden and paper toys. ###37050###

Chilli loves playing peekaboo.

He speaks constantly. He is only 4 years old and knows lots of words, sometimes it’s like having a conversation with another human.

My advice for Grey’s is to take your time, they will get to know you slowly but once they decide you are part of the flock they are friends for life. Also learn how to read them, those slanty eyes aren’t evil for a no reason.

Thank you to Jackie for telling us all about Chilli. If you’d like to feature in a future Meet My Parrot please read this blog for everything you need to know.

For everything you need for African Greys such as Chilli please click here



 
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Northern Parrots' Organic Palm Oil 500ml http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-organic-palm-oil-500ml-blog611/ http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-organic-palm-oil-500ml-blog611/#comments Thurs, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-organic-palm-oil-500ml-blog611/
Palm Oil has once again been thrust into the spotlight following the news in April 2018 that supermarket Iceland announced they’ll no longer be including Palm Oil in its own branded products by the end of 2018. This is linked to the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia, reducing habitats for the endangered Sumatran tiger, Asian rhinos and the Sumatran orangutan. They are instead replacing it with vegetable oil and other less potentially destructive oils.

Here at Northern Parrots we’ve been looking for an Organic sustainable source for some time, from a RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) registered company.

We are now pleased to offer you our unrefined Palm Fruit Extract from a sustainable source, grown on farms in South America and Africa, not Indonesia.

Our manufacturer of Organic Palm Oil is heavily involved in proving that palm can be grown for good with a positive impact on the planet whilst creating sustainable livelihoods for local farmers. They are committed to…


1. No deforestation – they say ‘No’ to the practise of clearing new ground. No virgin or second growth rainforest are impacted. Instead they work with farmers to build up already degraded land.

2. Certified Organic practices, soil improvement, composting programs and replanting.

3. Empowering, training and educating farmers and their communities, not only about Organic and sustainable farming methods, but on the importance of protecting and managing the threaten species and indigenous plants around them.
 
The RSPO, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is a not-for-profit self-governing organisation that ensures all the Palm Oil its members produce is certified sustainable, has been produced with the minimum negative impact on the environment and on Palm Oil producing communities.

Like you, we care about how the things we do impact the environment, especially when it threatens the very areas many of our companion birds originate. We’ll continue to find ways to improve what we do and the products we provide, with this in mind we hope you’ll find some assurance that you can buy from us with confidence.

Palm Oil is adored by all Parrots. It helps improve their feather condition and colour and is perfect as a daily treat.



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Northern Parrots Picture Competition 2018 http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-picture-competition-2018-blog610/ http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-picture-competition-2018-blog610/#comments Tues, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/northern-parrots-picture-competition-2018-blog610/

There’s not long to go now until Think Parrots 2018 and to celebrate we’re holding a special photography competition.
 
We love seeing pictures of your feathered friends probably as much as they love posing for the camera 😊 #posing #cute
 
As it’s “Think” Parrots, why not take a picture of your Parrot in a thinking or thoughtful pose? You can even add a caption to really capture the moment.


 
Sending your images is easy, you can…

Email them to us: comps@northernparrots.com (under 6mb)
Tag us on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages using @northernparrots on Instagram and Twitter and @northernpet on Facebook.
 
At the end of each week we’ll be asking people to vote for their favourite images on Facebook. To vote simply click the like button on the image you think is the best, and the 3 pictures with the most likes will go into our grand final.
 
Here’s how our voting will work in more detail.
 
Week 1
Photos received between Monday 7th May until 4pm Friday 11th May will be made available for you to vote on from 5pm Friday 11th May to 9am Monday 14th May. The three photos with the most votes / likes will go through to the grand final.
 
Week 2
Photos received after 4pm Friday 11th May until 4pm Friday 18th May will be made available for you to vote on from 5pm Friday 18th May to 9am Monday 21st May. The three photos with the most votes / likes will go through to the grand final.
 
Week 3
Photos received after 4pm Friday 18th May until 4pm Friday 25th May will be made available for you to vote on from 5pm Friday 25th May to 9am Monday 28th May. The three photos with the most votes / likes will go through to the grand final.
 
Week 4
Photos received after 4pm Friday 25th May until 4pm Friday 1st June will be made available for you to vote on from 5pm Friday 1st June to 9am Monday 4th June. The three photos with the most votes / likes will go through to the grand final.
 
Voting for your favourite picture from the 12 finalists open at 10am Monday 4th June and close 9am Thursday 7th June.
 
We’ll announce the winner and runners up on Thursday 7th June and arrange their prizes shortly afterwards.
 
You’re welcome to submit as many photos of your bird as you’d like each week.
 
We look forward to seeing images of your beautiful birds soon. Good luck to everyone who enters! #weareallwinners
 
The winning image will receive a £50 voucher to spend with us and 2nd and 3rd place will receive toys with a value of up to £20.
 
Please note:
 
All (human!) participants must be aged 18 or over. By sending us your photos you consent to Northern Parrots using the photos in digital or printed material in perpetuity.

To see all our previous competitions please click here.


 
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Does This Training Pitfall Trip You Up? http://www.northernparrots.com/does-this-training-pitfall-trip-you-up-blog524/ http://www.northernparrots.com/does-this-training-pitfall-trip-you-up-blog524/#comments Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Barbara http://www.northernparrots.com/does-this-training-pitfall-trip-you-up-blog524/
This summer I was very actively training a lot of birds every single day in preparation for a new free flight bird show. While this may sound like a dream job for some….and yes it can be, at times it can also be rather repetitive. That is because progressing through some behaviours can sometimes be monotonous. Some behaviours require repetition or very slight increases in criteria.

And some behaviours may require relaxing of criteria. And some individuals may be working on the same behaviour but be at a different place in the process. This means practicing the same things over and over for the trainer. This can be a good thing IF the trainer is paying attention.

But one thing that can very easily happen is a trainer can become complacent and fall into a routine of automatically making changes in criteria without actually looking at the animal’s behavioural response.

For example, we were working on training a flock of Quaker Parrots to carry a stick back to a nest. This behaviour in its simplest form is really a retrieve. However, there are many components to consider. The components for various birds included holding onto the stick, taking the first stick offered, flying distances, flying without latency, flying with more than one bird, entering a crate for reinforcers, entering the crate with more than one bird at a time, flying to different people with sticks, flying though an opening, placing the stick in the right place, and so on.

 

As with any behaviour it is helpful to have a picture in one’s mind as to what the final behaviour goal is and what elements that includes so that each criterion can be added one by one as they are mastered. With multiple animals, that also means knowing where each animal is in that process.

An easy trap to fall into is going into autopilot and raising criteria without paying attention to how the bird did on the previous repetition. For example, I would sometimes see trainers ask for a rep, get a poor response and then automatically ask a bird to fly a farther distance. Uh oh! There’s that pesky autopilot turning on.

My rule of thumb for raising criteria is if I get one or two perfect reps, then I will try increasing criteria. If the bird fails one or two times at the criteria I have set, then I relax my criteria to something at which the animal can be successful. This helps keep my animal wanting to participate in the session.

Another trap to watch out for is raising more than one criteria at a time. We had two birds learn to drop the first stick offered. This eventually turned into dropping many sticks before finally taking one to fly back to the nest. This behaviour needed to be fixed before adding the criteria of flying distance to the nest could be added again. Working on more than one criteria at a time is tempting, but confusing to the animal. Get one aspect mastered before adding on another.

I had to head back home before the Quakers finished their training for their new behaviour. Here is just a peak at some of the work. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXjSybDDWv5/?taken-by=barbara_heidenreich I hear they are doing well! Can’t wait to see the final routine once it is finished. In the meantime, practice raising one criteria at a time with your animals as well as making sure you are ready to raise criteria by paying close attention to your animal’s progress during a session.

Barbara

 
PS If you want to learn more about the basics of training Parrots, try these resources
How to Train Your Parrot https://vimeo.com/ondemand/trainyourparrot

Train Your Parrot to Step Up https://vimeo.com/ondemand/parrotstepup

Flight Training for Companion Parrots https://vimeo.com/ondemand/parrotflight

Stress Free Veterinary Care for Companion Parrots https://vimeo.com/ondemand/parrotvetcare

Becoming a Better Parrot Trainer. Practical Application Skills That Make a Difference https://vimeo.com/ondemand/parrothandlingskills 
 

 
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The Top Royal Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/the-top-royal-parrots-blog595/ http://www.northernparrots.com/the-top-royal-parrots-blog595/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/the-top-royal-parrots-blog595/

As we approach the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it’s time to look at how our feathered friends are linked to the Royal Family.
 
Prince Harry met some endangered Parrots when he visited the Caribbean in 2017. Although we don’t think anyone will be buying him a Parrot as a wedding gift.  That’s because the birds tried to bite him when he visited the islands.


 
Queen Elizabeth the Second has an aviary of Budgies. Going back further in time King Henry the Eighth and Queen Victoria both kept African Grey Parrots. Queen Victoria’s Grey learnt how to sing the national anthem, much to her amusement.
 
Here’s our Top 10 Parrots with a royal associated name
 

1. The King Parrot. The King originates in Eastern Australia. The King is quiet (for a Parrot!) Although unlike most Australian Parakeets you can teach them to talk. There are three species of King Parrot, Moluccan, Papuan and Australian.


2. The beautiful Princess Parrot. The Princess Parrot lives for around 30 years but is endangered in the wild. The Princess has a calm and charming personality. Read more about the Princess Parrot here.


3. The Lord Derby’s Parakeet gets its name from the Lord of Derby. Lord Derby’s live in the forests of India and China.


4. The Alexandrine Parakeet is named after Alexander the Great. Alexandrines are similar to a Macaw, in that they are extremely intelligent. Read all about Alexandrine Parrots here.



5. Lilac-crowned Amazon. Purple is traditionally the colour of Royalty, due to the cost of the dye that used to be used to make their clothes. Lilac-crowned Amazons are full of personality.


6. Duchess Lorikeet. The Duchess Lorikeet is small but has a high-pitched voice.

 
7. Blue-crowned Lorikeet. Blue-crowned Lorikeets normally rest in trees but have been known to dig burrows.


8. Regent Parrot. The Regent Parrot is an excellent flyer.


9. Red-crowned Parakeet is also known as the Kakariki. Kakarikis originate from New Zealand and are very agile and noisy. Find everything for Kakarikis here


10. Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo. Major Mitchell was one of the first explorers of Australia and was knighted in the 1800’s.  The longest lived Parrot ever was a Major Mitchell’s. Cookie died when he was 83. And as we all know, the Royal Family live for a long time too, the Queen Mother was over 100 when she died.
 
 
Let us know if you can think of any more in the comments below or on our Facebook page here.
 
Plus, we’d love to see pictures of your Parrot enjoying the big day
 
Whether you Parrot has links with royalty or not we’re sure they rule the roost in your home. You’ll find everything for your Parrot Prince or Princess available for fast delivery here


 
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Meet My Parrots - Casper the Cockatoo and Rio and Sully the Macaws http://www.northernparrots.com/meet-my-parrots-casper-the-cockatoo-and-rio-and-sully-the-macaws-blog590/ http://www.northernparrots.com/meet-my-parrots-casper-the-cockatoo-and-rio-and-sully-the-macaws-blog590/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT Northern Parrots http://www.northernparrots.com/meet-my-parrots-casper-the-cockatoo-and-rio-and-sully-the-macaws-blog590/
We love hearing about your flock. In this latest instalment of our Meet My Parrot series Sandra Dixon tells us about her lovely birds, Sully the Blue and Gold, Rio the Green-wing and Casper the Umbrella Cockatoo. 
 
I have always been a bird lover, coming from a family of small, bird breeders and I have always kept at least one bird.
 
I now own a flock of three, which I have had since they were hand reared, mostly by myself.   My first was Sully a large Blue and Gold, grumpy male.  He is named after Sully from Monsters Inc. and is full of character. 


 
Although he is a mummies boy he has a real hate for his cage being cleaned.  So every day he shouts "no! get out" at me then pulls my hair.  He then gets cross because I continue and holding onto his cage bars he throws bird food at me from his bowl with the use of his claws. 
 
Sully doesn't like anyone apart from me. He will tolerate my husband but only because he wants my husband’s food. 
 
As for talking well, this bird can talk the hind legs off a donkey.  He begins all the full-blown conversations with the other two and when he has a squawk he frequently tells off our Green-wing and blames Rio for the noise. Sully is now nearly five years old.



Rio, our Green-wing, is a huge bird but a real gentle giant. He is now about 18 months old and is into everything just like a toddler.  He enjoys helping mummy make cakes by throwing egg shells everywhere but his real passion is taking a bath whether in the kitchen sink or in the bathroom shower. ###344224###


 
Rio has this strange obsession with ears and toes, he just loves to bite them.  He also likes to wear his harness, sit on my shoulder and come out for walks with the dogs across fields, which gets a lot of attention as I am rather on the short side and his tail nearly reaches the ground. 
 
He will let people have a little stroke but only the ones he likes.  He is a very clingy bird to us and will not climb onto anyone.  Our big, lovable, gentle giant never fails to make us laugh with his high-pitched voice which sounds like the Seasame Street character Elmo. Rio is now aged 18 months


 
Last but not least is our cheeky Alba Cockatoo Casper who is now aged three years old.  She loves music and dancing.  She adores her dad and refuses to go to bed for anyone else!


 
She has an uncanny knack of winding up the two Macaws especially Sully by pulling his cover from his cage which really irritates him. She always decides to have a scream at tea time whilst Sully tries calming her down with "alright girl! You’re alright shhhhh." 

 
She hates bath times and sulks when she is sprayed. Casper will wear her harness and come out in the garden with us but only when it suits her.  Like most Cockatoos she has a crazy nature and does the strangest of thing to keep us amused, loving the attention. Casper is now aged three. ###83941a###
 


As you can imagine our home is noisy and very eventful but we couldn't live without or crazy feathered friends who dominate our lives.

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