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Your Parrot Questions Answered by Feathered Friends

Monday, 6th June 2016Written By Northern Parrots

We're going to be posting some of the questions we receive on social media and on our blog posts and posting them to Feathered Friends and you for your thoughts, Here are the first batch of questions below.

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What To Consider Before Buying A Parrot

Tuesday, 1st March 2016Written By Dot

Thinking of adding to your flock or buying a Parrot for the first time? Then read this blog by Dot Schwarz for lots of tips and advice.

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Understanding The Scope Of Senses

Tuesday, 12th January 2016Written By Northern Parrots

Mike Simmons took his Bald Eagle Georgia out flying on the North York Moors recently in order to stimulate his bird's senses. Here's how he got on.

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Northern Parrots Review Of 2015

Tuesday, 29th December 2015Written By Northern Parrots

2015 has been another busy year for us at Northern Parrots. Here's our review of the year that was, plus get a sneaky peak about what's to come in 2016.

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Small Bird Myths Vs Facts

Tuesday, 17th November 2015Written By Northern Parrots

There are lots of myths surrounding small Parrot species such as Lovebirds, Budgies and Cockatiels. In this blog, originally published by Lafeber in September 2015, the myths and the real facts behind them are explained.

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Greys Are Fun!

Friday, 6th November 2015Written By Dot

Dot Schwarz is the proud owner of two Greys, Artha and Casper. Here Dot discusses her training strategies, what she has taught them and how their behaviour has changed over the years.

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Find Out More About Caring For Your Parrot With These October Campaigns

Friday, 9th October 2015Written By Northern Parrots

October is a really big month for pets and consequently our Parrots, with big campaigns running to promote their welfare. Read on to find out what they are.

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What's Your Parrot's Play Personality?

Tuesday, 29th September 2015Written By Northern Parrots

In this article, originally published by Lafeber in April 2015, the author discusses the different types of Parrot personality and how they suit the types of toys they play with.

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Travelling With Your Pet Bird or Parrot

Friday, 25th September 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Many of us love to take our Parrots out and about with us, whether it be for short day trips or longer two week family holidays. We've compiled a handy list of travel options for you and your Parrot, so you never need to leave your feathered friend at home ever again!

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Enrichment Or How to Keep Your Parrot Happy

Friday, 11th September 2015Written By Dot

Parrots need plenty of toys in order to enjoy an enriched life. Here Dot Schwarz explains some of the toys that her flock loves and how you can keep your Parrot occupied too.

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5 Things You Should Know About Parrots

Tuesday, 8th September 2015Written By Barbara

Whether you're a new Parrot owner or have been a happy Parrot owner for years, you might be surprised to learn these five interesting facts about Parrots by Barbara Heidenreich, that make Parrots a bit different from your usual companion animal.

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Applying the Three Basic Animal Needs to Parrots

Friday, 3rd July 2015Written By Eb

After watching an episode of "The Dog Whisperer" where the host discussed the three emotional needs of a pet dog, exercise, mental stimulus and affection, Eb Cravens realised the same essentials could be applied to Parrots. Here he explains what they are. This article was originally published in Parrots Magazine in November 2008.

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Benni Takes to the Air

Tuesday, 26th May 2015Written By Dot

Dot Schwarz's Blue and Gold Macaw Benni has been freeflying outside since March 14th, when he was 28 weeks old. Here’s how Benni’s behaviour has developed and how Dot's nerves have withstood the strain.

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Do Parrots Get Along With Children?

Friday, 24th April 2015Written By Dot

As it's National Kids and Pets Day on April 26th, Dot Schwarz takes a look at how children and get along when they live together in the same house.

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How Feathers Colour Our World

Thursday, 2nd April 2015Written By Northern Parrots

We all know how the colour of an object affects how you view it, but the colour of a bird can also change what we think of them and what their potential mates think too. This article was originally published on Lafeber's website in February 2015.

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Dot Schwarz's Daily Life with Benni the Macaw

Friday, 6th February 2015Written By Dot

Benni Macaw is six months old and has lived with Dot Schwarz's flock for five months. Here’s her second report of the ups and downs in his education and how Benni has been getting on.

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Unwanted Parrots and Hand-Rearing

Friday, 23rd January 2015Written By Rosemary

Most Parrots sold as companions in the home are hand-reared, but, as Rosemary Law explains, there are numerous problems associated with doing this, so here's what you can do to minimise the risk.

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An Old Parrot - Part 2

Monday, 19th January 2015Written By Dot

In Part 2 of her blog, Dorothy Schwartz continues to talk about Joanna Burger's life with her old Amazon Parrot Tiko. She discusses how he is coping with old age, how his behaviour changed around an elderly relative and what he likes to eat every day.

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An Old Parrot - Part 1

Tuesday, 13th January 2015Written By Dot

Not many of us Parrot carers will have enjoyed the experience of Professor Joanna Burger who, with her husband Michael Gochfield, shares her life with Tiko, a red-lored Amazon who is now over sixty years old. Joanna wrote a book about her life with Tiko, and Dot Schwarz discusses it here.

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Northern Parrots Review of 2014

Tuesday, 30th December 2014Written By Northern Parrots

Here are some of the memorable moments we've enjoyed here at Northern Parrots HQ over the past 12 months of 2014.

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My First Macaw

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014Written By Dot

Dorothy Schwarz has been a Parrot owner for most of her life. However, she has never owned a Macaw, until now that is, at the age of over 70 years of age. In her latest blog, she introduces us to her blue and gold Macaw Benni, and shares her diary with us, which details her experiencing training and caring for him in his early days. Don't forget to post your memories of your first Parrot in the comments!

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One, Two Or Many Parrots - Which is Best?

Friday, 19th September 2014Written By Dot

A well written and balanced article from Dorothy Schwarz on the thoughts of the bird keeping community. Take a read and have your say, what do you think is best?

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Thank You to Barrett Watson

Tuesday, 29th July 2014Written By Mike

It was a lovely sunny day here at NP HQ and we were all excited as we waited on the arrival of Barrett Watson, a highly respected Parrot breeder who many of you will have heard of, or had the pleasure to meet him in person.

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Lena's Story

Friday, 11th July 2014Written By Dot

Twelve years ago our local zoo contacted me; would I take any of their unwanted birds? The most suitable turned out to be Archie and Lena, a pair of elderly Orange-winged Amazons (Amazona amazonica).

Like most wild caught birds, their history was largely unknown.

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Lost But Not Forever

Tuesday, 20th May 2014Written By Dot

Time flies and so do Parrots - the Parrot that flies out of the window, the aviary or the door. Recently reading on internet some truly sad stories of lost birds, I thought I might share some happier experiences both of my own and my friends.

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Parrots Wanted for New TV Show

Thursday, 1st May 2014Written By Northern Parrots

Do you want to know what your Parrot gets up to behind your back? Channel 5 are looking for animals including pet birds and Parrots to take part in 'The Secret Life of Pets'.

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How I Became a Parrot Lady

Tuesday, 25th March 2014Written By Dot

I’m often asked. ‘How did you get so involved with Parrots?’

The questioner is puzzled both by the size of the aviary and the sight of most rooms in our bungalow festooned with Parrot paraphernalia.

The answer’s bittersweet.

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Jo's Busy Beak Gets Her Into Trouble!!

Monday, 3rd February 2014Written By Northern Parrots

This blog has been provided courtesy of Avian Veterinary Services (AVS) and is about Jo, a two year old female Galah who has previously boarded at the clinic on a number of occasions, and like virtually most Cockatoos is an extremely 'busy' bird, positively bursting with character!

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Parrot Rescues

Tuesday, 18th June 2013Written By Liz

With a Parrot’s long potential life span Liz Wilson looks at why everyone in the Parrot world needs to confront the question of where a psittacine bird should go when it can no longer stay in their present home.

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Old Wives’ Tales You Hear About Parrots – Part 1

Tuesday, 5th March 2013Written By Liz

Even though our overall knowledge and understanding of pet birds and Parrots has grown in recent years, there still seems to be a lot of incomplete and incorrect advice and information around.

Liz Wilson takes a look at some of the Old Wives Tales she has come across and looks to explain each one.

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Which Parrot is Right for Me?

Wednesday, 6th February 2013Written By Liz

Thinking about getting a bird or Parrot as a pet or companion? In this article Liz Wilson looks at some of the more popular species of Parrots kept as pets and discusses their negative attributes, in order to create a little balance against all the positives a feathered friend brings.

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Recycling Parrots: Giving An Older Bird Another Chance

Wednesday, 23rd January 2013Written By Liz

Choosing a baby Parrot is best if you want a stronger bond...Myth or Fact?

Liz Wilson explains how giving a Parrot a second chance and a new home may actually provide a better, healthier bond than buying a baby bird.

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Are You A Caring Breeder?

Tuesday, 8th January 2013Written By Rosemary

Rosemary Low asks the question...Are you a caring breeder? It just takes that little something sometimes to stop, think and evaluate what we do and how we approach things.

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Is It A Boy Or A Girl?

Friday, 2nd November 2012Written By Liz

Everyone likes having their own identity and your Parrot is no different, but how can they begin if you are unsure if they are a boy or a girl?

Aspects of your Parrot's behaviour could also be simply explained just by knowing what sex they are.

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10 Basic Don'ts of Bird Ownership

Tuesday, 16th October 2012Written By Liz

10 essential DON'Ts for any Parrot owner. Liz Wilson advises on ten things bird owners shouldn't do when caring for or looking to buy a pet bird. See how many you are getting right!

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10 Basic Do's Of Bird Ownership

Tuesday, 9th October 2012Written By Liz

10 essential DO's for any Parrot owner. Liz Wilson advises on ten things bird owners should do when caring for, looking to buy or rehome a pet bird. See how many you are getting right!

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Keeping Parrots and Other Pets

Tuesday, 31st July 2012Written By Liz

Are you looking to add to your pet family? If so read this article by Liz Wilson to understand how this may potentially affect your Parrot.

Whether you're looking to get a dog, cat or perhaps a reptile (which are becoming increasing popular as pets) each brings their own obstacles and hazards.

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Which Species Should I Choose?

Tuesday, 10th July 2012Written By Rosemary

Not sure which species of Parrot is right for you? Rosemary Low helps to explain why starting off small can lead to a happy and long life with companion Parrots.

Useful and insightful information for anyone looking at getting a Parrot as a pet.

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Guidelines For New Parrot Owners

Friday, 29th June 2012Written By Liz

If you're a new Parrot owner, whether you have a baby or adult bird, Liz Wilson highlights the benefits of starting Parrot ownership the right way to prevent problems in the future.

Topics covered include medical, nutritional and behavioral guidelines. Ensure you and your bird start off on the right foot for a happy and healthy relationship.

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How Long Do Parrots Really Live?

Tuesday, 19th June 2012Written By Rosemary

Rosemary Low offers some sound advice and insight in to this sometimes mystifying realm of Parrots.

Providing useful information, Rosemary looks at some historical examples of long-lived Parrots and discusses the effect of ageing on Parrots.

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The One Person Bird

Friday, 8th June 2012Written By Liz

Liz Wilson explains why the common perceptions about our companion Parrots preferring one person can actually be the cause of the problem.

This article is filled with useful information covering areas such as rehabililtation, controlling aggression and prevention.

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Breeding Parrots

Friday, 20th April 2012Written By Rosemary

If you've ever considered breeding Parrots but don't know where to start this article is for you.

Rosemary Low draws on her years of experience to discuss everything from initial setup and selection to fledging and feeding.

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Expanding the Flock

Wednesday, 8th February 2012Written By Liz

Now that you've "got the bug" you may be considering getting another Parrot. But there's a lot of things to consider first.Why do you want another bird, is it for the "right" reasons? Have you got the time to look after another bird? What about the space and funds needed?Parrot behaviourist Liz Wilson considers these and other questions to help you decide whether it's the right time to "expand the flock".

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Enrichment For Your Parrot

Wednesday, 18th January 2012Written By Liz

Unlike their wild ancestors our pet Parrots have no need to spend many hours every day foraging for food and avoiding predators.

So we need to keep them occupied before boredom and frustration lead to problems such as excessive screaming and feather plucking.

The term for improving your bird's life in this manner is "enrichment" and Parrot behaviourist Liz Wilson has lots of ideas how to go about it.

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Parrot Watching in Mato Grosso - Part 2

Tuesday, 3rd January 2012Written By Rosemary

Part 2 of Rosemary Low's insight into her latest bird watching trip to the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

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Parrot Watching in Mato Grosso - Part 1

Friday, 16th December 2011Written By Rosemary

In November 2011 Rosemary Low visited the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil hoping to spend time watching Parrots in the wild.

This is the story of an incredibly memorable trip, the birds that she saw - and didn't - places visited and much more.

Don't miss if you've an interest in Parrots in the wild or would like to take such a trip!

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About Liz Wilson

Sunday, 2nd October 2011Written By Northern Parrots

Find out more about Liz Wilson, a dedicated Parrot person who for most of her life worked endlessly to help improve the lives of companion Parrots and the people who care for them.

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Is a Parrot Right for Me?

Sunday, 2nd October 2011Written By Liz

It's important to consider if a Parrot is a suitable pet for you and this article discusses some of the possible side effects you should consider.

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