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Welcome to our Blog page. Here you'll find lots of useful information about Everything for your Parrot. There's expert blogs & articles from Rosemary Low, the late Liz Wilson, Mike Simmons, Dorothy Schwarz and Barbara Heidenreich to name a few.

Endangered Species Day 2016

Friday, 13th May 2016Written By Northern Parrots

As it's Endangered Species Day on May 20th, we take a look at how our bloggers have been supporting conservation projects around the world, and which Parrot species are rare or threatened.


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.


A Review of the National Theft Register and Its Objectives For The Future.

Friday, 12th February 2016Written By Northern Parrots

It’s Pet Theft Awareness Day on the 14th February. In the UK, the National Theft Register records thefts, losses and recoveries of exotic species, which includes zoological birds, reptiles and other animals. We asked John Hayward, who was one of the founders of the National Theft Register, to explain what the organisation does and the methods that pet owners can use to reduce the risk of their animal being stolen. This article was originally published in February 2015.


Why Should You Get Pet Insurance For Your Parrot?

Tuesday, 9th February 2016Written By Northern Parrots

It's Love Your Pet Day on February 20th and one of the ways you can show your bird that you care is by getting them insurance, to cover you and them for any unexpected, expensive vet bills.


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.


Christmas Gift And Toy Ideas For Your Parrot

Friday, 4th December 2015Written By Northern Parrots

What should you be stocking in your Parrot's stocking this year? Well we have lots of Christmas toys and treats for you and your Parrot to enjoy this holiday season, take a look.


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.


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.


Fireworks & Your Parrot

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015Written By Liz

Liz Wilson provides some expert advice on how to help your feathered friend(s) have a less stressful time during these noisy celebrations.


No Vain, No Gain! How Pampering Your Parrot Can Keep Them Happy.

Tuesday, 20th October 2015Written By Northern Parrots

We know how much you want your Parrot to look their best, as the vibrant coloured feathers of Conures, Amazons and Macaws can easily become dull and tatty looking. Here’s some of the products that help your feathered friend look their best.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


What is National Wildlife Day 2015?

Tuesday, 1st September 2015Written By Northern Parrots

4th September will be National Wildlife Day. Here is a little bit of history about the day, conservation projects around the world and what you can do to help.


How To Choose the Right Perch For Your Parrot

Tuesday, 25th August 2015Written By Northern Parrots

There are lots of different styles of perch available for your Parrot and many different sizes too, so how do you choose the right one for your Parrot? Here we explain the wide choice you have available.


What Is International Homeless Animals Day?

Friday, 14th August 2015Written By Northern Parrots

International Homeless Animals Day takes place on August 15th. Here's a little bit of history of the day so you know what it's all about and how you can support homeless Parrots.


Why Do Parrots Need UV Light?

Friday, 7th August 2015Written By Northern Parrots

UV lights are one of the most important items you can buy for your Parrot. Read on to discover what huge benefits they can bring to your Parrot's overall wellbeing and the range of lights available.


Celebrate Exotic Pets Awareness Day 2015

Friday, 31st July 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Exotic Pet Awareness Day is happening on Sunday August 9th and here's what's happening on the day, so you can celebrate our exotic Parrots too.


Why Do Parrots Need Exercise?

Tuesday, 7th July 2015Written By Steve

It's so important to give your Parrot plenty of exercise, as Steve Hartman of The Parrot University explains the benefits the benefits Parrots receive from exercise. This article was originally published on The Parrot University's blog and newsletter in May 2015.


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.


The Importance of Hideaways for Parrots

Tuesday, 23rd June 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Keeping your Parrot feeling safe and protected is really easy when you use a hideaway. Our article explains how important they are to your Parrot.


Show Your Parrot Some Love During Pet Appreciation Week 2015

Tuesday, 2nd June 2015Written By Northern Parrots

We've just started Pet Appreciation Week, so now is the time to show your Parrot you love them even more than you might do normally, not that many of us need an excuse.


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.


New Live Webinars. Parrot Problems and More

Friday, 22nd May 2015Written By Barbara

Barbara Heidenreich is presenting some more fantastic webinars over the next few months. Click the link for the dates and all the information you need.


Why do Parrots Need Foraging Toys?

Tuesday, 12th May 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Foraging toys are one of the most important toys you can buy for your Parrot. They keep your bird's clever mind occupied and stop them becoming bored, as our blog explains.


What Types of Parrot Toys Are Available?

Friday, 1st May 2015Written By Northern Parrots

There are so many different toys you can buy for your Parrot, to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. Here we look at some of the most popular type of Parrot toys.


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.


Go Birding Day 2015

Thursday, 23rd April 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Are you planning a trip to see wild Parrots in their natural environment, either in the UK or worldwide? Then why not plan it around Go Birding Day 2015, which takes place on April 25th.


The Importance of Microchipping Your Parrot.

Tuesday, 7th April 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Have you had your Parrot microchipped yet? Richard Jones of Avian Veterinary Services explains why it is so important to do this and why it is a lot safer than standard, traditional methods of identifying individual birds, such as leg bands.


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.


My Last Week at The Ara Project in Costa Rica

Tuesday, 31st March 2015Written By Heather

Heather Scott's time volunteering with Macaws in Costa Rica is coming to an end. She has absolutely loved her time there, so here is what she will miss and what she hopes the future of the Ara Project is.


My Personal Contributions to the Ara Project, Punta Islita

Friday, 6th March 2015Written By Heather

Heather Scott has been volunteering at the Ara Project in Costa Rica for four weeks now and has been able to contribute to some exciting developments at the centre. Read on to find out what they are.


Are Birds Meant to Fly?

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015Written By Dot

Flight development in baby birds is essential for their mental development. Wing clipping can therefore have a huge effect on a Parrot's development. Dot Schwarz looks at the arguments for and against wing clipping a Parrot.


Settling Into Work at the Ara Project in Costa Rica

Tuesday, 24th February 2015Written By Heather

Heather Scott has been working at the Ara Project in Costa Rica for three weeks now and has kindly taken time out to write this blog for us. She writes about her daily duties, the kinds of Parrots she is caring for and her own personal challenges that she's faced.


Show Your Parrot How Much You Love Them On Love Your Pet Day 2015

Tuesday, 17th February 2015Written By Northern Parrots

It's Love Your Pet Day on February 20th so here's how you can treat your Parrot on this special day with a new toy, pedicure, perch or even a lovely warm bath!


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.


Heather Scott's Trip Of A Lifetime Volunteering with Parrots in Costa Rica

Monday, 2nd February 2015Written By Heather

Heather Scott has worked with the Parrots at the Butterfly House in Sheffield for 5 years. On 2nd February 2015 she is going on the adventure of a lifetime to Costa Rica to volunteer with the Parrots at the Ara Project. Here's some more information on what she'll be doing on her trip and where her passion for Parrots began.


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.


The Dangers of Teflon to Parrots

Tuesday, 20th January 2015Written By Northern Parrots

We’ve received some unfortunate news from one of our customers who has recently lost their feathered companions through Teflon poisoning.

Because of the tragic passing of his birds, the customer has asked us to raise awareness of this danger to help remind other bird owners to be careful.

So let’s remind ourselves of the dangers around our home and what we can do to limit and remove these dangers from our Parrot’s lives.


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.


Liberta Cages Endorsed by the World Parrot Trust

Friday, 16th January 2015Written By Northern Parrots

Liberta Cages, the UK's premier supplier of quality bird housing is pleased to announce their latest range of Parrot Cages has now been endorsed by the World Parrot Trust - the first time the charity have made such an endorsement. Read on to find out why...


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.


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!


How You Can Support Blue-Throated Macaws in Bolivia.

Tuesday, 16th December 2014Written By Northern Parrots

The Bird Endowment Charity are doing some fantastic work in Bolivia to increase the population of Blue-Throated Macaws. Read on to find out more.


Some Thoughts on Conservation and Why It Matters

Tuesday, 9th December 2014Written By Dot

Dorothy Schwarz has some thoughts on conservation that she would like to share with you in her new blog.


Get Involved with World Wildlife Conservation Day 2014

Wednesday, 3rd December 2014Written By Northern Parrots

Thursday 4th December is World Wildlife Conservation Day, so read this blog to learn about conservation projects involving Parrots in the wild.


Fracture Repair in Parrots

Tuesday, 11th November 2014Written By Northern Parrots

Richard Jones of Avian Veterinary Services has kindly written an article on fracture repair in Parrots. Have a read to find out how it happens, plus how you can contact the AVS team.


Parrot Intelligence - PART 2

Tuesday, 21st October 2014Written By Dot

Read Part 2 of Dorothy Schwarz's article on Parrot Intelligence; where she looks at the use of tools and how Parrots adapt. Plus real life stories from Parrot owners who believe their birds have shown true intelligence.


Parrot Intelligence - PART 1

Tuesday, 14th October 2014Written By Dot

We’re convinced that our birds are intelligent. By intelligent we mean the ability to learn facts and skills and apply them, especially when this ability is highly developed. Here’s a look at Parrots’ intelligence from my personal experience, and also from some recent research on intelligence in wild and captive Parrots.


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?


Katala – Protecting the Red Vent Cockatoo - PART 2

Tuesday, 16th September 2014Written By Dot

Follow the rest of Dorothy Schwarz's visit to the Katala Foundation in the Philippines in Part 2 of her article.


Katala – Protecting the Red Vent Cockatoo - PART 1

Tuesday, 9th September 2014Written By Dot

I’ve read about projects and interviewed individuals involved with bird conservation but I’d never visited a project in the field so I was thrilled when my dear friend Chris Shank from Oregon USA, a Cockatoo owner and trainer and ex-breeder for over thirty years, invited me to accompany her to visit the Katala Foundation in the Philippines.


The Impact of Early Learning Experiences on Kakapo

Thursday, 31st July 2014Written By Barbara

What happens to a young Parrot matters. Our last night of kakapo training was quite exciting. A three year old bird who had been hand raised several years ago had discovered a way to enter the large enclosure where the chicks are housed as they prepare for...


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.


A Commitment to Kakapo - Working with Parrot Conservation

Thursday, 19th June 2014Written By Barbara

Barbara returns to New Zealand to work with the Kakapo Recovery Program. This time the focus is on this year's chicks living on the very special Codfish Island. Read on to find out what Barbara has been getting up to...


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.


Treating Gus for Aspergillosis

Friday, 16th May 2014Written By Northern Parrots

Two weeks after an accidental fire in the home, Gus a 13 year old Grey Parrot was presented to Avian Veterinary Services with his owner describing him as off colour and having a change in his voice. This normally extremely vocal Grey had become less chatty and when he did vocalize he was sounding hoarse.


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'.


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.


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!


All I Want for Christmas is My Two New Wings!!

Monday, 23rd December 2013Written By Northern Parrots

Budge the African Grey was severely clipped several years ago and the missing flight feathers have never grown back.

Richard Jones of Avian Veterinary Services tells how he used donated feathers to repair the wings and stop Budge having so many accidents.


Cockatoo Research Project 2013 - Part 1

Thursday, 1st August 2013Written By Thomas

Northern Parrots are pleased to announce that we will be supporting a 3 year PhD research project investigating the captive welfare and management of Cockatoos (Cacatua).

The project will be undertaken at the University of East Anglia, by Thomas Clark who specialises in behavioural ecology and conservation of Parrots


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.


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.


THE GREAT ESCAPE: Recovering Lost Parrots

Friday, 15th February 2013Written By Liz

Having been through the emotion of losing and finding her own bird on more than one occasion Liz Wilson is able to provide lots of useful information in this incredibly informative blog on how best to get your bird back safely.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


Why You Should Choose Manzanita

Thursday, 20th September 2012Written By Northern Parrots

Choosing a perch for your bird can sometimes prove a little more difficult then it may first seem. There is a now a huge choice in styles, materials and benefits, however, if you are looking to provide your bird with a natural wood perch look no further than Manzanita.

This article will help you understand its benefits as well as reassure you that the myths about cracked wood being a danger, is exactly that, a myth.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Saturday, 2nd June 2012Written By Liz

Is wing-clipping right for your Parrot? Liz Wilson discussing this hot topic, providing useful insight based on years of experience.

Read about the pros and cons for both sides of the debate and make up your mind if the practise of wing-clipping has its place in the world of Parrots.


Household Dangers And Sensible Precautions

Friday, 1st June 2012Written By Liz

Liz Wilson provides some essential advice on managing dangers within your own home.

Potential dangers can come from a wide range of areas, From simple things such as liquids and foods to household appliances, furniture and household cleaners.

With some careful thought and forward planning you can easily reduce and eliminate many of these risks to ensure your home is as safe as possible for your birds.

With a little more planning you can also ensure you have emergency procedures in place just in case!


Is It TRUE That You Can’t Tell If A Bird Is Sick?

Saturday, 28th April 2012Written By Liz

It's certainly true that Parrots are good at hiding illness - as prey animals they have to be. There can be subtle indications though that all is not well, and, as the person who knows your bird best and sees it every day, you are best placed to pick up on these.

Parrot behaviourist and former veterinary technician Liz Wilson provides information on how to recognize many of the symptoms and behaviour changes our Parrots may display, so veterinary help can be sought before the problem develops further.


Is Your Parrot Getting Enough Sleep?

Monday, 23rd April 2012Written By Liz

If your Parrot is showing problem behaviours such as feather plucking, screaming, aggression, had you considered if sleep deprivation might be a factor?

Getting a good nights sleep is just as important for Parrots as it is for people. And it's probably true that most Parrots need more sleep than we do - most Parrots are from equatorial regions which have a 12 hour night throughout the year.

But how can you accomplish that in a busy household where the TV is on till late and people need to get up early for work? Liz Wilson has some suggestions...


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.


Thinking On The Wing - Part 2

Friday, 23rd March 2012Written By Steve

Part 2 of The Parrot University's research into the benefits of flight for Companion Parrots.

The six main benefits of flight are discussed here and how they affect pet Parrots.


Thinking On The Wing - Part 1

Monday, 19th March 2012Written By Steve

Learning to fly is one of the most important skills a Parrot can develop. It develops mental agility, confidence, fitness, co-ordination and general well-being.

Steve Hartman of The Parrot University discusses how and why flight is so important and outlines the benefits to your Parrot.


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".


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.


Calcium, Vitamin D & Specialised Lighting

Friday, 6th January 2012Written By Liz

Calcium, Vitamin D and the correct lighting are important factors in the health and behaviour of birds and as they're linked so closely together it makes sense to discuss them together.

Liz Wilson examines each of these three areas and describes why they're important, and what you should do to make sure your Parrot has enough - but not too much - of each.


Playstands - A Good Idea?

Monday, 5th December 2011Written By Liz

Liz Wilson explains why having one or more playstands for your companion bird is a good idea.


Choosing a Parrot Cage

Tuesday, 22nd November 2011Written By Liz

Liz Wilson discusses the issues which arise when choosing the perfect home for your feathered friend.


Parrot Toys - The Importance of Play

Wednesday, 26th October 2011Written By Liz

Liz Wilson explains the important role toys play in ensuring your Parrot stays happy and healthy, as well as some do's and don'ts when it comes to providing safe materials.


Choosing an Avian Vet

Tuesday, 11th October 2011Written By Liz

Liz Wilson provides some essential information on finding and choosing an appropriate avian veterinarian.


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.


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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