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Dot Schwarz


My Parrot Has Changed: Dealing With A Hormonal Parrot

What do you do when your pet Parrot wants to mate? And what do you do when your pet Parrot sees you as his or her mate?  The behavioural problems that arise when companion Parrots reach sexual maturity are due to a hormonal change. The owner not aware of this finds him or herself in […]

What Does Your Bird’s Poop Tell You?

Dot Schwarz explains what studying your bird’s poop can tell you. How To Understand The Health Of Your Parrot From Their Poop Should the study of Parrot poop be considered an art or a science (or a waste of time?) One authority I consulted named the study Poopology – so here are some guide lines […]

Caring For Older Parrots

Caring for older Parrots, Dot Schwarz reveals how to care for older Parrots, shares examples of long lived birds and a lot more. One of the best avian vets I know, Alan Jones told me, when we were discussing Parrot longevity that ‘borne out by my experience in 40 years as an avian veterinarian, many African […]

Enrichment Or How to Keep Your Parrot Happy

Dot Schwarz explains how to give your Parrot enrichment in her blog.  For loads of enriching toys for your bird please click here.  Toys and enrichment Why make or purchase toys for Parrots? It is sadly not unheard of to see a bird in a small cage get one single perch and maybe one swing or toy. The owner […]

How to Teach Your Parrot To Step Up

Dot Schwarz explains how to teach your Parrot to step up. Can any bird learn to step up onto a hand or a stick? I believe that she can. And until your bird has a reliable step up, it is much harder for bird and carer to live harmoniously.     Too many birds are […]

Fresh Foods Your Parrot Will Love

Dot Schwarz explains how to incorporate fresh foods into your Parrot’s diet. How keen are you to incorporate green stuffs into your bird’s feeding regime? Parrot Diet  Live green foods form the major part of a wild Parrots’ diet. They use trees to live in, to nest in, forage fruits and berries from, to hide […]

What We Can Learn From Parrots

Into my third decade of Parrot husbandry, I ‘d like to share some of the techniques and methods that I’ve learned from teachers, breeders, friends, books and Internet searches and even more importantly what my Parrots have taught me about themselves and how it’s changed my thinking.   I hope that I’ve taught them some […]

Pros and Cons of Free Flight

Dot Schwarz looks at the pros and cons of free flight Let’s look at benefits as well as problems and dangers. For the handler the delight you feel as the bird soars into the air and returns to your hand when you ask him to recall is hard to describe; it must be experienced. It […]

Katala – Protecting the Red Vent Cockatoo – PART 2

Dot Schwarz tells us about the second half of her visit to Katala. To read Part 1, click here. Thirty-five year old Sabino has been with Katala since the inception. He used to be a poacher and now he’s a warden. The girth of the nest tree is too wide to be climbed, so he shimmies […]

Katala – Protecting the Red Vent Cockatoo – PART 1

Dot Schwarz explains more about her visits to Katala Non-Parrot people criticise me for caring as much about Parrots as I care about people. Let me explain. The traditional Christian point of view states that God set man dominion over all the animals. But instead of seeing humans as the apex of creation, we can […]