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Dot Schwarz

The Importance of Flight

Dot Schwarz explains about the importance of flight. Is there an ideal way to care for captive Parrots? Is Parrot husbandry a science, or an art which relies on science to develop the best methods and techniques?  There are issues that do not give an easy answer. How should you feed, train, nurture or fly […]

Parrot Accidents | Christmas Stories From Dot Schwarz

Dot Schwarz talks about some of the funny things that happen to Parrots and Parrot accidents. Parrots are sometimes referred to as feathered toddlers. Toddlers don’t fly and have not got tin openers on front of their faces. But similarities abound. Curiosity, self-centredness, need for love and affection and a blind disregard for danger. Absolute […]

Teaching Parrots to Talk

Dot Schwarz explains how to teach Parrots to talk. Talking ability is dependent on two main factors; natural aptitude and a stimulating environment with sympathetic people. (Rosemary Low) My Greys used to talk I sometimes take Artha and Casper, my two African Grey Parrots (19 and 17 years old) out wearing their Aviator harness, which you can […]

Help – My Parrot Is Overweight

Here is what to do if your Parrot is overweight. Parrots are not naturally fat. They have evolved to be light boned and able to fly. Wild Parrots need often to fly distances to forage their foods; they get plenty of exercise. Galahs Although wild Parrots often eat high fat items (think of African Greys […]

My Life With Kakariki

Dot Schwarz tells us about life with Kakariki. I’d never meant to add smaller birds into the aviary: It happened like this. A friend takes in unwanted birds – too many I sometimes think. He had a lone hen which he brought round and we housed the hen in my aviary. Aviary I put her […]

Alex’s Legacy

Dot Schwarz tells us more about one of the most intelligent Parrots of all time, Alex. For lots of toys to help keep your clever Parrot occupied please click here.  Alex (1976 – 6 September 2007) was an African Grey Parrot (Pssitacus erithacus) and the subject of a thirty-year (1977–2007) experiment by Dr Irene Pepperberg in various universities. When Alex was about […]

Seeds Vs Pellets

Dot Schwarz has kindly written this article about seeds vs pellets and which is best to feed your Parrot. A question to which hobby owners would all answer yes: ‘Do you want to give your bird the best diet?  Does that query have a definitive answer?  Not in the present state of knowledge. Wild Bird […]

Think Parrots 2017 Review

Dot Schwarz reviews Think Parrots 2017. What’s the secret ingredient of the continued success of this event now in its 6th year? Not the amount of Parrot products sold and for non-commercial exhibitors showing exquisite Cockatiels or magnificent Macaws there must be something else. I believe that what binds these disparate elements together is a shared affection and fascination for Parrots in […]

About The Parrot Society and World Parrot Trust

Dot Schwarz tells us more about The Parrot Society and World Parrot Trust.  Why would anyone want to pay an annual subscription to join an association? Hasn’t everyone got enough expenses? Keeping Parrots is NOT a cheap hobby. However, I’d like to explain why I believe we companion Parrot owners need professional associations. Help   […]

The True Value Of Birds

Dot Schwarz discusses the true value of birds.  If you are reading my blog, I’d guess that the survival of bird species (especially Parrots) is important to you and you believe that’s it is right to support bird conservation.  It is estimated that 1.200 bird species are facing extinction over the next century, many more […]