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Parrots with UV light

Why Do Parrots Need UV Light?

UV light is so important to the health and wellbeing of your Parrot. Read on to learn why UVA and UVB light is recommended, how they help and the effects if birds don’t get enough UV light This is why Parrots Need UV Light… During the summer months your Parrot will have been outside more, […]


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Caring for Older Parrots

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 […]

Which Parrot Is Right For Me

Which Parrot is Right for Me?

For everything you need for your Parrot please click here. It should be stated from the outset that no stranger can tell you what kind of Parrot would work out best in your household. Only you can do that. However, in this article I will offer some of insights into various psittacine species, based on my […]

Red-browed Parrot Rescue

Red-browed Parrot Rescue

Rosemary Low gives an update on the Red-browed Parrot and how it was rescued in Brazil. Parrot conservation news from around the world was the subject of my previous blog. I have been asked to continue this theme and I can report on an inspirational story that has received no attention outside Brazil. If you […]

Cockatoo enrichment

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 […]

Step up training

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 condemned […]

Cockatoo eating

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 […]

Training session

Barbara Heidenreich’s Secrets to An Awesome Training Session

Here is Barbara’s tips for an awesome training session with your Parrot.  I had one of those training sessions the other day. You know the kind, the ones that stay in your mind because you just felt so great afterwards.  This particular training session was at a zoo, one of my regular contracts. When I […]

Barbara behaviour training

“Yeah, But”…What Not to Say During Parrot Behaviour Training

Here is what not to say during behaviour training.  Have you ever found yourself saying these words when someone gives you advice?  You probably have. We all have! Haven’t we? I am guilty of it too. But now I try really hard to catch myself if I feel those words creeping out. Here is why. […]

Animals bluff

Do Animals Bluff?

Barbara Heidenreich explains how and why animals bluff.  Have you ever thought about the word bluffing? Some synonyms are conning, tricking and faking. When people use the word bluffing in regard to animals it is usually associated with aggressive behaviour such biting or lunging. In other words they are suggesting animals are faking it or […]

Kakapo

The Impact of Early Learning Experiences on Kakapo

Barbara Heidenreich looks at the early learning experiences of Kakapo.  Kakapo training 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 release into the […]

How to touch a Parrot

How to Touch a Parrot by Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich explains how to touch a Parrot. Isn’t it fun to pet your dog or your cat? Tails Most of our pets usually liked to be stroked from the top of their heads down towards their tails. Have you ever tried that with a Parrot? If you have, you may have noticed the experience […]

Making friends

How To Make Friends With A Parrot

Barbara Heidenreich explains how to make friends with a Parrot. If you are a fan of Parrots like me, you look forward to those moments when you get to make a new Parrot friend. Unlike a dog or cat that may respond to a new person right away, birds can sometimes require a little extra effort […]