What factors affect the lifespan of parrots?

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One day I’ll stop apologizing for stepping on toes. Although I have great respect for my esteemed associate who answered this question previously (on Quora)  I have a totally different point of view.

The most influential factor in determining the lifespan of any companion bird in captivity, in and of itself – is daylight and the daily duration of light vs darkness.

50 million years of hard wiring for an animal to believe that he or she can go where they want anytime changes the moment they occupy a bird cage.

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The bird of time: cognition and the avian biological (circadian) clock

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Front Mol Neurosci. 2012; 5: 32.
Published online 2012 Mar 22. Prepublished online 2012 Feb 1. doi:  10.3389/fnmol.2012.00032
PMCID: PMC3309970The bird of time: cognition and the avian biological clock
 
abstract

Avian behavior and physiology are embedded in time at many levels of biological organization. Biological clock function in birds is critical for sleep/wake cycles, but may also regulate the acquisition of place memory, learning of song from tutors, social integration, and time-compensated navigation.

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Let’s Talk About Bird Poop – It Says What Your Bird Can’t

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So let’s talk about poop:-) What got me thinking about the topic is a recent e-mail from a customer considering buying an HQ bird cage. She bought a Molucaan Cockatoo from a pet shop 16 years ago. She’s been shopping there for 16 years and last year bought a dome top birdcage from them.

After one year the bottom tray of the cage had started rusting out. She talked about having bought all of her supplies from this particular pet shop including walnut shells which are used as bedding in the bottom of the cage. She wasn’t sure of the make of the cage.

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Bird safe no stick cookware alternatives

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I am long overdue getting appropriate bird safe cookware to use around my African Grey. I’ve wanted the Calphalon set for years. Do you know anything about it being safe. I get a little confused. I know “Teflon” is not good, but just what is meant by non-stick? Is all “non’stick” unsafe around birds?

Thank you for your time. KATHY

Hi Kathy

Calphalon nonstick surfaces do use a PTFE (non stick) coating. Calphalon is Teflon free but that’s because they don’t use the Teflon brand for their coating so it’s really semantics.

Both are similar in that they use PTFE in their non-stick surfaces which is harmful to animals and humans alike to various degrees. The fumes of an over heated PTFE pan can kill a bird in minutes 3 rooms away

That leaves 3 ways to achieve a kitchen full of bird safe cookware, the first being “ceramic” coated cookware.

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Caring for 2 senior lovebirds

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I have 2 love birds that are approaching 20 years of age – Help Scout

Beth W replied Feb 5, 12:42pm

I have two love birds that are approaching 20 years of age and was wondering if there are special nutrition or habitat changes I should make for them. 

Mitch replied Feb 8, 10:09pm

Beth – do you know their sex?

Beth W replied Feb 9, 6:29pm

They are both male peach faced love birds, one is a year older than the other. The older bird is having problems with his balance occasionally.

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Zoo Med 2008: Psittacine Medicine (2008)

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OCW Zoological Medicine 2008
Psittacine Medicine (2008)
G. Kaufman, DVM
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

1. Learning Objectives and Review

This section pulls together the main diseases and health issues of psittacines, representing the major group of birds seen in pet bird veterinary practice. Color coded topics indicate learning objectives that the student should become familiar with. Cases will be presented in class to illustrate these topics.

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