What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

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Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.

 

Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly

 

Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure

 

Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.

 

Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.

 

You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.

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What To Feed My 27 Birds From Finches To A Blue Front Amazon

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Hi I’m looking for a dietary regimen for an Amazon Blue Front parrot.

 

He is used to a seed diet and I’m looking to provide him a healthier diet.

 

Do you have any recommendations?

 

Also I need a healthy diet for a sun conure. A dietary regimen for parakeets and also for finches of various varieties.

 

I’m looking to save money considering I have 27 different birds.

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For Your Bird’s Health: Gas Heat, Bugs And Muscular Atrophy In Bird Legs

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Carol P. replied

 

How can you get rid of the little brown bugs that come around the bird food without hurting the birds? Is there a spray or something I can order?

 

Thanks for your help, Carol in Tennessee

 

Hi Carol

 

Knowing what kind of bugs they are is half the battle.

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Hagen HARI Tropican Bird Food Review: My spoiled parrots love this bird food :)

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Headline: My spoiled parrots love this bird food 🙂

Name: Pam
Location: Rockford, IL

Review: I have three CAGs and a Goffin ‘too.

In the morning they get Tropican Lifetime Formula Maintenance Parrot Granules and I feed this food to them in the evening.

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Please help me not starve my parrot

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We’ve got some feedback on our statement “50% of captive birds deaths are from malnutrition” and I’m horrified.

 

Dollar’s Mum asked some pointed nutritional questions below and I’m always glad to have this discussion.

 

I think that people who serve their bird’s “chop” are well-intentioned but very misguided. A parrot living on nothing but chop is a malnourished bird.

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How do amazon parrots use light to synthesize Vitamin D having no preening gland? and other captive Amazon care questions

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How do Amazon parrots use light to synthesize Vitamin D having no preening gland?

As I was curating this post on Amazon parrot questions it got me thinking about one of my favorite subjects, full spectrum lighting and the synthesis of vitamin D in birds.

Amazon parrots are relatively unique having no preening gland (along with doves, pigeons and Hyacinth macaws).

The uropygial aka preening gland oozes a slippery goo which a bird rubs its head and beak against. Then spreads this oil over its feathered body.

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