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PostSubject: Identifying parrots   Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:20 am

Parrot Characteristics And The Parrot Family

The Parrot family is an order of birds named Psittaciformes that includes 353 species. This is broken down

into two basic families, the Psittacidae or true parrot and the Cacatuidae or Cockatoo.

A parrot characteristic of this order is a curved beak shape, an erect stance and slight mobility in the upper

mandible. They all have two toes to the front of the foot and two behind which we call the term zygodactyl.

The parrot is considered to be a very intelligent bird. Some parrots can mimic human speech and even associate

the words with their meanings.

Parrots are prized as pets. The most popular pet parrots are conures, parakeets, African Greys, lovebirds,

Amazons, cockatoos, macaws and Budgerigars. Some parrots can have a life span of up to 80 years so they can be

life long friends and companions.

Law of owning a parrot

1. GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE YOU BRING ME HOME - I am not a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs, which you may find hard to fill. Please donít learn these too late for my well-being. And please donít acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle - it will jeopardize his survival and well-being, and that wonít be a party for you either!

2. GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE - I am used to flying through rainforests or savannas. I have given up this great gift for your pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings and exercise. And I need toys for my amusement and wood to chew - otherwise, I might confuse your Home with the forest and its trees.

3. GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET - I need a wide variety of fresh and nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seeds alone. Take time to learn what my needs, and preferences are.

4. LET ME HAVE A ĎSOCIAL LIFEí - I am a gregarious flock animal - but I am not one of you. I need lots of socialization to learn how to act with you, and with my siblings. I also need to have adequate quality time with you every day - no matter what your schedule or other needs are. I am a living, feeling creature. Above all, I need to be able to have complete trust in you, and count on your predictability in looking after me - every day.

5. LET ME BE CLEAN - I may like to drop food or even throw it, but I need meticulous cleanliness to be healthy. My skin itches without frequent showers, the barbs of my feathers wonít seal if they become oily and, worst of all, I may become ill if my food or water is not always sanitary.

6. I NEED MY OWN DOCTOR - You may not understand my physiology and therefore you may not recognize it early on when I get sick. And it may be too late when you do, because I hide my illnesses (remember what I said about my being an animal of the jungle, where there are lots of predators). And I need an avian vet - a specialist (no HMOs for me please). If you canít afford one, perhaps you shouldnít have taken me home.

7. PLEASE DONíT PUNISH ME - Just as I donít always understand your peculiarities, you may not understand mine. I donít TRY to get in trouble - remember, a house is not the jungle. If I do screw up, donít yell at me and never hit me. I have sensitive ears and I may never trust you again if you strike me. Hands are sometimes scary things to us (why in the world would you not be zygodactylous like us?). Even more importantly, we donít learn by punishment. We are gentle creatures who only strike back to protect ourselves; we learn through patience and love.

8. SPEAK MY ĎLANGUAGEí - I know you get upset with me when I knock over my water bowl, throw food, scream or pluck my feathers. I donít do these to annoy you - I am probably trying to tell you something (perhaps that I am hurting, lonely, or sad.). Learn to speak MY (body) language. Remember that I, alone of all creatures on this planet, learn to speak yours!

9. SEE ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL - I am a unique and feeling being. No two of us are alike. Please donít be disappointed in me if I donít talk like you wanted, or canít do the tricks that your friendís parrot can do. But if you pay close attention to me (and I always empathize with you, whether you know it or not), I will show you a unique being who will give you so much more than talking and playing. Give me a chance to show you who I am; I think youíll find the effort worth it. And remember - I am not an ornament; I do not enhance ANY living room dťcor. And I am not a status symbol - if you use me as such, I might nip at your up-turned nose!

10. SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME - Above all, please remember that you are my Special Person. I put all my trust and faith in you. We parrots are used to being monogamous (no bar-hopping for us!). So please donít go away for long periods or give me away - that would be a sadness from which I may never recover. If that seems to be asking a lot, remember - you could have learned about my needs before bringing me home. Even having a baby or taking a new job isnít a fair reason - you made a commitment to me FIRST. And if you think that you must leave me because you might die, provide for me forever after you leave. I may live to a ripe old age but I canít provide for myself. Remember Iím in a small cage amongst people who are not of my blood.

11. YOUR RIGHTS - You have lots of rights, but I can only assure one. And that is, if you treat me the way I described above, I will reward you with unwavering love, humor, knowledge, beauty, dedication - and a sense of wonder and awe you havenít felt since you were a child. When you took me home, you became my Flock Leader, indeed, my entire universe - for life. I would hang the moon and stars for you if I could. We are one in Heart and Soul.


Diets

Seeds
For most pet birds, especially parrots and parakeets, a diet based primarily on seeds is deficient in many nutrients, including vitamin A and calcium, and is too high in fat. This is not to say that seed do not have a place in avian diets, but many birds come to prefer them to the exclusion of other healthy choices and can be fussy when it comes to trying a varied diet. Some birds will even pick out a couple of favorites from a seed mix, which further reduces the nutritional balance in the diet. When it comes to parrot nutrition, consider seeds to be somewhat like junk food: birds love them, but they are not the healthiest choice. Form most species of parrot, seeds should only make up about 10 percent of the diet. Some species, like budgies and cockatiels are naturally seed eaters and can tolerate a higher percentage of seed in the diet, but even for these birds, seeds should only make up about 25 percent of the diet.

Formulated Diets
A number of years ago, realizing that many parrots were suffering from nutritional deficiencies, companies began producing pelleted diets for pet birds. These are made from a variety of foods including grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fortified with vitamins and minerals, and are baked into pellet or variety of other extruded shapes. These provide a balanced nutritious diet and prevent birds from picking out their favorite food items and leaving the rest. However, many birds, especially those started on a seed based diet, do not readily take to eating a formulated diet. As well, formulated diets, though well balanced, do not provide the variety and stimulation that many pet birds crave in their diets (after all, eating the same thing day after would be boring for anyone). Therefore, pellets can be considered the "base" of the birds diet, comprising 50-60 percent of what the bird eats.

Some good brands of formulated diets include Harrison's, Zupreem, Kaytee, Pretty Bird, and Roudybush. As these diets grow in acceptance and popularity, manufacturer's are producing lines formulated for particular species and also for health management (e.g. lower calorie diets for weight management).



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hookbill with four toes


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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:22 am

go lupe!! i am a big fan of yours!!!

(lupe=umbie)
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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:27 am

nice birds... sana mayron din akong ganyan... before i fed my pugak wd sunflower seeds...
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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:01 am

wow nice showbiz si lupe ah hahahahaha... photogenic talaga...

@pugak- yup but too much sunflower sa parrots bro is not good.. mataas kz sa fats and oils noon... but good sila if may feather prob ung parrot... btw I hoped we could see your rv's pics soon.... Smile Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:04 pm

ugali na ni lupe pag nakakita ng cam lage papasikat
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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:22 am

Your birds are so adorable...
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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:07 am

thx hehehe, share your parrot pics naman
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PostSubject: Re: Identifying parrots   Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:52 am

this is really informative and i am so happy to know that there is a wide range of variety...they are beautiful and this information is really helpful for us...thanks alot for sharing it
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