• Rules are made to be broken

    Rules are made to be broken

    13th November 2018

    Photo: Geoff Gale pictured with two of his winning lovebirds at the Lovebird (1990) Society’s 2018 members’ show   Sometimes an unconventional approach can pay off, as Geoff Gale found when he tried breeding the rare pale-headed peach-face mutation, with some interesting…

  • It’s not you, it’s me

    It’s not you, it’s me

    28th September 2018

    Photo: Dot Schwarz. Lesson one: do not leave food out in the kitchen! Dot’s African greys help themselves to a jar of biscuits   Mistakes: they can be funny, sloppy, reversible, ignorant or tragic, says Dot Schwarz. She recounts a…

  • Teflon: the dangers explained

    Teflon: the dangers explained

    13th September 2018

    Photo: Leicestershire Parrot Club. Companion birds must not be kept in the kitchen where they can be exposed to Teflon fumes, advises Lynda. Symptoms of PTFE toxicosis include wheezing and seizures   All birdkeepers should be aware of the threats…

  • First steps in training

    First steps in training

    31st August 2018

    Photo: CP Buckley. Trainer Neena MacNulty in Chicago, USA teaching her birds Otto and Emma the ‘fly to me’ move   The basics, the early stages in working with a companion parrot, are critically important. Get them right and you could…

  • Beautiful Parrots

    Beautiful Parrots

    3rd August 2018

    Photo: © Meyer. Striking: the male red-bellied parrot. Note the green and orange thighs and blue tinged undertail coverts   Rosemary Low examines how certain species of the same genus can be sexually dimorphic, while others aren’t, as she…

  • The pied splendid

    The pied splendid

    20th July 2018

    Photo: Colin O’Hara. A young pied just showing its first pied feathers. It can take 15 months for the definitive markings to show up   This mutation of the splendid parakeet is not one of the newer ones but, says…

  • Psittacine progress

    Psittacine progress

    22nd June 2018

    Photo: Les Rance. A cock Pennant’s waiting patiently for his hen to hatch   Turks going great guns, Pennant’s promising, kings not off the mark yet: an absorbing season so far for Les Rance   HAVING written three short articles about…

  • Our Alexandrine adventure

    Our Alexandrine adventure

    12th June 2018

    Photo: © LiQiang. Alexandrine pair When Canadian birdkeeper Peter Mostert was asked for help in rehousing a mixed collection of Alexandrines and other parrot-like birds, he couldn’t resist the challenge YOU never know what’s going to happen when you answer the phone.…

  • ‘Variety is the  spice of life’

    ‘Variety is the spice of life’

    18th May 2018

    Photo: Dot Schwarz. Pellets, seeds, fruits, vegetables… the possibilities of what we can offer our parrots are extensive! Just ensure they have a good balance of all four to keep in top condition, advises Dot.   DOT SCHWARZ concludes her…

  • My rosy outlook

    My rosy outlook

    3rd May 2018

    Photo: Les Rance. Australian king parrots in Les’s outdoor aviary. This year, Les has paired two hens, which are both two years old, with adult cocks, so is hopeful for good results   Les Rance concludes his three-part series on his…