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  • Targeted research opens the door for assisted reproduction in parrots

    Targeted research opens the door for assisted reproduction in parrots

    12th April 2019

    Above: Philippine cockatoo: Critically Endangered and subject of a reintroduction programme   In the third of four articles, DR DAVID WAUGH explains how scientists are honing the technique of artificial insemination to improve the chances of successful breeding in rare…

  • Research on assisted reproduction in parrots

    Research on assisted reproduction in parrots

    7th March 2019

    Above: Hyacinth macaws could benefit from AI. Photo: Cezar Correa   DR DAVID WAUGH explains how scientists are refining the technique of artificial insemination (AI) in endangered parrot species to improve the chances of successful breeding. It’s a method on…

  • 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: © Shutterstock.com/Maggy 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: © Shutterstock.com/Wang 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.…