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Parrot Facts: Habits, Habitat & Species

Parrots are members of the order Psittaciformes, which includes more than 350 bird species, including parakeets, macaws, cockatiels and cockatoos, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). Though there are many types of parrots, all parrot species have a few traits in common. For example, to be classified as a parrot, the bird must […]

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Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)

The beautiful Umbrella Cockatoo, also sometimes referred to as the White Cockatoo, is a medium sized cockatoo weighing between 500 – 700grams and measuring 43-48cm. They are large parrots with impressive white plumage. They have been named due to their impressive, broad, backward bending crest, which opens and fans out like an umbrella. When their […]

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Big and Beautiful, the Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaws have been long prized in aviculture for their size and beauty. Not only are they among the largest parrots in the world, they also have amazing personalities. The Scarlet Macaws have especially long tails, which are often as long as their bodies. Scarlet Macaws are a brilliant red with yellow coverts on the […]

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Macaws in Aviculture. By Tony Silva

For some years Arthur Alfred Prestwich was secretary of the British Avicultural Society, publisher of the prestigious Avicultural Magazine, which first appeared in print in 1894; the name of the society gave rise to the term aviculture, or the care and keeping of birds. In 1963 A.A. Prestwich published his “I Name This Parrot…”, the […]

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Lavender Waxbills By Gerhard Hofmann

For many aviculturists, the Lavender Waxbill is without doubt among the most fascinating and attractive Estrildid finches. In the past, the species was readily available and as imports also cheap. As a consequence only a few breeders invested their time and devotion to successfully breed this species. In Germany you could get a pair for […]

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Duyvenbode Lory (Chalcopsitta duyvenbodei)

Duyvenbode’s Lories are also sometimes called “Brown Lory”. This beautiful Lory is one of a kind. No other parrot has a colour scheme of rich brown, yellow and violet. The predominant colour is dark brown, which contrasts with the striking crescent of bright yellow extending from the loreds and encircling the lower mandible. Forehead, underwing […]

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The Barraband or Superb Parakeet

One of three species of parrots belonging to the Polytelis family (Polytelis swainsonii), the other two species being the Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) and the Rock Pebbler or Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus). Although the name ‘Barraband’ is used in New Zealand to designate this species, in its native home of Australia it is primarily known […]

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