The day was typically hot and humid. It was 1979 and I had been invited to visit Ramon Noegel and Greg Moss, the former the doyen of Amazon parrot breeding in the US. Noegel achieved what at the time was seen as the impossible—producing young from multiple pairs of Amazon parrots year after year.
… The birds were Black-headed Caiques Pionites melanocephalus. The coloration suggested it was a pair and their three young. As is typical of many small parrots in the neo-tropics, the bird slept in the cavity. ..
I can recall that day in the 1970s as if it were today. I had walked into a quarantine station to see several pairs of a new species… a species that was commanding a hefty price– $800.00 per pair.
Over many months and two separate trips, I watched as a pair of Bue and Gold Macaws Ara ararauna nested in a dead standing Buriti Palm Mauritia flexuosa.
As I grasped the bird to place it in the shipping crate, my little finger felt a bulge. I looked closer and my heart sank.
More pairs of tame Eclectus produce clear eggs than any other group.
This article addresses the immediate response that the owner should take to improve the life of a sick pet bird.
In captivity, parrots tend to be given toys to destroy and interact with. They contribute to breaking the monotony of captivity. But in my opinion toys are not enough and do now allow the natural behaviors to be played out.
Breeding parrots is not simply putting a pair together with a nest and feeding a good diet.
Clearing up misconceptions about parrot conservation
Blue-fronted vs Yellow-winged