The Parrot, whatever its species, has always fascinated human beings. The beauty of its plumage, its ability to imitate sounds and speech, and its behavior both towards humans and its congeners are some of the characteristics that make it an animal whose breeding (is not acting as authorized and non-endangered species) and watches are extremely enjoyable. Parrots are very pleasant companions who demand care, respect, and affection.
What are the characteristics of the Parrot? How to feed it? These questions, and more, are answered in broad outline.
It is common acceptance to call parrot any bird belonging to the order of Psittaciformes. This, therefore, includes parakeets , which are the smallest species and have a long tail.
However, the different organizations establishing ornithology classifications are based on significantly variable criteria. If we stick to the nomenclature of CINFO (International Commission for French Names of Birds), for example, we call Perroquets only birds of the genera Poicephalus, Psittacus, and Coreopsis. Parakeets, Macaws, Lovebirds, and other Conures are not included according to this logic.
From the Dictionary of the French Academy, the parrot is a ” climber and subtropical ” bird belonging to the Psittacidae.
In general, the features common to Parrots are a big hooked beak, bright colors, and the ability to imitate sounds and the human voice.
The human fascination with the parrot is extremely old. We have notably discovered vestiges of representations of this bird dating from the pre-Columbian era in present-day Peru.
European explorers and settlers quickly began to import them from South America and Oceania. The popularity of these exotic birds has, however, been devastating for many species, which have also suffered from the destruction of their natural habitat by deforestation. The Gray of Gabon is one of them.
Feed a parrot
There are commercially available seed mixtures (millet, safflower, buckwheat, sesame, sunflower, etc.) and good quality extrudates, but the Parrot cannot be satisfied with this. To prevent deficiencies and imbalances of all kinds, his diet must be supplemented with fresh and well-washed fruits and vegetables (to remove chemical residues), cooked legumes, or even vitamin supplements prescribed by the veterinarian.
The parrot is also fond of nuts, but which should be given sparingly, because of fatty: peanuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazil nuts, palm, macadam…
Fresh food is to be renewed regularly, as is the water for drinkers, which must be changed twice a day.
The lawyer, the rhubarb, and table scraps are part of the food that does not give the parrot.
The lifespan of a parrot
The life expectancy of a Parrot is very variable from one species to another. The smallest can live up to 15 years, while the Gray of Gabon or the Macaws reach or exceed the 60 years.
The chlamydiosis Avian called psittacosis, are among the main concerns among Parrots owners on the health plan. These diseases are caused by a bacterium, Chlamydophila psittaci , and are zoonoses. In other words, they can be transmitted to humans.