Parrots magazine readers letters

Something to say? Write to Parrots magazine.All letters sent in will also now be posted in our magazine 'Letters' page.

Getting an issue off your chest can make you feel better, and there are many issues in the parrot world. Or if, simply, you just want to tell us all about something concerning your birds, here's your opportunity.

Parrot people love to hear other owners' experiences and the many other things that make us happy or, indeed, very angry.  So don't worry if your issue is controversial as we believe in a democratic system and will not 'cherry pick' letters.  As long as your letter is not obscene or libellous, it will get an airing.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Dodgy parts (2)

I refer to a letter in the September 2020 (272) issue about ‘Dodgy parts’ by Tania Wilkinson, when she gave an account of her Ducorps Cockatoo, which came to grief when playing with a toy comprising of plastic rings. I have sadly experienced a similar problem with bits breaking off, but more seriously I think, as the part that my Grey got caught in its mouth was quite sharp.

Read more: Letters: Dodgy parts (2)


Dear Parrots magazine,

Self-awareness in parrots

Scientists sometimes suggest that the ability of an animal to recognise itself in a mirror is a sign of self-awareness. In his book Animal Cognition, Clive Wynne states that several of the great apes, including chimpanzees, can recognise themselves in a mirror. He states, “Most of the other species tested, including fish, dogs, cat, elephants and parrots, all react to their reflection (if they react at all) as if it were another animal.”

Read more: Letters: Self-awareness in parrots


Dear Parrots magazine,

Loss of native habitat to fires

I was sad to read (Issue 274, November) about the horrible fire damage to the São Francisco do Perigara cattle ranch and bird sanctuary. It’s even more depressing that the loss of native habitat to uncontrolled fires has been so widespread in that region.

Read more: Letters: Loss of native habitat to fires

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