Parrots magazine readers letters

Dear Parrots magazine,

Cleaning can be fun

I found the article on cleaning cages very interesting and, particularly, about pressure washing. My husband bought a pressure washer about six months ago to clean our fence and patio of algae, but it never occurred to me that it could be extremely useful to clean our cages.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Getting together

One of my neighbours found out I had some parrots, she also has a parrot, an Orange-winged Amazon. Recently she contacted me saying she wanted to get a friend for her Amazon and how should she go about doing so? I have read many articles in Parrots magazine about adding a bird and the potential problems, so explained to her that if she wanted to get another bird she should go through that gradual process of putting them close to each other in separate cages, preferably in a neutral room.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Natural Perches

When talking to a like-minded parrot owner recently, the subject of perches cropped up. This was somebody I had heard about although never actually met before who had an African Grey and a Blue-fronted Amazon in two separate cages in the new extension they had just had built on their house.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Body mass of parakeets

For a current research project that explores how birds respond to changing climates, I am looking for data on Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) body weights. We want to test the idea that energetic demands on these parakeets influence their distribution limits across native India and Pakistan, and to better understand how they are able to survive cold European winters.

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