Parrots magazine readers letters

Dear Parrots magazine,

Ruppell’s and Rescue

My question is to ask if you could do a specific breed study/article on Ruppell’s. Please, I would love to learn anything else I can about them. I rescued one, which I think is a male. It has taken me almost two years to gain his trust, humans had not been very nice to him in the past, so it was a slow process. I also rescued a Green-cheeked Conure, which are much more common. She had plucked her feathers, and was also terrified of people. They are both doing very well now and I have taken them out of their cages to play every day, and even take them outside on sunny days. It is amazing how attached one becomes to these feathered creatures!

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Hard to convert

Much has been said about pelleted diets and as I have been feeding my birds on seeds and fresh fruits for many years now, I thought I would try, but despite perseverance over several weeks, my Orange-wing and my Blue-fronted Amazons will eat a small amount, but prefer their seeds and other foods.

Read more: Letters: Hard to convert


Dear Parrots magazine,

All Pals Now

I have read many articles about adding a second or third bird and how they would get on with the original ones that we already have. Well, I have two African Greys and a large flight in a utility room, and they have lots of freedom and light, and a good environment.

Read more: Letters: All Pals Now


Dear Parrots magazine,

Behavioural problems

Tariq Abou-Zahr contributed a very important article in the March issue of Parrots magazine which needs to be read and re-read by all parrot keepers, and potential keepers. Everything he wrote made sense yet unfortunately many people who have parrots in their care disregard some of the vital information he offers. Readers of the magazine are the more enlightened ones so perhaps breeders who sell their young and, indeed, anyone who knows someone who has recently acquired a parrot, should make copies of this article for the less well informed.

Read more: Letters: Behavioural problems

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