Parrots magazine readers letters

Dear Parrots magazine,

Vasa’s are amazing!

I have a 3½ year-old female Vasa named Dexter who has an extensive vocabulary of human words. Just in the past year or so her talking ability has vastly expanded, the difference is unbelievable! She talks all the time, sometimes picking up long phrases that she has heard, only once or twice.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

How safe are UV lamps?

I have two parrots, an African Grey called “Beau” and a Hahns Macaw called “Argyle”, and I recently purchased a UV lamp and bulb specifically for birds and reptiles. These lamps are free standing and very flimsy and although my carpets are pretty thick, Beau accidently knocked it over, while in flight, and broke the bulb. I was in an adjoining room and assumed he’d knocked something trivial over as he sometimes does and finished what I was doing before investigating as I could see Beau was fine and happy. It was then that I realised what he had done, and before removing the broken bulb from the lamp, decided to search the internet to find out the best way of disposing of the bulb, as my local council are pretty fussy about separating refuge and recycling.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Alex’s controversial confinement

I want to commend Pam Fryer for her article regarding Alex the African Grey, because she brought up a point that has bothered me for many years - the conditions under which Alex was kept his whole life.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Green-cheeked mutations, hideous!

I have just arrived home from work and to my delight found the latest issue of Parrots on my mat, just as I had hoped it would be. Having eagerly opened the packaging, I was confronted by a photograph that almost made me feel queasy!

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