Parrots magazine readers letters

Dear Parrots magazine,

The Importance of Food

I was intrigued when I read Sally Blanchard’s article in the January issue about the importance of food. I have always believed in giving as wide a variety as possible of natural foods and cannot get my head around complete pelleted diets.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

What a reputation

I read Tony Silva's article on Cockatoos in a recent edition of Parrots magazine and it gave me the impression that all Cockatoos are aggressive. I have two Umbrellas and a Triton that could not be more affectionate, although I have read instances when male Cockatoos have killed the females. I accept that out of all the parrot species, Cockatoos can attract a reputation of being very outgoing and in need of owners who fully understand their personalities and characters.  I have to say that my Triton, at one time, did become somewhat of a handful, but with understanding, and reading some very helpful articles, I have overcome all the issues.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

Proper nutrition is essential

I really enjoyed Tony Silva’s two part series on avian nutrition. It was heartening to learn that we agree on a number of important points. Such as, there must be many items in a wild parrot’s diet that cannot be observed and documented by researchers in the field, that pellets alone do not make up a complete avian diet, likewise, seeds fed alone must not be the only food source, the value of feeding organic foods and that different parrot species have specific micronutrient nutritional needs.

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Dear Parrots magazine,

My Cockatoo's fine

I read the article about Aggression in Cockatoos. My Moluccan Cockatoo named Max will be 25 years old this summer. I have never seen him act aggressively, and he doesn’t have an assaultive bone in his body. Max is a clown and he constantly does things which he thinks are funny. That picture of the Moluccan, in the article, with his feathers puffed and his wings outstretched, is a prime example. I ask Max “are you a tough guy?” and he assumes that pose and hisses and bounces up and down. He then starts laughing and he puts his face next to my mouth to get a kiss. He then does it all over again.

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