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Breeding Parrots, Cockatiels and Lovebirds.


Amazon-Blue Fronted Scientific name: Amazona aestiva

Parrots are undoubtedly one of the most fascinating of all the members of the animal world. They have a wonderful behaviour and a unique personality. The way they express themselves and "talk" to us is adorable! And just because of this they created an immense desire to possess such a special creature as a companion pet endangering the survival of the specie.

If you have a parrot, you will need a large cage, they need big spaces to feel comfortable. The cage must have perches with the correct size and more than one. The perches should be of different diameters so the birds feet do not suffer from being in one constant position. The cages bar spacing is very important as the bird must not be able to get his head between the bars.

It is very important to keep your bird entertained, boredom may cause serious problems to your bird. It is recommended to give them toys. A wooden toy is good because they need to chew. Toys made of acrylic and rope are also very good. There are many opinions about feeding properly your parrot. In Brazil, it is really very difficult to find good industrialized bird food. The healthier option is to give them fruits, vegetables, a large variety of seeds and as a complement, you can give dog's food twice a week. It is important to "teach" them to eat everything, we just have to be patient and try to feed them right in the morning when they are hungrier.

The Blue Front Amazon is one of the most popular of the Amazons. His colour can vary from the Chaco that tends to have more yellow and pastel blue on the head and more red on the bend of the wing to the more common sub-species that has primarily a medium blue on the head and much less red on the top to the wing. The Blue-fronts as with most amazons are comical and entertaining pets. Their temperament is very dependent on their upbringing and the teaching they have had as youngsters. They are rated as the third best talkers of the amazons, and can make very good pets if their aggressive nature is kept in check.

As with most amazons, it is possible that they become aggressive and unpredictable after they reach maturity. This period may begin at 3-5 years of age, and may not be totally evident until sometimes after the age of 12 years. They tend to be very protective of their mates. If that happens to be a human, their way of protecting their mate from danger is to bite them to make them get back. They will also sometimes attack whatever they feel is the danger, even if this happens to be another human. If you happen to have, or choose, an Amazon as a pet, it is very important that you maintain dominance and control, and teach him acceptable behaviour. A well-trained Blue Front Amazon can be a very affectionate, loving, and entertaining pet, but as they mature, it usually must be accepted that they must be confined during breeding seasons so that they do not seriously hurt anyone.

IN THE HOUSE What may seem like an ordinary house to you is a minefield for parrots. Many small items that you leave around the house like, beads, buttons, pins, earrings, studs and zips can all be hazardous. Aerosol sprays such as fly killer, polish, air freshener, household cleaners, paint fumes, petrol and heating fume from gas fires and heaters if incorrectly maintained can kill.

Remember some Parrots are experts at opening storage doors or cupboards this is usually where household poisons are stored. Electrical items are one of their favourites taking only a few seconds to break the power leads. Clear glass; if your parrot is fully flighted then beware of windows it is instinct for them to fly to the lighter areas outside. Placing your parrot in front of a window in full sun can quickly cause over heating Metal poisoning, particularly from Zinc plating on chains, clips and cage bars can cause long-term damage. Open flame fires hobs and ovens are real problems so is overheated Teflon.

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