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Black Capped Conure

BLACK CAPPED CONURE (Pyrrhura rupicola)

The Black Capped Conure originates from Central Peru.

Your new pet has been hand-reared and has no fear of humans. He/she should be treated with respect and will respond with affection and trust.

Feeding

Feed good quality parrot mix (with dried fruit included), supplemented with extra peanuts, pinenuts, peppers, hemp and safflower; but note that hemp is very fattening and should only be given in small quantities. Fresh fruit should be offered daily, grapes, apple, orange, pear, pomegranate and banana are readily taken, but most birds have their preferences. Fresh green food, i.e. chickweed, lettuce, celery, dandelion and sowthistle are all beneficial for them. Also, as a treat, offer millet sprays, various nuts including walnut, almond, brazil, cob, pecan etc. (shells removed). Cuttlefish, mineral block, grit and shell should always be available to them. Give fresh drinking water daily. Cubed carrot and sweetcorn (fresh or tinned - drained) should be offered regularly as a source of vitamin A which they need. As a general tonic, a little Nutrobal or Avimix sprinkled on their fruit twice a week is beneficial.

NOTE: DO NOT OFFER:- CHOCOLATE, ALCOHOL or AVOCADO PEAR as these are poisonous to parrots.

ACCOMMODATION

A cage large enough for the bird to exercise it's wings should be provided, but it will expect to be out of it's cage a lot of the time! Perches should be of natural wood i.e. willow or apple, if possible, as this keeps the feet and claws healthy. A small dish (large ash-tray size of water should be offered DAILY for the bird to bathe in as they love water.

Talking Ability

Conures are capable of talking although probably only a few "quiet" words. They tend to learn from a woman's voice easiest as the pitch is higher than a man's. Repeat words slowly and often when there are no other distractions and your bird should learn quite quickly.

African Grey Parrot

AFRICAN GREY PARROT (Psittacus Erithacus)

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The African Grey Parrot originates from Central Africa, from the Gulf of Guinea Islands to Western Kenya - in 3 subspecies.

Your new pet has been hand-reared and has no fear of humans, although remember these are very intelligent birds by nature, having the mental age of a 5-year old child when mature. He/she should be treated with respect and will respond with affection and trust

Feeding

Feed good quality parrot mix (with dried fruit included), supplemented with extra peanuts, pinenuts, peppers, hemp and safflower but note that hemp is very fattening and should only be given in small quantities. Fresh fruit should be offered daily, grapes, apple, orange, pear, pomegranate and banana are readily taken, but most birds have their preferences. Fresh green food, i.e. calabrese, cauliflower, peas in pod, chickweed, lettuce, celery, dandelion and sowthistle are all beneficial for them. Also, as a treat, offer millet sprays, various nuts including walnut, almond, brazil etc. (shells cracked but not completely removed). Cheese & Chicken (drumstick as well as meat) should be offered twice a week also. Cuttlefish, mineral block, grit and shell should always be available to them. Give fresh water daily. Cubed carrot and sweetcorn (fresh or tinned - drained) should be offered regularly as a source of vitamin A which they need. As a general tonic, a little Nutrobal or Avimix sprinkled on their fruit twice a week is beneficial.

NOTE: DO NOT OFFER:- CHOCOLATE, ALCOHOL or AVOCADO PEAR as these are poisonous to parrots.

Accommodation

A cage large enough for the bird to exercise it's wings should be provided, but it will expect to be out of it's cage most of the time! Perches should be of natural wood, i.e. willow or apple, if possible, as this keeps the feet and claws healthy. Most Greys do not like to bathe in a dish of water so spraying at least twice a week will benefit their plumage.

Talking Ability

African Greys make excellent talkers, and are probably the best in all parrot like. They tend to learn from a woman's voice easiest as the pitch is higher than a man's. Repeat words slowly and often when there are no other distractions and your bird should learn quite quickly.

General Information

General information on the birds are shown below. For additional information about specific species then use the sub-menu items under the "Bird Information/Photo" menu.

Conures

Many conures are wrongly accused of being "noisy". The smaller pyrrhura group of conures (e.g. greencheek, maroon-belly, pearly, painted, crimson bellied, blue throated) are a very quiet group. They can & will learn to speak a few words in a quiet voice. The larger aratinga (e.g. sun, jendaya, blue crowned, red masked) group of conures can be noisy & are not recommended for owners living in flats or having "sensitive" neighbours.

Teflon Coates Pans

Please be aware that using non-stick pans in the kitchen is dangerous to birds. If the birds are kept in the kitchen it is recommended to use stainless steel cookware. When a teflon-coated pan (particularly frying pan) overheats it gives off a gas that is poisonous to birds & this gas has been known to KILL.

Smoking

Birds are very sensitive to passive smoking which can seriously damage their airsacs. A bird in a room used by smokers will probably have a much shorter life span. Also the smoke affects their plumage, causing dull lifeless feathers which depresses the bird, extra plume-spraying is needed to help counteract this.