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Friday, April 10, 2009
African Parrots

By Jessica Pineda, Associate Editor of BIRD TALK and BirdChannel.com
Join her on her quest to learn about each parrot species in The Parrot Birder.

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I think I might stick with the African variety of parrots.

First it was the lovebirds, and then I adopted Garth Bird (formally known as Woody), the Meyer’s parrot. My bird family is native to Africa, meaning they’re all related in some way. You can see their resemblances when the lovebirds and Meyer’s parrot stand tall. When I look at Garth, I can almost see the African grey in him.

I’ve been thinking lately that, when I am ready to adopt more birds, I should stick with the African variety. When I have my own place and nice neighbors, I will look into adopting another parrot. Perhaps I could adopt a larger Poicephalus, such as an uncape parrot or Jardine’s parrot.

Or maybe I could get an African grey! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this bird, and there has to be a reason it’s one of the top 10 bird species!

A bird that intrigues me is the Vasa parrot. I wrote a blog about this species a couple months ago. Is there a chance I would find one up for adoption? It’s hard to say, but it’s definitely a bird to look into having for a pet.

If I become an aviculturist, like I plan to, I would like to work with African quail finches and mousebirds. These birds are rare in United States aviculture, and therefore, not a lot is written about them.

African parrots might be the way to go with me! They certainly seem to be from my continent of choice!

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