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Health 101: American Parrots

Learn what common health issues affect the Central and South American parrots.

By Gregory Rich, DVM

Health 101: American ParrotsMost people think of macaws, conures and Amazon parrots when considering Central and South American parrots, but the diversity of avian species emanating from this part of the world is quite vast. Hawk-headed parrots, Pionus parrots, quaker parrots, lineolated parakeets, caiques and toucans also hail from these regions. As diverse as the multitude of these species, the complexity of avian diseases affecting these numerous species of birds is also quite varied.

While most of the common avian diseases can affect any species, some avian species have an increased susceptibility to certain disease states or infectious conditions. The following discussion lists the commonly kept species, then details the specific disease predilection as it relates to that classification of birds.

 **For the full article, pick up the June 2011 issue of BIRD TALK at your local retailer or by purchasing a PDF download here.**

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