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June 2011

Editor's Note
The first time I ever saw a hawk-headed parrot, he looked like a cross between an Amazon and a conure. The youngster seemed shy and a little reserved, sitting quietly on his perch. But with a little scratch of his head feathers, up popped the most incredible crest of feathers I’ve ever seen.  Read more here.

Time To Upgrade
Follow these seven tips to find the perfect cage for your bird.
BY NIKKI MOUSTAKI

Mess Makers
Find out the reasons for your bird's mess and ways to keep it manageable.
BY REBECCA STOUT

Health 101: American Parrots
Learn what common health issues affect the Central and South American parrots.
BY GREGORY RICH, DVM

Evolving A Parrot's Diet
Crop samples of what macaw chicks are fed in the iwld show some startling results.
BY ROMA SUBRAMANIAN

Birdie Boutique
Products for you and your bird.

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Learn what an avian behavior consultant needs to know about your bird.
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Heart To Heart
Maximize The Cage
Advances in bird housing allow us to customize a cage to fit our birds' needs.
BY CHRIS DAVIS

Causes & Cures
No To Mosquitoes
Follow these tips to keep your flock safe from West Nile Virus.
BY MARGARET A. WISSMAN, DVM, DABVP — AVIAN PRACTICE

Small Birds
Table Foods
Share some foods with your small bird — but not too much.
BY DIANE GRINDOL

Nature VS. Nurture
Wild Play
Use your bird's natural behavior to teach tricks.
BY SALLY BLANCHARD

Urban Bird
Sound Proof
Tone down the sound in your home.
BY SUSAN CHAMBERLAIN

Quirks & Qualities
Lories & LorikeetsA
These nectar-loving parrots charm our readers.

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Hawk-headed parrot by Bonnie Jay; scarlet macaw chick by Juan Cornejo

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