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Evolving A Parrot’s Diet

Crop samples of what macaw chicks are fed in the wild show some startling results.

By Roma Subramanian

Solving the mystery of wild macaw dietsThere is very little scientific information on the nutritional composition of the diets of most of the 355 species of the diverse Psittacidae family.

At the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Donald Brightsmith and the researchers of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center are trying to fill this knowledge gap by studying the diets of wild parrots — specifically, wild macaws and Amazons.

 **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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