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Birds USA Exclusive: Bird Grooming Quiz

Test your knowledge on bird grooming basics

Question 1:The correct answer is False
Hyacinth macaws and Amazons do not have an uropygial gland.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 2:The correct answer is True
On average, five to seven of the primary flight feathers should be trimmed when grooming a bird. Depending on the species, your avian veterinarian may trim up to 10 in the lighter birds, and only three for the heavier birds, such as an Amazon.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 3:The correct answer is False
If done correctly (as only the primary flight feathers are trimmed), the flight feathers will grow back in a matter of weeks. It’s important to keep an eye on your bird’s flight feathers—if not, one day your bird may fly away if you go outside thinking that it can’t fly!

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 4:The correct answer is False
According to Larry Nemetz, DVM of the BIRD Clinic in Orange, Calif., “if you ever watch the African birds, such as the African greys and the Senegal parrots, you can see them sharpening their nails. In the wild, they climb a lot, more so than the South American parrots.”

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 5:The correct answer is True
Only an avian veterinarian should groom a parrots’ beak if it’s absolutely necessary. The beak is full of nerve endings and trimming its length can cause considerable pain as well as damage if not done properly. A parrot’s beak naturally flakes and the bird keeps it groomed by chewing, tearing and shredding its toys, which typically is enough to keep the beak at proper length. If your parrot has an overgrown beak, it could signal a health deficiency, which warrants a trip to the vet.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

SCORING
1 points: Hmmm … check out the Grooming 101 article in your issue of Birds USA again.
2 points: Two out of five isn't bad. You read the article.
3 points: Respectable. You paid attention to what you read in the article.
4 points: Impressive! You must have some real experience with birds.
5 points: Wow! You must be on your way to becoming an avian veterinarian.

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