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World Distribution of Parrots

Parrots are found on all tropical and subtropical continents including Australia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, India, southeast Asia, southern regions of North America, South America and Africa. Some Caribbean and Pacific islands are home to endemic species. By far the greatest number of parrot species come from Australasia and South America.

Lost and Found Parrots

It is always sad to learn of an escaped parrot, especially when it is a juvenile.

Lighting for birds

Full Spectrum UV Lighting

Ordinary "fittings" for full spectrum UV lighting will cause birds discomfort.

Papillomatosis

A papilloma is a benign* neoplasm of the skin, oral cavity, digestive tractor cloaca. The condition is associated with the herpes virus. However, if internal papilloma(s), those that are operable, are not surgically removed, there is great danger of severe haemorrhage or cancer of the liver and/or bilary duct. Papillomas have an extensive blood supply and may bleed very easily and copiously when traumatised. Unfortunately, papillomatosis is a recurring condition.

Education

It is a sad fact that people typically know very little about the creatures that they have chosen to keep as pets. For some owners the keeping of parrots is simply a matter of providing a cage, water and basic food. But even for more responsible people who undertake the care of these animals with diligence and love, there is often a lack of knowledge which hinders proper care.

The pages in this section are included in an attempt to fill in the gaps in peoples knowledge and to educate about the needs of these magnificent creatures.

Wing clipping

Wings are the very essence of a bird

God gave them wings with which to fly! We discourage clipping but there may be situations that limit full flight.

Amazons

There are about 60 types of Amazon. There are also some very attractive hybrids and different subspecific varieties within the group.

How to clip properly

There is a right way to clip the wings of a bird that will allow a degree of flight without ultimate power but with coordination and safe landing. Anything less is cruel and barbaric.

Parrot types

Parrots are a family of birds belonging to the order of Psittaciformes and consist of approximately 350 species. Also known as psittacines, they are usually grouped into two families: the Psittacidae (true parrots) and the Cacatuidae (cockatoos).

Parrots are found in most warm and tropical regions, and are grouped as either old or new world birds. Parrot distribution from Africa, Pacific regions and Southeast Asiaare known as Old World parrots and parrot distribution from South America, including caribbean Islands are known as New World parrots. 

Dangers of Teflon

Danger: Polytetraflouethylene (Teflon)!

This information summarises a longer article on the same subject at theaviary.com.

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