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African Greys

There are two main types of african grey parrot.

The two types are the Central African grey which has a red tail and both upper and lower mandible are black and the Timneh - which is smaller - has a marroon tail edged with brownish hue and the upper mandible is reddish tipped with black. The rest of the body is covered in mottled light and dark grey feathers.

Don't buy a Cockatoo

Before you buy a cockatoo ask yourself these questions and then view real life injuries that parrot people have suffered from cockatoos and other parrot - available for downloading from our Leaflet page.


There are about 120 types of lory or lorikeet if one includes the subspecies.

These birds are nearly all brightly and beautifully coloured with brilliant glossy plumage. They are smallish at mostly 20 to 30 cm and have a sharp long bill which is an adaptation to their diet of nectar, pollen and fruits. Their tongues are also adapted to this diet, having brush-like papillae (the latin name for the Rainbow lorikeet is Trichoglossus - 'hairy tongued').

Parrots in the wild

Parrots in the wild

Jonathan Newman

Why is it so important to value parrots in the wild?

Simply because they are one of the most threatened groups of birds. By expressing an interest, you will show the local people that these birds are valued other than as rifle practice or pets. Jamaica is a heavily tourist-dependent nation, yet when I visited everyone was surprised that I was interested in seeing parrots.

Parrots in pet shops

Are you considering buying a highly intelligent, sentient creature, such as a parrot, from a pet shop? Please read the following information, sent to us from a correspondent, and understand why parrots do not belong in pet shops.

Here are some points that Henry has made me aware of - but I know he will be teaching me a lot more, day by day.

The large pet shop was on a retail park - as most of them are.

First aid for Parrots

The advice we are giving here is meant as first aid only. We are not vets. if you are worried about your bird or not sure then it's vital you get proper advice from a specialist avian vet fast as sick parrots can go downhill rapidly

Bleeding nails

Usually arise from accidentally cutting into the 'quick' during nail clipping by the parrot's human (be far more careful next time) but the bird may cause the problem itself by overzealous pedicure during preening.

Natural Healing

Photo courtesy of Bob & Liz Johnson, of the Shyne Foundation

Natural healing is a subject that conventional medicine, as a whole, refuses to acknowledge as having little or no viable healing properties. However, there is growing support for alternative natural healing remedies from homeopathy to acupuncture. The circle is forever expanding to include Reiki, hands-on and crystal healing.

Feral Parrots in the UK

Updated News 18th October 2015!

Eastern RosellaWe are delighted to receive correspondence from Allen & Jane Manning, a couple of days ago notifying us with a photo of a little visitor to their garden, an Eastern Rosella, in High Wycombe, Bucks.

Allen and Jane spoke to their local RSPCA who said there a a few Eastern Rosellas surviving in the wild in the area.

Lighting for birds

Full Spectrum UV Lighting

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

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