Michael L, you make me want one! Any suggestions on good books
or sites to learn more?
On 10/05/04, Michael L wrote:
> On 10/05/04, Laurie wrote:
>> Are the Jardine Parrotts very kind birds? I understand they
>> are very sweet and do not require an exceptional amount of
>> care. Can anyone help with their temperment and their diet.
>> Thanks, Laurie
> Funny you should bring up the Jardine. I have a baby in the
> nest right now. Actually, I keep the Lesser Jardine.
> As already been mentioned, any bird is going to require time,
> commitment and care.
> But I will say of all the Africans, the Jardines are
> exceptionally quiet. Quiet to the point you don't know they
> are around. They will entertain themselves for hours on end
> with toys. You may also find them flat on their back on the
> bottom of the cage and you think they've died, but it's just
> how they play and sometimes sleep.
> Their diet is much like other hookbills. Fresh greens,
> vegetables, cooked bean mix, pellets and seed are staples.
> The one thing that has been mentioned, but not actually
> documented in clinical study, is the fact that they have a
> higher need for Vitamin A enriched foods. So dark greens,
> sweet potatoes/yams, carrots, red pepper and broccoli are
> high on the list with them.
> Their talking ability is more bird specific rather than
> species. Some are better than others.
> They are affectionate, but like most Africans, can be
> selective in their acceptance and tolerance of certain people.
> They have a nice size to them and they have often been
> referred to as the Amazon of the Africans.
> Hope this helps some?
> Michael L