On 10/06/04, Carmen from South Dakota wrote:
> 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