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Re: Needing some info!

Posted by Michael L on 10/05/04
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    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