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?