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Re: Needing some info!

Posted by Michael L on 10/06/04
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    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?
    > Carmen
    > 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
    >> 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