Parrot Species – E through G

Eastern King

Eastern King Australian King Parrots aka Eastern Kings, Queensland Kings Adults of both sexes are very majestic birds, typically averaging 42 – 43 cm (16 – 17.2 inches) in length, including their long tail. The adult (>4 years) males are very striking in appearance with a red head, breast, and lower undersides, with a blue … Read more

Pet Birds: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Behavioral Issues Associated with Hand-reared Chicks

Image 10A: This hand-raised African grey parrot on the left (Psittacus erithacus) was presented with a novel object, a child’s teething toy in the shape of a monkey. Although the bird did not panic, it was reluctant to approach this new toy. The reluctance to approach a novel object is referred to as “neophobia” (image courtesy Yvonne Van Zeeland, in Speer: Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery).   Image 10B: This parent-raised African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) was presented with the same novel object as the parrot in Figure 6- A. Despite the fact that this bird had also never been in contact with the toy, it immediately approached this new toy and started to explore it with its beak and feet  (image courtesy Yvonne Van Zeeland in Speer: Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery).

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. 10. Behavioral Issues Associated with Hand-reared Chicks So what are the consequences of hand-raising chicks? Because these birds were raised in an unnatural manner, they “never developed an appropriate sense of self.” 2 Pulling the … Read more

Pet Birds: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Diseases

Image 10A: This hand-raised African grey parrot on the left (Psittacus erithacus) was presented with a novel object, a child’s teething toy in the shape of a monkey. Although the bird did not panic, it was reluctant to approach this new toy. The reluctance to approach a novel object is referred to as “neophobia” (image courtesy Yvonne Van Zeeland, in Speer: Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery).   Image 10B: This parent-raised African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) was presented with the same novel object as the parrot in Figure 6- A. Despite the fact that this bird had also never been in contact with the toy, it immediately approached this new toy and started to explore it with its beak and feet  (image courtesy Yvonne Van Zeeland in Speer: Current Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery).

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. 17. Diseases 17.1 Bacterial Infections Unweaned birds are particularly susceptible to bacterial infections. The causes are poor husbandry and an immune system which is not fully developed. Hand-feeding practices are the primary cause of crop … Read more

Pet Birds: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which is better for the birds? Conclusion

Image 29: Indian Ringneck father feeding the chicks. As Nature Intended.

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed.   Image 29: Indian Ringneck father feeding the chicks. As Nature Intended.   Conclusion The days of hand-rearing as an accepted method of rearing chicks are over, but many breeders refuse to discontinue the practice. … Read more

Physical Illnesses & Conditions Brought About by Improper Hand-feeding

Image 19: Maxillary brachygnathism, or overgrown beak, in an Amazon (image courtesy Dan Razdik; used with permission).

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. Physical Illnesses and Conditions Brought About by Improper Hand-feeding 16.1 Beak Deformities from Poor Hand-feeding Techniques 16.1.1 Maxillary Brachygnathism 16.1.2 Mandibular Prognathism 16.1.3 Scissors Beak 16.2. Damage to the Crop 16.2.1 Crop Stasis—a Case Study … Read more

Pet Birds: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which is better for Birds?

Image 19: Maxillary brachygnathism, or overgrown beak, in an Amazon (image courtesy Dan Razdik; used with permission).

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. Pet Birds: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds?  Abstract,  Outline  and Introduction  Abstract Birds, like any other animal, thrive as adults when the parents have raised them to abundance weaning and fledging. … Read more

Appendix IV: Position: Hand-Feeding: World Parrot Trust

Amazon Parrot Chick

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. Appendix IV: Position: Hand-Feeding: World Parrot Trust Home Article and images courtesy World Parrot Trust; used with permission. https://www.parrots.org/about-wpt/position-hand-feeding, http://www.echobonaire.org/ One of the emerging and recurrent debates in parrot keeping is the question of whether … Read more

Pet Birds: Appendix III: Early Beginnings for Parrots

Raising a Macaw Parrot Chick

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. Appendix III: Pamela Clark: Early Beginnings forParrots https://blogpamelaclarkonline.com/2019/09/11/early-beginnings-for-parrots/?fbclid=IwAR3wpVpB87ys_3z4ZnLcPQm13IDn9slaof0yqI0Q4EJH0OtS4gBuX217SZQ: Pamela Clark’s references are available on the linked page (scroll down to view).Used with permission   Phoebe Greene Linden was ahead of her time. Back in 1993, … Read more

Appendix 1: Animal Welfare Issues and Their Influence on Legislation

Raising a Macaw Parrot Chick

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. Appendix I: Animal Welfare Issues and Their Influence on Legislation Because of public pressure on legislators, animal welfare laws are being passed in some countries. The Netherlands has passed laws regarding the hand rearing of … Read more

Pet Birds: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Cited References

Raising a Macaw Parrot Chick

Article by:  Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed Main Article: Hand-raised or Parent-raised: Which Is Better For The Birds? by Jeannine Miesle M.A., M.Ed. REFERENCES 1. Bennett A. Avian GI and Reproductive Surgery. S. Eur. Vet. Conf. 2010 Reprinted in the IVIS website with the permission of the SEVC http://www.sevc.info www.ivis.org 2. Gallagher A. The Human-bird Bond and its … Read more