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Problem Sexual Behaviors of Companion Parrots

Avian reproductive behaviors observed in the wild... ...such as pair bonding, courtship regurgitation, cavity seeking, nest building, territorial aggression, and copulation, are often displayed in a home setting, though with human “flocks”. Females of some species lay large numbers of eggs over extended periods of time to a point of complete physical collapse and failure. The reproductive drive can also lead to behaviors that render the bird difficult or impossible to live with. These behavi...


What's That Cage Made Of?

Abstract: The materials and techniques used in bird cage manufacturing vary tremendously. Most cages are constructed primarily of steel with some form of anticorrosive coating. Cages designed to house larger psittacines are typically powder coated or made of stainless steel. Cages designed for smaller birds may employ less expensive techniques such as plating, galvanizing or plastic coating the steel wire. Enclosures designed for outside use are commonly made of galvanized steel. Powder coated s...


Zinc and Parrots: More than you ever wanted to know!

Zinc Trivia The element zinc is a naturally occurring metal widely distributed in nature. The atomic number of zinc is 30. It has an atomic weight of 65.37. Zinc is included in group 2B in the periodic chart. Zinc is a good reducing agent. Zinc dissolves in aqueous acids or bases. Zinc forms compounds in the +2 oxidation state. Zinc usually appears dull gray. It is moderately hard. Zinc is brittle at room temperatures and is a good conductor of electricity. The primary use of zinc is to coat iro...


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