Hand-rearing parrots: some basic guidelines By Tony Silva After the essentials of proper bird care, the next biggest source of questions I receive on a daily basis involves hand-rearing. The types of queries typically suggest a misunderstanding of heat requirements, diet, hygiene and weaning.  Many aviculturists also erringly believe that all species can be treated…

I sat quietly on the ground, behind a short bush. The White-bellied Caiques Pionites leucogaster were in a dead Bertholletia excelsa sapling whose trunk had been broken about 18 feet from the ground by a larger, falling branch from an adjacent tree.  The scenario was typical. The fight in the Brazilian Amazon between trees is…

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