Mickey And Her Senegals

Hi…I am a long-time friend of Nora…haven’t been able to contact her…so I am turning to you guys.

I will try to make a very long story short.

I adopted Kirby a 6-year-old Senegal, male, about 6 years ago. He is now about 15, not sure, don’t remember what year I got him…

Can’t get near him to read a band.

Anyway….he is a BEAST.


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What are the absolute worst types of parrots for a first-time bird owner?

Once again, although well-intentioned, people are breaking down your choices into the macro of species (Quora question).

One answer started with

  1. Cockatoos
  2. Macaws
  3. Amazons

Yet these three species come in close to a combined 100 flavors.


Major Mitchell cockatoos are not loud, and not necessarily cuddly


Bare eyed cockatoos are all but demure


Noble macaws are only 12 to 14 inches long.


Hyacinth macaws are up to 44 inches long – 4 times the size of a noble macaw.


You can’t compare the two just because the are macaws.


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Can I Give Raw Almonds to My African Grey Parrot? Is It Safe, or a Risk to His Health?
African Grey parrot eating a nut whilst perched on a wooden stick.

Can I Give Raw Almonds to My African Grey Parrot? Is It Safe, or a Risk to His Health?

Firstly I need to address the “peanuts are bad for parrots” urban legend.

Reference one of the original answers to this question on Quora

If you leave a pizza on the kitchen counter for two days it will get fungus.

Cheese in the best of circumstances will grow fungus in the refrigerator after about a week.


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Please Help My Senegal Parrot With A Vitamin D Deficiency
The Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus).

Please Help My Senegal Parrot With A Vitamin D Deficiency

Pat F replied

Re: What should I do for my bird with a vitamin D deficiency, blood test to verify it.

He has a serious skin issue also.

you replied

what does the vet say?

Vet did blood test to rule out other problems and first text showed high uric acid and calcium deficiency.


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Change Is Essential for Your Bird to Accept It

Editor’s note: you will read these words later in the post:

Hi Catherine.  Peaches has always been in my small bird room with the cockatiels, lovebirds, Meyers, Quakers, conures, and a very skittish white-capped Pionus I adopted last year.  It’s been a long road to get her to accept me.  Peaches doesn’t like to be near (within 2  feet) other birds.

Otherwise she tolerates them so I am sure she is loving all the attention Mitch is giving her.  She was out of her cage (24 X 22) morning and afternoon for a total of two hours.  She also enjoyed being on the jungle gym in the kitchen area.  I have never used a water bottle with her. She doesn’t throw food in her water.  Since I am home all day.  Water dishes get changed twice a day if needed.


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