Medium-sized Parrots: African Greys, Conures, Ringnecks, Pionus and Poicephalus

These compact parrots are popular and even though they are not as easy to maintain as their smaller cousins, they are still much easier to manage than the larger parrots. If you want to learn more about them, or wish to share your experiences with others, this is the forum for you.

Bacterial Infection – 10 Shots for 10 Days

Submitted by scott.mosman on Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:41
I just brought my yellow nape Amazon: Kokomo (30 yrs. old / laid an egg for the first & only time on Nov 2017) to an Avian vet. Her last visit to a vet was about 15 years ago for just a checkup and everything was fine. The only reason why I brought her to the vet was that she was picking at her feet; I had the money and time. The doctor took blood, everything was good, her weight is normal and he did an oral culture and found out she has a bacterial infection called Pseud. aeruginosa. Treatment: They want to give her a shot of medication a day, for 10days. Not missing a day.

Red lored amazon steaming!

Submitted by Sarah Gorton on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 17:21
Hi, every one, I have just got my red lored amazon he/She is 6 months old. We are on day 3 and he has a very Loud scream! I'm sure it's because he wants to come out to play, which I can't every minute of the day. I ha e been covering him me when he screams and will remove when he is quiet. We have a 6 year olds African grey aswell and hope they will be friends.

Help. Rapid breathing during sunset. Pionus Menstruus

Submitted by giandaniel on Wed, 11/08/2017 - 23:47
Help! not sure if my Pionus Menstruus is infected or not with Aspergillosis, or something else. The only symptom is a occasionally rapid breathing (almost 2 breathes per second, SEE VIDEO), he (or she, not sure) does it only during sunset before going to sleep. he lives with an other pionus and in a healthy environment, with trees to walk around and ropes. lives in a garden. Sleeps well covered, under roof. tropical caribbean weather all year around here. behaves and eat normal the rest of the day.

Bathing dishes for pet birds

Submitted by Nancy R. Davenport on Wed, 08/23/2017 - 18:10
I did not like the bathing dishes offered. They were too small for my green-cheeked Conure and the edges were too thin and slippery. I found a clay dish, the kind used to put under a pot, that is perfect. It is easy to clean, fits in the bottom of my sink, has a one-inch depth, is wide enough for her to get all her feathers wet and the rim is wide and not slippery. There are so many sizes that I'm sure you can find one that fits your bird.

I am thinking of getting a buddy for my bird. What are the pros and cons?

Submitted by imnweib on Wed, 01/25/2017 - 22:13
My female eclectus is 3 years old and she is getting very needy. She wants our undivided attention 100% of the time. I am thinking of getting her a companion so she will not be as lonely while we are at work. What experiences have other people had with adding a second bird to the family? Is it a good idea or a bad one? I don't want the birds to decide they hate people once they have each other. When she gets mad, she can bite pretty hard. I don't want that to become the new norm. Would you recommend a bird of the same species or a different one?