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The flight in Parrots

Author: Rafael Zamora Padrón

Photos by: M. Pérez/LPF

Published: 28.05.2021



Many people who keep parrots as pets, soon realize that their parrot loses interest in flying. With their beak and strong claws, they manage to climb and avoid flight.


Montse Buch, expert trainer of parrots at Loro Parque. Foto: M. Pérez/LPF


When this happens, it can be the result of some type of overweight even if we do not appreciate it visually. And it is necessary to pay attention, to try to encourage our parrots to use the airspace they have available. The benefits are many and allow the animal to develop disease-proof health. If the diet is not adequate or the space is insufficient, the parrots begin to stop exercising and this directly affects their metabolism. The muscles do not develop and begin to make a selection of the food that is offered to them. Usually eating the fattest foods compulsively and despising the rest. This effect can occur without the keeper noticing. So you have to be very attentive.


Cockatoos drinking at complex access points. Foto: M. Pérez/LPF


In the wide aviaries, it works very well to put the feeders and drinkers in places of access something more difficult so that the animals have to fly to them. Likewise, the lack of hangers at specific points favors the development of the motor skills of parrots. It is interesting to change these points so that the cockatoos, for example, remain active and strong. Avoiding monotony in the life of parrots gets better control and interaction with them. Changes for them, mean enrichment and general well-being.



Rafael Zamora Padrón

Scientific Director of the Loro Parque FundaciónA biologist with a specialization in Zoology Rafael Zamora Padrón has been a breeder and later a prominent ornithologist who has always been committed to conservation. His career started with an a...

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