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Sorry to hear of your loss. Just think about it this way: You probably gave that bird the best life he could've ever hoped for.

Cheers to you and your flock.

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I would like any reviews on Axtell Epressions real Mcaw. as anyone here seen it close up. I may buy one next year.
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Here is some advice on your first "big bird."

We have a Peach-Faced Lovebird and a Masked Lovebird. Lovebirds are a real handful! They are passionate about love and war, they can be pretty aggressive.

When it was time for a big bird, we researched it carefully and got a Senegal Parrot from a breeder. The October issue of Bird Talk has a cover story on Poicephalus, the genus that includes Senegals. A hand-raised Senegal is a real sweetheart, not too noisy, likes to cuddle and play.

Ours is a good talker. They understand what they are saying. Neuroscientists now accept that parrots use language semantically. Our Senegal addresses me as "Daddy" (picked up from my wife as she played with the bird waiting for me to come home), calms herself if there is a loud noise by saying "It's OK, it's all right," and says "Night Night" when it is time for bed, among many other things. She has not taken much interest in lines I have repeated hundreds of times, but she picks up language that is useful to her as it suits her.

I had no real ambition to teach her any tricks, she has spent her time training us. If you have ever thought about a big parrot this is a good species to learn on, big bird behavior in a medium-sized bird.

Here is one thing that I learned right away: when you first bond to this species they will deliver the bite that never heals, the one on your heart.

How did I ever live without a parrot?


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I have been working with exotic birds for over 7 years now and I really don't think that adopting one is the best idea for use with magic. You almost have to handraise them from an egg to get them to cooperate.
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Parrots take a lot , & I do mean A LOT of time & patience! It's best to start with a baby, just "weaned". Maybe consider joining a bird club. There you will make allot of contacts that may help you. Also Parrots are just like "Kids", they become a part of the family, you will end up spending about the same amount of time with them. That means there are hassles of any vacations too, you just can't leave them. Maybe consider a "fantail" dove. They are HUGE birds, & beautiful in white! They are easier to train, take care of, & easier to load when it's showtime. Not to mention a lot cheaper on the pocket book! I hope this helps!

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