Budgie (Budgerigar)

Budgie (Budgerigar) Latin Name: Melopsittacus undulatus Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview  Budgies are a charismatic ambassador species due to their outgoing nature. They can be kept as ambassadors either in large walk-through aviaries, where flock size may range in the hundreds, or in a smaller setting as a single bird/pair/small group. Budgies are highly gregarious, and…

Yellow Crested Cockatoo

Cacatua sulphurea Order: Psittaciformes Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Housing requirements are dependent on the bird’s history and rearing as well as flight capabilities. Diet Requirements Cockatoos are herbivorous A veterinary recommended pellet should make up the base of the cockatoos diet Fruit and vegetables should be offered daily. Vegetables can be cooked or raw. Avocado is…

Green-winged Macaw

Green-winged Macaw Ara chloroptera Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of macaws through AZA facilities. Macaws do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned…

Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis Order: Psittaciformes Family: Cacatuidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of cockatoos through AZA facilities. Cockatoos do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned…

Fall 2018 Newsletter

Download Fall 2018 Newsletter SHOW AND TAIL: Breaking the Rules: An unconventional and successful approach to breeding three-banded armadillos Upcoming AZA Professional Development Courses and Professional Conferences SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Common Chuckwalla, Sauromalus ater Related: See Western Chuckwalla AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: The Little Macaw That Could: Finding the Right Job for the Animal SHOW AND TAIL:…

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of macaws through AZA facilities. Macaws do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned…

Cockatiel

Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus Order: Psittaciformes Family: Cacatuidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Cockatiels do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual in many cases – both physically and…