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Volume 24(2), Summer 2014

Commissioned paper

Food for thought

A variety of commer-cially available foraging enrichments (puzzle feeders) exist, which may help to promote foraging activity and increase foraging time in captive parrots.

Foraging: a behavioural need


The lack of appropriate target stimuli to engage in species-specific foraging behaviours may lead to the onset of behavioural problems such as FDB. Some studies have demonstrated that parrots ...

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Pick the right answer

There are many possible causes of feather-damaging behaviour.


Check your knowledge here!

Although socks or custom-designed jackets are another form of symptomatic treatment, they

may pose a more friendly and therefore more suitable alternative to the use of collars to help prevent the bird from

automutilating and/or plucking itself.


Symptomatic treatment


Pick, pluck, pull

Plumage disorders in psittacine birds –

part 2: feather damaging behaviour

by Yvonne van Zeeland and Nico Schoemaker

Top or bottom?

In most parrots presented with feather loss, the loss is the result of the bird (or a cage mate) pulling out its feathers.

Plumage disorders in parrots represent one of the more common, but also one of the more challenging and frustrating problems that veterinarians dealing with parrots in their daily practice face on a day-to-day basis. This second part of the review will deal with diseases causing lack of feather growth and/or feather loss, including feather damaging behaviour....

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