Care instructions Meyer's Parrot

Pasningsvejledning Meyers Papegøje

The Meyer parrot is an African long-winged parrot. They have been given the name long-winged parrot because the wing feathers almost reach down to the tip of the short tail feathers.

Appearance
It is 21-23 cm long and usually weighs around 110 grams, but some larger subspecies can reach approx. 150 grams.


Often the female has a finer and more slender beak than the male and, according to the experience of others, there is more yellow on the edge of the wing in the male than in the female. According to gender, there is no difference in the actual size of the birds.

Age
Approx. 20-30 years

Passage
A Meyer's parrot, like a Danish breeding bird, is a calm and quiet parrot, both in a cage and aviary. As a hand-fed bird, which we have here in the feed box, it is very nervous and it takes a lot to scare a Meyers, it is incredibly quiet, and only uses its voice a few times a day


This species can also be recommended to have in an apartment, without the neighbors being bothered by it!

It loves to be petted and is an absolute velcro bird that prefers to be with its owner most of the time, but if one day you don't have time, well then it's no problem, as long as it has something to play with, it's also one of the few parrot species that all strangers can walk up to and touch and pet, it seems to think, yes, more to pet me.
Meyers is a strong parrot that does not suffer from special diseases, the only condition is that it has access to a slightly fatty diet, as it otherwise easily freezes if the temperature drops below 18 degrees, so you don't have to think about it getting too fat , because it doesn't, of course it must also be able to fly, so a small cage is out of the question, the minimum is a parrot cage, it can have cage spacing of approx. 2 cm. (imported birds, on the other hand, are shy).


Feeding
It can be a bit picky with fruit and vegetables, as it must have access to a bowl of fruit and vegetables every day, and here it is almost omnivorous, avocados must not be given to birds as avocados are poisonous to all birds, but otherwise there are free range and the more varied the better, oranges, rowan berries and fresh peas from the garden are the absolute favourites, but pretty much everything is eaten.

An amazon mixture is preferably given, possibly a mixture of several, REMEMBER supplements of vitamins/minerals when feeding with seeds, otherwise pellets must be given. Regardless of what dry food you feed, it is important that the Meyers also get some different fruit and vegetables every day.


Behavior
It is very different how they are towards other birds, so here you have to try your best quietly. They don't often bite people, but if they get angry and bite, the male in particular may bite, but they are very sociable.


Origin
Meyer's parrots are widespread in southern, eastern and central Africa, where they are locally nomadic and simply follow the maize fields in flocks, outside the maize areas they are only seen in flocks of a maximum of 5 at a time, they stay in both forest and savannah areas, but usually always where there is water nearby. If there is enough feed, they are permanent.

Like the other Poicephalus species, it is not seen in such large numbers as in the past, and in some places it has simply disappeared, due to human intervention in its areas.

It lives in the wild on nuts, berries and various fruits, wild figs in particular are preferred.


Breeding
They put approx. 2-5 eggs

The nest box can be from 18-22 cm in diameter in a hollow tree trunk, and approx. 50-60 cm high, or 18x18x50-60 cm high with an approach hole of 6-7 cm.
They hatch approx. 26 days and the chicks leave the nest box at 8-9 weeks of age, and are independent approx. 4 weeks after leaving the nest box.
They become sexually mature at 2-3 years of age


Source: Fugleforum.dk

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