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April's News Letter

Happy Spring! Dealing with Hormones... Longer daylight hours and warmer weather can often bring out hormonal behavior in our feathered friends. Be patient, and keep reminding yourself that this is normal parrot behavior. Some ways to help your feathered friend through this time are as follows:

  • Make sure the number of daylight hours the parrot experiences is kept constant throughout the year

  • Monitor diet. Reduce the amount of fatty, sugary and carb loaded foods. Also make sure the amount you are feeding daily is appropriate for your parrot

  • Avoid reinforcing courting behaviors like regurgitation

  • Remove toys that look like nest boxes and prevent your parrots from getting to spots where they can hide in the house

And most importantly, behavior is not a permanent state! Be patient, and realize, it's not hormone season forever!

Please join us at the OHPA Bird Fair on April 9th. There you'll find toys, food, cages, and anything else you would need for your feathered friends. See adoptable birds from PEARL, and enter for a chance to win a Walk-in Aviary! 50/50, raffle prizes and more. You don't want to miss this!


$5 per person. Learn the very basic needs of your new companion. RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT E-mail or call Jake @ 412-387-7528

Tickets are currently on sale for our May Benefit Concert. Chinese auction, 50/50 and meet adoptable birds. You can purchase them in person at any of our events, or online at The Oaks Theater

Are you feeding your bird a proper diet?

There is no commercial diet that can truly label itself complete nutrition.

Many species require different levels of fats and proteins. For instance, Macaws require higher fat and less protein. While Cockatoos require more protein less fat.

Companion birds can be subjugated into 5 different diet classifications:

  1. Florivore - seeds, fruits,nuts,bark, roots and berries. (Military and Blue and Gold Macaws are just a couple species in this group.)

  2. Grainivore- grass and seeds. (Budgerigar, Cockatiels, and Hyacinth Macaws to name a few.)

  3. Frugivore- fruits, flowers, some seeds and nuts. (Blue Throat Macaw, Green Wing Macaws, And Eclectus are a few.)

  4. Omnivore - seeds,fruits,insects,invertebrates. (Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, Red-Tail Amazon.)

  5. Nectarivore- nectar, pollen, some insects and seeds. (Lorikeets and Lories)

Providing the proper diet for a species is paramount to health. Each of the species in these designated classifications have digestive enzymes within their bodies that have evolved to assist in metabolizing their specific diet. A bird fed a diet that does not meet its dietary needs may not possess the necessary enzymes to metabolize these improper foods. In this case , deficiencies can threaten various systems throughout the body. But most important, can also cause a bird to store unnecessary fats that weren't metabolized. This increases the risks for obesity, liver disease, and cardiovascular issues.

-Ed Moats Pittsburgh Parrots

For more information, contact Ed at Pittsburgh Parrots, or see additional nutrition information on our website:

Adoptable Pet of the Month Winter was one of the many birds that came from the Brookline hoarding incident. So we are not sure of how old or what sex Winter is. He is a very sweet bird. He loves to cuddle and loves to be scratched. He loves having his head, under his wings scratched. He had a cube that he liked to throw for us to toss back to him. He enjoys any toys and has a knack for chewing threw a lot of them immediately. Winter does tend to pick certain people that he likes. He definitely has the "too" attitude. He would like someone where he can hang out with you and enjoy your company. Are you that special someone for Winter? To learn more about our adoption process, please follow the link here:


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