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July 31, 2020 at 9:57 am #4269AnonymousInactive
Scaly-headed Parrot, also known as Machimerian’s parrot, currently has four subspecies. It is the smartest and best-speaking Parrot of the genus Pionnis. Mainly distributed in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.
Because of the feathers on the head, the Scaly-headed Parrot often stands up in scaly shape, which looks like fluffy hair, so it is named. The plumage color is not as special as the other species of Paeonnis, and the overall tone is dark green. The domestic population is small and the price of artificially bred birds is not low, which is the main reason for the low prevalence of this genus of parrots.
Morphological Characteristics of Scaly-headed Parrot
The Scaly-headed Parrot is gentle and friendly, with a calm personality. They are generally of average size, but larger than the average medium-sized parrots. Their body length is about 30cm when they reach adulthood, and their weight is between 233-293g depending on the subspecies.
The feathers on the head of Scaly-headed Parrot are often erected in scales. Adult birds have dark green feathers, pale lower body, mixed bronze, brown and brown. Forehead and Lores are dark green, chin is dull blue, feathers on the throat are metallic, arms are red, and the tail is covered. Feather blue and yellow-green. The bill is dark yellow, the base of the beak is dark gray, the front and back ends of the white naked eye ring have two gray spots, and the eyes are dark brown.
Living Environment of Scaly-headed Parrot
Unlike other parrots, Scaly-headed Parrot scream when they are frightened or during the breeding season. This kind of parrot is very smart, has a strong academic ability, and likes to crawl around. So what kind of living environment does the family need to provide?
Raising Scaly-headed Parrot requires regular supply of fresh branches and leaves, especially small wooden sticks and slightly thicker branches for parrots to climb. They like to bathe, and bathing often is a good choice. It is susceptible to colds, especially before domestication, but once domesticated, it is resistant to drugs. Avoid sudden temperature changes and keep the temperature above 15 ℃. Use a cage to leave a protected isolation area, so that you can avoid excessive sunlight. If the winter is very cold, outdoor maintenance needs a heat source. The Scaly-headed Parrot has become a very popular Parrot because of its outstanding learning ability, and the characteristics of being well-behaved and quiet.
Breeding knowledge of scaly parakeet
The scaly parrot is a typical omnivorous parrot. It likes to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. It is aggressive and barking during the breeding season. Family raising can feed seeds, including sunflower seeds, peanuts, fruits and vegetables, etc. Calcium supplement and green foods such as beans can also be provided during the breeding process.
In North America, the breeding season in the wild extends from February or March to June or July. Female birds generally lay 3-5 eggs per litter, with an incubation period of 24-26 days. It takes 8-12 weeks for chicks to have plumage. ForScaly-headed Parrot raised in captivity, it is best to let their parents take care of the chicks in the first week, and then feed various green foods and yellow mealworms. Corncob is one of the best food for weaning. In the breeding season, aggressive males are often very strong, and one option to protect females is to shorten the male’s wings.
During the spring breeding season, this bird may change its original quiet and gentle appearance, and may also make a sound without losing the volume of the Cockatoo. This terrible situation will last about three months before returning to its original peaceful life. In the meantime, male birds are more aggressive than female birds.
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