Advice 1: Why the parrot looks in the mirror

Parrots are remarkably sociable and intelligent birds. You can spend hours watching how the parrot sits in his cage looking in the mirror and "talks" with his own reflection. Even though it looks from a human point of view it's funny, for a bird of such "rite" is important.
Why the parrot looks in the mirror

The sight of parrot

Vision is the main sense that helps any bird to correctly Orient in space and forage. Besides the fact that parrots have eyes positioned so that the angle of coverage is almost equal to 360 degrees, their vision is still colored.

Because of this, parrots perceive objects in the world almost as people. Unlike cats or dogs, these birds are able to see his reflection in the mirror.

Imaginary friend

But no matter how much the parrot looked at himself in the mirror he will never understand that this human invention plays with his own reflection.

The highly developed intelligence of birds, coupled with excellent vision gives rise to parrot the illusion that the mirror sits his relatives. Therefore, further relations of the parrot and his "imaginary friend" depend only on the nature of the birds.

Behavior of a parrot

Parrots, like many living creatures need care and constant attention. They are programmed to live in packs and to communicate with his family. If the owners are not able to devote much time to your pet, the mirror can help out in this situation.

Seeing in the mirror of their own kind, the parrot in any case will begin to "communicate". The outcome of such contact may be different.

The bird can recognize their reflection in a new boyfriend or girlfriend. In this case, the parrot will begin to care for his "girlfriend" and spend hours talking to her: tweet, whistle, and even growl.

There is another scenario: the parrot will perceive the reflection as his opponent and begin to fight him. This is especially possible if the cage two parrots – a male and female. In this case, the mirror can cause a bad "marriage" parrots.

You need to carefully monitor the behavior of parrot, once in his cell will be a mirror. In case of conflict, the accessory should be removed, otherwise it may cause the bird will get sick and begin to pluck their own feathers.


Thus, mirror parrot is not an ordinary toy like a swing and bells, and the living bird: friend or foe.

The only unexpected point for the hosts may be the reluctance of a parrot to communicate with them. Some individuals are so addicted to socializing with his own reflection, that does not leave the cell, even if the door is always open.

It is therefore recommended that for the first time (1-2 months) to spend with the bird as much as possible, letting her get used to your hands and voice to teach her a few words. After that you can not be afraid that the bird would prefer a "mirror friend" his own master.

Advice 2: How to understand that the parrot is sick

In order to begin to treat a sick parrot, you need to know about the most common types of diseases of these birds and their symptoms. In some cases, cure the pet can be the proper care and feeding. In the case of infectious diseases should be showing the bird to the vet.
Sick parrot becomes sluggish and apathetic
At any time, the pet can get sick. His behavior will change immediately, he will refuse food or peck at her reluctantly, in a cage, you notice traces of liquid feces. In this case, a parrot need to show the vet and try to understand what caused the disease.

About the causes of diseases of parrots

All diseases of these birds are divided into several major groups:
- caused by poor maintenance of birds
provoked by the infection
- the presence of parasites
- injury to birds

In any case, the appearance of your pet and his behavior tells you that he is unwell. Signs of illness may include: rapid breathing, dull look, half-open beak, poor appetite, vzjeroshenij feathers, weak reaction to external stimuli, liquid stool. Often the diseased parrot is poorly kept on his legs, shaking.

If there is at least a couple of symptoms of illness, birds should be put in a separate cage as soon as possible to take him to the vet. Most often parrots suffer from obstruction of the intestines, avitaminosis and uric acid diathesis. All these diseases triggered by malnutrition birds. The owner should know that his pet harmful as a deficiency and excess of vitamins. It is not necessary to overfeed a parrot greens. You cannot feed him one grain. This bird requires variety in the diet.

Blockage of the intestine most often arises from overfeeding with diet containing large amount of fat. Enough for the healing to feeding it a few drops of castor oil. After this the feed you want to add chopped fresh herbs. If the pet diarrhea, on the contrary, the greens to give him not, fruits and vegetables should also be excluded from the diet. Useful in this period, rice water and water with added manganese potassium.

If the disease is caused by vitamin deficiency, often need to give the bird cooked yolk and sprouted grains. Benefit carrots and fish oil. If near the beak of the feathered appeared yellowish-grey crust, which means it develops lactic-acid diathesis. In this case, the parrot will need a feed with adequate protein, vitamins and minerals.

What to do if a parrot infectious disease?

These diseases are rare, but are cured hard. Only a vet will be able to make a decision about what will be required for the recovery of the birds. Self-treatment can lead to her death. That parrot infectious disease can be understood by the secretions from the eyes and beak. Cal gets a green tint and becomes fetid, coordination of movements is broken. A bird is experiencing constant thirst.

How to understand that the bird has parasites?

Infestation of bird mites is manifested in the appearance of grayish-whitish coating around the beak, legs and cloaca. In this case, to help special ointments purchased in veterinary pharmacy. Before treatment you need to conduct a thorough disinfection of cages and toys pet. If he has a down-peroid, this is evident by the appearance of a bird: his feathers are rapidly losing luster, and constantly disheveled. The parrot becomes restless, often shakes, he has sleep disturbance, loss of appetite. To get rid of this parasite will help sprays that are sold in veterinary pharmacies.
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