The Jardine's parrot is a sweet strong-willed bird.
See pictures and read stories written by Jardine's parrot owners and avoid behavior problems.
Jardine's parrots are one of the most beautiful of all the African parrots. Their wings have bright green feathers with black edges. They have a ridge of red emerging from under the wing along the edge of the wing.
The rest is bright green with red rings around the bottoms of their leg feathers, and their foreheads have splashes of red, and or orange, and or yellow on a mature bird. Babies have just a suggestion of red above the beak where the head feathers begin. They have a white bare patch around their eyes.
Personality and Behavior
Jardine's are sweet, sometimes cuddly and usually a little feisty at times. Some diligent training is necessary most of the time to keep them from becoming boss.
This species lends itself to being beaky, but they don’t have to become biters. You must respect their space and read their body language. With training, you can both learn to respect each other.
These strong willed birds are considered quiet by most people’s standards. Many learn to speak some and most all will imitate noises. There was a Jardine's at Tweets and Treats in my town that learned to imitate the sound of the phone ringing. It drove the store keeper crazy running for the phone!
The Jardine's Parrot is much like the conure in having a playful personality that requires lots of toys for playing, attacking and chewing so that they don’t get bored. These funny birds are real entertainers and a joy to have.
They can be nippy and may very well go through a nippy stage at maturity. The relationship you establish and work to maintain will get you through the rough times. Jardine's will easily become a one-person bird if they are not held and played with on a regular basis by more than one person.
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Another factor to consider is boredom. You need to provide plenty of toys for your Jardine's parrot to attack and also some to destroy. We have some toys at competitive prices on our Parrot Bird Toy page.
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The Jardine's parrot should have a variety of healthy foods offered to them. You will need to provide at least 60 - 80 percent of diet with top-quality pellets.
It is suggested that you keep the protein content between 12 and 16% for Jardine's. Some birds have developed health problems (i.e. gout and kidney failure) that were believed to be due to high protein diets.
Recognize the most labels list the minimum protein and not the maximum protein analysis. You may be feeding your bird higher levels of protein than you think! The pellets we suggest give you the maximum levels, we appreciate that.
We like the Totally Organics Pellets because they are 100% organic and they don't even have artificial vitamins in them. This is important if you have a bird with allergies. We also like Harrison's Organic Pellets.
I suggest that you pick one that is organic and not artificially dyed. Anything artificial has to be cleansed by the kidneys before it can be used. A lot of pellets are just junk.
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The other 20- 40 percent of their diet should consist of a seed blend, fresh or dehydrated colorful vegetables, grains and a little fruit, preferably organic. The Totally Organics All In One Seed Mix is a great choice!
CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).
Remember that the chemicals sprayed and fed to plants have to be cleansed by their tiny kidneys. Who knows what has been fed and sprayed on all that other stuff!
No matter what the pellet manufacturers want you to believe, parrots that have a variety of fresh healthy foods are much happier and healthier.
Get some high quality organic pellets and dehydrated veggie, fruit and nut mixes here.
When fresh fruits and vegetables are not possible, dehydrated fruits and vegetables are great! Many birds love to crunch on dried fruits and veggies.
The best thing about them is that they don't spoil, so you can leave them in the cage for hours or even days. This is handy when you are trying to get them to accept fruits and veggies.
When you are going to be home with them, you can moisten them with warm water to provide fresh-like fruits and veggies. Boy does this come in handy when you are traveling or on an outing!
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We provide bath water in the morning and sometimes in the evening on warm days, but we only leave it in there one to two hours so that they don’t drink nasty water all day.
Do invest in a water bottle. You will avoid lots of potential health problems by insuring they have clean water to drink that hasn’t been bathed and pooped in.
If your parrot has not used a water bottle before, you will need to provide both a water bottle and a dish until you see that they are drinking from the bottle.
Lixit makes a glass water bottle that has a wire instead of a spring that keeps it on the cage if you are worried about safety. (Some birds get their foot or beak stuck in the spring attachment on other bottles.)
Here are some cages you can get
Jardine's parrots, like conures, need a lot of room to climb and play. They need lots and lots of toys and they need them to be rotated out so they don’t get bored.
Consider getting a cage with a playpen on top for them to play on when you are home. The more room they have the happier they will be.
A minimum of an 24x22x52 cage is really best. If the bird is going to be home alone all day, it will need enough room for a variety of toys and room to swing and play between them.
Some will argue with me and say that they should be in a small cage so that they will be happy to get out and play with you. We have not found that to be an issue with our birds.
If your family becomes its flock, because you are spending quality time with it, the bird will want to come out and be with you. A large cage will not change his love for you in my opinion.
Cages for Vet Visits and Outings
You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Jardine's Parrot in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.
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