parrot died - killed by other bird?

hi there, i had a very tame male affrican grey since it was a baby, it was in the house for many years about 5 years ago we moved it out side to a large avery with plenty of room to flight about.. in the avery next to it we got a female yell/blue mccaw they stayed beside each other for about 2 years then one day to our amazement they were in the same avery getting on great together and they stayed this way untill recently when one day we came home from work and the grey was laying dead... he jus looked as he'd fell oh his perch they wasnt a mark on him.. we didnt even think that the mccaw had killed him until i started reading ur blog now im wondering if this was possible?? but they got on for years being together.. only thing is no my partner has got a male yel/blue mccaw to keepin female company and was thinking off putting them together but im frighten one off them will kill the other.. what should we do as i think he's looking to breed them? also since the grey died the female mccaw seems to be pulling out her feathers

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Nov 11, 2010
parrot died - killed by other bird?
by: Linda

Never put birds with such a great difference in size together. Also, the Macaws are South American birds while the Greys are African. Birds from different parts of the world sometimes do not get along. Breeders always keep them separated as the birds will sometimes not breed with another countryman in same room.

As for what actually happened to your Grey, the Macaw could have easily broken its neck and left no other marks on body. Macaws have up to a 100 pounds of crushing power in their massive beaks, and crushing the life out of a smaller companion is no trouble at all. I'm not saying this happened, but it could have and not putting these kinds of birds together is a good rule.

The other issue here is your wire is not safe. Your Macaw simply chewed through the wire, and this will happen again and again. Macaws have to have specially constructed cages and aviaries. They need fairly thick, strong, high quality steel bars instead of welded wire. What I would suggest is to put some kind of strong steel panel on Macaw's side that is against the other bird's to make sure Macaw stays in his own space. Make sure neither bird can get their heads through the wire or they can choke to death. They need to be able to get toes in and out easily so they are not cut off. This cannot be some cheap material either. It needs to be no less than 5mm+ thick crossed bars that have been very well welded. Be careful of getting anything that may have lead or zinc in it as both are poison for birds. Until you make your Aviary safe for the smaller birds, keep them inside the house. Also, if you have an inside covered area for birds, make sure the heavy guage steel divider is in there as well.

Linda

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