A Cockatoo whose beauty cannot be described in words. Even the accompaning pictures don't do them justice.
Our Major Mitchells have a fairly placid nature which is not the normal thing where bonded pairs of this species are concerned. We have witnessed the agressive nature of past pairs we have owned and this defiantly is something to watch with this species. One often sees mature cock birds advertisied for sale. You need to be wary as you may be buying a past "Wife Beater" problem bird. We have previously given a single cock bird to a friend, knowing it was going in a large mixed display.
Feeding seems pretty straight forward with Majors as they are not as prone to obesity as some other White Cockatoo species. The Information pages will shed some light on the husbandry of what would be one of our favourite parrots.
Our Gang Gang Cockatoos came to us by surprise from a friend with close neighbours who could no longer care for them. There doesn't appear to be many breeders in South East Queensland having success with them. They are a bird of cooler high altitude areas during the hot Australian Summer months. They are a demanding species to care for in regards to keeping this intelligent little cockatoo amused.
With our ability to provide browse at any time the Gang Gangs have thrived and are looking good. Now we couldn't imagine a collection without them.
The Golden Shouldered Parrot is a rare gem that originates from Central Cape York Penninsula, Far North Queensland.
Speculation about remaining numbers in the wild exist but the population is said to be approx. 1600 pairs between two areas. Over grazing, illegal trapping for aviculture in the past and altered fire regimes have all contributed to the decline of the Golden Shouldered Parrot.
Having the peculiar habit of nesting in terestrial termite mounds, the birds can be a bit fussy with nesting reciprocals.
People wanting to purchase these beautiful birds should be aware of potential hybreds between Hooded Parrots, a similiar more common "Ant Hill" species. Know your source and question linage. Good breeders know where their birds come from. Aviculture could end up being the saviour after causing part of the problem in the first place, but we need to work with pure strains of this bird.
RED SIDED ECLECTUS (NEW GUINEA)
We'll include New Guinea Eclectus with the Aussies as there is a sub species native to Cape York, Queensland. We have been keeping Eclectus Parrots since 2002 and in that time have found them a challenge and delight to keep. We have prefered to let our flock parent rear, but most of the Eclectus have been pulled to avoid complications.
The contrast between the cocks plumage and the hen's is hard to believe. Easy to sex, boys are green and girls are red and this can be seen from three weeks of age.
A parrot with a specific diet high in vegetable fibre, this is a true rainforest bird and loves to bath daily especially with young in the nest.
Some people see baby Eclectus and have the "must have" attitude such is the striking nature of these majestic parrots. They are not a species to learn on, as they require specialist care in regards to their diet and psychological well being. Also think about their natural call and be realistic to you and your neighbours!