Tuesday, November 22, 2011


To be fair, not all the birds at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park are waterfowl.

For example, there is the Sun Conure, a small parrot native to South America.

Sylvan Heights breeds them as they have become very rare in their native habitat due to large numbers having been caught for the pet trade. However, they don't make very good pets due to the fact that require more time and attention than most pet owners are willing to give.

This is an African Gray Parrot which is also part of Sylvan Heights breeding program. The park is also trying to educate people that these also do not make good pets for most. In fact, they have become practically decimated in the wild due to trapping for the pet trade.


Dartford Warbler said...

Sylvan Heights sounds a very enlightened place, doing a good job with education as well as keeping the parrots in great condition.

I love the autumn colours on your header photo!

frayedattheedge said...

Beautiful birds - it's sad to think of them perhaps dying out.

dinahmow said...

Beats me why anyone would want to keep a bird in a cage, but maybe it's just me.
One of the birds next door is a Sun Conure. Called Monty, he was known to be a bit bossy...until Buddy, the Monk Parrot was added to the mix. Buddy is a right sod!He's pulled Monty's feathers, he bullies a n Indian ring-neck and tries it on with me(I'm chief feeder during holidays), but I have him sussed.
Sun Conures can, apparently, be trained.

dinahmow said...

There's a penguin post here if you'd like to see it.

Anyes said...

Beautiful birds :-)

Chantal said...

here lots of people keep these birds as pets