Winter feeding at Loro Parque Fundación

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The coldest months of the year is the best time
to start forming new couples. Parrots usually seek body contact for warmth and
this is a factor that can be taken into account to facilitate the formation of
stable couples. 

The fact that parrots can reproduce vigorously
is directly related to their preparation in the colder seasons where winter is
inevitable.  During this reason, the
parrots that live in warm climates do not need a major dietary change, beyond
the variety and healthiness of their food. However, in areas where thermal
oscillation exists, the needs for calories and vitamins are different and
parrots appreciate the availability of seasonal food in accordance with their
surrounding climate.

After the first rains of autumn, caregivers
should reinforce their diet with annual herbs. Some leaves, as fresh dandelion
leaves are essential for metabolism and in order to keep parrots in good shape.
Other herbs such as Sisymbrium irio,
known as London rocket, are powerful sexual stimulants that can be used when
the birds remain lethargic

Stella Lorikeet Charmosyna papou black morph (photo: Moyses Peréz)

It is in the colder months when parrots need a
lot of attention. During this time, we put up new perches, clean and replace the
nests. Preparations are focused now on the conditioning of their habitat for
the next breeding season, when actions in the aviary should be minimal.

At Loro Parque and Loro Parque Fundación we
have our own ecological production of annual herbs such as the common dandelion
(Taraxacum officinalis), alfalfa (Medicago sativa) or beet (Beta vulgaris). These herbs do not
contain any pesticides and contaminants derived from environmental pollution or
toxic chemicals and guarantee therefore a maximum healthiness including
sometimes some insects, which the parrots will eat with great delight.

These 100% organic crops, fruits and vegetables
have an intense fragrance and flavour. It is interesting to observe how the
different species eat these fruits with avidity.

We must remember the importance of seasonal feeding since this is the way how it happens in nature, where the birds not always will find the same availability of food. Providing the birds with seasonal food also ensures that the animals remain active and expectant in receiving their daily basis. One of the important premises in the maintenance of psittaciformes is to enrich their environment.

For this purpose, we include plants inside and outside the aviaries. Being surrounded by these vegetation, they feel protected and enjoy also a different environment. The birds will relish the growing of the plants, which after the rain will offer new leaves and branches and during the spring season

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