Human friendly ‘Pesquet’s Parrots’-19th June 2017

Human friendly ‘Pesquet’s Parrots’-19th June 2017

Pesquet’s parrot or Vulturine parrot [Psittrichas fulgidus (Lesson)] are native to Hill and rainforest in New Guinea. Pesquet’s parrot is a large parrot with a total length of approximately 46 cm (18 in) and a weight of 680-800 g (24-28 oz). Its plumage is black, with greyish scaling to the chest, and belly, uppertail coverts and wing-panels are red in colour. The adult male has a red spot behind the eye, which is not seen in the adult female. This species is a highly specialized frugivore, feeding almost exclusively on a few species of figs. Flowers and nectar have also been reported. At least in parts of its range, it is seasonally nomadic in response to the availability of fruits.
Shuka Vana hosts four Pesquet’s Parrots since more than four years. To provide a species specific diet, fresh seasonal fruits are served twice daily and vegetables with sprouts are served for protein supplements. Soaked figs are served 3-4 per day for each bird. Their enclosures provides an area for exposure to sunlight and a place of shade so that bird can select the duration of exposure to sun, rain (seasonal) and good air ventilation throughout the day. They are also provided with perches that are fixed and movable at different heights. Sampati appears to be aggressive but is very friendly with all birds irrespective of its size. Birds like Red-Bellied Parrot, Golden Conure, Black Lory, Duyvenbode’s Lory have a fun time with Sampati. They all preen and play with Sampati. Sampati was not human friendly when he arrived at Shuka Vana, but within a year after arrival, Sampati became both human friendly and friendly with other birds too. Sri Swamiji’s unique approach for inter-species harmony provide a stress free environment for these birds to interact with humans and other birds at Shuka Vana.

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