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habitat, too, they are under threat with deforestation, shooting and Newcastle Disease all taking their toll. “Since they can be bred in colonies, they’re an aviculturalist’s dream,” remarks Brent. “I’ve noticed a little aggression over nest boxes but, for the most part, they all live happily together.”


Conures being conures, the Slender- bills are noisy – their call is a high- pitched ringing. Both male and female make screeching sounds, so beware if you have neighbours who aren’t so bird- friendly. They have an inquisitive and playful character, but have a tendency to become obese if fed a diet too high in fat (stay clear of dry sunflower seeds!). Due to the gregarious nature of this species, a colony set-up works well. They are, however, clever escape artists! Brent’s conures are housed in a 25m2


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standard full-height aviary. They love bathing and are provided with overhead misters or shallow terracotta bowls of fresh water. Diagonal nest boxes seem to be a good choice for breeding season – 25.4cm x 25.4cm x 30.5 cm – and provide a safe environment for mature pairs. Incubation takes approximately 26 days and the young fledge at about eight weeks. Brent insists on leaving the fledglings with their parents for at least three months before moving them. “It’s vital to let the young learn from their parents.”


Amboina Kings


The Amboina King, also known as the Moluccan King Parrot, is restricted to the islands of Amboina and Ceram. Predation and loss of habitat have lowered the population drastically in the wild,


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