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Baku parrots: Exotic birds living among us [PHOTO]

18 September 2017 [15:05] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

Parrots, with colorful plumage and the ability to mimic human speech, are well-established as popular, beloved pets.

Most wild parrots live in the warm climate, while Australia, South America and Central America have the greatest diversity of parrot species. Some parrots also such as maroon-fronted parrots, thick-billed parrots and keas like to live in snowy climates.

While they're very fun to play with and have around the home, one can also see parrots in Baku’s parks. Strolling along Boulevard and the Governor's Park in the city center, people often come across these feathered friends.

These colorful birds settled in Baku about 15 years ago, and in the most mysterious way.

A story tells that a ferry cargo was delivered to the customs office in the Baku Port.  After the cargo could not pass through the customs, the parrots were released, and they settled on the Boulevard and took root in the Governor's Garden.

It still comes as a surprise to many to see noisy flocks of bright green parrots in Baku's central parks. 

Ecologists say that these parrots have get accustomed with people and parks are a natural environment for them, like bushes in the woods where they lived in homeland in North Africa.

Sure parrots can be loud, but most people can tolerate a bit of noise. Moreover, these birds are worth admiring thanks to the fascinating feathering.

The Zeynalov's family living in Azerbaijan’s Salyan region was also fascinated with the beauty of these birds. The parrot love gave birth to the idea of breeding these beautiful birds.

The 27-year-old Behruz has been engaged in breeding parrots for seven years. Being a dental technician by profession, Behruz first had two pairs of parrots and increased their number to fifteen.

He then applied to the Salyan branch of the State Employment Service to participate in the Employment Program conducted under the Labor and Social Protection of Population Ministry where his project was appreciated. He became a participant of the training held in Baku within two months.

Currently, the family keeps 270 parrots in their farm. Bahruz says that it is possible to sell a pair of parrots for 30-60 manats ($17-$35).

Bahruz intends to bring the number of birds to 500. Thanks to the project he obtained 200 parrots and necessary equipment.

Although parrots are often sought after for their entertaining and comical personalities, they take more time and effort than most people realize.  So if you are really inspired by the birds and wish to have one as your pet then there are few things which you need to know.

Parrots need daily care, entertainment and a close eye to watch for signs of illness. Parrots can suffer from separation anxiety.

They are also very intelligent animals that require socialization regularly. So keep your parrot busy throughout the day. Like all pets, parrots love toys, especially anything they can tear apart, like tree branches.

Most important, a balanced diet is a key for parrot.  Improper diets can lead to problems with feather growth, strain on the body, vitamin deficiencies and illness.

They do reward you with songs, words, funny impersonations, companionship and so much more.


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