Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity

Blue and Gold macaw RioDuring the nearly 20 years that TGF has housed birds, there have been times when some macaws and cockatoos have been housed in close proximity or next to each other. We have had two incidents of macaw asthma in the last few years, and only one was due to powder down allergies. We made accommodations to the bird’s location.

Air cleanliness in the birds’ previous environment, how often the birds were bathed, the birds’ ages, the possibility of underlying health conditions and the birds’ immune health are all factors to be considered – and with that information one cannot always know that macaw hypersensitivity is ruled out.

Respiratory Hypersensitivity is most commonly reported in Blue & Gold macaws, but not all macaws are allergic. The airborne particulates of heavy powder down birds such as Grey parrots, budgerigars and cockatiels may also contribute to symptoms and disease. We know that acute death can occur with some birds. We have also learned that there can be several other factors that may contribute to a bird’s respiratory disease.

CockatooNo matter what bird species live near or with others, there are certain practices that can minimize risk: a thorough wellness exam for every bird in the household, healthy air for humans and birds, surfaces that are easy to keep clean and maintain, cage lined with newspaper, Kraft paper, butcher paper or even paper towel – and say “no” to bedding that is made of corn cob, walnut shell, wood shavings, paper bedding, or absorbent pellets. Keep good air exchange in the room that houses the bird. Add the best Hepa filter that you can find – stay away from Ionizers; humidity is important, but beware of mold and other fungi that can grow in a too-moist environment. Keep your bird bathed and provide it plenty of opportunity to preen and groom itself. The bird’s diet and nutrition, physical and mental health are building blocks to a strong immune system. Time spent outdoors with the opportunity for natural light and Vitamin D can help to maintain a bird’s respiratory system.

The links below provide additional information about Macaw Respiratory Hypersensitivity:

It’s important to understand that there are many precautions that we can take to provide a healthy environment for ourselves and our birds. And that sometimes, despite the very best that we do for our birds, that we may lose a feathered friend.

1 day ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Adoptions are a family affair! When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely. So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend. Well, she chose *two* new friends: female doves Aiden and Everest. Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves. ... See MoreSee Less

Adoptions are a family affair!  When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely.  So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend.  Well, she chose *two* new friends:  female doves Aiden and Everest.  Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves.

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This makes me so happy- the doves and pigeons get their day sometimes!

Now that's a real success story!

thanks for giving these birds a good home and a BIG HUG to all of you that loved and cared for them!!!

that is very sweet!

Super!

Cute

This makes me very happy. I saw those doves while out at the aviary two weeks ago and I wanted to bring them all home. They aren't as fancy as the hookbills and they don't talk, but they bring a peaceful message.....

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who does it better? Parrot or Rihanna? 😂

The Sun Video
Parrot or Rhianna? Who do you prefer?
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The birdie not only sounds better, she looks better too 😉

Parrot, of course, and that's not because I don't like Rihanna 🙂

Parrot........lost interest in her after she let Chris Brown knock her around and she kept going back for more.

I can't hear it very well but I would naturally vote parrot because I love them.

Wings, er Hands down, the Parrot of course!

Parrot who needs toys and entertainment

Parrot!

the parrot of course smile

The amazon such a great parrot

Perrot of course!

A parrot of course. ...

The parrot.

Parrot

Parrot

PARROT!

The parrot

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4 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.
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Its time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.

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I'll play when you get something besides hybrids.

I missed the Capri. Thanks - I learned something!

Am I getting graded?

Don't have a clue but they are stunning birds!

They are such a beautiful bird, just love them.

they are all so pretty!

Need the answer key!

Lovely!!

I only see one breed! The... Pretty birb!!!!

Anne Tocknell some beautiful macaws here 😊

opws ?

Catalina

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