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Red Fronted Macaw Diet

Brian Speer, DVM

The red front macaw is becoming more and more popular in captivity yet there is little information on them whether it be in books or the internet….I am aware a Hyacinth macaw has a different diet...

Weight fluctuations in an Amazon parrot

Brian Speer, DVM

I have a 28yr old Red Lored Amazon, could be wild caught we don’t know for sure. His weight fluctuates as much as 30-40g per year. Is this normal? He is currently coming off of being hormonal and...

Amazon with itchy skin

Brian Speer, DVM

I am perplexed and very worried for one of my 5 Yellow-headed amazons. Four are 26 years old, and one (female, Gitana) is now about 14 years old. A couple of winters ago Gitana started pulling her...

Sinusitus in an Amazon parrot

Brian Speer, DVM

I have a 35 yr old male yellow-naped amazon that was wild caught. I live on the SF Bay peninsula so you are familiar with the climate. For many years he has had a chronic case of sinusitus. From...

Un-opened ear canals

Brian Speer, DVM

Hello I have a pair of Buffons Macaws they are a year old the female's ear never opened and the male only one ear opened. How common is this in macaws and what needs to be done with this problem?...

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