Wow, great pictures!! He is very handsome I don't ever see them available or hear people talk about them much. Are they pretty rare?poor vasa people......
Anyway, since poor little eve has no designated section, I thought we would share some pics and such here, sort of a separate Eve intro......I'll show some pics of the changes that vasa's go through. They are very different birds than most and are often misunderstood in terms of behavior. The normal rules do not apply to vasa's. For one thing.....they will hunt small prey, dive like a hawk, fly backwards, and hover. I know of one guy who's vasa out flies his cooper hawk!
In a nut shell they are like a cross between raptors and parrots....but really dopey in personality. I say they are as playful as a caique, intelligent as a grey, and as snuggly as a Too.
look at the beak and cere color differences, white beak for breeding season black for not breeding season. Cere does the same but is always opposite the beak. One pic is of the yellow skin color change underneath his beak. One pic, eve holding his own feather, shows the brown feather color change that happens without moulting.
OH and the last one is a bit pornographic.....it shows the start of his hemi junk....
lol Eve is a he, but I'm so used to calling him a her....hence eve the gender confused vasa parrot.
Many breeders recommend pairing a female up with more than one male, it has proven to be easier on the males during the breeding season, and usually become more prolific.In the wild vasa's are free lovin hippies. One female will have several males to attend to her. But in captivity things become rather screwy. Why breeders do not try to breed them like they would in the wild is beyond me, but they don't. Like other parrots they try to pair them up. So.....breeding becomes a "who knows" issue with respects to consistency and chicks.
What do you mean? How should you/ should you not raise them?On the whole vasa breeders aggravate me. They seem to think that they can feed and raise vasa's like all other parrots when in fact this does great harm to them behavioral, and nutritionally.