by Fern Van Sant on 06 December
Avian reproductive behaviors observed in the wild......such as pair bonding, courtship regur...
Given the near epidemic of reproductive disorders currently seen in avian veterinary medicine and the frequency of recurrence after medical intervention, it becomes apparent that there is a serious lack of understanding of the pathophysiology of these conditions. Our tenets of avian medicine and surgery have their basis in western medical traditions. Our tendency to regard the many diverse and unique species of psittacines, kept as companion birds as a uniform entity, has been shortsighted. Enhancing our view of these species with a renewed appreciation for their natural history and innate tendencies will be necessary for success.
The natural world can inspire a profound sense of wonder when viewed as a whole instead of as a subset of its parts. Parrots have captured our hearts and imaginations as mere individuals. Ex-panding our awareness to include the natural world that they are an integral part of can only enrich our own lives and perceptions.
Viewing a parrot merely as an individual pet is somehow like viewing a single feather. Cer-tainly there is a powerful beauty to been seen and treasured in a single feather. But to see that single feather as an integral part of a magnificent living creature is to see its beauty amplified and enhanced beyond its own exquisite form. The true potential and beauty of that feather is only realized when it functions as a part of a bird. In the same way our companion birds are beautiful to behold as individu-als, but their full and awesome potential is truly realized when they are viewed in the context of the natural world they occupy.
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