Situation-dependant management of large parrots by manipulation of the social environment



Further exploration of alternative methods of managing large parrots in captivity, that will allow natural behaviours to be expressed, is desirable. Examples of social behavioural management of large parrots at Rotterdam Zoo and other institutions are provided in this article. The topics discussed include group pair selection, group housing and breeding, leaving the young with the parents during successive breeding efforts, managing aggression, foster incubation and foster parenting.