Scientific Name: Coracopsis
Origin: Madagascar and nearby islands
Average Lifespan: 10 to 20 years
Size: 50cm (19.5 in) in length
Color: smoky gray, brown
Sounds: squawks, various sounds
Interaction: highly interactive
Physical Charatectritics of Vasa Parrot
The Vasa parrot shares almost the same body size of African Greys, with the former having longer legs and neck. However, these physical traits change dramatically during the fall season, wherein these species become almost unrecognizable.
Most bird species change colors by molting, but female Vasa parrots do this color change without dropping even a single feather. It’s smoky gray color changes to light brown without undergoing molting process. In addition, she undergoes a balding process which starts off with a pale color that eventually turns into dark yellow. On the other hand, males do not go bald, but the skin turns into yellow.
Personality and Temperament
The Vasa parrot is one of the most active bird species. In the wild, it spends most of its energy searching for foods. It also loves to interact with the members of the flock. When kept as a pet, expect this species to demand a lot of playtime with owners. This is the reason why you should provide a few hours each day to play and bond with this bird. If this requirement is met, expect this bird to be happy and healthy most of the time.
Providing toys made specifically for birds is recommended especially if you can’t find time to play with your pet. Toys will keep your friend busy and occupied, which it needs to minimize boredom and risks of developing health issues.
Due to its size, the Vasa Parrot needs a large enclosure or cage where it can stretch its long legs and move around freely. As stated earlier, this species is highly active and minimal space will only cause problems. To make the cage more engaging, add artificial branches where your pet can hop around. Furthermore, make sure that the cage is also sturdy and well-built to avoid unexpected escape.
Although friendly and interactive, this species is not best suited for small children. Its large size makes it hard to handle for small hands. However, if supervised by an adult, this bird can bring so much fun and joy when playing with a child.
In terms of aggression, females are known to be more dominant and aggressive than males. This is most especially evident during the breeding season. However, both adult female and male are known to be very well mannered and docile when kept as pets. This species is not known to be territorial with little to no chance of aggression towards its owners. In addition, the Vasa parrot is not a one person bird, which means it usually interacts and plays with anyone.
Health and Care
In addition to being very active, the Vasa parrot is an avid eater. It loves to search for food and eats almost anything it can get a hold of. Its big appetite is connected to the fact that it needs a constant supply of energy to cope up with its high-level activities. To maintain proper health, your pet must be provided with a steady diet of fresh and healthy bird pellets and seeds. Commercially made bird foods are good food sources as long as they are fresh and free of preservatives and harmful chemicals. Aside from bird seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables are also healthy options. However, avoid serving food items that are high in sugar and acids, which can lead to various health issues when consumed on a regular basis.
Another uncommon habit of this parrot is its desire to take baths, which is not really recommended for most birds. Vasa parrots are also known to enjoy sunbathing and dirt bathing. But to be on the safe side, limit the urge to bathe as much as possible. As an alternative way to maintain its cleanliness, use a soft cloth damped in lukewarm water to wipe off dirt and germs from its body.