and long lived. The eye color denotes age the darker the eye color the younger the bird. Some problems that may be encountered with these birds are feather plucking, hypocalcaemia syndrome, and Beak and Feather disease. These birds are year round breeders and prolific. They are normally not loud. Remember, I said normally. I have one wild caught male that constantly growls and that sound sends me up a tree. You would think after so many years in captivity, never being abused, having everything a bird could want, he would settle down, but I guess that is why a domestic bred handfed baby is the way to go if you want a pet. I have found that even as domestically raised babies that were only handled during their handfeeding period, I can still reach in the pairs cage and the birds will get right up on my hand and want their heads scratched. They are 15 years old now and have never shown any signs of aggression. I would like to see more people give the Timneh a chance. These birds are in desperate need of breeding programs. Not many were imported or bred due to the popularity of the Congo. Everyone focused on the Congo and forgot the Timneh. Hopefully in the future we will see more Timneh in aviculture and peoples homes. Believe me there is no difference in the two besides the outward appearance. Remember beauty is only skin deep!

In last months newsletter.
Victor Krentz helped answer the cockatiel question.  I thanked the wrong Victor.  I'm sorry Victor Krentz, and thanks for your help!