by Michelle Yesney
When most people think of pet birds, they think of budgies (parakeets in the U.S.). The smallest hookbills, 30 grams and about 4 inches long. The first pet of dozens of children. What they usually remember is one forlorn little bird in a small cage with a swing, a cuttle bone, a small dish of gravel, and a couple of dowel perches. He lived on a seed diet (Hartz Mountain, bought at the grocery store), with (maybe) an occasional small dish of “treat” (yellowish powder with a few seeds in it).
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