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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2013, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Red Wing Parrot Lifespan

Okay, so as I've mentioned on here before, I have this red-winged parrot Coco, who I was given to by a lady I met at the store who couldn't take care of him anymore.

He was born in 1989 and though he's showing signs of age and/or possibly symptoms from his past life of neglect, I really don't know what to expect with this lifespan.

A lot of sources say 40 years, but then some sources say 15-20. His vet said that he is most closely related to King Parrots which live on average 20, and not above 25 in captivity, and are also closely related to POWs which, though like a cockatiel is technically up to 30, but making it to 30 is rare and typically the lifespan is closer to 15-20.

Another issue is that I'm seeing copy-pasting around the internet of only one or two sources of information, and no references to the originals. So I don't have any idea what to expect from this guy.

He's 24, maybe almost 25. By one standard, he might still have 10 more years, but by the other, he could kick off at any moment lol.

Does anyone have any evidence, personal experience, scientific knowledge, or references to a legitimate source material where I could learn more about him. There is very little out there that I've been able to glean thus far.


Here are some old photos from when I first got him and his nails were insanely long.
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Never even heard of them, but he sure is beautiful!

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Sorry me either.. But what a cool looking bird!
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I believe that they would average anywhere between 15-25 but as with all birds, there isn't an exact year. Considering his previous conditions, he's done darn well to get this far! With improvement to his life such as giving him a great diet, I'm sure you will still have years left with him
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If you have an avian vet nearby, you might take Coco to him or her for a well bird checkup. An avian vet should be able to answer your questions about Coco's health and overall prognosis.

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I did take him for a check-up, but the vet didn't think it was worth running a full test. I don't really have the money anymore after my roommate's dog almost killed one of my budgies and I was in and out of the vet. But if he's still with me after I have my money replenished, I might take him for some more blood work, because his poop has never looked 100% healthy and has a smell to it. The vet seemed to think it was his age and probably his organs aren't working at complete efficiency and didn't recommend me spending money until I had had him a little while and he'd settled in. Then Jesper was attacked right after Dragon*Con (which put me down $500) which costed $120 and I bought a bed (was on the floor) for $600, so I'm broke now haha.
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Coco is such a beautiful parrot, I hope he will stay with you for many more years.

If you are worried about the droppings, why don't you tell us what you think is not normal with the poop. Droppings are a good indicator for health issues.

Or post a picture of the droppings if you like.
You can support birdie's health with many different herbs and greens.
for example you can feed dandelion for liver issues.
If the poop smells ugly that could be an infection. Have you tried to put a bit cidre vinegar into the water?
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