Feeding behavior of cockatiels in captivity

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https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2020.168320

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Feeding, Behavior, Parrots, Nymphicus hollandicus

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In nature, cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) feed consists of a huge variety of seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves, and insects. In captivity, their feed is generally poor, as many breeders offer only a mixture of seeds as food, leading to nutrient deficiency and even obesity. This paper presents a study on cockatiel feeding behavior in artificial environments at different stages of development (growth, maintenance, and reproduction), to evaluate their preference from the offer of six different food types (sunflower seed, oats, millet, rice, ration, and a cornmeal based feed or farinhada), and an analysis of their preferences for locations in the cage. No significant differences were observed about the final weight of the birds during the stages of development. Consumption of millet seeds was significantly higher in the growth stage, but at this stage, the birds showed a preference for oats. On the other hand, at the reproduction and maintenance stages, they showed a preference for sunflower seeds. The birds in the reproduction stage were the ones that visited the nest, and the nest grid, the most. Among all the cage locations, all birds showed a preference for the perches.

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2020-12-03

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Freitas, P. P., Paz, V. C. da, & Navarro, R. D. (2020). Feeding behavior of cockatiels in captivity. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 57(4), e168320. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2020.168320

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