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Are you kidding me? I think that access to natural daylight makes a HUGE difference. The Peachfront Parakeets I saw in Bolivia weren’t hiding deep in the dark forest canopy. In fact, on my first trip to Bolivia, when I visited lots and lots of forest in search of Birds of Prey, I saw no Peachfronts at all. On my second trip, when I saw many Peachfronts, it was in dappled areas with quick access to sunny places. My first pair was seen on the side of the road. Other pairs were seen on the airstrip. Sure, there are some clouds in their lowland habitat, but these birds clearly enjoy a bit of light. When we moved into our current residence, we were able to provide a dedicated bird porch that faces south. Of course, there’s a sun roof, because the birds do need to be able to get out of the sun and into the shade. And we had to double-screen the bird porch, in hardware cloth, so they wouldn’t chew their way out, and then also with a layer of mosquito screen, to prevent all the nasty diseases that mosquitoes like to spread. But I have to say, these birds really have a wonderful glow to their feathers. Dull green birds? Not my flashy, shining Peachfronts! I really do think I have to give some of the credit to natural sunlight.
I realize that there are times when you can’t keep your Peachfronts where they can safely be in the sunlight. In those situations, you may want to strongly consider full spectrum lights, which is what we used to use when we lived in rentals where the landlords would be less than thrilled if we’d added a bird aviary to the property.
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