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heat stress -- don't let it happen to your peachfronted conures

The Peachfront Conure pairs I observed in Bolivia were birds of the hot, humid low-lying areas. However, let's be clear. There's a big difference between 95 degrees in the Bolivian Pantanal or 95 degrees near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans and some of the dangerous, life-threatening temperatures such as 105, 110, or even 115 degrees that I've heard reported from the dry American west and mid-west. If there's a heat advisory, then the conditions could be dangerous or even fatal to even the toughest peachfront, not to mention the many parrot species that might come from higher, cooler altitudes.

Consider this checklist if you have outdoor aviary birds:

  • Birds must always, ALWAYS, have a place where they can move out of direct sunlight. Check the angle of the sun over the course of an entire day, before you place the birds in the flight. There must always be a place of shade.
  • Consider a misting system that comes on to cool the flight at temperatures above 90 degrees.
  • Consider moving your birds inside if temperatures are above 100 degrees. This would be a rare event here in New Orleans, but it is a common and expected event every summer in some areas, such as Phoenix and Las Vegas, where it's just common sense to already have indoor temporary cages where your birds can shelter from dangerous heat waves.

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