Interview with Johnny Wierda but before giving way to the interview we learn a little to Johnny Wierda:

"Breeder of lorikeets, Sociëteit Parkieten member. Conservation Project Support captive of A. Lilianae."

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1.How was your start in the world of parrots? Why?

At age of 7 years I had my first bugies from my grantfather.

2.Parkieten Sociëteit , how do you start? What is its function?

I subscibed the Parkieten Sociëteit magazine in 1985 and I’m a subrciber since. Now I’m in the board as the secretaria. The Parkieten Sociëteit is the biggest parrot union in the Netherlands.

3.Of all species of parrots, which one is most striking? Why?

I had love birds since the late 70 and they are still one of the species I loke most. I think they are together with the Lories on the first place of my interest.

Here we loris different questions.

4.Vini Australis, How is the reproduction of this fantastic species in captivity? What kind of food requires? Are fertility success?

They have a reputation to grow fat ferry fast. Keeping them on a limited diet is essential. I bred them for a few years but also my birds became to fat and died.

5.What can you tell about the kind Glossopsitta Concinna? What care facilities require? What is the habitat of this species?

I have only a limited experiance whit this species and thats not the best one. Never was lucky with them. Normaly they are not that difficult but I just did’nt had the luck.

6.In Spain there is little information on Loriculus, how is this species? Supply what they need? What is your play time?

Here also information on luriculus is hard to get. I had 3 species in the past and only was succesfull with the bleau crowend. Feeding like lories but more fruits and oat.

7.Charmosyna spp. What can you tell us about this species? Subspecies? Highlight? Diet? Everyone equally or something particular?

Most of the charmosyna’s are the same for diet and housing. Some species like rubronotata, pulchella, multistriata are more sensetive and need an other attendance.

8.The Lorikeet, at least in our country, are not as popular with hygiene and the delicacy of the genre, what other European countries are seen lorises how? Are popular as pets?

In the Netherlands they where never popular as pets and I hope it stays that way. People have to considder what birds need and how they are and most people can not handle lories as pets because of there intelligents. Small species are totaly not suteble as pets at all.

9.The feed loris, is it really necessary? Do all species of Loris likewise required? What would the ideal diet (generically) a Loris?

Lories need liqued food. Some species like Muschenbroeks and Ires will eat seeds as wel but lorinectar always should be the main diet. Besides of the nectar they need fruits and vegatables.

10.What plants can give you as food Loris? From your experience, what is the best accepted by them or change depending on the species?.

Lories like to chew on bark of willows and fruittrees. When possible I give them flowering branches of hybiscus.

In conclusion we make some questions about Agapornis.
Agapornisproject EPPAS

11.What can you tell us about this project of captive breeding? Which countries are involved?

Now about 6 countries are in to the EPPAS project.

12.What Agapornis species are the most problems are in their habitats? How many are in freedom?

Nigrigenis and Lilianae are the most endangered in the wild. About 6.000 nigrigenis and less than 10.000 Lilianae are left in the wild.

13. In conclusion, what are the requirements so they can register the project?

Birds have to be clean from mutations and have to be pure (so no hybrids)

14. Dreams about parrots in this world?

I was lucky to see saveral species in the wild in Africa (south Africa and Madacascar) and Australië (east coast)

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