Has there been a study do on grey plucking? I mean between the two subspeices the congo and timeh I was just wondering if one is likely to pluck then the other. And also if they looked at if the ones that talk more, are more likely to pluck. You figure that the more they talk the more they are.using their brain. Just thinking while I am having my morning Tea.
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It's anecdotal, but I've seen far more Congo pluckers than Timneh pluckers. The timneh seem a little more layed back, but they still hold a grudge as well as any Congo.
I have never seen any correlation between talking and plucking in any species. My Timneh is one of the best talkers I have ever seen. He has cognitive speech, at times, and he will sometimes repeat something after hearing it once. He doesn't pluck at all. He is, however, a very skittish bird. He is probably wild caught, which may contribute to a lot of things. Parent fed in the wild as a chick will usually make for a healthier, hardier bird. No inbreeding, either. And depending on how old he was when he was captured, he may have learned proper preening and grooming from his flock. So many of our birds are generations removed from the wild. They never had anyone to lear these things from.
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