Hey! My family and I are moving down to the islands soon. We have a tropical parrot - a beautiful Triton Cockatoo. Does anyone down there have birds? I assume the climate would be great for him (as his species is originally from Australia), but we want to be sure first. He isn't free to fly around - in fact he can't fly, so we aren't concerned about him escaping. Do the "no-seeums" (those little bug things) bother pets? Please let us know if you have any info on pet birds in the islands. Also - after reading everyone else's responses about apartments, I'm sure I know the answer, but does anyone know how to find an apartment or home to rent that would except a LOUD bird... ? Thanks!
Dr Paul Hess on St Croix (vet Island Animal clinic?) has a large bird type thing in his waiting room - he should know the answers. Also, The sailing school in C'sted (Jones Maritime) has several screechers on their verandah.
Charlie: Have you ever read any books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez? He describes how birds are an old tradition in the Caribbean. See if Ronnie responds to this one as he carries on the tradition.
Hey! Thanks for the advice so far... I'm anxiously waiting for more info. In the meantime, how do I find Ronnie?
Charlie, you can do a search - that's the name he posts under - and PM him, or just start a new thread saying "Hey Ronnie!" - He'll pop up and is and endless source of info!
My 9 year old calls Ronnie "The man with the birds!". I hope he can help you. I know he'll try.
You might also want to contact (vet) Dr. Andrew Williamson on STT (340-775-3240) who has a wealth of knowledge about birds.
We have a brief section on pets on the site and last year the vet from the Dept. of Agriculture had called us up to let us know we needed to include a note on bringing birds into the territory... basically that it may require an import permit. If this is the case with your bird, the application is around $15 and has to be approved by both Dept. of Agriculture and Fish & Wildlife. You might give them a call. The vets name was Dr. Bradford, she can answer about the permit and may be able to answer some questions regarding having pet birds here as well. Department of Agriculture (340)774-5182.
I have budgies, my brother has Macaws. Have not heard anything about them being bothered by no-seeums! Wrong type of blood I guess. I wouldn't worry about it, just make sure you vist your vet and get the proper documents so he can travel in case someone asks.
Thanks everyone... Islander - thanks for the tip about paperwork and thank you Ronnie for relieving me about the little buggers! Our birdy will appreciate the climate change as we are cooped up in the house 3/4 of the year (we live in cold, snowy New England - YUCK!) Thanks!
We have an amazon parrot....... Would he be okay there? Candy
Candy, I'm still doing a bit of research on tropical birds in the tropics (how bizarre). Anyway - from everything I've read so far, out types of birds do just fine down there so long as they aren't left out in the sun... fresh water, etc - you know - the common sense stuff. Are you considering bringing your bird? What type of Amazon?
"CRASH" began as my best friend's bird. They were moving and so I graciously took the bird. After many years, I gave the bird to my aunt. Then my uncle got sick and I got "CRASH" back. This bird is very loud. How's that for "WHAT type of amazon?" He is Green........ Does that help? Candy
Candy - Crash sounds great... loud like all the rest of the tropical birds. Almost all Amazons are primarily green. Does he have any other coloring on his head or under/on his wings (blues, yellows, oranges, etc)?