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Old 10-10-2018, 06:02 PM
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I don't usually check into this account, but I figured I'd actually give this forum a chance and see what comes of it. I have a 9-year-old special needs Vasa named Java, and I have yet to meet any active members (other forum) with a Vasa. I would like to learn more about this species. Thanks for reading.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:45 AM
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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

not a Vasa owner myself but absolutely fascinated by them. I've even been told that Vasa parrots might be a good fit for me but they're so darn rare I've never even seen them in action
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:56 AM
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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

Oh, I love seeing the super rare parrots on here! Vasa parrots are extremely rare in the pet trade, probably as rare if not rarer than palm cockatoos or hyacinth macaws (albeit no where near as costly from my understanding). It is not too surprising you're struggling to find other owners- there simply aren't many out there. Vasa parrots, from the little I've heard, make excellent companions and seem to be generally quiet, sweet birds. They likely never became very popular because other parrots look flashier and some people are off-put that male Vasa parrots have visible sex organs when they're going through their spring thing.

So what kind of special needs does Java have? Have you had him since he was newly weaned? I hope you stick around and share regularly about Java. Such fascinating birds and so little insight into their behavior and personalities.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:24 AM
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Oh, I love seeing the super rare parrots on here! Vasa parrots are extremely rare in the pet trade, probably as rare if not rarer than palm cockatoos or hyacinth macaws (albeit no where near as costly from my understanding). It is not too surprising you're struggling to find other owners- there simply aren't many out there. Vasa parrots, from the little I've heard, make excellent companions and seem to be generally quiet, sweet birds. They likely never became very popular because other parrots look flashier and some people are off-put that male Vasa parrots have visible sex organs when they're going through their spring thing.

So what kind of special needs does Java have? Have you had him since he was newly weaned? I hope you stick around and share regularly about Java. Such fascinating birds and so little insight into their behavior and personalities.
I've had him for 8 months now, and prior to me rescuing him, he spent his life as an aviary breeder in FL. At some point in his past, he was attacked by a raccoon and lost a leg because of it. His remaining leg has nerve entrapment and it's locked at a 90 degree angle and he has no function of his small back toe.
He's never had any human contact aside from being caught with a net to be shipped to me, and just recently, I've been able to pet his head without getting chomped
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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

Dont give up searching. Have you tried to connect with any of the Vasa people on youtube?
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ry=vasa+parrot
Some of the clips are pretty old; some not so old. But getting in contact with anyone, might lead to contact with other people. Even a decent breeder (unlike the ass you rescued your bird from), who might have good information. It's no more random connecting with people from there, as it is from here. At least you can see how they take care of their birds.

I understand a bit of what you're going through. I have Bourke's parrots, and they are different enough , even from the other Australian parrots, to warrant some special understanding apart from the other parrots. It can get frustrating when the good advice isn't a good fit to your kind of bird , but keep posting about him. Eventually, someone will see you them, and feel comfortable enough to connect. And then you can build from there. I eventually asked the mods for a separate thread for Bourke's. You should have a separate one for Vasas.

And since you are a new parrot owner, please keep reading, despite the frustration with most everything geared toward the bigger, more commonly owned parrots. The Vasa is still a parrot, and while its behavior and food, etc, may differ, they are mostly more alike than different, and you can pick up some good info.

Ultimately though, its up to you to do the research on Vasas. You can look up information on them in veterinary medical and university research journal articles, and in journals and sites regarding Madagascan fauna (and flora helps, too).
It's good that their hemipenis was pointed out by a previous poster because you dont want to think something is wrong with them when that happens ( https://www.google.com/search?q=vasa...w=1277&bih=653 ). You're going to have to read up yourself and bring your knowledge to the avian vets you go to, most likely, because these arent the most common parrots that they're used to seeing. They can crack open their vet books and read up, too, and give you information, also.

With regard to youtube, you have to be judicious about the info you get from anyone on there. A lot of Bourke's owners that seemed wholly competent bird owners, still had some wrong information about Bourke's parrots. You can be swayed by people saying things as fact, when they are not fact, at all; just anecdote, or bad info that they were told and then passed on as fact.

Please keep posting about your Vasa! After seeing how damn cute they are in those youtuber's clips, I have added them to my list of birds I want to eventually adopt; right along with a Pionus, if possible.
They are adorable, and make the most adorable sounds! Im in love
Good luck!
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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners


Look at this guy! Adoraballs!!

Vasa's use tools, according to another clip.


Another thing: You might think you've seen everything there is to about Vasas, on the net. But keep searching, for good. Because the net is like a brain. The more searches you do on Vasas, the more it connects its synapses to other Vasa information, out there. And also, new info might be available, as time goes on.

https://www.facebook.com/westbrancha...1390078877572/
In 2014, this aviary mentions charitable work done in captive breeding of Vasas, and outright calls them "rare" birds. What happened from 2014 to 2018, where your 9 (or 13?) year old bird ended up with an hoorrible breeder who let a raccoon chew off his leg? How did that happen? Anyway, you can reach out to these people to find out more information and contacts.
Also? Have you called animal welfare on that breeder? That's freaking awful that this bird was kept in such a vulnerable state that a raccoon chewed off his leg. They dont sound like they are part of the conservation program. They shouldnt be able to endanger the rest of the birds or animals they are using as their personal cash machines.


https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatVasa/ Why in the heck is the last post on here dated two years ago? Were these birds just declared illegal and the owners are hiding out? Are they just abnormally shy? I dont understand...

Anyway, try all kinds of creative hashtags on Twitter https://twitter.com/hashtag/vasaparrot?src=hash
https://www.instagram.com/explore/ta...aparrot/?hl=en Motherload.

https://www.facebook.com/westbrancha...1390078877572/




Really you should try Twitter and facebook , first. Good luck!

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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

Unless it was you, I am pretty sure there was another vasa owner on this forum.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:22 PM
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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

https://www.parrots.org/encyclopedia/vasa-parrot

Id consider becoming a member to a site like this. Search out Orinthology in Universities.

And of course, libraries (Uni and state are best). Make the librarians earn their pay, by researching and getting you information on Vasas


https://www.amazon.com/Parrot-Parent.../dp/B00OFK215S
Vasas are mentioned in this book on 20+ parrot types. It takes all the differences of parrot types into account. Dont know how deeply for Vasas, but it's worth checking out ( library are free and they can search as far as they need to , to get a copy).

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...+of+madagascar
You might pick up bits n pieces here and there.

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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

Google ""My vasa is" parrot"
This shows videos on youtube and other bird sites.
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Re: Looking to connect with any Vasa owners

I wish I had some suggestions for you, I've not ever known anyone who owned any of the Vasa species...They are quite similar to other parrot species in some ways, mostly behavioral and psychological ways, their greatest differences are actually physical in nature, and make them quite unusual is a lot of ways...

LOL, for whatever reason one of the little things I remember from grad school is about the Vasa species as a whole. All of the Vasa species that are males have a "Hemipene" inside of their Cloaca's, that first becomes erect, then "inverts" itself, and then exits the Vent during mating, exactly the same way that a lot of reptile species do, such as Bearded Dragons, Iguanas, all Tortoises and Turtles, etc...That's what I got out of graduate school
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