Tony Silva answers questions of our readers

October 15th, 2015 | by LubosTomiska
Tony Silva answers questions of our readers
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Tony Silva has been cooperating with since the beginning. His articles and comments are very popular and we get positive reactions about his work from all over the world. That’s why we decided to start with “Questions & Answers series” where Tony will answer questions of our readers on every Thursday. So if you have any question you would like to ask Tony then don’t hesitate and send it by e-mail to our team:


You will get your answer soon!


Tony Silva is well-known all over the world. Here is with Rafael Zamora from Loro Parque and Anil Garg, president of Aviculture Society of India.


Bellow you can read more about Tony’s life:

Tony Silva became mesmerized with parrots when 10 years old, when he started visiting a pet store that displayed a Blue and Gold Ara ararauna and Scarlet Macaw Ara macao. The store owner claimed that macaws mated in the air and would not breed in captivity. That concept seemed incredible and sparked an interest that resulted in him acquiring his first big parrot by age 16 (in 1976). Soon the number of species and individuals grew and by 1978 Tony had achieved the first US breeding of the Slender-billed Conure Enicognathus leptorhynchus.

Tony´s curiosity, early success and interest led to more species being acquired and in travels to the Caribbean and South America to study parrots in the wild, as direct observations in the field were considered key to achieving success in captivity. Tony´s first significant field studies were conducted in Argentina during the 1980s, when weight and growth gains of hand-reared young were compared to young being reared in the wild by their parents. The next decade resulted in more species being studied and bred; to date, Tony has studied parrots in the field in Asia, Africa, all of Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Tony has kept and bred in his private collection or during his tenure as Curator at LoroParque 82% of all parrot species. His breeding achievements includes the Spix´s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii, this while working with the CITES Secretariat and Maria Iolita Bampi and Celso Salatino Schenkel of the Brazilian government to establish the Spix´s Macaw Cyanopsitta spixii recovery program—a project that has helped save this species from extinction.

During an avicultural career spanning nearly four decades, Tony has had hundreds of articles published in seven languages, has lectured in all continents and has had seven books published, including the acclaimed Psittaculture, a tome that is being published in a revised and expanded edition very shortly in several languages.



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