Since most captive parrots lead a sedentary lifestyle, a group of UC Davis researchers was interested in learning what effect this had on the birds’ overall health. Was their inactivity a contributing factor in susceptibility to high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis)? Exercise has been shown to be an important component to manage breakdown of fat (lipid metabolism) in human and poultry studies, and the researchers were curious if increased exercise could improve parrot health as well.

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