The birds come from a breeding farm in Thetford Mines. The thirty-five females and thirty-five males were selected for their social natures, as they are neither fearful nor aggressive. Following the exhibition, the birds will be returned to their breeding farm.
This species of bird prefers to live in a group, and has no impulse to fly off on its own.
The birds’ daily care (food, cleaning) is carried out each morning by animal-welfare technicians specialized in bird care and by members of the Museum’s team.
Once a week, a veterinarian comes to the Museum to verify that the birds are in good health and are being given the proper care.
The sound environment
The sound environment is generated by the birds when they land on the strings of the amplified guitars. This is not the case with the cymbals.
A timer activates the lights in the morning and dims them in the evening, so that the birds can enjoy an optimal rest period. This timer is set to follow the sun’s regular diurnal cycle.
Tips and research
The MMFA consulted with a team from the Biodôme, as well as a number of ornithology researchers at McGill University, in order to ensure the birds’ well-being. The bird breeder is also a valuable resource for maintaining the good health of the performers.
Please do not touch the birds. If a bird happens to land on you, remain calm and avoid sudden movements.