Approximately 800 vasa parrots were exported out of Madagascar in the late 80’s right before the parrot ban. Sadly not much was known about vasa’s than. When the males cloaca would become extroverted for breeding, vets at that time assumed that the birds were suffering from prolapsed a cloaca and would try to do surgery to correct the problem. This resulted in the death of many vasa parrot making their numbers in captivity very low.
Vasas are avid bathers! Not only do the love water and will splash around in a kiddie pool, they take dirt bathes, and can be seen lying on their backs with wings outstretched in an effort to sun bath.