Where does the Parakeet come from?
The Budgerigar or "Budgie" is native to Australia. It is known as the Parakeet in the U.S. they were named Budgerigar by the Aborigines of Australia.
What does the Parakeet look like?
Budgies are very small birds weighing approximately 80 gms. Wild Budgies have green bodies with striping patterns on wings and head. They have been bred in a variety of brilliant colors so you can choose your favorite.
What is the personality of a Parakeet?
Budgies may be small but they have big hearts. If you want to train your Budgie to talk, it's best to have only one so it can concentrate all its attention on you. With a lot of patience you can train your Budgie to talk. They are active, playful birds so provide your Budgie with appropriate bird-safe toys. It's lots of fun to watch them clown around.
How do I care for and feed the Parakeet?
Budgies need room in their cages for some exercise so keep that in mind when purchasing a cage. The Budgie should not be able to fit any part of its body or head through the bars of the cage. Your pet food supplier will have the appropriate seed mixes for your bird. You can add fruits and vegetables to the diet. Once in a while, as a treat, you can offer hard-boiled egg and cheese. Do not feed avocados as they are toxic to birds. Also raw potatoes, rhubarb, grapefruit, lemons and cabbage will upset them. A cuttlebone attached to the cage will provide calcium. Fresh water should be available all the time.
Where is the Finch from?
Finches and members of the Finch family can be found in the Northern Hemisphere and Africa.
What does the Finch look like?
There are many colorful varieties of finch available. Other families of birds referred to as finches are waxbills, buntings and American sparrows. Lifespan for most of these birds in captivity is about 4-7 years.
What is the personality of the Finch?
Finches are timid little birds which do not enjoy handling. Most have pleasant singing voices. It's a good idea to keep them in pairs, but keep watch to make sure they don't exhibit any aggression towards each other. If you plan on having a number of birds together, keep in mind, certain species do not get along. Your breeder of pet shop will let you know which ones can live successfully together. These birds are for visual pleasure and don't require human interaction.
How do I care for and feed the Finch?
The number of birds you have will determine the size of the cage. Keeping the cage clean is important for the health of the birds. Your pet food supplier will have a mixture specifically for you bird. You can add boiled egg, chopped vegetables, some fruit and commercial insect mixes to the diet. A cuttlebone is essential for needed calcium. Fresh water should always be available.
Where is the Lovebird from?
Europeans imported the red-faced Lovebirds from Africa, their natural home, in the 19th century. They quickly became favorite pets by people worldwide. They are named Lovebirds because of their strong pair-bonding.
What does the Lovebird look like?
The Lovebird is about 5-6 inches long. It has a short, thick body. Body color is mostly green although breeding has produced other colors.
What is the personality of the Lovebird?
Although Lovebirds rarely talk, they make excellent pets. They love their humans and bond closely with them. They need lots of toys, especially chewable ones made for birds. Lovebirds are very social and it's important to spend as much time as possible with them to avoid any bad habits from developing.
How do I care for and feed the Lovebird?
Provide a large cage for your Lovebird so that it has room to exercise. Suggested foods are pellets and seeds, vegetables, greens and some fruit. A cuttlebone attached to the cage will provide calcium and help keep the beak trimmed. There should always be fresh water available.
Where does the Cockatiel come from?
The Cockatiel is native to inland Australia. It inhabits the wetlands and bush. As Australia does not allow the export of native wildlife, Cockatiels are bred in captivity.
What does the Cockatiel look like?
The Cockatiel is kin to the Cockatoo, but smaller. The Cockatiel's yellow crest is erect when the bird is excited, lying slightly tilted when it's relaxed. Facial feathers extend to the sides of the beak. They have orange cheek rouge. Tail feather are very long. In the wild, all Cockatiels are grey, but pet birds have been bred in different color patterns. Life span is generally 15-20 years.
What is the personality of the Cockatiel?
The Cockatiel is basically a calm bird. It likes company and will call out if it hears someone nearby. With a lot of patience, some can be taught to talk and mimic sounds. As with all pet birds, the Cockatiel bonds closely with its owner. Care should be taken with other birds as they can harm the Cockatiel. They love to be out of their cages, but it's important to provide a bird-safe area for them. Sometimes, when night falls, they return to the cage to sleep.
How do I care for and feed the Cockatiel?
Cockatiels enjoy small parrot mixtures, but should also have variety in their diets. Fruits and vegetables, including greens, apples, corn and sweet potatoes are some treats for them. Sprouts are an excellent source of nutrients for your Cockatiel. Be sure to get sprouting seeds from a reliable source to prevent illness in your bird. Millet sprays and treats can be hung in the cage. Toys should be available for this playful bird. A cuttlebone and/or mineral block should be provided. Fresh water should always be available.
Where is the Sun Conure from?
The Sun Conure's natural home is Central and South America. Some can be found in Mexico and the West Indies.
What does the Sun Conure look like?
The Sun Conure is 12 inches long including the tail. The feathers are orange, blue, yellow and green in combinations over their bodies. The beak and feet are black. Males and females have the same coloring. Life span is about 25-30 years.
What is the personality of the Sun Conure?
Sunny is a good description. They are very friendly, calm birds. They can learn to talk a bit and mimic sounds. They love human attention and will greet you in their squeaky, screechy voices. The are somewhat noisy as most parrots are and will screech, especially when they are happy. The Sun Conure is a playful, active bird and will enjoy having lots of brightly colored bird toys to play with. Toys made specifically for birds are safe and non-toxic. The Sun Conure is also very curious, so be sure your house is bird-safe if you let it fly about. The kitchen area can be a particular hazard for your bird.
How do I care for and feed the Sun Conure?
In the wild, the Sun Conure's diet is varied. Pet birds will thrive on the same diet of grains, fruits and vegetables and meat. Bread, cereal, fresh or lightly seasoned cooked vegetables, some fruit, meat, nuts beans and lentils are all good. Never give your bird avocado, chocolate, coffee, salt or alcohol. These are all toxic to birds. Fresh water should always be available. Your bird may enjoy a weekly bath. Simply put some water in a small dish and the bird will do the rest.
Parrotlets are the smallest parrots known in the world. Their closest relative is the Amazon Parrot.
There are different species in the family.
Pacific Parrotlet (Celestial Parrotlet or Lesson's Parrotlet)
The Pacific Parrotlet is the best known and most popular. There are about 4 3/4-5 1/2in. long. Color is green. The male has blue flight feathers with a blue streak from eyes to back of neck. Females are all green with a blue-green streak from eyes to back of neck. Eyes are dark brown, beks off-white and legs are pale pink. The tail is short.
Pacifica Lucida Parrotlet
Pacifica Lucida Parrotlet is mainly green with both males and females having blue on wings and rumps.
Green Rumped Parrotlet (Common Parrotlet or Guiana Parrotlet)
Green Rumped Parrotlet is 4 3/4 inches long. Underside and edges of wings are blue. Both males and females are green wth bright green tails.
Spectacled Parrotlet is less than 5 inches long and weighs 25 gms. The male is emerald green with lighter green and yellow green underside. Eyes are blue ringed. Females are a lighter green with emerald eye ring.
There are mutations of Parrotlets that have various colors - blue, yellow, white, pale cinnamon, dark yellow and pastels.
The other species of Parrotlet are rare and usually not availbable as pets in the United States.
The lifespan of Parrotlets is 15-20 years or more.
They are fun to own as they are intelligent, affectionate, lively and very playful. Parrotlets can do tricks and can learn to talk. But, since they may attack other animals and birds, it's best to keep them separate. Wings should be clipped to avoid accidents with these curious little birds.
Cage size should be at least 18 x 18 with bars spaced so that the Parrotlet's head will not get caught. Of course if you choose, you can get a larger cage.
Provide open food dishes as they may not feed from a dish with a hood. Natural wood perches are best. Do not use sandpaper covers which can cause irritation to the feet. Keep the cage out of sunlight and drafts. You can cover the Parrotlet's cage at bedtime to ensure it gets enough sleep.
These playful pets enjoy hours of swinging and climbing and should have lots of toys. Of course, don't overcrowd the cage. Their beaks are strong and cockatiel or conure toys are recommended.
Parrotlets can be fed cockatiel food. Their diet should include fresh fruit and veggies and greens, whole wheat bread, cooked rice and potatoes and dried beans. They will also eat grains and protein snacks. Always have fresh water available as well as a cuttlebone and mineral block.
Where does the Canary come from?
The Canary's natural habitats are the Azores, the Canary Islands and Madeira. In 1911 they were brought to Midway Island near the Hawaian Islands where they still thrive. Canaries were first bred and domesticated in the 1600s.
What does the Canary look like?
The Canary is a member of the finch family. It is a small bird, approximately 41/2 inches long and weighing little more than 1/2 oz. Wild male Canaries have a yellow-green head with a yellow face and belly. Wild females are not as brightly colored, head and breast being more grey. Domestic Canaries have been bred in different colors and 3 basic types - color, song and type.
What is the personality of the Canary?
Listening to the Canary sing can be very relaxing and enjoyable. Male canaries are more vocal than the females. It's easier to train your Canary if there is only one bird. The Canary can be let out of its cage with careful training and supervision. They don't require much attention so they are easy pets for beginners. The cartoon character, "Tweety" has helped further the Canary's popularity.
How do I care for and feed the Canary?
It's important for your Canary to have a large enough cage that enables it to fly a bit from perch to perch. Toys should be placed low in the cage so as not to hamper flying. Be sure not to expose your Canary to drafts or cage them with aggressive birds.. Your pet food supplier will have seed specifically designed for Canaries. You can add greens daily to the diet and a small quantity of fruit. There are treats available and once a week your Canary might enjoy a hard boiled egg. A cuttlebone should be placed in the cage as well. You can put a small dish of water in the cage once a week for your Canary to bathe in. Fresh food and water should be supplied daily.
Where does the Amazon Parrot come from?
The Amazon Parrot is a bird native to the New World from South America to Central America to Mexico and the Caribbean islands.
What does the Amazon Parrot look like?
The prevailing color of the Amazon Parrot is green with accent colors that can be quite showy. Size ranges from medium to large, depending on type. Lifespan for the different species varies from 40-80 years. Overfeeding can reduce the life of your parrot, so be sure to watch the diet. Some Amazon Parrots that adapt to captivity well are the Blue-fronted Amazon, Lilac-crowned Amazon, Mealy Amazon, Orange-winged Amazon, yellow-crowned Amazon and several others.
Does the Amazon Parrot make a good pet?
Amazon Parrots are very intelligent and learn to talk easily. They are generally calm birds if they get lots of attention. Care should be taken around small pets and children. If they are introduced early, there may not be any problems, but interaction should always be supervised. The Amazon usually bonds to one person and will be very affectionate. They make good pets for people who have experience with parrots. Most important, you must be patient with a new bird so that it adjusts to its new environment.
How do I care for and feed the Amazon Parrot?
A good size cage should be available for you parrot. It needs time out of the cage and lots of attention from you. Your bird will appreciate a gentle shower at least once a week. There are bird pellet mixes available specifically for the parrot's needs. All types of fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to the diet, except avocados since they are toxic to the bird. Sprouts are also excellent for your parrot. Be sure to get sprouting seeds from a reliable source to avoid your parrot becoming ill. The Amazon Parrot also enjoys cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs and peanuts. A cuttlebone and mineral block should be available and of course, fresh water.
Where does the Macaw come from?
The Macaws native habitats are the rain forests of Central and south American. Sadly , the rain forests are disappearing and some species of Macaw are on the endangered list. Macaws have been kept as pets in the U.S. as far back as 1100 A.D. by the Pueblo Indians.
What does the Macaw look like?
The Macaw is a large, very colorful bird. Size varies according to the species - Blue Gold, Greenwing, Military, Red Fronted, Scarlet and Hyacinth, the largest of Macaws. They can be anywhere from 13-40 inches long. for discussion here we will refer to the Blue gold and Scarlet Macaws as they are most popular as pets.
What is the personality of the Macaw?
Deciding on a Macaw as a pet means quite a commitment as it is a long-lived bird. Cost is another consideration as they can be expensive. They can be taught to talk and will have an extensive vocabulary. They are affectionate birds, but they require a great deal of time with training and socialization. With their large beaks, they can cause serious damage if not properly trained.
How do I care for and feed the Macaw?
A very tall, large cage is essential. Also a perch outside the cage for them to sit on. Placing the cage in a corner in a room where the family spends a good deal of time helps the Macaw feel more secure. The Macaw enjoys a diet of pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables and small amounts of seeds and nuts. Never feed a bird avocados as they are toxic to them.
What is the native habitat of the Moluccan Cockatoo?
The Moluccan Cockatoo is a native of Seram and other islands in eastern Indonesia, also known as the Maluccin, Malukel or Spice Islands. It is an endangered species. Captive bred birds are legal with approciate CITES certification. While it cannot be imported to the U.S., the Moluccan is bred in captivity.
The Moluccan is a fairly large bird. Color is salmon pink.
The Moluccan is a pet for someone experienced with birds. They are very intelligent and will learn quickly, miming sounds as well as developing a large vocabulary. The cage needs a very secure lock as they soon learn to pick the lock. They will sometimes bond with only one family member and can be aggressive towards others. Their bites can be painful and this is not a pet for small children. They can be very affectionate with those they love. Moluccans require a lot of attention and will become destructive if bored. In choosing a Moluccan, opt for a young bird that has been hand-raised.
Moluccans eat fruits, nuts, vegetables and ground meat. Fresh water should always be available.
The Moluccan is best kept as a single bird.
DO NOT FEED ANY BIRD AVOCADOS AS THEY WILL CAUSE INSTANT DEATH!