Getting a cockatiel
Hi. I was wondering what your opinion on small-sized parrots for a first-time owner would be. And if there are any red or pink ones I could look into. Are all cockatiels the same colors? Are they talkers? Is it better to own a female or a male, and what are the mating behaviors I […]
How to check the age of pacific parrotlet ?
Hi. I’ve got a question about pacific parrotlets. We bought one this summer and in the store they told us that he is five months old. But he is not active at all, doesn’t want to play, doesn’t eat vegetables but he looks healthy. Is it possible to check his age? I’m suspicious he is […]
Which breed is right for me?
I have never owned a bird. I’ve never fully been interested in getting one, but lately they (and snakes) are on my mind a lot. I’ve been watching adorable bird videos on YouTube and I’ve been researching a few breeds. I was wondering if you could tell me what would be the ideal beginner bird […]
Hi guys we have a pair of beautiful tame lovebirds, free at home during the day, in their cage overnight. They have many toys which we interchange and keep introducing new textures to keep them entertained. However, they are biting so many items of furniture and home fittings. Any advice please on how to keep […]
What Birds For This Schedule?
Hi! I was looking into some species of bird that I could possibly get within the next few years. I am currently a sophomore at a high school which means that I am away from the house for at least six to seven hours and even more if I have an after-school activity. I am […]
Abused Lori abandoned
We inherited a banded Lori that must have been abused as a young bird. He has two half torn off talons on one claw. We checked with County Animal control and they ran his band in their computer no owner listed also put pix on Facebook. He is very aggressive and won’t let yo pick […]
I have a pair of lovebirds who have tolerated each other for years now. It seems that the 1 bird won’t allow the other to eat unless I intervene and keep them separated. The 1 bird not allowed to eat seems much older. What could be causing this?
Inside Dr. Pepperberg’s Lab: African Grey Parrots Show Self-Control
Grey parrots may sometimes be impulsive—think about how often you may have had to give your bird multiple timeouts for the same behavior (like chewing on your sunglasses) in a very short time period. However, my students and I have shown that our parrot, Griffin, can actually exhibit quite a bit of self-control. We […]
A new member to the family
Hello, I have two cockatiels one is a pearl named Volka and another is lutino named Pikachu. Both females (I’ve checked) are very nice and Volka is the friendlier and more social one of the two. My problem is that around 3 months ago I adopted a white-bellied caique that is named Lucky. Long story […]
My Senegal is suddenly avoiding her cage ?
Hello , I have recently gotten a Senegal parrot, and she seems to be doing very well with being in a new home. However, a couple of days ago, shes started to avoid her cage and fly away when I try to put her in for bedtime (around 8pm). She used to be very okay […]
Love bird reaction when I make eye contact
Hello, Someone in your office suggested Brenda or Kathi for this question… I buy your lovebird products regularly. I have a bird question. My lovebird will fly to the bottom of the cage whenever she sees me or I make eye contact. It makes me think she is afraid of me but to my knowledge […]
Good afternoon, My best mate is an Eclectus Parrot named Rocky….. well his whole name is Sir MisterRocksteady. My question is about Claw maintenance, he is 4 years old (in 2 months) now and im finding right foot, forward close to body claw is curling…. its seems to be curling tight, i would say the […]
Which nutriberries and how many for parrotlets?
Which type of nutri berries (and other lafeber food) is suitable for my parrotlets? The ones for parrots or other? And how many a day can I give them as a main meal? Thank you!
Nutriberries for sick birds
At one time you offered a product for sick birds called (I think) Nutri-An, available through the avian vet. Do you still offer that product. I searched the site for it and nothing came up. Thanks.
Sitting on my head
I have two beautiful love birds, a male peach faced lovebird and a female dutch faced lovebird. They are now 8 months old very soon to turn 9 months old, and have just started sitting on my head. They were previously clipped but their wings have grown back and now fly freely around the home […]
My New Parrot Has Lost Her Love of Her Life…
Hello! I have recently taken a parrot out of an EXTREMELY neglectful environment. she used to have a friend that she loved more than anything with her. I felt that was at least a little more acceptable that they were never taken out of their cage or played with or anything bcuz at least they […]
Hi! Is it possible for an escaped budgie to fly 120 miles and find us in pristine condition? Just found someones budgie, and someone is claiming it as theirs, would like to get to the bottom of it.
should I get my cockatiel a friend?
I got a pearl cockatiel from a neglectful situation 3 months ago. she is 12 years old and has never had another cockatiel in the house as her. I know I should keep at least 2 cockatiels together, but is it too late to try to find her a friend? she seems interested in my […]
Female and male ringneck parrots
Hi there im abit worried about my parrots because they both behaving weirdly. I have a blue irn and green the blue 1 is a male cuz he has the ring but the green 1 i brought when she/he was 3months old i was told it was a male but seeing the behaviour between them shows me its actually a female and i was wondering if i could sell the female and keep the male as they only known eachother for like 2 weeks…
Is it OK to give young budgies “Senior Bird Nutri-berries”
Hello, I have several budgies, two java finches and a lovebird, and I live in Japan.
Recently, a shop in Japan began selling “senior bird nutri-berries”…
HELP! My baby is biting!
Hello! So I actually just got my first Quaker parrot a little over a month ago. And we have bonded very quickly! He’s not entirely comfortable with being pet yet, but he’s very loving and chatty and whenever I leave the room he’ll call out for me to make sure I’m okay…
I’m going to be getting a pair of love birds soon and wanted to now what would be a good mix diet for them use your feeds . I’m looking for a main , snack . Thinking of using cakes but not sure witch one best…
Hatching Success for Orange-Bellied Parrots
With its wild population numbers critically low, the orange-bellied parrot, one of Australia’s rarest birds, stands on the brink of extinction. Fortunately, the Healsville Sanctuary, which spans over 74 acres of native Australian landscape, had one of its most successful breeding seasons. See what the sanctuary is doing to save this little parrot.
Meet The Princess of Wales Parakeet
Not too many parrots have royal titles, which is just one way the Princess of Wales Parakeet (Polyteles alexandrae) stands out. This medium-sized, pastel-colored parrot with a long tail is native to Australia and is named after a real princess. Find out what this positively pretty bird is all about.
New Technology Allows For A “Printable” Beak
The future of 3D printing is quite exciting — and it can even help our feathered friends. In fact, 3D printing might just be a lifesaver for this friendly toucan!
Small Birds Do Talk!
Bigger birds aren’t the only ones talking. In fact, some of the smaller parrots are capable of mimicking human speech and can even amass impressive vocabularies. Here’s a look at some of the tiny talkers of the pet bird world.
Love of Linnies: Lineolated Parakeets
Perhaps it’s time to make room on the perch for another small parrot that can also be a great companion — the lineolated parakeet, or simply, the linnie. Never heard of a linnie? Read on!
New World Parrots: Conures, Amazons, Macaws & More
Parrots can be categorized according to Old World psittacines and New World psittacines. Do you know if your parrots are “Team Old World” or “Team New World”?
Lovebird or Parrotlet?
At a glance, parrotlets and lovebirds look a lot alike. What do these short-tailed, compact birds from entirely different continents have in common, and what makes them different?
Lovebirds As Pets
No other companion pet has a name quite as endearing as a lovebird. The lovebird’s genus, Agapornis, is the words “love” and “bird” joined together — agape is Greek for “love” and ornis is Greek for “bird.”
Among companion parrots, vasa parrots are the most peculiar in looks, with their truncated bodies and long necks. Vasas are active birds that need spacious accommodations as well as playtime with their people and toys to keep their inquisitive minds engaged.
Psittacula are primarily green, with long tail feathers, and a ring of dark colored feathering around the neck. Psittacula are referred to as parakeets, but they are much larger than what many people think of with the word “parakeet.”
If you want a gorgeous bird for an aviary or habitat setting, or have the space in your home to give this bird the appropriate room, then the golden-mantled rosella might be the bird for you.
Eclectus parrots look like they are straight out of a Dr. Seuss book! Their feathers have a fur-like appearance and their colors are bright red for females, and bright green with a ‘candy corn’ colored beak for males. Aside from their mesmerizing appearance, these parrots can also be great companions.
Don’t overlook the white-capped Pionus parrot as an companion. While it might not demand your attention as other parrots do, a well-socialized white-capped Pionus can certainly be an outgoing and social family pet.
The Pionus parrot is the best kept secret of the bird world. It’s got all of the good qualities of the popular companion species, with few of the negative aspects that often occur with parrots.
Caiques have been called clowns of the bird world for good reason — the clown is a truly appropriate metaphor for this high-energy, medium-sized mischief maker. You haven’t seen playful until you’ve seen a caique in action.
With its yellow irises and blocky head, the Senegal parrot can have an intense look. But don’t let its gaze fool you into thinking this bird is always uptight. Senegal parrots can be outgoing and playful and are the most popular of the Poicephalus species.
The Meyer’s parrot might prefer to watch things from afar instead of being the center of attention. This bird is happy sitting quietly on a perch, destroying a toy. Meyer’s can be social, too, and tend to bond with everyone in the family.
It’s a pity that quaker parakeets are outlawed in some cities and states because this social parrot’s talking ability and intelligence rivals the much more expensive African grey and Amazon parrot.
Pacific parrotlets are very spirited, and can become aggressive if left for too long without handling. Even though it is tiny, do not underestimate the strong beak – its bite is much stronger than a budgie. These pint-sized parrots don’t seem to realize that they are small because they have a large bird personality — outgoing, curious and, at times, downright feisty.
The lory personality is intense, in general. This is not a shy species. The rainbow lory is bubbly and enthusiastic, the “coach” of the bird world, encouraging play whenever its favorite human is around.
The rainbow lory is one of the most stunning and beautiful companion birds available today. Lories, in general, need more care and attention than your more common companion birds due to their highly specific dietary and housing requirements. However, they are well worth the extra time and expense.
Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet
The Indian ring-necked parakeet is not a shy bird, and does best with an owner who appreciates an outgoing companion that is not afraid to demand what it wants! Indian ring-necks can also be quite talkative.
The Fischer’s lovebird has plenty of energy and can be a loyal friend if interacted with regularly. While energetic, Fischer’s tend to be gentler than other lovebird species, especially when in an aviary environment.
The popular peach-faced lovebird exudes a big personality in a small body. Peach faces love their playtime and positive interaction with their people. A peach-faced lovebird has a “busy beak” and might be inclined to tear up strips of paper and weave them in the cage bars.
A lovebird might be one of the smaller parrot species available as a companion pet, but this bird is inquisitive and seemingly always on the go. As their name suggests, lovebirds are known for the loving, attentive bond they tend to form with their mates.
Swift Parrots & Orange-Bellied Parrots: Rare Migrators
Almost all parrots are non-migratory birds, that is, they do not fly to a different climate during specific times of the year. There are two parrot species, however, that do migrate in the truest sense of the word — the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) and the orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster).
Presidents & Their Pet Parrots
Can you imagine a parrot perched in the White House? It’s probably happened at some point during our country’s history; after all, some of our past presidents had parrot companions during their presidencies. Here is a list of presidents who really did have parrots during their White House days.