Bird Behavior

Is your budgie not as bouncy as he used to be? Does your canary need singing lessons? Check out the reasons birds do what they do in this category. Questions and answers about Avian antics are available in this area.

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Birds
Bird Behavior
Doves and Pigeons

What is the name of sound made by doves?

Doves make many different sounds, that range from coos to whouas. This depends on the species.

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Parrots

Are budgies noisy?

Males generally sing more than females......but either they will make their presence known! If you have two birds they are generally noisier than one...but really it all depends on the bird, they are all individuals

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Parrots

Why do your parakeets kiss?

For your information (not being rude), but parakeets don't kiss. if you watched closer to what they are doing you will find they are feeding/regurgitating food into an others mouth. and if you don't see food come out of there mouths then they are probably preening one an others head AKA, (Also known as...) running his/her beak in between his/hers or another birds feathers to keep them in line, but for another bird they probably wont spread their oil gland on for them. I hope this answers your question.

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Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Do blue parakeets talk?

Any Parakeet can talk. You just have to train them. Talk around them alot like a parrot.

males generally are more apt to speak than females. not all parakeets talk if youre referring to the broader category of 'keets which include budgies, quakers, rosellas, ringnecks etc. hand tamed birds are more likely to talk than parent raised.

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Birds
Bird Behavior

When do baby thrushes leave the nest?

About three to four weeks after hatching.

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Bird Behavior
Parrots

What should you do if your budgie is scratching?

Scratching is a normal, healthy part of your bird's grooming and preening routine. Budgies use their beaks to remove pieces of dead skin much the same as a human scrubs with a washcloth or sponge. Budgies may use their feet to scratch parts of their heads that they can't reach, or they may rub up against a toy or perch. If you budgie trusts you, he or she may even ask you to help with an itchy spot! However, if the bird seems very itchy, if there are bald spots or bleeding, a lump, signs of parasites, or anything else abnormal, you should consult your avian veterianarian right away.

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Bird Products
Canaries (birds)

What to do with a unfertilized canary egg?

One of the most important treats you can give your canary is...

Boiled Egg

Whether it's a chicken egg or canary egg.

Egg is a great supply of protein which wild canaries get from insects.

Boiled egg is a huge part of canary feeding for canary breeders. The protein is super-important for canary egg production and as a soft food for baby canaries.

It's also important for canaries that are not breeding. Protein supplies the muscle with amino acids which keep the muscles strong and healthy.

Boil the egg for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the shell...or not...I like to offer the shell separately so the canary can choose which one he eats.

Mash it up and put about a teaspoon in his treat dish. (Let it cool down first.) Don't let the egg sit in the cage more than 4 or 5 hours. All kinds of nasty bacteria and such like to grow on eggs and can make your canary sick. Twice a week will give your canary a good amount of protein in his canary feeding program.

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Birds
Songbirds

How do you hand tame a zebra finch?

Start off by spending a lot of time near the birds. Just reading or watching tv next to their cage will work. When the birds no longer mind your being there you can move onto the next stage. Put your hand in the cage and just keep it there without moving it. Make sure the door is not so wide that they can escape. Your finches will probably be really nervous at first, but after a while, they will accept your hand and no longer view it as a threat. Just don't move it towards them! Once the finches remain calm when you put your hand in the cage, put their favorite treat on your hand. Millet spray works well for most birds. I had two birds, so I held the millet with my middle, ring, and pinkie finger, leaving the index and thumb for them to sit on. Once you start this step, it is best to not offer the treat unless it is on your hand. Eventually they will come just for the food. Keep at this until they jump on your hand within seconds of it coming into their cage. Then you can start giving them the treats after they come onto your hand.

I had two zebra finches when I was a kid and hand tamed them before anyone told me they couldn't be. They will not act like a parrot, but will eagerly come to your hand. My finches couldn't wait to get on my hand when they saw it and would let me scratch their heads sometimes. This is also a very useful trick if they get out of their cage since they will come right back to your hand.

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Snow and Ice
Bird Behavior

Do sparrows like the snow?

Sparrows love the snow because they can live and thrive through it and it is also because that is where they are used to .. (the cold and snowy rates that its home is in) .. but the only problem is that it would be hard for them to get food to eat and store away because sparrows mostly eat bugs and insects and they normally only come out when the temperature is warm .. not cold .. like winter is and this is why they would fly over to warmer countries such as Africa and other counties in the south where it is warmer than its natual habitat, so that it would be able to forage for food.

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Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How long does a echo parakeet live?

This is a rare breed of bird and not much is known about it, but I'm guessing it's about the same as an Indian Ring-neck Parakeet, which is about 25 years or more, but not too much more.

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Parrots

Who was the oldest parakeet ever?

The oldest parakeet ever was 24.

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Bird Behavior
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How do you know if you two male parakeets hate each other?

If their always fighting.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Behavior
Bird Behavior
Siamese Cats

Do Parrots and Siamese cats get along?

It's possible that they could. They would both have to be very patient and basically throw out their naturual instincts. Most cats dont like birds (except to eat)

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Parrots

How long can budgies live for without water?

WATER: Although Budgies can survive without water for up to three weeks, it's recommended that you provide your bird with fresh water daily.

http://www.allsands.com/pets/parakeetcarepe_raz_gn.htm

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Care of Birds
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Bird Health
Bird Maintenance
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Why is your parakeet sleepy?

I can't tell if this is a dumb question or if you worded it wrong. Anyway, generally they need 12 hours of sleep a day. Some of this they do during the day (like when no one is home) and at night. Make sure you parakeet is getting enough sleep at night.

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Bird Behavior
Parrots

What do sun conures prefer a happy hut or a bird tent?

Mine personally love a happy hut over a bird tent if they are the type I'm thinking you are writing about. I think they prefer a happy hut because they actually lean forward and somewhat lay down as a double stacker (there's two), rather than stand up on a stick. The same goes for my cinnamon green-cheeck conure, except my parakeets want nothing to do with a lot of things such as toys, housing, bird baths, etc.

It varies from bird to bird, but my sun conures love their happy hut.

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Care of Birds
Bird Behavior
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Why would two male parakeets kiss each other?

This is normal behaviour for birds.
They are not actually "kissing" in the sense that we humans understand it.

Two male budgies are the easiest pair to keep together. Two females will likely fight, as female birds are notoriously more aggressive than male birds (but not always, for example if they were raised together then they are unlikely to fight). A male and a female bird have a 50% chance of fighting occasionally, possibly resulting in some injuries. But two males together with no female to compete over will get along like brothers, whether they're actually siblings or not.

When two birds "kiss" each other, they are showing each other acceptance and affection. It's a sign of friendship in birds, not love as it is in humans. Two birds who are also close friends will also groom each other occasionally, huddle together on the perches and snuggle together when sleeping.
They will also share food. If they have a treat for example, they will often divide it up between the two of them and eat an equal amount of the treat each.

Birds will also do the same thing to their human companions, particularly parrots like the African Grey. They're just very affectionate creatures who care for each other.

Your two males are not in a homosexual relationship with each other. It's just something that birds do with really close pals. Birds are far more intelligent than we humans give them credit for. Studies have shown that some bird species can solve intermediate problem solving tasks quicker than humans.


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Care of Birds

Why does your budgie have a lump on his chest?

Budgies are very susceptible to fatty tumors, especially if they are fed a seed-only diet. Some fatty tumors are harmless, but some are not. Your vet can make that determination, it's not something that can be figured out over the internet.

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Bird Behavior
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Why do 2 male parakeets always fight?

well one reason can be because the cage is too small, another reason can be that one of them want to be more dominant then the other and wants to protect his space so either separate them in two alright cages or buy one big cage were they can each have their own space

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Care of Birds
Bird Behavior
Parrots

Why are pet budgies loud?

they like to talk + they'll learn to communicate

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Care of Birds
Bird Behavior
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How do you tell the age of your parakeets?

It depends on the species.

"Parakeet" is not actually a species of any one bird. It is a general term, referring to any smallish parrot which has a long tail, such as the budgerigar or cockatiel, among others.

Many bird breeders band their budgie's leg when the birds are very young and newly hatched. This harmless band details its month and year of birth. However, not all birds are banded.

If you have a budgie, you can tell by the markings on the bird's forehead. Younger birds have darker, more prominent bands on their forehead. These bands fade as the bird grows older.

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Care of Birds
Bird Behavior

Can you overfeed a parakeete?

Parakeets eat all day long. It is like "grazing". It would not cause a bird to 'overeat'. Just keep a feeder full of parakeet seed and a container full of water in their cage. They also like fresh small snacks such as celery, apples and etc. every few days.

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Chickens and Roosters
Bird Behavior

When are baby chickens ready to lay eggs?

Many breeds of chickens are ready and will lay eggs by their 16th week. The first eggs from these hens are often small and can be mis-shapen or even yolkless as the birds oviducts are "practicing" what soon will become a normal everyday chore. Some breeds take a few weeks longer to mature.

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Care of Rabbits
Care of Birds
Bird Behavior
Birds

Are Pyracantha berries desired by birds?

check out the web page listed to the left ( under the blue frame ) for more info.

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Bird Behavior
Birds

What birds hitch a ride on other migrating birds?

Some kingbirds(Couch's, Western Kingbirds) will hitch rides on hawks or vultures.

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