Care of Birds

Cage birds have been valued for thousands of years. In the past three or four centuries, birds have been bred extensively in captivity. Keeping a pet bird is very different than keeping a pet mammal. They are not just a feathered kitten or puppy. Avian companions require special care and this is the category to find out all about that.

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Care of Birds
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How can you tame a mean parakeet?

That is a great question. I had the same question awhile back, if you have a new parakeet its going to be scared so if you want it to be tame just search that question because its different than the one that i am answering. How ever if you have an older parakeet that you've had for a while, I want you to think back when your parakeet was new to the environment because allot of times people get impatient and when a new bird tries to fly a natural instinct goes in our head that says hurry and catch the bird well i the birds eyes we are chasing him and we are a predator its not that likely but it can happen the bird can have issues with trusting humans so its like its scared with fear, don't worry you can break this but you have to be even more patient for about a week just sit near the cage and talk and don't put your hands in the cage at all except to feed the bird, after you do this you can gently open the cage door and just lay your hand right near the entrance not on a perch, not on anything just lay it there for at least 20 minuets if you have that amount of time, you can even read a book or watch TV. after your bird is comfortable you can gently approach the bird With some Millet or and other treat in the palm of your hand. you may want to take the birds food away for about 5 hours before trying this the reason is that the bird will be hungry and eventually will step on your hand and eat the food, treat, or millet do this about three times a week and after about two weeks of this you can gently, and slowly move your index finger or if you don't with the bird to bite use a perch, both will work then press up against the breast of the bird and say "step up" and if the bird does reward the bird with a treat and saying good boy or good girl make this a big deal because it is a big step. :) best wishes

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How can you tell if a parakeet is a female or a male?

Firstly, it need to be determined what is meant by "parakeet".

The term "parakeet" is a generalised term to cover numerous species of smaller, long-tailed parrots. Birds classified under the name "parakeet" are actually unrelated to each other, except by means of all being in the parrot family.

'Parakeet' also tends to be a commonly mistaken name for budgerigars, the smallest of the parrot species. Birds classified under the term parakeet include:

  • budgies
  • cockatiels
  • rosellas
  • lorikeets
  • Bourke parrots

If the question refers to budgies: Parakeets have a part called a cere right on top of the beak. Females have a brown (in breeding season), buff, or pink colored cere and the males have a blue cere. The colour difference do not appear until the birds are about a year old.

If the question refers to cockatiels: The only way of visually sexing cockatiels is after their first moult as all young cockatiels look like females. Male cockatiels are characterised by their brighter cheek patches, usually orange in appearance. Females also have cheek patches but they are paler. There is an urban myth that males have striped/barred or spotted tails and females do not. The opposing myth states that females have the barred tail. Neither is fact.

Bourke parrots, along with most common rosellas and lorikeets, cannot be told apart easily, as there is little or no colour differentiation.

Some of these smaller parrots which are "lumped in" with the term "parakeet" have the main distinction of the female having a paler chest.

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Care of Birds
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How do you know if a parakeet is a male or female?

It actually depends on what specific bird is meant by "parakeet".

The term "parakeet" is a generalised term to cover numerous species of smaller, long-tailed parrots. The word tends to be used in countries outside of the birds' native lands. For example, the term "parakeet" is never used in Australia to refer to budgies, lorikeets or cockatiels, yet these birds are commonly known as "parakeets" overseas.

'Parakeet' also tends to be a commonly mistaken name for budgerigars, the smallest of the parrot species.

If referring to budgerigars, the top of the bird's beak, called the cere, turns blue on mature males. The female has a pale cere which turns brown during breeding season.

If referring to cockatiels, males tend to have brighter cheek patches than females. Despite common belief, stripes and patterns on the tail feathers are no indication whether the bird is male or female.

If referring to lorikeets or other small parrots, the male and female cannot be told apart except by an avian specialist who can measure the width of the pelvic bones. As this is not necessarily an accurate measure, DNA testing or surgical sexing is the only certain method - but rather extreme.

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Care of Birds
Birds
Doves and Pigeons

What is the symbolic meaning of pigeons?

Peace. In greek mythology Aphrodite the goddess of beauty, peace, and love has a pigeon as her symbol. White pigeons represent the holy spirit in Catholicism.

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Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Why do parakeets screech?

To communicate. All living animals communicate with each other, either through body language, sounds or both.

In the wild, parakeets make screeching sounds to communicate with other birds.

Birds are also a lot more socially complex than most people realise.

When feeding, wild birds will normally split into groups, while one group feeds, the other group will circle the food from the air or keep watch from trees, acting as sentries or guards. If a predator is spotted, the birds will call out to their feeding friends to get away.

Parakeets make noises to communicate either with other birds or their human family. They will also use sound to warn others of dangers.

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Care of Birds
Parrots

Do girl budgies lay empty eggs?

As with all bird, a female budgie can lay eggs at any time in her adult life. If she has not successfully mated with a male, the egg is called empty, or clear, which means it is unfertile.

When you shine a light through the egg it will appear clear.

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Care of Birds
Dog Behavior

Why do dogs chase birds?

Dogs chase birds because they are predators and birds are prey...it is as simple as that.

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Care of Birds
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

When do baby parakeets get feathers?

When it has been 11 days since it had hatched

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Care of Birds
Birds
Birdwatching

Why do adult birds walk and baby birds hop?

For the same reason babies crawl before they walk. Hopping is easier, they have to learn to walk.

Edit: It depends on the bird. Robins hop, and so do most sparrows. Mourning Doves walk, but they are just as big as a robin. It does not depend on age, but instead species.

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Bird Health
Parrots

What are the signs when a bird is dying?

Birds are very good at hiding any signs of illness, in order to survive in the wild. Therefore if a bird appears ill, it is usually very late for treatment.

Signs of illness include, but are not limited to

• Weight loss

• Unusual swellings, especially around the eyes

• Irregular discolouration of the feathers

• Feathers are "fluffed up"

• Random or generalized loss of feathers

• Scaling or crusting of the skin

• Increased temperature of feet or beak

• lethargy

• sleeping more than usual

• inability to perch

With any of these signs, a veterinary visit is recommended, as death may be imminent.

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Care of Birds
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How do you know if a parakeet is male or female?

The color of their ceres (above their beaks) is how you can tell. If it is blue, they are male, if it is brown, they are female.

Blue on the beak is female, beige or lack of color is male.

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Care of Birds
Bird Behavior
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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Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How do you catch a wild parakeet?

In a trap or net.

Bear in mind that unless you are an employee of your national environmental or animal agency, such as vets or animal rescue, (which since you asked this question, I doubt), it is illegal to catch wild parakeets.

Wild parakeets cannot be tamed. They will also become aggressive, leading to injury to themselves and humans. They will also become depressed in captive situations, leading them to pluck their own feathers out and die early.

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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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Care of Birds
Bird Maintenance

Why do you have to buy zebra finches in pairs?

you dont have to buy them in pairs, but most people get a pair of zebra finches so they can keep company, or to breed them cause breeding zebra finches is really easy .

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How often do you need to change a birds cage?

If you mean clean the cage, it would be once a week. The tray (if you look at the bottom, there will be a sliding compartment, put newspaper or paper towels to cover it up) will need to be changed DAILY. This is a list of what needs to be done DAILY!!

*Change Food

*Change Water

*Clean toys (if you have any) Just wipe them off or rinse them and dry them.(Same with the bowls of food/water)

Weekly, you will need to wipe the inside and outside of the cage with a damp cloth.

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Bird Health

How do you know if your bird has broken leg?

you can tell because it will start limping.

Sometimes a broken leg will have an abnormal 'lump' where the bone is sticking out, and sometimes the birds leg will bleed if it has been injured and the skin has pierced.

Seek an avian vet if you feel as if your bird is majorly injured. Sometimes a vet can splint it and with a few weeks the birds leg will go back to normal almost.

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Care of Birds
Parrots

Do budgies eat worms?

no, budgies don't eat worms

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Care of Birds
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

How do you tell if my parakeet has lice?

Caged birds with lice or mites will scratch a lot. Whether or not your parrot has lice or mites, it is wise to get a mite spray from the pet shop and spray it every couple of days. The spray does no harm if used properly.

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Care of Birds
Parrots
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Do blue parakeets bite?

Biting does not depends on a color of a bird, but it depends on how they were raised, and how comfortable they feel around the person who is handling them. I would say if they are hand fed, they are much less likely to bite. If you were to buy a parakeet, I would suggest leaving them alone in the cage for a day, and not handling them. This does not mean you should not talk to them, though. However, you should talk softly and calmly, and show the bird that you are a gentle person, and that is has nothing to be afraid of. Another thing, if you are afraid of the bird, and you try to hold it, the bird will know, and then they will be afraid. For example, if you get startled when they try to step up on your hand, that may scare the bird.

Hope I could help. (:

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Care of Birds
Parakeets (Budgerigars)

What eats budgies?

snakes eat budgies so you better watch out

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Care of Birds
Swans

What does cygnet mean?

A cygnet is a young Swan. The word originaly means 'the white bird'

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Birds
Parrots

What do cockatiels do when they chirp?

They open their beak and let out a squak.

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Care of Birds
Cartoons
Bugs Bunny

Is Tweety Bird a girl or a boy?

Tweety Bird is a boy (i.e. male). His name is a lisped pronunciation of the name "Sweetie" or "Sweetie Pie."

Throughout the cartoon series, Tweety is referred to as him or he. The creators of the character also refer to Tweety as a male. In the movie Tweety's High Flying Adventure, Tweety even had a ponytailed canary girlfriend named Aoogah.

This is a quote from Wikipedia:



Despite the perceptions that people may hold, owing to the long lashes and high pitched voice of Tweety, Tweety is male.

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Birds
Parrots

If bird in in a cage starts flying what happens to the weight of the cage. why?

It becomes lighter since the bird is no longer supporting its weight against a perch.

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