Parrots

Parrots, also known as psittacines, are among the most intelligent of birds. They are characterized by strong, curved beaks, sharp claws, brightly colored feathers, and their uncanny ability to mimic not only a variety of sounds, but also human speech. The order is subdivided in three families: the Psittacidae ('true' parrots), the Cacatuidae (cockatoos) and the Strigopidae (New Zealand parrots).

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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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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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Why do parrots kiss?

Because they love each other.

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What is the largest member of the parrot family?

The largest member of the parrot family by weight is the Kakapo, which lives in New Zealand. The kakapo can weigh from 1.5 to 3kg (52.5 - 105 ounces) for males, and 950g to 1.6kg (31.6 - 56 oz) for females. The kakapo averages 65cm in length (25 inches). The kakapo is the world's only flightless parrot.

The largest member of the parrot family by size is the Hyacinth Macaw which lives in south-central South America. The Hyacinth Macaw easily reaches 100cm in length (around 40-42 inches) but weighs an average of 1.7 kg , or 3.75 lb, which is lighter than the kakapo. The Hyacinth Macaw is the world's largest flying parrot.

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Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Why is my parakeet's face turning red?

Where does it turn red? If it is the cere (nose) then this means the bird is not in a breeding mood (both genders). my budgie was doing this when he was a few months old. if the face is turning red where the feathers are maybe he has a skin condition and you may need to take him to an avian vet

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Fish
Rabbits and Hares
Parrots

What pets can you keep inside?

Well the most common would be a cat or a dog however you can also have the following animals depending on if you can care for them and have the time for them: Types of fish; Types of birds (my Nan had a parrot); Gerbils, Rabbits, Hamsters, Snakes, Rats, Mice, Tortoise, Types of Spiders; Frogs (they sell tiny ones at our fish local shop but you would have to look up what types you coulod have); Lizards (my cousin has one). There is probably alot more but that is all i can think of right now. as long as you have a the animals suitable environment requirements and you check with a proffesional before getting a pet you should be fine. Hope that helped! :D

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Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species
Parrots

What do female scarlet macaws look like?

Both male and female Scarlet Macawsare alike. The only difference between ages is that young birds have dark eyes and adults have light yellow eyes.

The Scarlet Macaws are very colorful, usually are red headed with white faces, yellow shoulder feathers,green and blue wings and yellow and red tail feathers.

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Conditions and Diseases
Symptoms

What are the symptoms of parrot fever in humans?

The symptoms include fever, headache, chills, loss of appetite, cough, and tiredness. In the most severe cases of parrot fever, the patient develops pneumonia.

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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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How do you know if your parrot is pregnant?

Parrots are birds. They do not get pregnant, as reproduction is done through the laying of eggs. The eggs take about three weeks to form properly in the body, but this is not called "pregnancy". They look the same when they are laying eggs as when they aren't. In other words, birds don't "hold" their eggs inside their bodies and show a big belly to indicate that eggs are on the way. The egg shell is the last thing that develops right before the egg is laid, therefore, a hen doesn't "show" in the sense that human women "show" when they are pregnant.

Birds which are getting close to laying an egg become more lively, excitable and playful, not listless and quiet. If they have a nesting box, they will spend a lot more time in the box, preparing it for nesting, and possibly being very protective of that area. If there is a male, he may start feeding the female.

A parrot with a swollen abdomen is not a sign of a bird about to lay an egg. It is either eating too much of a high-fat diet (common among birds with a seed-only diet) or it has a tumour.

Swelling in the abdominal area could also mean the parrot is egg-bound, though this tends to present more as swelling near the bird's tail, near the cloacae. She will be distressed and show signs of constipation, be reluctant to move and "waddle" like a penguin. If your bird shows signs of being egg-bound, she must be taken to the vet as soon as possible, as this can be a life-threatening condition.

The eggs may or may not be fertilized, so sometimes a female parrot will lay an egg that doesn't have a baby chick inside. This will happen with females that live alone, or don't have access to males. You can remove unfertilized eggs as the bird will forget about it in a day or so and be fine.

See the related links for more information on parrots and behaviour shown when they are close to laying eggs. The links also offer advice on how to tell when a parrot is egg-bound.

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Zoology or Animal Biology
Zoologists
Parrots

What is the usual color of Kakariki parrots?

The usual color of Kakariki parrots is green, but there are some yellow parrots too, as a result of mating with other parrot species.
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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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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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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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How long do parrots live for without water?

Parrots needs fresh water daily. Like many other animal and bird species, they should never go for more than a day without water.

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Care of Birds
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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Pancakes and Flapjacks

Why do parrots eat pancakes?

Parrots are not supposed to eat pancakes. Pancakes are full of processed ingredients and the wrong type of sugar.
However, parrots will enjoy the taste, which is why they will eat pancakes.

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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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What is the sound a parrot?

The parrot makes a squeling sound and it is produced from an organ they have that is similar to our eppiglotis. They can make various sounds ranging from low cries to deep moans and are known for imitating human speech. They can wiegh up to 20kg and do u know how much that is? That's enough to break the ice, so you can call me at 267-733-5492;)

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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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Can alexandrine parrots talk in human language?

Parrots and other birds with the necessary physical attributes can imitate human speech. Species which are great talkers include Indian mynahs, lyrebirds and birds of paradise.

But when we refer to them as talkers, we simply mean they can imitate human speech; they cannot hold a conversation with a human because they cannot learn to speak in any human language, which is quite different from learning to make sounds which are very like human speech. We can record human speech, but we can't hold a conversation with the DVD player.

Birds - like many other animals - can, however, learn to communicate with humans by sound, in the same way they communicate with other birds. All birds which depend largely on sound for communication interact this way not only within their own species, but with other species as well, including creatures other than birds.

So, a community of birds living near, say, a particular dog, will respond to the bark they know means the neighbor's cat just climbed over the fence. They'll call to their family, and other birds and small mammals - the cat's prey - will pick up on the warning and call in turn. Eventually, the whole neighborhood knows the cat's on the prowl - apart from most of the humans, who usually don't speak Animal, and have no idea all this communication is going on around them. They might say, though, 'Funny how the birds seem to know the cat's coming before it's even in the yard.'

The cat, on the other hand, eventually becomes well aware of all this talk about it, and learns to be more clever next time: for example, it might try crossing the fence in a corner with heavy shrubbery covering its journey from watchers above and the dog below. Of course, it has to change its strategy frequently to contend with all the gossip going on about its new approach.

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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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Parakeets (Budgerigars)
Broccoli

Can parakeets eat broccoli?

Yes they can. When my parakeet was alive, she LOVED broccoli.

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How many blue macaws are left in the world now?

There are about 5000-10,000 hyacinth [blue] macaws left in the world.

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What do you call the sound a PARROT makes?

I believe the sound parrots make is well.. squawking? But they're also one of they only animals to make the same sounds like a human they may not understand what they are saying but i think that it is pretty impressive.

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