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Learn All About Parrots
Popular as the most colorful group of birds and as wonderful,
cute pets, the Parrots or Psittacidae Family endears to us
all. From desert interiors of Australia to Indonesian islands,
South American countries to Africa, the Psittacidae family
is found in great numbers around the globe.
Their wide-spread availability, coupled with a social and
intelligent personality, has made them loving domestic pets
Found in multi-colors of yellow, green, blue, white, red
and combinations of two or more of these colors, Parrots have
rightly been called 'winged rainbows'.
Parrots are intelligent
birds that thrive on socialization and training to be good
pets and bond with their owners. Parrots may often appear
as complicated animals, their emotions as complex and varied
as of humans. Lack of love and affection can lead to health
and behaviour problems in your Parrot. Hence, bonding and
spending quality time is essential.
Give your Parrot food that is varied in color, shapes, textures
and sizes. Proteins, vegetables rich in Vitamin A, whole grains
and carbohydrate rich foods are beneficial for your Parrot.
No one Parrot is same as the other. They all have different
needs. As an owner, you must ensure that, to have a healthy
and happy Parrot, you cater to all its needs.
All Parrot species can be grouped under the following heads:
Macaws add color
to your life. They are flamboyant, intelligent and colourful
personalities. Owing to their captivating beauty and engaging
personality, they have been kept in captivity for centuries.
Feed your Macaw the right diet to maintain that healthy and
bright bundle of colors.
Ill-trained Macaws can be an embarrassment to the family.
Ensure that you impart proper training to your Macaw. Another
thing that you must give attention to is the right diet. Feed
your macaw only that which goes with its health. A little
research and proper knowledge about its diet and habits can
come in handy if you are planning for a healthy life for your
cute bundle of colors.
Keep in mind, Macaws are ferocious chewers, so it is advisable
to fill up it’s cage and play stand with as much bird
toys as you can, lest your bird chews off some corner of your
favorite furniture. These toys also function to keep the bird
engaged and happy. Apart from this make it a point to talk
to your Macaw at least for some time daily. This will make
your bird feel secured and loved.
Macaws can be found in varied colors and combinations of
blue, gold, red, green, scarlet and even shades of burgundy
Friendly and peace loving, the Conure
possess a playful personality teamed with a sweet temperament.
Strong in mind but tender birds needing gentle care, Conures
are affectionate birds, which require proper training to live
among its human family.
Conures come in bright combinations of blue, yellow, green,
orange sometimes with shades of black.
In fact Conures are one of the most assorted commonly kept
feathered companions. With over 40 plus species and countless
sub species, every house can claim a “Paulie”
to its own. Their acute intelligence and amiable personality
make them the unwavering favorite among bird owners. Be it
a giant Patagonian Conure or a minuscule maroon bellied one,
the trainability of Conures have always been a muslin territory
for bird trainers. Their high adaptability and eager socialization
skills have helped them develop a firm bond with their masters.
While taming a conure, the catchphrase is however, “responsible
tolerance”, for the Conures are sometimes infamous for
being noisy and chewing. The magnitude of their volume is
directly proportional to their size. Thus a green-cheeked
conure will be less noisy than a Patagonian conure. However
with proper engagement and interaction both the noise and
the tendency to chew can be controlled and even reduced.
cuddly and lovable birds. Possessing of a sweet nature, they
bond easily with their owners.
Available in varied shades of grays, inks, blacks and even
deep blue, Cockatoos are social birds that love a lot of attention.
Well-trained and well-loved Cockatoos are wonderful pets and
tend to suffer from depressions when neglected.
Cockatoos are invariable foodies, they love food and they
love variety. So make sure to add lots of colors and varied
taste to their plates. They are especially fond of nuts so
a nutty treat once in a while makes them really happy. Apart
from these, seeds and fresh veggies are a must for its vitamin
Something that you ought to keep in mind while planning to
have a Cockatoo is about Feather dust. These birds produce
a fine powder that facilitates preening. These powdery mass
breaks down into fine dust and settles everywhere in the owner’s
house. This can sometimes lead on to allergies.
Beware, Cockatoos are mess lovers. They love to toss their
food and chew around. Feather Picking and self mutation is
another nuisance associated with this species. However with
proper attention and training, these problems can be successfully
Their name meaning 'small parrots', Parakeets
are sensitive and cheerful birds. Highly intelligent, some
Parakeets, like the Quaker species, are excellent at imitating
human speech and performing tricks.
With thorough training it is possible to finger train parakeets.
Before getting a parakeet for yourself take care that you
choose cages that are equipped with perches. Places the cage
in the right place in the house hold is another important
thing you need to take care of as birds are extremely sensitive
to air borne chemicals. Fill their cages with variety of toys
as most important bond with your bird for at least 30 minutes
every day. As far as its diet is concerned remember to give
vitamin supplements in water 2 to 3 times per week.
Parakeets are known to suffer from many health problems and
hence their demand on your constant attention and care is
as their names suggest, require your constant love and affection.
Lack of proper care can turn your Lovebird into an irritating
pet, given to frequent mood swings. Lovebirds bring colors
of love to your life. However, besides spreading love they
require your constant love and attention. They are a store
house of a lot of personality in a tiny package. Being an
emotional breed; they form profound bonds with their owners.
However their extreme personality issues sometimes give way
to territoriality, aggression and mood swings. Hand raising
a baby lovebird is often considered as a wise decision.
Available in varied colors and their combinations, Lovebirds
add warmth and fun in your life.
Cheerful, adorable, outgoing colorful both in feathers and
in spirit Parrotlets form the most sought after pet among
bird lovers. Their Comical behavior is an add on for it adds
a tinge of healthy entertainment in the owners life. Parrotlets
are available in 7 species and numerous subspecies like the
Pacific, Green Rump, Mexican, Spectacle and Blue Wing. Parrotlets
learn to mimic human speech quite well with good training.
They enjoy human company and love to spend long hours with
their owners in games and talks.
or 'miniature parrots' are intelligent and energetic birds.
Amiably disposed, these birds demand your constant love and
attention. Often projecting comical behavior patterns, Parrotlets
rarely scream and hence make wonderful pets.
Owning a bird for the first time? Go for a Cockatiel. Cockatiels
are cheerful birds, which are rarely demanding or moody. These
are Ideal pets for first time bird owners. Cockatiels are
cheerful birds, which are rarely demanding or moody. They
are the darlings of the house and help create a happy home
environment with their sweet personalities. Well-groomed and
well-trained Cockatiels endears most as pets. However keep
in mind that Cockatiels are very choosy eaters with a strict
list of preferences. They have a special liking for fruits
rather than vegetables. Carefully observe what they slurp
down and what they toss away. Then only you can cater to their
taste and win your place in their hearts. Seeds are good as
good for cockatiel as burger is for you. Yes! Seeds are junk
food to this breed. Though they can survive easily on seeds
and they would eat it willingly too but consuming nothing
but seeds shortens their life span. So go for fresh fruits
and veggies and sometimes team that up with a seedy treat.
Another interesting fact as regards its diet is that Cockatiels
love proteins. Be it meet or eggs, nuts or cheese they love
it all. They have a special fondness for cheerios.
Cockatiels suffer their share of health problems and need
your utmost care and attention.
Mostly available in green and yellow, Budgies
or Budgerigar are gentle and entertaining personalities. Budgies
are sensitive birds that enjoy play.
Budgies have distinctive personalities. Some are sensitive
while others are mischievous. Powers of mimicry, amusing antics
and a delightful nature make Budgies wonderful and endearing
The Psittacidae or Parrot Family has as many as 352 existing
members and still growing in the numerous sub-species, added
at regular intervals.
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