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Tommy - 2013-06-11
I've been in the avian field now for just about 30yrs. I've have experience in dealing with both wild & exotic pet species. And have owned many various exotics over the years. Your Alex sounds no different than my Keiko who is an IRN or Indian Ringneck basically the same bird just Alex's are bigger.

Asiatics or the Psittacula species are NOT easy parrots to own they are by far NOT a good 'first bird' for an inexperienced owner. These would consist of the following birds; The Ring-necked, Alexandrine, Newton, Slaty-headed, Intermediate, Long-tailed, Blossom-headed, Seychelles, Moustached, emerald-collared, Derbyan, Plum-headed, Mauritius, Blyth's, & very rare Malabar.

They do not like to be handled or stroked very often which can be an immediate turn off to many first time owners of these birds. And while they may look like Conures in some ways physically speaking they are a completely different bird altogether. To bond with an Asiatic requires LOTS of patience, socializing, and consistent training. Plainly put you give these birds an inch they'll take a mile so boundaries and proper discipline need to be put in place right away if one is not to have a holy terror on there hands. I say this because in my personal experience dealing with various species of this order they can be quite stubborn. And if they are not PROPERLY socialized on a DAILY basis will quickly revert back to a 'wild state'than any other parrot species i've worked with in 30yrs.

Now having said all that, if one still feels compelled to give these beautiful and highly intelligent birds a try then the rewards are amazing. Despite not being 'hands on' birds in terms of being touched they will most certainly win you over with there vocal capabilities. Bar none there is no other bird there size that can speak with the clarity and word association these birds can. Yes Quaker (Monk) parrots speak quite well but there diction is still garbled compared to say an IRN (Indian Ringneck).

These birds come from royalty and were often sought after by ancient Greeks & Romans due to their beauty but more importantly their vocal ability. They are by far a much more sophisticated species than Quaker parrots ever could be.

To see an Asiatic in full adult plumage is like looking at a picture in a field guide. There streamlined plumage is quite striking with not one single feather out of place. So if you have what it takes and can meet all the requirements stated above in owing one of these gorgeous animals than by all means go for it. But take heed, these birds may not full fill your 'personal desire' of what a pet bird should be like. But as another commenter posted on here accepting your bird for how it is instead of what you want it to be. And seeing it from that perspective should be what's cherished and appreciated most of all. And this applies to ALL bird species one may own.

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  • Mary Kinser - 2014-04-15
    Thank you for the info. Do both sexes talk well? Are both sexes easy to train? Please let me know ASAP.
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maria tapia - 2014-04-10
Hi, I've had my nanday bird for around a year. She has always been happy and playful. Not that long ago she started acting weird. She has been avoiding me. She has two cages, one for sleep and one for day time. She has been spending a lot of time in her 'bedroom'. She also bit me and she really has never bitten me before. Every time I try to spend time with her she just seems so sad. I don't know what's wrong with her. Can you please help me?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    How old is she? My first thought is maybe she is sexually maturing and is going into a breeding cycle. Some birds seem to completely change personalities when they are going through that. My other thought is that maybe she is lonely. Are you gone a lot of the day? It's possible she is just craving more attention.
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Renny - 2014-04-08
After the baby yellow naped hatches and you remove the baby about 3-4 weeks after to hand feed, will the pair mate again and lay some more eggs? Or do I have to wait until the next breeding season? I feed a pellets diet. Can I continue feeding the pellets diet to the parents after the baby hatches or do I have to feed dry extract food powder?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    They might lay more eggs if it is still warm out and feels like breeding season. But most likely they will not and will only have a single clutch during this breeding season. If the pellet diet has sufficient nutrients you can continue feeding it. You may want to add in some fresh fruits and vegetables to make sure and to give them some variety!
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abdul rafhay - 2014-02-25
I have a pure white pair of finches. The female laid 3 eggs and began to incubate but stopped incubating after a week. The pair sits outside the nest rather than either of them sitting on the eggs. What is the problem with them? What should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    There's a few reasons why zebra finches won't sit on eggs. The first is because they are 'duds', and the parents will know if they are. Another is if you actually have two females, where one is laying eggs and the other 'acting' male, and in this case the eggs will be infertile. And another reason is simply that some times the parents don’t even know enough to sit on the eggs yet, so they won’t. Usually that happens with the first clutch or two, then they begin to get better. But not always, there are occasions where the parents never get the hang of it, so in that case the eggs have to be incubated by the keeper.
  • Lydia Ottinger - 2014-04-08
    I have a male and female zebra finch, they laid 5 eggs, they have been good about sitting on them but today they both were out for awhile, is that normal?
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munusamy.s - 2014-04-05
Nice Fishes.

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DAN DANG - 2012-06-16
I have 2 golden rossela birds, but I don't know which one is male or female, please let me know how to know them male or female. Thank you very much

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    There is no way to accurately determine 100% as to which is the male or female in the Rosella except through DNA sexing.  The DNA sexing kits can be purchased via ads in the back of the bird talk magazine.  Some say the male is a brighter red, the female is slightly smaller etc and possibly if you are a breeder and have many of these parrots, this may work some of the time.  DNA sexing is the only sure way = unless one of them happens to lay an egg.  This site makes suggestions as to how (possibly) you can distinguish the differernce -    All I know is that if it lays an egg - it is a gal or you can DNA sex.  If you have two males, one will most likely assume the role of a female so via behavior or coloring - it is not accurate    http://www.avianweb.com/easternrosella.html    
  • Gideon Swart - 2012-06-17
    If the Golden Rossela is 6 months old or older , then is possible to see what the sex of the bird is. If one look at the back of the head , the female has a gap in the red portion. The male has a solid red area behind his head. In the picture of the rossela on this site one can clearly see the gap in the red area behind the head of the female
  • cariann - 2014-04-04
    Look for spots under the wing, if there are spots it is female, if not it is male.
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Heather - 2014-04-03
I have had a collared dove since August 2012 when we picked her up from the roadside, she was 2 days old. She is very tame and loves my husband. I'm told our DNA is imprinted on her as we fed her and brought her up. We have just moved house. At our old house she flew in and out and made her nest in the side conservatory. We had her in a pen for a few weeks first. She was in a pen here for a few days and my husband felt sorry for her and let her out. She sat on his shoulder and potted around the garden and came in through the back door. Then she flew out and we haven't seen her since. I'm devastated. She has been gone four days now. Anyone have any suggestions how we find her? Will she try and go home (it's 1 hour away in the car) She wasn't interested in other birds as she thought she was one of us. Am so worried about her.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    I would put a listing in the paper and maybe contact the local shelter. She most likely will not know how to get back to your old home, but also won't be very good at surviving in the wild. It is likely someone will find her and she will stay close to human civilization. I hope you find her, good luck!
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Tina Cooke - 2014-04-03
Last night we found a small mourning dove, she seems to have no balance, her wings seem fine and she will wrap her feet around our finger. Not sure of age, but she does not seem to have tail feathers. Right now she is eating wild bird seed and will drink water, will she eat bananas? Or dried cranberries? That is all i have right now, will go to pet store and see about some grit and maybe a better feed for her. I also have some lettuce, would that be ok for her?   any help would be greatly appreciated!   thank you tina cooke, conway. Sc

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    I don't think bananas are in their usual diet, but it probably won't hurt to try. Dried cranberries probably won't hurt either. Lettuce should be fine. Definitely get a good quality seed mix and grit. Good luck!
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christine barak - 2012-04-17
I found a bird at work, don't know what kind. Had an orange spot on the side of its head. Looked like a young bird.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-17
    Does it look like the one in this photo? What are you going to do?
  • Roni - 2014-04-02
    Cinnamon pearl cockatiel mean, he's cinnamon grey color bunch of yellow on him only 11 weeks now, turned 11 weeks today. Born on Jan 15 this year. Have two males.
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Ruchika - 2014-03-23
I found him on the roadside and he is with us from a month and he only has guava and barley. What must we feed him and he is not friendly and we are worried he is afraid. Tell us what to give him and what we have to do to make him play with us.

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  • hira - 2014-04-02
    Hi my plum eats bread dipped in tea or even garevi. He eats corn, strawberries, mangoes, apples...almost all types of fruits. You can try giving them these. :)
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