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Lohenet Smith - 2014-04-22
I have a male eastern rosella and a female indian ringneck. This morning i went out to my aviary and found them mating, is there a possibility that they could reproduce?

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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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munusamy.s - 2014-04-05
Nice Fishes.

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Animal-World info on Eastern Rosella
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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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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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Shannon - 2013-09-30
My 14 year old son found a Goffin's Cockatoo for sale on line in our local area, he has been wanting a bird for a very long time and had earned his own $ this summer so in July we adopted a Goffin's Too... She came with a large cage and lots of toys (thank goodness) we were told that she is between 3-4 years old (the women we got here from was not the original owner so she didn't know for sure..and we also don't know for sure that she is female (I have not had her DNA tested yet... I do plan to though) I assume she is female because she had brownish eyes rather than black. Anyway she is such a sweetheart, we live in Fl and have a covered patio by our pool and that is where her cage is.. She loves it outside... And we spend a lot of time outside (we live on our patio most of the time, we have a TV out here and we eat most of our meals out here too) so she gets lots and lots of attention, when we are home she is never locked in her cage.. So she's out a lot.. She is a very happy bird and has bonded with all of us, my son, husband and myself.. I have been doing a lot, a lot of reading and research on Goffin's and have read that an all seed diet is not good and that I should be giving her pellets, fruits & veggies.. Well here is my problem.. She does not want anything to do with anything I introduce to her... And I have tried a lot of different things from hard boiled eggs to green leafy veggies, fruits.. And of course I went and got her the all organic pellets as soon as I discovered that the all seed diet is not good for her... Any suggestions, advice.. I love her so much already and don't want her diet to end up causing her issues down the road...

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  • Cacatua goffini - 2013-12-10
    Congratulations! If your Goffin has brown eyes she's a female. I'm sure she is delightful. An all seed diet isn't the best for her. You are going to have to be as stubborn as she is. At first you'll just be wasting food, but if you keep at it eventually she'll start to see what you're offering her as food. It may take days, it may take months, but keep offering. Good luck!
  • Callista - 2014-04-01
    I, too, have a picky cockatoo. Try making her a quiche or an omelet, and stick what you want her to eat in it. Gradually decrease the amount of quiche/omelet fed with the veggies, and when there is none left, chop it up really small with something she does like. Eventually she'll learn to eat it.
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dileep - 2014-03-22
Hi... I have just bought a male IRN parrot... it's 3 months old... it has adapted very well in it's new place... but for the last one week it's been very sluggish and sleeping... I showed it to a vet and he has prescribed septran syrup two drops two times... though it is slightly better but still not eating as it used to be... its stools are normal... I am worried?

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  • Trishinadhaver - 2014-04-01
    Don't worry it will eat.
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shelley witherell - 2014-03-26
I recently adopted a 10 yr. old male yellow naped amazon. When I first met him he would go to anyone. A day after I brought him home my 10 yr. old daughter was holding him on her arm, I put my arm out and told him to step up and he came after me and bit me. Now whenever my daughter is home and has him out I have to go in another room. He will even try to attack me if he is on top of his cage. He comes down the side of his cage and hangs off of it like he's going to fly and attack me. What can I do?

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  • Cathy - 2014-03-29
    OMG Shelley I am going through the same thing. It has been horrible and I am trying to figure out what to do. He loves my daughter and step daughter, but wants to attack me. I can't be in the same room if he is out of his cage. I will keep you posted on my progress, I am currently going to ABA Bev Penny's Way and Crazy Bird Ladies on facebook. They are a great support and free information. Check them out its free info. Good luck to both of us!
  • shelley witherell - 2014-03-31
    Today I decided to let my yellow nape out of his cage and my daughter put him on the floor and he found me and attacked my feet. I'm glad I had shoes on. I tried to give him a light tap on his beak with my shoe and told him no but it didn't phase him a bit, he kept attacking. I went to acks exotic pets and the owner said that the bird was hormonal this time of year based on his age and that it would pass in a month. But he also said that my daughter was the birds 'girlfriend' and that may never change.
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