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Maryke - 2014-04-29
We bought a ILLeger's macaw in December 2013, he was 6 weeks. He is adorable, we hand feed him, he walks around in the house, sits in his cage and playstand, sits on our shoulder, is very loveable, he eats everything, fruit, his pallets and seeds. But it is now 9 days that he started to moan, while he is eating, walks around, and even when he is sitting on our shoulders, he is moaning non stop, till he goes to sleep. He stopped playing with his toys, only wants to eat seeds (nothing else), and where he sits, he sits and moans, only goes down to eat and drink water. I'm irritated with his moaning, it's from when he wakes up till he goes to sleep! Can anyone help me please! What did I do wrong for Marley to moan non stop!

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B A COBILLAS - 2003-07-22
Cosomo Quaker is a 3yr old female and very talkative. She is lively and will follow me all over the house. She loves a good game of pick-a-boo. She will call MOOOOM until I find her. Her favorite hiding place is on my shoulders directly behind my head where I cannot see her. She has a wonderful sense of humor. She is not as adventurous with new foods. She has a Meyers parrot sibling and they are very much like human children fighting over a favorite toy not to be shared. They are very gentle with each other. Cosmo loves her younger brother and even tells him "loooove you." My quaker is not a quiet bird, she is very vocal with her family. She has been an inspiration for my Meyers parrot...taught him to talk. :)

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  • Haley - 2010-03-14
    Hi! I just got some green spotted puffers and I have heard that you should keep them in freshwater when they are young...I have got them in saltwater now. Is that ok?
  • keith ferreira - 2011-03-31
    Hi, i just got into parrot fish and like them very much but, could you tell me what is the natural color of the fish? We have about 4 colors here in trinidad and tobago.
  • rob - 2011-05-05
    I went in to check on the birds tonight to cover the cage up with the blanket. What I saw was the 2 finches setting in that other nest sleeping while the other nest with the eggs in it left alone. ???
  • Akshay Amle - 2011-08-24
    Actually the thing happened is I wanted to buy red belly piranha, and I wasnt knowing how to identify one, and the local pet store told me that this are RBP, and even they have/had red belly i mean reddish color at their bottom and now it's confirmed that its pacu, but I dont know whether it's a red belly pacu or black pacu. I think i should sell all those and just buy a RBP.
  • Elaine du Plessis - 2011-10-07
    My moms Quaker named Tiger was put down on Tues. He had a large tumor under his wing. He was like a human, he spoke all day, he was 14 hrs old. My mom is devastated and so are the rest of the family, we are desperately looking for a young hand reared Quaker, please let me know if you know of anyone that can assist. It would make my mom the happiest person alive. Thanks so much. I live in East London and my mom is in Grahamstown. My cell number is 0827238881 x x
  • Tiffanie - 2012-04-30
    I have 3 red tailed tinfoil barbs, they seem to be getting along with all my other fish.. I have a 180 gallon tank, 55 gallon tank and a 110 tank that houses my turtles.. In my 180 gallon tank with the barbs I have ballas, oscars, redtailed shark, black shark, lobster, kissing graumi and a Pike Cichlid.. I feed them all a lot, but I don't want my fish to starve.. How often is it recommended to feed these big barbs? I am sorry to hear about your fish, I cry when one of mine die.. =o)
  • Alfred Minio - 2012-06-19
    well as with my sick fish i think he may have had a stroke if thats possible, he is in a permanent 'c' shape and the second set of fins on the bottom seem to be paralyzed but its been a few weeks and he gets around and he's eating again. as for keeping the black morrs with my common ive had them together for about 3 or 4 months now and my morrs are just plain fat, i also added 2 sarsasa commet goldfish and even tho they are faster they all get along just fine. instead of feeding them 2 or 3 times a day i just feed them a little bit every hour or so and they'll just search the bottom in-between feedings.
erica johnson - 2014-04-26
Yess I have a question. My friend got bit by a centepede that he had and he is scared that he will die and he doesn't know all the facts.

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Jim - 2014-01-20
I have had a red factor canary for the last 6 years and he is healthy and apparently happy as he sings daily and in the evening if the light is on. People that visit and hear him sing cannot believe his song and the loudness and duration. I am asked to go into another room if on the phone, or have difficulty watching TV and hearing while he is singing. I have owned many canaries in the past but the performance of this guy is without parallel. He would be considered a Master by a breeder if in a room full of young learning how to sing. Thanks for the information I received by reading your site and good luck in the future.

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  • mohammed - 2014-04-26
    Hello There, I read about your description on the canary that you have got. Anyway, My name is Mohammed and I am from Dubai.. I love Birds and I have collection of many parrots in my home, I would like to know if you are interested to sell your canary or if you can give me some more ideas where did you get your canary from will be really grateful and appreciated.. I am Awaiting your best reply. Call me anytime: 00971557816171 or email me anytime. Kind Regards Mohammed
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louise wilson - 2014-02-02
Iv got an eastern rosella parrot and shes lovely ( at times when I treat her to new equipment ). I got her given to me about 6 - 7 weeks ago and from day 1 she sat on my shoulder but did tend to bit but she wasnt being aggresive untill it came to me or anyone else putting hands in cage!!! I thought she would always be alittle aggresive but each day she is gaining more trust in me :) today she let me stroke her belly and head and she loved it!!!! Does anyone know how long their life spam is as my bird ( Rainbow ) is 7 years old??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    Sounds like a wonderful bird, and they are so pretty. The average lifespan of the Eastern Rosella's is said to be around 15 years, so you should have a wonderful pet for a long time.
  • kljsdjf - 2014-04-25
    They live from 20-30 years.
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subramanian - 2014-03-09
Sir I have a three month old alexandrian, now it's sufferring with fits I think. Any treatment for this? Please inform me, it's  urgent. Thank you.

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  • anandamathan - 2014-04-25
    Please price in alexandrine parakeet.
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kingtigermp - 2014-04-23
I have had a snow capped Pionus for over 20 years. His name was 'Guido' as he looked like he was a short little pizza man. After 10 years, 'he' laid two eggs. Name changed to 'Gee'. Absolutely hates everyone but me. She sits on my shoulder and squeaks and makes noises that she only does there, on my shoulder. Gentle as a puppy with me, but squeals in my ear if I don't pay her enough attention. I love this bird. Pionus are very affectionate to only one or a couple of people. Gee will nip me if I get too close to anyone else, even my wife. That is her warning to me to be careful with these persons!

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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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