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chris - 2010-10-03
I have a 4 month old senegal who seems to sleep upside down in its cage. Is this normal? The cage is 20x24x36 with a play top area. The bird is tame bought from a breeder who I feel loves her birds and takes pride in her birds. I really like this bird and look forward to the future with this pet but was wondering if they sleep this way?

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  • John - 2010-10-21
    Chris, I have a three year old Senegal who started sleeping upside down about 4 months ago. He is very happy and well adjusted. Should have named him "Batman". I think it's perfectly normal. I got my bird when he was two. Apparently he had little attention given to him and just sat around. It took about 6 months but he now is very active, loves toys, and is quite playful and affectionate. By the way, my cage is a similar size.
  • encee - 2010-10-30
    I have a Senegal, too and she does this all the time. It is very normal for her!
    In fact sometimes, to tell me she wants to go to sleep, she goes up to the top of her cage and holds on to it upside down. So I cover her and she's happy. I asked a bird store owner if this breed does this a lot and she said they did. Mine also likes to dangle upside down on one foot from a towel hanging in the bathroom. Real acrobat!!!
  • Andrea - 2011-01-17
    I have an 8 year old senegal who sleeps upside down half of the week and on a perch the other. He seems to be fine and just loves to view the world upside down.
  • Jenni - 2011-01-30
    Chris, I'm not sure if you are still looking for an answer to this, and hopefully everything is still okay with the bird. It is normal for birds to sleep in different positions. We are familiar with birds who perch on one leg or sleep against something, but there are many birds who like to sleep upside down or even on their backs! Just like people, every bird's sleep style is different. Make sure he is getting proper nutrition, play time, a good diet (NOT a seed-only diet), and good socialization with you and other members of the house.
  • Jo - 2014-02-07
    My Senegal spends pretty much her whole life upside down !!!
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Ben - 2014-02-05
An eastern rosella flew out of a tree and landed on my girlfriends shoulder. It was looking seriously malnourished and desperate. Needless to say Madeleine brought it home. When I saw it I didn't believe it was an eastern rosella, it had no feathers on it upper body what so ever, and without any feathers on his face he reminded me of Steve buchemi with his google eyes. That's how he got his name Steve. Steve was surprisingly tolerant of human contact, it was almost like he was hand reared and had escaped. After some research we worked out he was still very young as he still had juvenile down under his wing feathers.

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Ben - 2014-02-05
An eastern rosella flew out of a tree and landed on my girlfriends shoulder. It was looking seriously malnourished and desperate. Needless to say Madeleine brought it home. When I saw it I didn't believe it was an eastern rosella, it had no feathers on it upper body what so ever, and without any feathers on his face he reminded me of Steve buchemi with his googly eyes. That's how he got his name Steve. Steve was surprisingly tolerant of human contact, it was almost like he was hand reared and had escaped. After some research we worked out he was still very young as he still had juvenile down under his wing and back feathers. It took a few weeks but with good feed plenty if water and a large cage to sleep in at night he recoverd his feathers back and actually got chirpier. He was being a really cool bird. Any how I will get to the point. Recently we went away for a weekend and when we returned he was a different bird. He was really aggressive and quite cheeky. The problem was exacerbated when we had to go away again two weeks later. He is not the same bird and it can get quiet scary when he decides to attack you for moving the remote away from him so he doesn't chew the buttons off. His attitude has gotten to the point where I'm ready to let him go. Madeleine on the other feels as if Steve chose her and is willing to persevere for a while longer. Has anyone had similar things happen to them with their birds? And if so what did they do to remedy the situation? He has heaps of toys and gets to fly about pretty much all day. He is only put in the cage to sleep. It's almost like he's acting like a spoilt teenager. Please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-06
    He does sound like a spoiled teenager...lol. Rule of thumb, it takes a parrot about 30 days to acclimate to a new home and come to know you as their 'flock'. But they are like children, and after that they may try different behaviors to get attention, or to be dominant. They do often have a 'teenage' period during maturation where the behavior can be like what you described, though from what you said, I think your bird may be a little young for that.

    Any change in established routine, environment, or companions is difficult for them. Establish a routine and stick to it. Rather than giving the bird free rein in the household, you could try to give him some specific times out of his cage for exercise and to interact with you. If he mis-behaves while out, then you can use return him to his cage early as a notice that the behavior is unacceptable. When he is being good, offer treats, praise, and lots of interaction. Time, affection, and patience are necessary.  Parrots are wonderful companions and I'm glad Madeleine is willing to be patient and perservere.
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Tanya Good - 2014-02-05
My Regent parrot, Milo will be 26 next month. Yes, I have had him the entire time. Anyone have a 'realistic' life span range for these birds? Everything I have read is 20-25. Well, he has surpassed that! Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-05
    You rock! Your Regent is well cared for, and long-lived. I have read 25, and up to 30 years as an average lifespan for these birds.
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K.Swapnil - 2012-05-20
I have a pair of Indian rose ringed parakeet ....
and they are 2.3 months old......

I have two que. to ask:
Q1.When the black lining/strip would appear around the male's neck
Q2.one have them has a prob. that it produce a very low sound like if its throat is not well and by looking it closely i noticed when it opens its beak to make sound a very thin layer of water formed and burst.....Wat is the problem with it

Please answer these and try to email me at swap.blue@gmail.com

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  • Ron Sorkar - 2014-02-05
    You should not give them banana.that makes problem to create good sound. i am also a bird lover. i have also a parakeet bird male. The black ring will arrive after 8 to 9 months.
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Anonymous - 2014-02-03
I have had my lilac for 14 years and he/she has been such a joy to have. Mine is very quiet unless he/she feels it's time to change food or water. When I first rescued my friend from an abusive owner there was no handling. I tried the glove approach boy was that a mistake! So I moved forward with a wooden perch to teach my lilac the step up routine. Still to this day I cannot just reach in the cage and and ask my bird to step up, he/she runs from me but if I stick the perch in there it isn't an issue, he/she steps right on it. I don't know if the previous owner scared my friend for life and now my feathered friend will always have trust issues. I am able to hold my bird if he/she is not near the cage. My feathered friend is very protective of me and will attack if he/she feels I'm being hurt. My husband and I were play fighting and my bird flew off the cage and attacked him and still to this day protects momma. I have my lilac in a very large cage with a double yellow nape and they are very good friends. With a little love and a lot of time you can train your feathered friend/friends but you have to be commited or a bird lover.

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sarah phillips - 2014-01-31
we had an amazon fly into our property 8 months ago she will have nothing to do with anyone but me i handle her but she loves the grand kids to play with her but will not get on their hand she cries like a baby when they leave she is 45 years old according to the band on her leg and knows several wordswe really love her

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Tara - 2014-01-29
I have two finches, one is all white, with a very light tan pattern on the tail, and dark tear lines on it's face. The other is spotted dark tan and white, with no tear lines. I have not had them very long, no eggs. How can I tell if they are male or female? Neither one has orange cheeks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-30
    If neither one has orange cheeks, than your Zebra Finches are both female.  Zebra Finches are very easy to sex - males have orange cheeks and the females don't. See the descriptions of the male and female above... under the 'description' section.
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Barbara - 2013-03-05
I got my Peanut at the age of 4weeks, S/he was very loving towards me, love sitting on my lap and been handled my me and my husban, the last week Peanut dose not want me to pick s/he up, will come to me for some food but only on s/he terms (eg: if I am eating wants what I am eating and will sit on my hand for it for a few seconds but then s/he will want want I am eating but will not come to me for it, might take it and run away). any man can pick Peanut up and s/he fine but let me pick Peanut s/he gos mad trying to fly away... I am the one that spends most of the day with Peanut bez come with me to work, s/he has a cage and play area on my desk. What can I do to get back my birds love towards me... PLEASE HELP

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-05
    Just like people, birds get into moods.  Sounds like that is what she is in.  Give her a little space and she will surely get back to normal.  ANything in the house change that may have scared her?
  • Emma Elliott - 2014-01-28
    How old is s\he now? Does s\he occasionally bite? Peanut could be going through the bluffing stage. If you don't what it is then search it up. If she is, then don't neglect her handle as much as you used too. if you neglect Peanut it will affect s\he in the long run. Or she could be require something that you cant understand, because when you cant understand them they get frustrated. hope this helps.
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kim - 2014-01-27
I just got a 4 month old 'hand-fed' baby from a breeder. The baby is not eating nor drinking and seems absolutely terrified. Just brought home yesterday evening. Meyer is in a cage in my bedroom to have some quiet/acclimation time. Has been held minimally maybe 3x 5min each-tries to fly away in fear. Opened cage while speaking smoothly this morning and flew away in fear. Now, I do have other birds that were bought at an older age. Is this normal for a baby? Does not perch on finger, but will on perch. Is this bird just not socialized?? Normal reaction for a baby? I am very worried about the not eating part. I was hoping for a tamed, hand-fed babe. Can she come around? I know I may sound crazy since I just got her---but she IS TERRIFIED. I fear for the amount of stress she must be feeling. Bird not sexed. Breeder said she seemed like a girl. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-27
    It is concerning that your bird is not drinking. This baby could very well have been hand-fed, but has probably been weaned for several weeks now. It may be that the breeder was feeding many babies and didn't give this bird much one-on-one time, that  happens with some larger outfits. He may then have been housed with other birds, so no longer is well socializd with humans. Birds always prefer other birds over people.. it's a natural behavior, and so then become cautious with humans. Usually it takes time and patience, offering treats and soft words, and a bird will start responding.

    Not drinking or eating is concerning however. If the bird doesn't start drinking soon, you may try to offer assistance. Try getting some handfeeding formula (Kaytee makes great formula) and offering it.  Take the bird out, put it on a table (or in a large flat box/bin). Hold it from the back with your hand around its body, thumb and forefinger on either side of the head. Then offer a bit of food  with a syringe (a spoon may work too).  Be very gentle and soft-spoken, but try to get it to take a taste. This can help remind it of being a baby, because it's still young enough to remember being fed. It may still refuse, but it's worth a shot. Work on letting it know you are its 'flock' and continue to show you care about it. If it goes too long without drinking or food, taking it to a vet could end up being necessary.
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