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Karen K - 2013-06-15
My dutch blue just passed, and his hatch date was 6/5/1993.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-17
    That was a long lived parakeet!. It must have had a wonderful home:) But I'm sorry to hear Karen, it is hard to have such a long time friend pass on. Wishing you all the best.
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Ashley - 2011-04-14
I am having a hard time finding one of these beautiful birds to buy, any advice??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    You could just start by calling all the major breeders that advertise in the back of Bird Talk.
    Or you could look up on the Internet to see if anyone advertises Hybrid birds for sale or again any large breeder. Many breeders feel very strongly that hybrids should not occur. So some breeders will not discuss a hybrid but some will. Be patient and just keep asking.
  • Linda Ehret - 2011-06-20
    Hi Ashley,
    I own & operate a small bird store in Allentown, Pa for the last 26 yrs.
    One of my breeders has sunset macaws but they are rather pricey, 2000.00 is the price if you're interested.
  • Clarence - 2012-02-27
    Or you could go directly to a breeder - potentially the one this store uses. Exotic Baby Birds of Englewood Florida breeds these and they sell them for $1500 to consumers directly. Save $500 and buy toys.
  • Steven Kochan - 2012-07-01
    I have an 8 year old female Maui Sunset Macaw for sale. Tame with me, she is extremely beautiful. If you are interested my email is abc12tree@hotmail.com.
  • Janet Helstrom - 2013-06-14
    HI Ashley, DO NOT buy a bird from Fancy Feathers in Caldwell NJ!! I live in WI and paid for in full and was promised a maui macaw 7 month old female. They kept her and sent me the wrong bird!  They are scammers!  NO DNA certificate for the maui I was suppose to get and  had a yellow head, this one has a dark head. Good luck. If anyone knows where this bird is please please call me thank you! 9207445752
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Animal-World info on Harlequin Macaw
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terri - 2005-09-17
We are owned by a 13 year precocious, mischeivious, hilarious, bratty harlequin. She's got a great sense of humor and rules this roost. We love her madly.

Great creature, but .......VERY high maintenance. While quite lively and entertaining, they require--no, demand-- a great deal of time, care and attention. It's like having a 4 year old under foot at all times. This includes both the good and bad behaviors. So if you aren't ready to engage in a full time relationship, this is not the bird for you.

That being said our little "monster" (her name is Spanish for a mythical boogie man monster) is truly a great addition to our family. FYI: we do not have children in our home. She knows all our cats by name and calls for them. Often telling on them when they have done something wrong. Or blaming them for something she has done wrong. One afternoon she had opened up the lock on her cage and quietly ventured into the bathroom where she proceeded to chew off an entire corner of the door! Created a hole the size of a large fat cat. When I found her, I said "What happened here?" She said, "The kitties."

Recently we had to travel overnight and left her alone. Mind you, overnight only. She was stocked up with plenty of food, water, toys and classical music playing softly. When we got home, she had no voice. We took her to the vet to be sure she wasn't sick. She wasn't. As it turns out she screamed herself hoarse. Needless to say we enjoyed the respite from the earsplitting noise she shares with us.


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  • Suzi - 2013-06-13
    I like the way you started out with 'We are owned by'. Haha We, too are owned by a Harlequin Macaw named Harley. She is 21 years old, and is the life of the household. She loves my daughter dearly, and is her great protector. I even took her to school once for 2nd grade halloween party. She loves children, all of them got to pet her. She also cannot stand when people get loud - no fighting in our house. Haha I really enjoy talking to other people who have friends like our Harley. Thank you!
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ronald irvine - 2009-04-02
I think the redfactor canary is one of the most beautiful canaries. As I have kept them for over 40 years now they still catch my eye with their colour the only hing I have always disagreed on is the therory regarding the crossing of a fertile mule or hybrid to get the red colour. This as we should all be aware of, is not so. The red just like the yellow has been introduced by selective breeding. Just emagine if we bred fertile hybrids, we would never have a true species of birds or any animal in fact. No man can interfere once and breed a mule or hybrid but nature steps in and says thats enough. So the books would need to be rewrote properly again and remove that silly prank that hey put in years ago. So I hope the breeders keep up their good work as there are still so many colours we have yet to breed in the redfactors and newcoloured canaries.

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  • richelieu - 2013-06-12
    There is no way to breed selectively for red colour in the canary. Canaries have no red colour genes whatsoever. The standard green canary is the result of an optical illusion caused by the brown phaemelaanin and the black eumelanin over the yellow ground colour. Blue, which is really a slate colour, occurs when the yellow gene is switched of as the result of a mutation. The only red gene was the result of Duncker's work. Fertile hybrids do occur, but not often. Selective breeding for colour then went on from there, aided, of course by careful colour feeding.
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shanique - 2013-06-10
My bird is a parakeet. It is very playful. I got it on my birthday. My parakeet is a boy. My bird is named blue my name is shanique (sha-ni-k). It is crazy.

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Phyllis Shapiro-Cash - 2013-06-08
A white dove flew onto my deck on Tues. and now returns several times a day. We were having dinner and she just perched on my husband's chair. 'She' eats from my hand and I've been feeding her dove birdseed from the pet store and some millet from the grocery. She appears to 'live' close by and is very tame and obviously used to people. I don't know where she was yesterday in all that rain. She's returned everyday sometimes several times each day since Tues. My grandchildren were feeding her and she landed on my granddaughter's shoulder! I wonder if she's living in one of my birdhouses but the openings are the usual size. How should I take care of her? I wonder if she's lost? Thanks for any input. Phyllis

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-08
    That sounds like a very nice bird indeed. It is curious that it is so friendly, and that does suggest that it may be a pet as these birds become very affectionate as pets. But where it came from is anyone's guess. There is some good information on foods and feeding, as well as housing and more for these types of birds on the Dove and Pigeon Care page, that should be of some help.
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Joyce Glatfelter - 2013-06-07
You stated that the longest recorded lovebird lifespan was 17 years. I bought my lovebird in December, 1994 and she is still alive. She will be 19 this Christmas.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-08
    Congratulations on keeping your lovebird so well. What a joy your pet  must be:) Yes, 17 is the recorded age, but you are not alone in having a lovebird that is longer lived. Just like you there have been a number of people tell us about their lovebird exceeding that age, with one person stating theirs lived for 25 years! WOW... now that was one well cared for bird:)
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Joanne - 2013-06-07
I have had my goffin Cockatoo for 2 years now. Its seems that he is screaming more than usual these days. He was also rescued from a lady who was going to leave him go lose because she was having a baby. I recently got a kitten who is six months old. Do you feel that he is screaming more because of the kitten? Does his food need to be changed or something else? I have tried all kinds of toys too. Any help would be appreciated?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    The kitten could be causing the disruption. These birds are so very needy socially, that anything that takes attention away from them is a big deal. A more extreme example, I've known cockatoos that went absolutely nuts when their loving, devoted keeper had the audascity to have a baby. They simply don't understand, and become extremely jealous.  In your case the kitten is possibly causing this, and it will be at risk if the bird is out unattended when its around. So be watchful. It could be something else, but I would look at this new friend of yours as the most likely!
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Robert LaGamba - 2013-06-07
I recently became aware that my male finch, 8 months old, has no left eye -- simply an empty socket. Has anyone else experienced this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    How strange! He must have been missing it for quite some time, but apparently it isn't causing him difficulties. Most animals can adapt to things like this in a captive environment, for example I've had three-legged turtles, spastic frogs, mice missing a limb, and others. In captivity they are so protected, they don't have to worry about things like predators or finding food. So its really a nice life for them, and your finch is truly lucky to have a home with you too:)
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Nancy cardin - 2013-06-07
Last year we had a male and female wydah. they disappeared in nov. 2012. now, We have a small male wydah in our yard daily for the past 2 weeks. So thrilling. he must be a teenager due to his size. We live in in the eastbluff area of newport beach, ca.

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