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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.
  • Tina - 2014-10-04
    Hey, ours is currently at age 20.
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david price - 2014-10-04
I have just been givin a blue amazon parrot she is 20 yrs old and in excellent condition for age.she will take food from us but that is it.shes not a talker or whistler shes very quiet.has anybody got any ideas on how to start to try and do anything with her.she is a very quiet sweet bird.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    Sounds like a great bird and with time an patience, you may get her to come out to you, possibly even talk. Some tips for handling and training can be found here, on the Amazon Parrot Care page.
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Lyle Krueger II - 2014-10-03
I have a Boliviana Military Macaw and he has a bad tendency to bite me. He has yet to bite anybody else, but bites me when he gets upset or startled. Sometimes he bites me because he is excited and I have to pick him up, I put my arm near his legs and he bites my arm. This happened a week ago when I took him to our groomer and when the groomer came out Paco got really excited, saying hello, whistling, and dancing. He really likes the guy we go to for grooming. Once he bit my lower lip when a visitors son walked under Paco and hit the tail with his head. Paco freaked, bit my lip and got his upper beak stuck in my lower lip. This led to me having to go to the ER to get stitches. I would really like to know some techniques that will help change this sort of behavior. He is still young. He will be 9 years old in December. I have had him since he was 6 years and one month. In that time he has bitten me at least two dozen times. Most bird owners I know would not tolerate this and would have gotten rid of him long ago. My wife does not like the fact that he bites and will not go anywhere near him. She is also fearful now that we have a new baby in the house. I'm completely open to suggestions and any advice or alternatives will be taken into serious consideration. I hope to find one that works. Find me on Facebook and send me a message. Thank you for taking your time to read this. Sincerely, Retired Gulf War era/Iraq War veteran Lyle Krueger II

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    He sounds like he's a great bird in general, but is resopnding to certain triggers by biting you. The biting seems to occur as the result of fear  or being unable to respond to stimuli in a better way, so here's a couple suggestions to try. Avoid things that trigger biting as much as possible. When he does bite,  push your hand towards him and then put him in his cage and leave the room. Don't show any other response. When he's not biting, be very affectionate to set the perferred tone of the relationship. You can also try the BirdTricks training videos for this macaw, Training A Military Macaw, we've heard great reports about their bird training over the years.
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doverony - 2014-09-29
hi i have a diamond dove pair, 3 days b4 my male dove fly away, then i bought a new male dove but previous pair behavier looking helpful and share mentality. Now with this new male dove previous female not match. they always distance create. but not make fighting. 2 days running that i bought new male. previous female age 5 months & new male age 8 months. how i solve this problem & make a sweet pair like previous?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    I'm thinking you're going to have to give them time to get to know each other.
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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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  • Patsy Harper - 2014-09-25
    Please take him to his Avian certified vet immediately. It's possible he is making happy noises. But you can't take a chance. Where are you located? I have a list of very good vets all over the country. Please send me a message when you find out what is wrong. Please?
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Linda Pries - 2013-05-21
I have been breeding cockatiels for several years now and am currently setting up pairs from my own breeding. I have normals, pied, albino pearls and what I have always called lutino pearls. I'm not sure if this is the proper name for these as I have seen them also referred to as opaline pearl. The birds are soft yellow with the grey pearling. Last year I purchased a pair consisting of an albino hen and a whiteface pearl cock. They produced all whiteface pied chicks until their last clutch which also produced a gorgeously stunning whiteface pearl hen. I am keeping her and breeding her back to a normal male who is split to pied. Also will be starting a pair who is a whiteface pied split to albino hen bred to a lutino pearl cock. I'm very anxious to see what these pairings will produce. Does anyone have any ideas? Also, is lutino pearl the proper classification for my yellow birds with grey pearling?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-21
    That Whitefaced Pearl hen must truly be a beauty! A Lutino Pearl Cockatiel has white plumage with yellow pearling, not grey pearling. Lutino's lack all grey pigment. It's probably either a normal pearl mutation or a cinnamon pearl mutation (which has a lighter coloring than the normal). Also males do not retain the pearling, it molts out as they mature. As these birds are crossbred, specific characteristics can become less distinct, so a good knowledge of the genetics as well as the birds lineage (who were their parents/grandparents, etc) is helpful in choosing crossings to get the results you are looking for.
  • Geoff Larsen - 2013-08-30
    I am new to cockatiels and was given a pair for breeding. The female got egg bound and died so now my male is very lonely. What I would like to know is what type he is and how to locate a suitable mate. He is a white face (no cheek markings at all) and a few dark grey patches on the top of his wings. His mate was also white faced but had quite a bit of grey markings all over her body and wings. (My kids named them Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.)
Connie - 2014-09-24
I have 4 cockatiels. The 2 I'm wondering about do not have white faces nor orange spots! They are very very light gray with white around their eyes. Can anybody tell me are they considered white faced or what? Thanks!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    They sound really pretty! If you check out the description section above, it has a discussion on the various types of white-faced cockatiels, with their coloration so you may be able to determine if your's are indeed white-faced birds from that. There are a lot of interbred birds, so it would also help if you could talked to the people you got them from to get their breeding information.
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T - 2007-10-09
I find it impossible to read all the wonderful things posted here about GCC. My GCC is 3 months old and was hand tamed/hand fed by a local breeder. When he first came home he was nippy, but showed some promise. Now he is by far the biggest disappointment I have ever had. I have owned cockatiels, parakeets, canaries, etc. and was so excited about getting a small parrot. I have never met a more nasty, hateful creature. I have bites everywhere and can not touch him without a suite of armour. I would never recommend a GCC to anyone (especially around children)unless one enjoys being brutalized daily. He wants to be on you from the time you open the cage and then immediately bites, rips and tears at flesh (arms, fingers, anything). No friend in this beast. Have tried every recommendation onine for curbing the biting and it only gets worse. Will never make such a horrid mistake again.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-09-24
    Sounds to me like he was somehow traumatized early on by you or someone around you. Yours is the first case I've seen bad things said about them. Definitely don't rule them out in the future after one bad experience because they really are such sweet and affectionate birds if raised properly.
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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.
  • Diogo Ferreira - 2014-09-23
    Hi, That's not always the case, there are mutations where the female can have cheeks. Females can also have dark red beaks, colorful chests and chest stripes as the males. The only way to distinguish male from female are brown feathers on the side with the white spots.
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-26
    There are a number of mutations like the Fawn Cheek Zebra and the Black Cheek Zebra, but even so the orange cheeks are still a stubborn indication of a male. You can learn all about mutations on the eFinch website.
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Rita pelt - 2014-09-23
I had a sun Conure but he died, he was the sweetest bird I ever had when he did not want to see anyone he wound get down in the inside of my blouse and stick his head out I would walk around with him there but he died my husband died I want one so bad I miss him but I don't have the money to pay. As much as they cost if any one has babies that I could buy one for I appreciate it very much


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