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jayashree - 2013-11-05
Hi, my bird is around 11 months old. I have noticed that her feather ends are changing into blackish color and the area btw nose too. But she is healthy and active. Wat's the reason behind this? Pls help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    The color of a bird's feathers only change naturally when they molt. My guess is she is rubbing against something in the cage, to cause her feathers to get dirty or look like a different color.
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uhhhh - 2008-09-19
Hmmm, a Scarlet Macaw is the most useless macaw of all. They are moody, prone to feather plucking, scream to much, they can't talk very well, they sit around and scream all day, and make dumb noises. My bird is four and says three words. My Greenwing Macaw says a whole bunch of things. I have bruises all over my arms from my bird. If you ask me they are not a good pet and are way to much money. If you are looking into getting a Macaw get a Greenwing Macaw or a Blue and Gold. They are smarter, sweeter, and over all a way better bird.

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  • Jackie mast- Mosqueda - 2013-11-04
    Well if you don't want him I will gladly take him off your hand
Jackie mast- Mosqueda - 2013-11-04
I just recently acquired a 6yr old Scarlett macaw, the first week he stayed in his cage he was I guess insecure about his surroundings, but after that he opened up really quick and is a very lovable bird, though he mainly takes to the females in the house (my mom and myself). He loves to be cuddled with warm blankets and even gets along with our dogs and cats. I am so happy that we rescued him, squawks and all. He tells us which one he wants by calling us by name, even the pets. He likes to go outside and play in the trees during the day and when he's done he just comes back in through the pet door. We do cover his cage at night because we have central air in the house and I like to think the blanket keeps him a little warmer, and he likes his naps in his cage with the blanket. If we don't cover him he becomes agitated and grabs at them from the inside of the cage till we do what he wants. I guess he thinks he rules the house (and he does). Best decision we made, thank you for letting me share my story.

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Marisa Fourie - 2013-10-14
I had a pair of Mealy Rosellas and a pair of Golden Mantle Rosellas. One of the Mealies suddenly died and one of the Golden Mantles flew away. We thought to keep them in separate cages was a waste and decided to put them together. At this stage we thought that both were males. Then suddenly we didn't see the mealy anymore and looked inside the nest box, only to find that the 'he' is a 'she' and she had 4 eggs! Now we have two beautiful babies. Both look like the father, the Golden Mantle. A friend of ours told my husband that the babies are mules. Can anybody please tell me if this is the truth?

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  • imran - 2013-11-04
    Hi! myself i have been looking for answer of same question. i have been surfing on internet cant get any link. if any one knows plzzz tell us.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    When two distinct species coming from the same genus are cross-bred, the offspring are called interspecific hybrids. In this case it is the Mealy Rosella 0r Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) being crossed with the Golden-mantled Rosella (Platycercus eximius elecica). Unfortunately it is true that the offspring of an interspecific cross is very often sterile.
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Kathy Daly - 2013-10-29
I purchased three zebra finch birds a few days ago. I didn't know much about them but learned a lot from your site. I have noticed that 2 of the birds stick together while the one single one sleeps by itself. Should I remove one of them or will they be okay together. I bought all three because that's all there were and I didn't want to leave one by itself at the pet store

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-01
     They are a flock bird, see the 'social behaviors' section above. It may be that with only three, you have a pair with an 'odd man out' situation. Because they socialize in a flock, you will want to get more to keep from having an isolated bird.
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JoeBaka - 2005-07-21
I had this bird for some time, but I didn't buy him. This may sound weird, but I found him walking down an avenue in my neighborhood, and he refused to fly. I figured since it was in the middle of February, he was going to die if he stayed out there, so I stuck him in my car and took him home. I didn't name him, he actually told me his name, and he said "hello Rico", and ever since I have been calling him Rico. Great bird, just a little messy and could attract bugs or mice with the leftovers that they put on the floor. Noisy at times but you get used to it. The great things about these birds is that you could let them out and let them fly around and spread their wings. Great bird, love him, but I still have no idea how much they run for because I found him on an avenue walking along at 12 in the morning.

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  • Eva - 2013-11-01
    Hello, you lucked out because the BFA'S cost anywhere between 500-1000 dollars depending on where you buy them. I bought a bf for 1000€ as I live in Germany. and she is definently a blessing be good to your bird he will love you forever.
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anonymous - 2013-10-31
Hi, i have 2 diamond doves. One is white in color and the other is sort of bluish. The person at the pet store said they are young and would look like other doves when they grow up. I would like a pair but i am still unable to determine their gender. I dont know their ages. Can someone help me in finding out their ages. And how long will it take to be sure of their genders. By the way i bought them a week ago. :) thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-01
    They told you they are 'young' but you'll need to ask the people you got them from for an exact age if you need one.  They can be sexed at about 6 months of age and the 'Breeding/Reproduction' section above provides answers to your questions.
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Bau5 - 2013-10-30
I have a 6month old orange winged Amazon and he already talks, knows his name and responds to you. I feed him sunflower seeds, guava, apple slices etc. I read online that they can't chocolate so I keep it away from him

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Kathleen - 2012-12-22
I have these beautiful little society finches and I need some advice please. I've had 8 together and they have all lived very long healthy lives between 10 and 12 years. The last two of this group are quite elderly and one is failing. I'm keeping them warm and they are eating very well. My question and big concern is. What can I do in the event I loose one of the 2 to help the lone bird? I love them dearly and I'm very concerned about the event of having one elderly bird on it's own. I am hoping not to introduce another bird because this will continue to play occur. Is there something I can do to provide comfort and a happy environment for a lone older bird in this situation? I want to prepare for this in case this does play out this way. Thank you for any help and suggestions. Kathleen

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    On average a finch will need only 5-7 days to come to terms with the loss of a companion. This time is mostly allowed so the finch understands that the dead finch really isn't coming back.

    If you don't supply your finch with a new companion at the end of that week he/she may indeed appear to still be depressed. This is normal. Not so much that he/she is still mourning the loss, rather the finch is simply lonely. In time and if you are around more often the finch may perk up and appear happier. This happens when the finch starts to view you as part of the flock. A mirror in the cage can also help the finch cope with being alone but note that some aggressive species may feel threatened by their own reflection.

  • Roger - 2013-01-16
    Helpful post and great sharing. Some thngis in here I haven't thought about before, I would like to use this moment to say that I really love this blog. It's been a good resource of information for me. Thank you so much!
  • Anonymous - 2013-10-29
    Last week i buy 4 social finch and a month later i hade 5 eggs they where so little i ne imagine to be that littlethen two weeks later there was baby chicks it was amasing
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Isabel - 2010-07-30
I have two Budgerigars and my male Ocean is perched perfectly but my Fe male is fluffed up, Do you think I should take her to the Vet, she sneezes but there is no change in the eating habits or her poop.

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  • Chris Miilu - 2013-10-27
    If your Parakeet sneezes and is fluffled up, she is probably very ill.  I just lost an adored female Keet; she was sneezing at night and then for two days she sat in her mirror fluffed up.  I took her to an Avian vet and they xrayed her - she was congested and ill.  Put her on meds, but it was already too late.  Take your Keet to the vet now!

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