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ruth - 2012-04-18
Can anybody tell me why my mums parrots eyes keep changing colour?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-18
    The eyes aren't really changing color - the pupils are dilating (getting bigger and smaller)
    and it is frequently called pinning. The pupils expand so the eyes look darker or the pupils contract and the eyes take on a brighter color often times looking like there are actual rings of a different color (usually an orange) on the outside. It is a language - a body language. By watching the eyes and trying to determine the mood you can frequently tell when your parrot is haopy, sad, relaxed and or mad. If you see those pupils get real small and a fixed stare often in conjunction with a growl - leave him alone. If you see regular sized pupils and that relaxed furry look - it is gee I sure would like some attention. Any body language is different based on personality of the bird but it is another way a parrot does express himself. It is quite obvious in amazons.
  • Daniela Korpela - 2013-08-08
    OW eyes turn bright red when it is angry or fighting back. You might notice if you try to touch his tail.
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Bobbi-Sue - 2013-08-06
Hi! I have a green-winged macaw named Izabella Perlmutter. Most comments on the website praise their sweetness and pleasant personalities........NOT my Izabella Perlmutter. She bites, recently chewed my favorite bracelet. No one can touch her except me and that being at night when she is put to bed. She won't eat from her food bowl, so I have to feed her manually. She will not drink from her water bowel, only from a cup I have to hold for her. She only takes a bath in her water bowl..........but I adore her and would NEVER GIVE HER AWAY!

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emerson - 2013-08-05
Who builds the nest, the male or the female fisher?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    I am really not sure. But they usually use 'pre-built' nests (trees, boxes, etc.) and so they may not put much effort into making their own nests. The mothers are usually the ones who sit on the nest and raise the young, so I would think they would probably do a lot of the nest building if there is any.
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michael campbell - 2013-08-05
How do you avoid the constant fighting between the zebra finches?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    How many finches do you have? What size of cage? If you have too many finches in a small area they can get feisty and pluck and pick at each other. Make sure they are in a large enough cage with plenty of room to fly and individual space.

    Oftentimes they aren't truly fighting either. They might just be playing and preening each other.
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Pam - 2013-08-05
Would you keep a very tame 8 month old Moustache Parrot in a large aviary with a tame 3 month old female Blue Masked Love Bird as companions to one another? Plenty of interaction with their owner and loads of rotational toys available?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    In general you wouldn't want to mix different types of birds. That being said, it is quite possible they could get along and be good friends. I would start by keeping their cages next to each other so they can get to know each other and see how they react over time. Eventually you could try putting them together and see how it goes.
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Tommyr - 2013-06-27
A male has taken up residence in our back yard over the last several days. We have never seen one of these before so it was very exciting to see him. He fits right in with the other finches at the bird feeder and seems quite content. (Lake Forest, CA)

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  • Wendy - 2013-07-22
    I had a male pin-tailed whydah in my backyard in northwest Fullerton this morning. This was the first time I've ever seen one, and I've lived here for 23 years. He was eating birdseed on the ground along with the finches and mourning doves. I was thrilled to see it this morning.
  • birdwatcher - 2013-08-04
    I saw him this evening in the sunny hills area of Fullerton.
  • Tommyr - 2013-08-09
    The male continues to guard his domain and has now assembled a 'harem' of at least two female whydahs. He performs his energetic display often and each female seems very impressed as they flutter and hop as he dances mid-air before them. I am still amazed at his enormous energy level. He swoops and chases off all intruders except other finches, and impresses his lady friends endlessly. His territory has now grown to include the front yard and neighbors' yards.
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Tyion Blasingame - 2013-08-01
You might remember me from baby Adam. Hi I have another bird it's a girl her name is Princess and she's shy.

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Amy - 2013-08-01
I have a male and female ringneck dove that had a baby about 3 weeks ago. I have a medium size aviary for only the three of them. Can the baby stay in with them or will I eventually have to separate the baby from the parents? Thanks much!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-01
    As long as they are getting along fine, you could leave them together. My main concern would be if the parents have another clutch and continue to breed, it could become overcrowded. But they may not if they feel too confined.
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koko - 2010-09-18
Hi dears
Please how can I know the age for bird (yellow nape) because I have one but I do not know how old it?

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  • Lynne - 2013-03-17
    Perhaps an avian vet could give you an idea, but after 3 years old, it's pretty hard to tell the age until they're over 50. LYNNE
  • Barbara Homewood - 2013-04-14
    I don't have a reply I need HELP. I read all the articles and thought maybe you would have a suggestion. We have a cockatoo who is the love of our life...we had an Amazon that died and we were heart broken. Well yesterday we got a Red Lord Amazon and she (we think her name is Peggy) won't hardly allow me to touch her. I have got to get her to get on my hand by coming in behind when my husband is holding her. She LOVES him to where she will get off her cage already to walk to him. I am around these birds all the time as I work from home... I am her care giver but she lunges and shows signs of aggression when I go near her, any advice that can help me with this?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Koko, unless the person you got the bird from knows its age... it will be a mystery forever. Birds just don't have any physical indications of age.

    Barbara, it sounds like you have a 'patience & love' scenario on your hands. Birds don't just love us because we want them to... we have to earn it and give them a reason to respond... usually lots of 'patience& love'... good luck:)
  • Daylan - 2013-05-13
    Barbara, Try removing your husband from the birds interaction. This will force it to interact with only you and may help you gain it's trust and affections faster. It may be the bird is just partial to men, perhaps it was owned originally by a man, who knows. Either way, by making sure you are the only one interacting with it until it comes to you with ease will be a key part in its retraining. Good luck!
  • Daylan - 2013-05-13
    Koko...check to see if it has a band on it's leg. The breeder info should be on that along with the year it was hatched.
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-31
    HI Barbara, the Red-Lored Amazon is normally very sweet natured and friendly. Give this one time, LOTS of time. keep interactions casual, friendly and offer treats. The birds do not transition quickly, you just need to be patient! Birds will grieve for former owners and other birds. Just give 'em time, and yourself as well.
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Linda Schrock - 2013-07-21
I bought two diamond doves six weeks ago. One has a large dark eye ring and the other one a smaller light ring. I thought they were male and female. They both do the bow coo and coo a lot. Could they both be males?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    How old are they? You can't tell for sure which are males/females until they are at least 6 months old. It's possible you could have two males, but if one definitely has a larger ring than the other, I would bet that one is a male and the other one female.
  • Linda - 2013-07-31
    I do not know their age but they look full grown. They started fighting leaving one with no breast feathers. I read that Females do not bow coo.( both bow coo.) I have separated them to see if the breast feathers will grow back, as I am not sure if fighting was the cause of it. Both birds seem to be healthy. Thank you for your comment. I am new at having Diamond Doves.

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