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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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Eliza Parker - 2013-07-30
I'm hopefully getting an alexandrine or indian ringneck parakeet. Could you give me some tips on how to train it, and maybe do tricks? Thanks, Eliza Parker

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-31
    My main advice is patience! Alexandrines can be easy to tame, it just takes patience and willingess to repeat activities over and over. Are you going to get a baby? The first thing you want to teach it is to take a treat from you and then to step up onto your finger. After that you can start working on harder tricks. Read about Handling and Training Parakeets for more information.
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noor - 2010-03-03
I have 2 lovebirds... one is more aggressive then the other. If the female is on the swing or eating, the male will nip on her toes to move, or pull on her tail. Today she lost one of her long feathers because of this...what can I do to stop this behavior?

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  • Eliza Parker - 2013-07-30
    You could always try putting them in seperate cages, but if that's too expensive get a piece of plexi-glass and divide the cage down the middle. After you've done this for a while and the birds seem okay with seeing each other remove the plexi-glass for a few minuets and see how they react. If they are not fighting, stay near the cage for a while to make sure nothing is wrong. If the problem persists keep trying for about 3 weeks. If nothing changes and they still fight just get a seperate cage. Hopes this helps, Eliza Parker
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les turner - 2013-07-30
My Macaw Busbee is 38 years old, and seems to have lost a bit of weight and does not seem to be eating as much unless I hand feed him. He still asks for food every time he hears the rustling of food packaging, is very lively, boisterous and still completely trashes everything in reach. He's very lively and loving. Has anybody got any idea why he should slow down on food intake, is it recent hot weather? Any help gratefully recieved. xx

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-31
    Are there any signs of a respiratory problem, such as sneezing or runny nose or eyes? Sometimes a bird may feel ill but not show many outward symptoms, and they can be hard to diagnose. If your bird continues to lose weight or has new symptoms pop up you may want to consider taking him to a vet. In the meantime, do everythign you can to make sure he is comfortable - make sure he has a clean cage, a good diet, and make sure he is not in a drafty, loud environment.
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chris miller - 2013-03-23
I have a rose breasted cocatoo for sale in sevierville tn. Please call if you are interested . 865-621-9758, girl . 4 year old verry friendly

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  • Kimberly - 2013-07-29
    Hi, I was wondering if you still have your rose breasted cockatoo and how much you are wanting for her? Thank you. Kimberly
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Tahsha Franklin - 2013-07-29
In 2006 I acquired 6 Diamond Doves and 2 White Ring necks. Now I have 30 Diamonds and 20 White Ring necks, I love and know them all but I have become overwhelmed. I'm not well enough to care for them as before. The Diamonds are very scary birds with fragile bodies. It's hard to find homes for them - loving knowledgeable owners. I must start planning for their future. I need help! I'm in Orlando, Fl. Any suggestions, questions, offers, info.???? Most of what is on line refers to birds that have homing skills or live outdoors. Mine have been raised inside in flight cages, 2 per cage. Thanks even for prayers.


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