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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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Animal-World info on Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
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Neelam - 2014-05-14
HI we have just brought in a sulphur creast cacatua.she is nice allows me to touch pamper her but suddenly bites don't come on my hand and also at times screems. Don't know what to do as I'm a first time bird owner. Please kindly guide me so I can make my bird more comfortable and be friends for long

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  • shehla - 2014-09-23
    They usually bite when they want to be left alone. Do you have a female bird. I am on a lookout for a female greater sulphur cockatoo. Can you recommend where to buy one. I have a male bird for the last 9 years. he is extremely wise and friendly.
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Animal-World info on Ringneck Dove
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Danny DeLano - 2007-07-06
Hello, Everything I read about ringneck doves tell me that they dont live in the wild, but they live in the wild here in Tuscumbia Alabama. I have homing pigeons and sometimes ringneck doves visit and eat the scrap seeds that my pigeons spill. Also mourning doves visit too. The ringnecks are much larger than the mourning doves. I watch them at a very close distance with binoculars and can see the black markings on their necks. Maybe someone let some escape sometime in the past here in Tuscumbia but now I have seen them all over town. Tuscumbia is the birthplace of Helen Keller and I have seen the ringneck doves there at this historical site also. Just thought I would pass along this little bit of info to those who like ringneck doves. Maybe you can come visit this historical deep south town and possibily see some ringneck doves too! Also this area is rich with American Indian History if you are interested. Thanks, Danny DeLano

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  • Doug - 2014-09-22
    Hi, Danny. What you see in your yard is a specious called the Eurasian Collared-Dove. It is not the same species as the domesticated Ringneck Dove, though they are closely related.
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Chris - 2014-09-21
i have a baby peony very cute and 20 days old . At this age peony can be tame so much and very close to the partner

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Debbie - 2014-07-19
We also saw a Pintail Whydah today at Craig Park in Fullerton. What a beautiful bird.

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  • Carol - 2014-09-18
    Just saw a pair of whydahs on ground under my bird feeder. First time ever seeing these exotic birds! 9-18-2014 Mission Viejo
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Animal-World info on Zebra Finch
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Colin - 2014-07-18
A male Zebra finch has started to feed in my back garden, is it likely to survive in the wild.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It could, finches are very adaptable. However, if the weather is extremely cold (freezing) in your area during the winter, it may not.
  • ALICE - 2014-07-23
    MY MALE ZEBRA FINCH GOT OUT THE WINDOW AND I AM HEART BROKEN BECAUSE I AM AFRAID IT WILL NOT SURVIVE IN THE WILD.
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Animal-World info on Half-Moon Conure
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Teresa - 2013-01-17
Hello! I just purchased a 5 yr old breeding pair of Half Moon Conures a couple of months ago from another breeder who was getting out of the bird business. They settled into their new environment very quickly. They have been mating like crazy and now she has been laying eggs for the past week. She has laid 3 eggs so far and I don't think she is finished yet. In the past she has laid up to 5 eggs and they have usually had 4 babies in a clutch. The previous owner said that they are very good parents. I will be pulling the babies after two weeks to continue hand feeding them. I will be selling the babies for $300.00 If you are interested, you can respond to this ad. I live in Montana and I will ship if necessary. All shipping expenses will be up to you. Thank you and have a great day everyone!

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  • Santa - 2013-04-03
    Hi my name is santa and my mom is interested in purchasing one of your baby half moon parrots. We live here in Los angeles and we are wondering how we can purchase a parrot from you. We are not sure how we would be able to get the bird by shipping. We are good people.
  • Teresa - 2013-04-06
    Hello! I have some hand fed babies that will be ready in about a week. I have been in the process of weaning them and I want to make sure they are eating well on their own. You can check with the airlines to see what the shipping cost would be from Bozeman, Montana to your airport. Thank you for your interest! I look forward to hearing from you.
  • joanne - 2013-04-29
    Hi! I'm also interested in a half moon baby. But probably a baby from your next batch. When will you be having your next set of babies? Do u have a website? Email? My airport is San Francisco. I'm in the bay area. Thankyou!
  • Joanne Klaus - 2014-02-12
    Hi Teresa: Do you still have and breed Half-Moon Conures? I'd love to buy a female, or one you believe to be female, as sexing is risky, I realize. There arent many available and they're such gems! I live in Sioux City, Iowa. Please email: brodnjo@cableone.net or call/text 712-253-7750 Thank-you, Joanne
  • Courtney - 2014-03-28
    I have been looking for a half moon for a long time. Are you still breeding? Please contact me with more information.
  • Lourdes - 2014-09-15
    Please let me know if you have any half moon babies available. If you don't at present, pls tell me when you expect some. I have been looking for these babies for a long time now. Pls respond as soon as you can.thanks,
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Charm Cummings - 2011-10-03
I have a one year old yellowish-green timbrado.He is testing out his voice but I have noticed,when I play canaries singing fron youtube, he has started to sing more and stronger too. I give him mixed seeds and clean water daily,also a treat everyday. For example a grape, a cooked egg, or lettuce. Got a question,are these treats good for him to eat?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    Cooked egg, scrambled egg (and you can leave the chell in as calcium) - anything that you eat that is nutricious he can have except avocado - and chocolate (sorry about that). Iceberg lettuce doesn't provide any nutition so go for the endive or kale and green kleafy vegetables. Those things aren't treats - maybe a grape is but one is fine. Piece of apple, chicken, brocoli - those are good foods. They are good for him - Just light on the fruit cuz diarrhea.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    Forgot the other part. There are bird singing DVD's and actual movies of birds singing. I use the movies and the birds seem to sing back or talk back keep rhythm etc. There might be actually canaries singing on a DVD (wrong word) that you can play for them. They will lie it.
  • amir sakr - 2014-09-15
    These treats are good. But not too much eggs (eggs make them fat) Maybe half one per week. More vegies like brocoli. No lettuce or cucumber as they make diarreha. Apple is amazing.
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Donna - 2012-06-07
Hi Charlie -- Just wanted you to know that our Hahn's 'Dublin' is doing well after all the help you gave us. She has a large vocabulary and is talking all the time (quite clearly) and always has us smiling. Now the problem -- she still has a problem with stepping up on our fingers/hands and still bites quite a bit. We cannot try to touch her or she bites. We would love to hold her but she still wants to bite both my husband and me. How can we get her to trust us? She is approximately 9 months old (we got her when she was about 5 months) and we think she wasnt' treated very well. Can you help us again?????? Thanks for any suggestions. Donna

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    If you go to Bing.com and just enter 'how to stop a parrot from biting' you will bring up several articles from trainors etc on that subject.  Me - I would concentrate very hard on exactly what your Hahns is doing before he goes to bite.  What is the body position, wings, look of the eyes etc.  Just what is he doing before he goes to bite.  If you take your hand and make a tight fist (thumb in) and you present the back of your hand to the Hahns, he can't bite it cuz he can't get a hold of any skin.  You can do this a bunch of times and it will relax you and it will start to show him that biting just isn't going to work.  Hold that fist tight - he can hit you with his beak but honest, that doesn't hurt.  Just do it - he will slowly start to give up trying to bite.  That was step 1. This is step 2 which will sound terrible but not going to hurt him at all.    I would take that fella and I would throw a towel over that guy and then grab him up in the towel and hold him.  You throw the towel over him (better if you start with him on the fllor) and then just push him down to the ground or a flat surface and wrap your fingers around his neck holding the towel.  You are using the towel sort of like you would use a kitchen mit.  He will be able to bite the towel but not you.  It may take a few minutes ( not more than two) but he will settle.  You don't squeeze - just hold, like you hold a childs hand firmly when crossing the street.  Now you just hold him, talk to him, sing whatever and gradually just pet the top of his head.  The idea here is to get him used to the fact that you will not hurt him.  You are just going to hold him.  Now take it from there to placing him on the bed or on the floor in a small room (like the bathroom) and let him come to you - great if you have a treat.  I had one bird that would bite (out of a bunch) and just couldn't get her to stop.  I called a trainor and she said when the bird looked like it was going to bite, grab it yell 'JAIL' and put it in the bathtub.  Turn out the lights and close the door and count to 60.  The third time I yelled 'Jail' - that bird shook like a dog coming out of water but assumed the relaxed position.  She never bit me again.   I still can't get over that one but that is what the trainor said and it worked.  Closet, bathub etc.  That little guy can't be just 9 months.  Baby birds beaks are soft - the bite doesn't hurt.  It is sorta like a puppy gumming you to death.  The top thing to remember is that you have to relax.  You have to be not nervous.  I can see where you would be but you have to relax.  Get that Hahns on the floor - on the bed - anywhere but the top of his cage.  It will help a lot.  Have no idea why the 'Jail' thing worked but it did but you have to be able to grab him to do it.
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what are hahns macaws like? are they really bitey and feisty by nature or just if you neglect them? I went to a pet store to find one and it was kind of bitey. and how many hours a day do you need to spend with them to make sure they don't bite and get aggressive. in general if you've never had a bird but want a tiny bit of a challenge are they a good pet? and if not what is?
  • randombirdgirl - 2014-09-14
    what is the hahns macaw like? Ive never had a bird but a wan a small challenge. are they a good pet for what I would like? and if not what is? I just would like some pet expertise here.
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