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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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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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Helene Force - 2012-06-16
I have a red front amazon lord he is crazy and get's into alot of trouble runs around all day and plays has lots of toys and places to climb on he eats every meal with us and also has his food. I gave him the new round balls that are suppose to have all of the stuff he needs he won't eat it unless I put it with his regular seeds that he was brought up on. I also make him his own eggs with shells crushed up in it like I was told to do and got him that mix that you feed them from the store that you cook for them. He is very lean and the women that cuts his wings says he is too skinny does anyone no anything else that I can feed him to get a little weight gain on him? Please contact my email account if anyone has an idea thanks alot for your advise morgan really appreciates it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    You didn't mention how old your little fella was but it takes them about a year to year and a half to obtain solid body weight.  Nuts are high in fat content and will put on weight.  They are also good for them.  Almonds are an excellent source of Vitamin A.  A huge research center (ARBC) stated in a book they wrote that walnuts were the perfect source of food for parrots.  You have to crack them for him.  So I don't know his age but it sounds like you are feeding him well - You might add a few pellets - and things like peanut butter and a little honey on a cracker won't hurt.  he can eat anything you eat that is nutricious.  So skip the chocalate and avocado is toxic but if you have meatloaf and mashed potatoe - he can have some.  Amazons are not supposed to be havy but yes they should be solid.  You can always feel the breastbone though.
  • Helene Force - 2013-07-05
    Thank you very much for answering me I haven't been on the computer I broke my leg so it was hard for me to get around which morgan loved because I stayed with him constantly. When I was in the hospital for three days he wouldn't hardly eat but as soon as I got home he was in my mouth eating my food instead of in his bowl he was very stuck to me like glue for a few weeks. He is now 6 years old has put on a lot of weight but as you said you can always see his breast bone. He does seem skinnier then other red fronts but not that much he eats like a pig but I always have to stay with him and not even move out of my chair or he stops eating. He is way too attached to me. People get mad at me because I don't like to go anywhere for a full day because I'm afraid he won't eat right I guess if he gets hungry enough he will eat. I am going to bring him to another place in petsmart that has a vet in it and see what she says when I get his wings clipped. The way he runs around the house after me he probably runs all his weight off. Thanks for getting in touch with me, I will be on more often now.
sylvia leybourne - 2013-07-04
I have a red-lored amazon and she has been plucking her chest feathers out and she was a bred bird and she is about 5 - 6 years old. I could do with some help with her 2 get her feathers back in thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    Birds usually pluck their feathers in response to stress, or because they are bored. Has she had a change in environment recently? Or anything else that could cause her to stress? If so, you will want to address those issues. Make sure she isn't in a really noisy area and you may want to try covering her cage at night (if you don't already). She may just be bored. Does she get out of her cage very often? Take her out often (at least once a day) and also change out her toys regularly so she has new toys to stimulate her. In the meantime, there are neck guards you can put on her to help keep her from plucking any new feathers coming in. You may need to take her to a vet to get one. Good luck!
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Denise - 2013-03-30
Olive my 10 yr old blue fronted has had a stressful few months. Our house was destroyed by Sandy in October. We lived on the beach in Rockaway NY. It was the only home she every knew. I weaned her. She always had her flight wings and would spend alot of time in the kitchen perched on top of the cabinets, also loved looking out the windows bird watching. Overnight we all became homeless. I lucked out and found a pet store ( Animal Kingdom)upstate NY to take her in until I got settled somewhere. The staff there were great they took such good care of her. I visited her whenever I could. I finally was able to take her back last month. Wasnt easy finding some place to live because all of rockaway as homeless and looking for housing. We are living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn. I was so glad to get her reunited with my lab Sam. My question is Why is she losing feathers? She molted in the fall as usual and grew back all new feathers. We have forced air heat here. I kinda think its because the air might be too dry for her. My house had steam heat and also living by the ocean the air was never dry even in the winter. I had her wings clipped because I didnt want her the have an accident in her new surroundings. I started spraying her with water a few times a day it helped, finding less feathers on the floor. Do you think putting a cool mist humidifier by her cage would help? Thank You

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  • Denise - 2013-04-11
    Thanks David
  • Tracey - 2013-06-21
    Hi Denise, It appears that someone else might have responded to you, but I can't see the I'll offer what I can. First, I'm sorry to hear that you & Olive experienced that tragedy! I'm glad to know that you are finding your way back to your normal life and that Olive is back home with you. There are a number of reasons that may cause feather loss, feather damage and plucking among them. However, my educated guess would be stress and change. As you know, parrots don't deal well with change and that routine is very important to them. Like you, Olive experienced a great trauma and is bound to suffer its affects both physically and mentally. It is entirely possible that her skin and feathers have been dried out by the change in humidity, but it's likely a combination of that and the stress she's been under. Please also remember that changes in 'climate', particularly in amount of light, temperature, and humidity levels, can induce hormonal and other physical changes in parrots. Also be sure to watch her for plucking. It sounds like you're taking steps to adjust the humidity for her, but do be careful in how often you spray her as too much water can dry her skin & feathers out. Aloe is a miracle plant for parrots and the people they own alike...use it - frequently. You can mist her with a water/aloe solution and even feed her aloe. A google search will provide the vast number of ways that human and bird can benefit from regular use. In the meantime, watch her carefully, take your cues from her about how she feels and what she wants, and offer her as much love, affection, and attention as she'll accept! Bravo on choosing the 'cool mist', just be sure to clean it daily to prevent bacteria growth.
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RITA - 2005-10-13
Hi, have just acquired a wonderful double yellow-naped amazon (Jazz) she is just great. After having been with people who rarely interacted with her she was given to a wonderful "bird rescue" lady. At that time you could not get near her at all but with gentle handling she came around in two weeks. I brought her home and just sat next to cage for a while but was soon handling her, we made friends. I also have an Umbrella Cockatoo and Blue Front Amazon. I enjoy their calls and speech, share meals with them, couldn't ask for better companions. Got to go and get them up for our breakfast and chit chat session. Thanks for all the information Rita

Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-06-01
I have parakeets and I would like to know if any one knows if they like a bowl of water to take a bath in the cage?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-02
    Some will use a bowl, others like misting. I guess you'll have to try a bowl to see if yours will use it, then you'll know...:)
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Blossom - 2013-05-18
I am due to take on a rescue Mealy. All I know is that he/she (sex unknown) has been locked in a cupboard for 20 plus years and has been fed the incorrect food. I have also been advised that it will need to be covered every 2 hours or thereabouts as it cannot stand the daylight at the moment. This is supposed to be a short term foster but lets see how it goes! Luckily myself and my wonderful husband have time and patience galore. Feel this is going to a long road ahead. He/she is meant to be a short term foster but lets see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed we manage to settle this poor bird.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    That is so nice that you are taking on this Mealy Amazon. I'm sure it will take time and patience to help it adapt, but I bet you will find yourself endeared by it. I took one in a number of years ago and found it a home. It wasn't from quite such a severe situation, but did have some pretty major adjustments. The biggest thing I noticed was what a very nice large Amazon it was (I've had all sorts of Amazons - large and small). It wasn't going to be so big on talking, but it seemed to be much less aggressive naturally than some of the other Amazons... less of a dominant attitude. I really liked this bird because of its temperament and was really tempted to keep it! So I think you'll enjoy your journey:) Good luck.
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pat - 2013-05-11
I have gotten two budgerigars as a gift. My question is how do you tell the difference between male and female? I have looked through all books, and you can tell by the cere, but they don't tell you if the light cere is female or male or a dark cere is a female or male? Help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-05-11
    The cere is the best way to tell between female and male. Males are generally blue and females are a lighter color - usually yellow or tan. Also, the color changes as they become sexually mature. How old are your birds? If they are younger than 3 months, these colorations are not an accurate way to sex these birds.
Brenda Ann Braley - 2013-05-09
i got two for mother day  now i had birds in pass not parkeets  now can i get them to talk or there just whisleed  only  can i train them talk ,,,,,

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-09
    Yes you can teach them to talk.  They will be limited, but it can be done.  cover 3 sides of the cage to keep their attention when teaching.  Speak slowly and clearly.  Having the 2 birds will help andthey will talk to each other.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-10
    What cute little birds Brenda!... and happy mother's day! Talking or not... they're adorable and will bring you much happiness. Unfortunately budgies aren't really big talkers. Although some parakeets will occasionally learn a word or two, most won't really become talkers. Budgies can be trained to perform tricks however, and possibly whistle, but it still takes patience and persistence. Talking is something you'll find more common in the larger parrots, especially Amazon parrots and African Grey parrots (like the Double Yellow-headed Amazon of this page). Actually none of the other  types of parrot hold a candle to the ability of these two types for talking, others can learn some words, but those two types are simple the best at it.. You can read more about your birds on the Budgerigar - Parakeet page. Enjoy!

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