Pets Birds : Pets & Animal
Identifying male and female cockatiels is tough sometimes because the parrots will not begin to show their sex until they are between 6 and 9 months old. After the first molt, however, identifying the male and female cockatiel is easier because males begin to display bright plumage in their faces. Y
Cockatoos are intelligent and relatively quiet birds with a curious and playful nature. Although it is possible to train these birds to speak and repeat some words and sounds, speech is not the cockatoo's strong point. Cockatoos are known for dramatic antics like shaking, dancing, playing tug of war
Blood feathers--or pin feathers are new feathers that appear during a molt. These feathers are enclosed in a sheath and look rather like porcupine quills. Unlike fully developed feathers, they contain a blood supply and can bleed profusely if broken. Since birds can bleed to death very easily, know
First introduced into Oregon from China in 1881, the ringneck pheasant is now widely distributed in the United States. Fertile ringneck pheasant eggs are hatched by hens or in an incubator for 23 to 24 days. An egg is usually fertile when the male pheasant is housed with the hens prior to egg laying
Cutting costs to adhere to a budget? If, like most of us, you're feeling the economic squeeze, then you won't want to miss this article about saving money on pet bird care and supplies. You'll be surprised at how much cash a little bit of creativity and common sense can put into your
Exotic bird species can be challenging to keep during cold weather, and this can become an even bigger issue when facing the threat of a winter storm. Learn how to keep your birds safe and warm in this article on preparing pet birds for blizzards and other winter weather.
In the wild, the quaker parrot is the only parrot species that builds a nest. In captivity, we generally keep quaker parrots in a cage. They will sleep on a perch if no other option is available, but many enjoy the nest-like security of a sleeping hut if it's available. If your quaker parrot isn't u
Bird lovers hang feeders full of sugar water for hummingbirds, only to see ants frequently take over. Nondripping feeders help by keeping nectar from dripping on the ground and attracting ants, but that does not stop the pests that discover the sugar water from entering it. Ants crawl up the post or
Pigeons are, hands down, the most pesky and hated members of the bird population. In most major cities in the United States, pigeons rule the streets. Now, politicians and environmentalists are trying to decide the best way to get the pigeon population down to a more manageable number, so the street
The cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) is a small member of the parrot family. Like many parrots, cockatiels are capable of mimicking human speech. Although they whistle better than they speak, they can learn a small vocabulary along with their whistled songs. One of the easie
Ostrich eggs are big. Each egg weighs as much as 2.5 lbs. and is approximately 6 inches long. The shell of the egg is 0.06 of an inch in thickness, but is capable of supporting the weight of a person, according to Wonderquest.com. The biggest ostrich egg on record weighed 5 lbs., 2 oz. and was laid
Female chickens, also called hens, lay eggs. Hens can lay eggs with or without a rooster present, although unfertilized eggs will never develop into a chick even if incubated. Chicken eggs are naturally either brown or white. The color and size of the egg depends on the breed of chicken laying it.
Grackles are a type of slender blackbird, with black plumage that has a iridescent shine. They are gregarious birds, meaning that they travel in large groups, and they are also aggressive. In large groups, they easily drive shyer, single birds away from the feeder. If grackles monopolize your bird f
Budgies are more commonly known as parakeets, and are one of the most commonly kept household pet birds. They are relatively easy to care for, though small and needing lots of attention when babies. Once they are older and are separated from their parents, budgies make excellent pets with lots of pe
Review of Birds of New Guinea: Second Edition from Princeton University Press and how exceptional it is as a birding reference.