Category: Birds

Bird Nutrition: Fine Foods for Your Feathered Friend

As a pet parent, we know that you want to keep your bird well-fed with the best diet available. A healthy bird is a happy bird. We have a few tips for how to get even the fussiest of birds to eat a full and varied diet plus some information on the best food and supplements to give your feathered friend.
Bird Body Language: Understanding What Your Parrot or Your Other Bird is Trying to Tell You
Bird Body Language: Understanding What Your Parrot or Your Other Bird is Trying to Tell You
Different bird species display different body languages Pet birds have been described by some as moody: playful and loving one minute, demanding and aloof the next. Sometimes very obvious and sometimes very subtle, a bird's body language can give you insight into what your bird needs and wants. Although parrots and other birds communicate through different body languages, the following behaviors are observed in most pet birds, some more often than others, and some more prominently than others.
Bird Nutrition: Fine Foods for Your Feathered Friend
Bird Nutrition: Fine Foods for Your Feathered Friend
As a pet parent, we know that you want to keep your bird well-fed with the best diet available. A healthy bird is a happy bird. We have a few tips for how to get even the fussiest of birds to eat a full and varied diet plus some information on the best food and supplements to give your feathered friend.
Bird Intelligence: Using Tools, Speech, Memory, Interactive Toys, and Emotional Displays
Bird Intelligence: Using Tools, Speech, Memory, Interactive Toys, and Emotional Displays
In addition to the basics your bird needs - food, water, shelter, sleep, and social interaction - he also requires intellectual stimulation, the kind that can only be derived from play and training. Researchers are finding that birds can solve problems by insight, and even learn by example, as do human children.
Environmental Working Group Studies Teflon Toxicity in Birds
Environmental Working Group Studies Teflon Toxicity in Birds
May 2003 News The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a not-for-profit environmental research organization dedicated to improving public health and protecting the environment, is studying teflon toxicity in birds. In humans, the condition is termed 'polymer fume fever.' Teflon toxicity is due to the inhalation of toxic fumes from a chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is used in many brands of nonstick cookware and stain repellant products.
Senegal Parrots (Poicephalus senegalus) Species Profile: Diet, Vocalization, Housing
Senegal Parrots (Poicephalus senegalus) Species Profile: Diet, Vocalization, Housing
Poicephalus senegalus There are 3 subspecies of Senegal Parrots: Poicephalus senegalus senegalus Poicephalus senegalus versteri Poicephalus senegalus mesotypus In the wild, Senegal Parrots are shy and avoid being approached. This behavior has a tendency to remain, even in captivity, unless they are handled and socialized at an early age.
Blue-headed Pionus/Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) Species Profile
Blue-headed Pionus/Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) Species Profile
Pionus menstruus Blue-headed Pionus There are 3 subspecies of the Blue-headed Pionus/Blue-headed Parrot: Pionus menstruus menstruus - nominate subspecies Pionus menstruus reichenowi - head and neck darker blue and more blue coloration throughout body Pionus menstruus rubrigularis - blue of head and neck duller than nominate, conspicuous red base to throat feathers Primarily a forest canopy dweller, the Blue-headed Pionus will also frequent and cause severe damage to corn crops in its native habitat, and is also fond of bananas, attacking the bunch with great zeal.
Bird Beaks: Anatomy, Care, and Diseases
Bird Beaks: Anatomy, Care, and Diseases
A bird's beak, also called the "rostrum," is used for many things from a weapon for enemies, to grooming, to the delicate feeding of a nestling. Beaks can be a combination of strength and sensitivity, strong enough to crack a walnut yet delicate enough to peel a grape. Anatomy A bird, like a mammal, has two jaws: the upper is the maxilla and the lower is the mandible .
Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird: Time Commitment, Cost, and Housing
Things to Consider Before Buying a Bird: Time Commitment, Cost, and Housing
Birds can be wonderful pets. They can bring years of enjoyment into a home. However, owning a bird takes no less responsibility than owning a dog or a cat. Make sure you take the time to do your homework and research the species you want before you get one. Start by making a list of reasons you want a bird and a list of traits that are important to you.
Teflon Toxicity (PTFE Toxicosis) in Birds: Signs and Prevention
Teflon Toxicity (PTFE Toxicosis) in Birds: Signs and Prevention
Birds are susceptible to a respiratory condition called "teflon toxicity" or "PTFE poisoning/toxicosis." Deaths can result from this condition, which is due to the noxious fumes emitted from overheated cookware coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This chemical is found on most non-stick cookware and appliances, some stain repellant products, and other household items.
Tips for Safe Traveling with Your Bird
Tips for Safe Traveling with Your Bird
Will your bird be a good traveler? Amazon When it comes to travel, the disposition of every bird is different. Many small birds such as canaries, finches, and budgies are high-strung and can easily become stressed. They are best left home. Others, like the gregarious Amazons, love to travel. Still others, such as cockatoos and macaws, may suffer separation anxiety, and thus will not abide being left home alone.
Caring For Your Senior Bird
Caring For Your Senior Bird
Older birds, sometimes referred to as "senior" or "geriatric" birds, often have special needs and health care requirements. The life span of some common avian species are shown below. Species Common Life Span in Captivity (Years) Possible Life Span in Captivity When Provided Good Husbandry and Veterinary Care (Years) Zebra Finch 4-7 >10 Budgerigar 8-10 Teens Canary 6-12 15+ Cockatiel 10-12 20+ Lovebirds 8-14 20+ Pionus 30-40 >40 African Grey Parrot 50 >60 Large Cockatoos 50 >60 Amazon Parrot >;50 >60 Small Macaws 50-60 >75 Large Macaws 60 >75 Nutrition Malnutrition is common in pet birds, and signs of it may not appear for years.
Broken Blood Feathers First Aid and Removal: What to Do When Your Bird Has Them
Broken Blood Feathers First Aid and Removal: What to Do When Your Bird Has Them
What are blood feathers? Blood feathers, also called "pin feathers," are new feathers that are starting to grow. Since they are actively growing, they need a large blood supply and will bleed if broken, hence the name. Each blood feather grows from a special area in the skin called a follicle. The feather has an artery and vein that extend up into it from the follicle and nourish the feather.
Poxvirus Infection in Birds: Causes, Signs, Treatment, and Prevention
Poxvirus Infection in Birds: Causes, Signs, Treatment, and Prevention
A healthy canary Poxvirus infection is most commonly observed in canaries housed outdoors, young parrots, and recently caught wild birds. There are many different types of poxviruses; some affect only particular species of birds, others affect several species. For instance, the canary poxvirus only affects canaries and birds that can interbreed with canaries.
Bird Cage Cleaning: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Bird Cage Maintenance
Bird Cage Cleaning: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Bird Cage Maintenance
Cleaning Your Bird's Cage One of the keys to keeping your bird healthy is regular cleaning of your bird's cage, play stands, and accessories. Once you work out a routine, you will find that daily and weekly cage cleaning can be done quickly and efficiently. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing your bird will be happier and healthier.
Pelleted Bird Food: An Appetizing Diet with Optimal Nutrition for Birds
Pelleted Bird Food: An Appetizing Diet with Optimal Nutrition for Birds
Pelleted foods, a rather recent innovation in bird nutrition, provide your bird with optimal nutrition in an easy-to-eat, easy-to-serve format. Each pellet or nugget, formulated for overall body health, contains a baked, healthy blend of grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
How to Choose the Right Bird for You
How to Choose the Right Bird for You
WomanwithBird_Body.jpg You've decided to get a bird-a new feathered companion for yourself, your family and your home. Now it's time to choose one. The decision to adopt or purchase a particular bird should be made based on a mix of impulse and logic, but it should not be a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) in Birds
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) in Birds
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) is a contagious, fatal viral disease that affects the beak, feathers, and immune system of birds belonging to the Psittacidae family. It was first recognized in 1975 by veterinarians in Australia, where the disease affects wild birds. Although birds showing signs of disease usually die, it is common for birds to be exposed to the virus, develop a mild infection, and recover.
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) Species Profile: Diet, Housing, and Vocalization
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) Species Profile: Diet, Housing, and Vocalization
There are 10 subspecies of the Eclectus Parrot: Eclectus roratus roratus - (Grand Eclectus) southern Moluccas Eclectus roratus vosmaeri - northern and central Moluccas Eclectus roratus westermani - known only among aviary specimens Eclectus roratus cornelia - Sumba and Lesser Sumba Is. Eclectus roratus riedeli - Tanimbar Is.
Bird Safety: Holiday Safety Tips for Your Bird
Bird Safety: Holiday Safety Tips for Your Bird
Budgie with Christmas tree toy The holidays are a happy time of the year, but present special challenges to bird owners. Being an instinctive creature of habit, your bird might not cope well with the holiday season transformation in your household. The sights and sounds you enjoy might well disturb your pet.
Causes of Behavior Problems in Birds and Possible Solutions
Causes of Behavior Problems in Birds and Possible Solutions
Because of the increasing incidences of behavior problems in companion birds, many are losing their homes. Problems that may develop include biting, screaming, feather picking, and phobias. The biting bird can terrorize the entire family and anyone else that comes within reach. The screaming bird can get the owner evicted.