Are Cassowaries Smarter than Emus?

Read in one minute

Cassowaries are rarities, very large flightless birds in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and northeastern Australia.There are three extant species recognized today.

Joe Krathwohl (Facebook)

Both of ours are tame and perform in our bird shows.

Comparative Human and Bird Digestive & Respiratory Systems

Read in 10 minutes

Comparative Physiology: Human and Bird

The human body uses food and liquids for energy, growth, maintenance and repair. Before it can use food and liquids for these purposes, it must go through a process called digestion, which is carried out by the digestive system. The digestive system consists of the following organs: Mouth, salivary glands, oesophagus, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, stomach, large and small intestines, duodenum, rectum and the anus.

Continue reading “Comparative Human and Bird Digestive & Respiratory Systems”

Pages ( 1 of 3 ): 1 23Next »

Quickie on Cockatiel Care Chapter & Verse

Read in 4 minutes

The Cockatiel is the smallest, actually a miniature Cockatoo, and is from Australia. The only bird more popular with caged bird keepers is a parakeet (budgie).

The Cockatiel is biologically classified as a genuine member of Cacatuidae because they share all of the Cockatoo family’s biological features.They are the only Cockatoo species which can sometimes reproduce by the time they are one year old

The Cockatiel’s distinctive erectile crest expresses the animal’s state of being. The crest is dramatically vertical when the cockatiel is startled or excited, gently oblique in its neutral or relaxed state, and flattened close to the head when the animal is angry or defensive.

Continue reading “Quickie on Cockatiel Care Chapter & Verse”

Pages ( 1 of 2 ): 1 2Next »

Does It Matter What Sex My Bird Is as Long as He or She Knows Its Name?

Read in 7 minutes

Does It Matter What Sex My Bird Is as Long as He or She Knows Its Name?

Why DNA is so VERY important even for your non-breeding parrot

About 20% of parrots, like budgies, eclectus and cockatiels that are sexually dimorphic. That means that the gender of the bird can be identified by physical differences. In the case of budgies and cockatiels, they have to reach near-adulthood to exhibit differences while eclectus are readily identifiable upon feathering out the first time since females are red and blue while males are green.

The sexual organs of birds are inside the body, making it impossible to tell gender by visually checking organs such as is done with dogs and cats. Some breeders claim to be able to identify gender of parrots that don’t exhibit differences visibly based on factors such as spread of pelvic bones upon reaching breeding age, shape of head and behavior. Perhaps some breeders are reasonably accurate, most are about as accurate as tossing a coin as a means of determining gender.

Continue reading “Does It Matter What Sex My Bird Is as Long as He or She Knows Its Name?”

Pages ( 1 of 3 ): 1 23Next »

Cook Comfort Foods for Your Birds

Read in 7 minutes

The weather is cooling off and humans like to begin cooking comfort foods such as pots of chili, chicken and dumplings, bean soups and other hearty meals to warm the tummy and spirit. The same applies true to your parrots.

As the weather becomes colder, we slowly lower our indoor temperatures unless we don’t care how high our heating bills run. It is important to remember that if you are cold, your birds are chilly as well and need to have supplemental heat such as thermo perches or heated cage panels that allow them to position themselves at the temperature they prefer.

Continue reading “Cook Comfort Foods for Your Birds”

Pages ( 1 of 2 ): 1 2Next »

Gemma Parakeets and Cockatiels Mixing in Cage/Aviary

Read in 5 minutes

Sep 11, 10:04pm

Hello!

We are loyal patrons of WCP and look forward to the Sunday brunch every week. Perhaps this topic has already come up, but it is a question about bird species.

We have 3 parakeets that get along well although they did not grow up together. All are rescues. We are thinking about adding a cockatiel to the family, and are wondering about cages. So, the parakeets have a large cage (approx 2.5′ H x 2′ W X 1′ D) and we have a smaller cage (about 1.5′ HWD) that is just lying around empty.

First question: would a cockatiel require a separate cage or could they all sleep together in the same cage?

Second: Assuming that they cannot share a cage, would you recommend the keets in the smaller cage or leave them in their current habitat?

Third: Would cockatiels and parakeets be competitive/territorial in an open space (like an aviary)?

Thank you for any advice you have on this.

Cheers,

Gemma

Continue reading “Gemma Parakeets and Cockatiels Mixing in Cage/Aviary”

Pages ( 1 of 2 ): 1 2Next »
Page 1 of 64
1 2 64