Lets talk sex and how some birds give away their sex by feather color

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20% – 25% of parrots are sexually dimorphic meaning you can identify their sex by the color of the bird. Male eclectus are green – females are red.

Male Indian ringnecks have the ring females do not. The ring starts to grow in one feather at a time beginning at about 10 months and completing in 1-1/2 years.

Adult budgie hens have a cere right above their beaks that varies from whitish blue to deep brown in color. The most common is that a male budgie has a bright blue cere.  It may brighten during breeding season, and then fade. A females cere ranges from white to brown and pink.

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Help for an excessively screaming African grey parrot

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how can you stop screaming–excessive

Screaming is never excessive for a bird – they are merely communicating, it’s what they do. Before I can answer your question I need to know the species, age, sex, the diet and a picture of the cage set up if at all possible – thank you

Hi Mitch,

Bubba is a 30 yr, old CAG (congo african grey). dna’d male on basically harrisons with nutriberries and healthy people food,.. I don’t know how to take a pix of his cage. 2x2x4 feet – 5 perches – all different materials. at least 5 toys I try to keep changed.

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What factors affect the lifespan of parrots?

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One day I’ll stop apologizing for stepping on toes. Although I have great respect for my esteemed associate who answered this question previously (on Quora)  I have a totally different point of view.

The most influential factor in determining the lifespan of any companion bird in captivity, in and of itself – is daylight and the daily duration of light vs darkness.

50 million years of hard wiring for an animal to believe that he or she can go where they want anytime changes the moment they occupy a bird cage.

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Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?

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Questions about birds I answered on Quora the week of 3/13/17

Do power lines affect the health of birds, when they perch on them?

I can’t speak to power lines but I know that Quaker parrots are colonial animals. They build large nests where a whole colony can live enabling them to survive brutal Chicago winters.

A heat source they seek out and build their nests in is electrical transformers. CommEd has access to a number of Quaker rescues who will come and get the birds when requested.

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Birds can be difficult when trying new foods

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Dear Nora

Birds can be difficult when trying new foods, I am asking the company for their suggestions on conversion.

I will get back to you.

Hi Nora,

One of the problems we see is that birds get bored in general when simply eating out of a bowl full of food.

Hagen alternative formula parrot pellets might not be as pretty as fruit and flower shapes. Bright colored puffs also may contain more sugar than other bird food manufacturers use for greater palatability.

You can easily start by sprinkling Hagen alternative formula parrot pellets over her current food.

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5 Ways to reduce hormonal bird behavior before you see the avian vet

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Hypothetical – a 21st century genie sits down next you on a park bench. He looks pretty normal and explains that the whole genie thing has evolved along with modern society.

The dapper young lad named Gene (really?) goes on to say;

“The new rules are that you still get three wishes but “me” the genie decides what they are? It’ll be fun.

Wish number one is from this point forward you will have the ability to fly.

It gets better.

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