We’ve learned how much we know and don’t know about captive bird care after taking the exam

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Find the Birdy IQ exam here if you haven’t taken it

Of the first 170 exams we had a 25% pass with 75% correct answers to 44 multiple and true/false questions

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The Ultimate List of 13 Bird Beak and Foot Structures

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Factoid – beaks are an evolutionary concession to save weight which is why birds don’t have jaws & teeth

Finches use their beaks like tweezers for extracting seeds

Parrots use their hookbill beaks to crack open nuts and hard skinned fruit.

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How Can Personal Lubricant Save Your Bird’s Feathers?

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So you have a bird in your home. What could possibly go wrong? Lucky for you we thought about this a while back when we built the best first-aid kit ever for birds.

A bird whose feathers have been stuck to an adhesive surface is a panicked and stressed bird.

It’s important that a caregiver to caged bird be ready for such situations.

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3 Captive bird care myths debunked

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Myth 1: If you want your bird to be in top shape you must serve him or her organic bird food.

 

We offer USDA certified organic bird food pellets from Harrison’s.

It’s refuted the one of the best bird foods on the market.

We also offer Totally Organics, another fine organic blend.

The biggest misconception to organic is its purity.

The majority of people assume organic means fully natural and pesticide free but this is not close to the truth.

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Please help me not starve my parrot

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We’ve got some feedback on our statement “50% of captive birds deaths are from malnutrition” and I’m horrified.

 

Dollar’s Mum asked some pointed nutritional questions below and I’m always glad to have this discussion.

 

I think that people who serve their bird’s “chop” are well-intentioned but very misguided. A parrot living on nothing but chop is a malnourished bird.

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What is the life expectancy of a parrot?

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There are no ways to predict the lifespan of any bird. The American Veterinarian Association says that 50% of all pet bird deaths are the result of malnutrition.

 

I was at a seminar where nationally known avian veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker spoke. She related a story of how an 80-year-old woman brought in a budgie for a wellness check.

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Do parrots know what they’re saying or are they just repeating sounds?

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The following are the leading paragraphs to some of the more than 30 answers to this question on Quora.

“My African Grey has startled me so many times that I now assume he knows what he’s saying, even if he doesn’t always choose to communicate on that level with My African Grey has startled me so many times that I now assume he knows what he’s saying, even if he doesn’t always choose to communicate on that level with me”.

“Many people believe that parrots are mimics, at best. I would say that parrots use of language does not equal understanding of that language, but can convey meaning.”

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