Average weights of common pet birds

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IMPORTANT NOTE about bird weights 
In most cases the weights are those of captive birds. There can be extreme variation in individuals, the weight being influenced by diet, housing, sex, sub-species and age. Where more than 10 or so birds were weighed, the highest and lowest weights were not taken into account if these differed markedly from the norm. Chick weights, with 5 or 6 exceptions, were of chicks hatched in the author’s care.
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TYPE SPECIES Average Weight (grams) Average Chick Weight (grams)
Blue-fronted 275-510 (xanthopterys goes 400-500)  
Cuban 240 10
Double Yellow-headed 450-650 15
Green-cheeked 270  
Lilac-crowned 325 11
Mealy 540-700  
Orange-winged 360-490  
Spectacled (White Front) 205-235  
Tres Marias 500  
Tucuman 320  
Red-lored 350  
Yellow-billed 260  
Yellow-fronted 380-480 12
Yellow-naped 480-680  
Yellow-shouldered 270 10
Vinaceous 370  
Black-headed 145-170 8
White-bellied 165 7
Galah 345  
GangGang 280  
Goffin’s 221-386 10
Greater Sulphur-crested 880  
Lesser Sulphur-crested 350  
Moluccan 640-1025 20
Palm 900 (Adults range from 600-1000) 18
Rose-breasted 281-390  
Umbrella 458-750 18
Blue-crowned 84-100  
Dusky 90  
Greater Patagonian 315-390 12
Green-cheeked 60-80 5
Jenday 120  
Lesser Patagonian 240-310 10
Mitred 200 11
Nanday 140  
Orange-fronted 73  
Painted 55  
Queen of Bavaria’s 270  
Red-masked 200  
Sun 100-130  
Whiteeyed 140  
Blue-streaked 160  
Chattering 200  
Dusky 155 7
Rainbow 130 5
Red 170  
Fisher’s 50  
Masked 50 (most females weigh more than males)  
Peach-faced 55  
Blue and Gold 800-1292 20
Green-winged 900-1529 21
Hahn’s 165  
Hyacinthine 1200-1450 25
Illiger’s 265 11
Lear’s 940  
Military 900 18-20
Noble 190  
Red-fronted 525  
Scarlet 900-1100 21
Severe 360  
Spix’s 360  
Yellow-collared 250 12
African Ringneck 105  
Canary 12-29  
Cockatiel 90 4-5
Eclectus 375-550 16
Indian Ringneck 115  
Kea 1000  
Pacific Parrotlet 31-34  
Red-fronted Kakariki 100  
St. Vincent 580-700  
Zebra Finch 10-16  
Alexandrine 250  
Barraband’s 140 5
Bourke’s 50  
Budgerigar 25-60  
Canary-winged 70  
Crimson Rosella 145  
Derbyan 320  
Golden-manteled 100  
Grey-cheeked 45-60  
Moustache 110-140  
Plum-headed 90 5
Quaker or Monk 90-150  
Red-rumped 60  
Brown-headed 125  
Cape 320 12
Great-billed 260 13.5
Greater Vasa 480  
Grey 380-554 12-14
Hawk-headed 250 11
Jardine’s 200 10
Lesser Vasa 280  
Meyer’s 120 5
Pesquet’s 700 18
Red-bellied 125 7
Scarlet-chested 40  
Senegal 110-130 6
Timneh Grey 300-360 12
Blue-headed 230-260  
Bronze-winged 210  
Dusky 200 9
White-capped 180

7 Edge of your seat tantalizing heart pounding bird bathing videos

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don’t blame me. marketing said to use that title.

Parrots in the wild bathe by receiving a gentle misting on a regular basis simply by enjoying the rain. In this video you’ll see a Lorikeet in Australia having a wonderful day sucking nectar from flowers while bathing courtesy of Mother nature. One-way Lorikeets get nutrition is just like Hummingbirds, from the nectar found in flowers.

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6 Bird safe all natural home made human mosquito repellents & we explore the safety of citronella mosquito repellent in a bird’s world

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File under “life imitating art or nature”?

I don’t know how you can tell them apart (unless you know to look for the female’s proboscis) but it’s interesting to note that only girl mosquitoes bite, males do not.

They both need some sort of nectar to sustain themselves but the females need blood to lay their eggs.

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Bird Teflon dangers you didn’t know & other household perils

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 One of the first things new caged bird keepers learn is that Teflon is bad for your bird which is pretty well-known. The statement “I threw out all my Teflon cookware before I brought my bird home” can be found on the internet as often as Lady Gaga changes hairstyles.
The potential danger of Teflon does go beyond cookware so I wanted to give you a little background

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What causes small moths in a home with caged birds?

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 Great question Ron,
So here’s the deal, bird seed is a natural product harvested from the ground outside.
All bird seed contains bug eggs.
They could be weevils, grain moths and so forth. These eggs are present in all bird seed.
If the bird food is not stored in a cool environment or it is not used in a timely fashion the eggs become larva and the larva become in your case, moths.
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If you keep your seed in a dry storage area it’s best to keep the food in a clear Tupperware type container so you can see any activity before you open the container daily.
Also, it’s best to not buy more food that you can use in two to three months because that’s when insect infestation can become a problem. In the meantime, if it sounds like you are a candidate for our moth traps which are very effective and you can find them here.
Please remember we offer $49 free shipping and $5.99 flat rate shipping for orders under $49.
Thank you for contacting Windy City Parrot
Caveat: a while back we were closing up the shop. Catherine had been moving around inventory for its best presentation.
She somehow had gotten a hold of a compromised box of moth traps.
Her fingers rubbed up against the bait in one of the traps and we then left.
We know this because shortly thereafter we had stopped for a bite to eat and no sooner did we get seated (the establishment will remain nameless) when a Disney-esque small swarm of moths started fluttering around her. 
She looked about and said “now we know why these things (moth traps) really work” as she stood up saying “I’ll wash my hands first” while a gaggle (?) Of moths happily followed her apparently all hoping to get lucky.

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How to Get a Bird Used to a Shower Perch

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I have posed the question to many bird friends on Facebook. Here are some replies. We will be posting a “cleaned up” version of this on our website to help others with the same questions.
Thank you for asking.
Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique

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Why is flight so important for parrots?

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At the first hint of danger a bird normally takes to flight. During the hundreds of defensive short flights, flighted birds take each day, they are quickly assessing potential dangers and deciding if they need to keep flying to avoid a real danger. These short flights require immediate and appropriate decision making abilities.

We call this process ‘Thinking on the Wing’.The Parrot University has spent 20 years researching what makes a parrot “a parrot”. Our 20 year flighted parrot experience includes over 800 flock oriented pet parrots, and over 4,000 flighted baby parrots from more than 50 species. Cumulatively this amounts to over 7,000 bird years of hands on experience.

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Mango Pet Focus Disinfectant is Effective Against Many Viruses, Fungis & Bacteria

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Mango Pet Focus Disinfectant is Effective Against:

Virucidal Efficacy:

Avian Polyomavirus-Avian Bronchitis – Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 – Influenza A

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