Dusky conures are affectionate and clever birds. They can make wonderful pets and companions and usually get on well with other birds in the family.
If someone had told us we'd share our lives with a bird we could converse with, we would have thought this impossible—until a boisterous bird named Bailey came into our lives and stole our hearts.
Compassionate pet care includes staying informed about potential threats to your pet's health and safety. Common diseases known to affect canaries are discussed here. Read on to learn signs of poor health to look out for in your avian companion.
A peacock can be kept as a pet, but don't expect it to fetch your slippers. This beautiful bird is often chosen because of its ornamental feathers but comes with special requirements that may not be for everyone. However, when properly kept, a peacock is an unmatched delight.
Are you thinking about adopting a parakeet, parrot, or other type of pet bird? Find out what to look for when selecting a bird and what to expect when you bring it home.
Get detailed instructions on what you should do if you accidentally clip your parakeet's nail too short.
Moustache parakeets are intelligent and playful birds. A hand-reared moustache parakeet bought when it's young and given lots of attention can be a great pet.
Birds need more than store-bought seeds and pellets, but which fruits and vegetables are safe for your bird, and how do you get him to eat them? Getting a bird to eat his fruits and vegetables can be difficult, but it's not impossible. Here's how.
Budgies (parakeets) make wonderful pets for first-time and experienced bird keepers alike. Tips for acquiring and caring for a pet parakeet.
Here are a few of the best names for a tropical bird, straight from the parrot's mouth. Explore Portuguese names for colors and household objects, along with some movie-inspired names.
Discover what food to feed a budgie as well as a list of toxic foods to avoid. Here is how to easily feed your parakeet a healthy and balanced diet.
A budgie's lifespan is influenced by the quality of its environment. This delightful little bird doesn't need a palace or fancy food every night. However, when it lacks a few simple requirements, a budgie's years are drastically shortened.
Colourful birds have always attracted humans. Their shapes and colours of feathers, beaks, and other parts fascinate us. We take pleasure in keeping some of them as pets or write poetry about them.
People love their pets. Dogs and cats are the most popular pets, but parrots may be a close third choice. Parrots usually bond with one member of the family, but still accept others that flock around.
I'm fairly unlucky—I have a parakeet that squawks nonstop for no identifiable reason. Here's how I deal with it. If you have suggestions and tips or are an experienced parakeet owner, please share your advice!
This article shows the history of avian conjunctivitis as it relates to American Goldfinches. Learn more about this disease through the lens of an amateur bird-watcher.
Parrots are intriguing birds that can live for 40+ years. Choosing a good name for your parrot is one of the most important things to do as the bird will keep the name for the rest of its life.
There are many different arguments over whether it's good to pluck a blood feather or better to use cornstarch powder to stop the bleeding. Here are some basic rules to get you started.
Do birds make good pets? If you want a pet that will not make you overhaul your lifestyle, birds are a good choice. Read on to discover 8 top reasons why birds make good pets.
A detailed comparison of the macaw and African grey by a parrot expert and owner of both. This article includes pictures and suggestions in order for you to make the best choice possible.
These pretty birds are as personable as puppies, as noisy as kindergarteners, as quirky as asylum inhabitants, and as lovable as can be. Explore the fun and funny ways of cockatiels as pets here!
This article provides a brief comparison of two species of commonly kept parrots: Amazons and African Greys. If you're considering one of these birds as a pet, learn more about their behavior and characteristics.
Quaker parrots are great pets and, with proper care, can live for many years. This article will give you advice on buying, bringing home, and caring for your bird.
A list of basic tricks to start training your macaw along with step-by-step instructions on specific tricks and behaviors. Pictures and videos included.
This article is about hand-raising a baby lovebird. Based on my personal experience I have shared tips and suggestions. Hand-raised birds are the most loving and loyal pets one could ever find.
Based on my personal experience, the following article explains the egg-laying process in lovebirds, egg-binding, and its cure and also takes a special look at infertility in lovebirds.
Like other pets, parakeets love variety in their diets. Here is a list of foods that are safe to feed to your pet parakeet.
I've learned that parrots, like children, have an uncanny habit of saying things at the most inopportune moments. Vying for attention, they rise superbly and instinctively to occasions when attention is focused elsewhere, outdoing themselves with verbal acuity.
This set-up method is fast, easy, and foolproof for any bird. Make your birds feel at home with a quick and easy tutorial on how to set up a birdcage for parakeets, cockatiels, or other small birds.
Designed with the duck caregiver in mind, this article focuses on how to treat domestic ducks as individuals who are deserving of healthy, happy lives.
Green-Cheeked Conure dos and don'ts. These loving little clowns will brighten your lives if you let them, but they need to be a viable part of your family to be happy.
At times, lovebirds trouble you by not going inside their cage. The following article discusses quick ways to put them inside. It also talks about the reasons why they want to stay outside.
Given the fact that lovebirds choose mates and bond with them for life, bonding and "falling in love" isn't always that typical. The following article depicts the unconventional tale of my two pets.
Cockatiels, like most crested birds, show a lot of emotion using their crests. Contrary to popular belief, they can tell you more than just anger or comfort/happiness.
White Java doves are wonderful pets. Learn how to set up their cage and keep it clean, and read some fascinating facts about doves.
Discover why lovebirds make endearing and personable pets. Learn how to feed and groom them and how to set up a fun and safe cage for your birds.
Is your pet lovebird losing feathers? Do you find your pet being aggressive or grumpy? Does he/she bite you? Chances are that your pet is undergoing a molt. Read this article to know how you can help.
Scaly breasted lorikeets are a member of the parrot family. A native bird of Australia, they live in urban and rural areas of coastal Eastern Australia. They also make entertaining pets!
Owning a pet bird brings with it a special set of problems and responsibilities quite different from owning a dog or cat. There are certain things you should be aware of before buying a pet bird or you might end up regretting your purchase.
Are you thinking about buying a scarlet macaw? There are many things to consider before making that purchase, including housing, feeding, potential problems with other animals and neighbors. Here's advice from someone who has bred and raised many large parrots including the scarlet macaw.
A parrot may refuse to enter its cage by using avoidance behavior or aggression. What's an owner to do?
The albino budgie is a beautiful creature. The needs of this pet are not much different from normal coloured budgies, but there are some interesting traits of this type that you should know about. An albino budgie can make a perfect pet for those who love this parakeet.
This article provides an introduction to the topic of wing clipping for those new to the bird world.
When you have a unique pet, it needs a unique name! Here are over 250 creative parrot names to name your birdie bud!
Are you looking for alternative exercises for your parrot? A Brazilian vet and his bird have a few suggestions!
Parakeets are great starter pets. This article explores some of the things you should consider before you buy one of these wonderful birds.
Bird owners have mixed feelings about wing clipping. Is it mean to clip your bird's wings? After all, they are born to fly. Let's take a closer look at how to clip wings and the reasons it is recommended.
Caring for a new pet can be quite daunting. This article will provide you with all the advice you need to care for a pet budgie.
What do you need to set up a cage that will meet all your bird's needs and keep him happy? This article details things to consider when choosing perches, food and water bowls, mineral supplements and toys.
While not as common as cats and dogs, birds are popular pets. However, some people believe keeping caged birds is cruel, even if the birds are well-cared-for and are allowed plenty of time outside of the cage. Here's a bird owner's point of view on the topic.
Has your lovebird laid an egg? Do you have no idea what to do? This article discusses the signs of hatching, newborn baby lovebird care, and the proper ways to handle the parents.
Did you just get a bird or are you thinking about getting one? Here's a list of names for all types of birds. Some are cute, some are funny and there are even some famous ones thrown in.
Budgies need more than a cage, perches and a bowl of seeds. But what more should you provide them with? Find out in this article.
Many pet birds are extremely long-lived, and not all owners can commit to a pet for that many years. This is a list of pet birds with shorter life spans, along with basic information about them.
Find out how to take care of your Pionus parrot to help them live as happily and healthfully as possible.
In this article, I discuss common parrot behavioral problems and the possible solutions. I also explain how I tamed my first pet, a blue Indian Ringneck parrot.
Many animal lovers enjoy the company of both cats and birds but are afraid to keep both pets in the same house. Here's how it can be done.
Budgies are great pets. They are smart and funny, and they can become pretty attached to a human being. Some even learn to talk! But there is more to keeping a budgie than you would think at first glance. Is a budgie right for you? Read on to find out.
Breeding budgerigars, or budgies, is a very delicate and time-consuming process. Difficulty and hard work aside, breeding parakeets is an experience worth remembering.
Lovebirds need to be clean to stay healthy. At times, they are scared of bathing. Looking for easy ways to bathe your lovebird? This article discusses ways to bathe your pets.
So, you either found a baby duck or multiple baby ducks, or you bought one at a feed store, and you need help. In this article, I will show how to raise these baby ducklings.
Learn how to pick out a healthy parakeet, care for it at home, and train it to play with you, fly safely, and even speak.
If you are having trouble picking an appropriate name for your lovebird or have simply run out of ideas, do not get anxious. This article shows you how to get creative with name selection and offers a diverse list of potential names for your beloved winged companions.
Learn the basics of feeding your budgies: how much food to give them, what to feed them and what not to feed them.
Is your parrot picking its feathers? Learn from my experience with my feather-plucking parrot. Let's discuss what causes the behaviour and how you can try to help reverse it.
Explore ideas and examples of how to organize indoor spaces for companion birds. Find out what to look for in a bird tree or stand, get ideas for building one yourself, and learn how to choose a cage.
Parakeets make wonderful pets. A large part of their charm is their ability to speak, but sometimes the skill can be difficult to teach. Budgies are much like humans in that their personalities and skills will vary, but most can learn to say a few simple phrases. Here are some anecdotal tips for helping your bird learn to talk.
Lean how to ease the transition for your newest birds as you bring them home and incorporate them into your flock.
Baby cockatiels grow from an inch-long hatchling to adult size in just six weeks. It takes 8–10 days for their eyes to open, but even closed eyes offer a clue as to the baby's future color.
Not pleased with your pet pigeons? Well, you might not be raising them properly. See how to raise pigeons to enjoy their full benefits. Learn the best practices for keeping attractive birds at home.
It's very important to keep your parakeet's claws at an appropriate length. Some may prefer to take their bird to a professional, but I've found that it's much quicker and cheaper to do it at home. Here's how.
Lovebirds are really a small parrot. They are friendly, have great personalities and love being in close contact with people. Read this article to see if a lovebird is the pet for you.
A brief summary of 3 types of domestic birds that are perfect for new bird owners, as well as some tips on what to expect if you do decide to purchase one.
Like other avians, lovebirds are prone to disease. This article discusses some ways in which you can help your sick pet. It also talks about my experience handling respiratory problems in my female lovebird, Lulu.
If you want to add a beautiful decorative statement to your windows while attracting hummingbirds, this easy-to-make feeder wreath will help the little guys find their way to you. I made mine in less than a half hour with an investment of under $20, and I have more hummingbirds than ever before!