The Budgie or Budgerigar, (which is called Parakeet in the USA), is one of the best known Parakeets!
Parakeets belong to the parrot family and the word "Parakeet" means long tail. They are small to medium sized parrots with long, tapered tail feathers rather than the larger parrots with stockier bodies and squarish tails. These colorful, graceful birds are full of energy! Being flock birds, parakeets are very social with each other and with people. They love attention and make wonderful pets.
The parakeet genera are found in many of the various parrot sub-families and overall there are about 120 species with many sub-species. They come from many diverse habitats throughout Asia, Australia, tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa, Central America and South America. ( Info courtesy by animal-world )
Parakeet Birds Pictures
Parakeet Bird Behavior
Parakeet behavior is an important aspect of their personality and each bird has its own unique behavior. They are naturally playful creatures and love to play with toys, so provide them with some. They are flock birds, which means that they love living together. If you just have one bird, then try getting another, or else you can also try and care for it in such a way that it feels that you are its companion. At times they poof up and shake their feathers, either to straighten their feathers after poofing or they want to show off to other parakeets. They exercise after an inactive period by stretching their legs and wings so as to get their blood flowing.
So all in all, you need to get as much parakeet information as possible before you try and get one into your house. Take good care of them and see them live a long and healthy life.
Parakeet Life Span
Usually a parakeet life span ranges from around 8 to 10 years, if provided with a healthy diet and clean environment. There are reports that some parakeets live for 14 years and in some rare cases they can even live for as long as 20 years. For your parakeet to live longer, make sure you provide it with a clean cage, daily exercise, a healthy diet and companionship.
( Info courtesy by buzzle.com )
2. Cockatiels Birds
Grey, Pied, Pearled, Cinnamon, Whitefaced, Lutino, Albino (aka. Whitefaced Lutino) and Yellowcheeked Cockatiels.
The Cockatiel is also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, is the smallest cockatoo endemic to Australia. They are prized as a household pet and companion parrot throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird, cockatiels are second only in popularity to the Budgerigar.
Cockatiels are generally regarded as good pets. Like most other pets, the manner in which the animal is raised, handled, and kept along with inherited "personality" traits have a profound effect on the temperament of the animal. Some birds are quite gregarious and sociable while others can be shy, retreating to the back of the cage when an unfamiliar figure appears. If handled often and if they have a patient owner, cockatiels become tame very quickly compared to some other parrot species
The Cockatiel's lifespan in captivity is generally given as 15–20 years, though it is sometimes given as short as 10–15 years, and there are reports of Cockatiels living as long as 30 years, the oldest confirmed specimen reported being 36 years old. Diet and exercise are major determining factors in cockatiel lifespan.
Cockatiels Bird Pictures
Finches and Canaries are other popular types of pet birds. With most varieties measuring 5 inches or less, Finches and Canaries require less space than most other bird species. Unlike parrots, which are hookbills, Finches and Canaries are known as softbills or waxbills. These little birds thrive in small flocks, and generally pay little attention to humans -- making them perfect pets for those who love to watch birds, but would like a pet that requires minimal interaction. A well cared for Finch or Canary can live for up to 10 years.
finches and canaries
finches and canaries Bird Picture
Size - Lovebirds are small, compact parrots about 12 - 16 cm / 5 - 6 inches in length.
Expected Life Span - Up to 15 years or more.
Lovebirds are the second smallest species of parrot. Their weight range is 42 to 60 grams. Females tend to be slighter larger than the males. Lovebirds are playful by nature and it loves to follow you around on your shoulder.
most popular types of Lovebirds -
1. Peachface Lovebird
2. African Lovebird
Special Characteristics -
* Intelligent and affectionate bird * It has the ability to learn to talk and whistle. Its speech is clear and distinct * It is small in size but it is a big parrot by temperament.
Very active, curious, and playful, lovebirds pack a lot of personality into a small package. They are also feisty little birds. They are very social and form deep bonds with their owners and are sometimes very cuddly birds, but their intense personalities can also make them prone to nipping and territorial aggressiveness and jealousy. Hand-raised babies make the best pets. Some experts believe that females are more prone to jealousy and territoriality than males.
Cage size should be -
* Lovebirds need approximately: 24" W x 24" H x 24" D
* Bar spacing: 1/2" to 5/8"
5. African Greys Birds
info - The African Grey Parrot is a medium-sized parrot found in the primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds, some boasting vocabularies of up to 2,000 words! Because these birds are so smart, they tend to be demanding pets, and will get bored quickly if not stimulated. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, leafy matter, but have been observed eating snails. Their overall gentle nature and their inclination and ability to mimic speech have made them popular pets. This has led many to be captured from the wild and sold into the pet trade. The African Grey Parrot is listed on CITES appendix II, which restricts trade of wild caught species, because wild populations can not sustain trapping for the pet trade. As a pet, they must be entertained, or they start to pluck their feathers, resulting in having no feathers at all. In captivity, the African Grey parrot can live up to 70 years of age. (Info from Wikipedia )
African Grey Picture
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