Birds as Pets

Birds as Pets




Mankind has a long history of domesticating birds as pets. Many thousands of years ago, the Chinese were domesticating colourful varieties to have as pets, this discovered in the artworks from the times of the ancient Chinese. Possibly even earlier than this, birds such as falcons and cormorants were domesticated not as pets, but as hunters.

Today in the western world, the bird is the choice of pet for many households and it’s not hard to see why – there is just so much variety.

Companions OR Hobby Animals.
Some breeds are exceptionally friendly and love company. They will sit and “talk” happily with their owner, perch on their shoulder etc,(Editor – I know a lady with a Macaw who sings it to sleep at night, apparently it likes nursery rhymes such as a child)

African Collared Dove

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The African Collared Dove belongs to the scientific classification Streptopelia roseogrisea and is a small dove native to the dry lands of Africa and Arabia, though it is also known to inhabit areas close to water. It has been introduced to other parts of

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African Mourning Dove

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The African Mourning Dove (Streptopelia decipiens) is a pigeon that is commonly seen throughout the northernmost region of southern Africa. It is native to Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Amazon Parrots

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The Amazon Parrot is a vividly coloured-bird of the genus Amazona, which is indigenous to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Its existence was scientifically reported for the first time in 1830 and has since become one of the most common ty

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American Goldfinch

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The American Goldfinch is a widespread finch that is native to North America, specifically the United States and Canada. It is most popular in Arkansas, California, North Carolina and South Carolina, along with the Canadian regions of British Columbia and

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Ariel Toucan

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The Ariel toucan is a small to can roughly 40 cm from beak to tail tip with a beak of 8 to 12 cm they are very colourful with a bright orange breast, red eye-skin a brilliant blue eye and red abdominal feathers. Housing as with all toucans they should be

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Band-tailed Pigeon

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Bird fans have discovered there is much to admire in this lovely little species. The Band-tailed is just one of several breeds of pigeon that are kept domestically around the globe. Many people are finding Band-tailed Pigeons can make a great addition to

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Bar-shouldered Dove

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The Bar-shouldered Dove, Geopelia humeralis, is a pigeon that is native to the continent of Australia. It makes its home across the northern and eastern regions of Australia. While its population has spread to other countries such as New Guinea

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Barbary Dove

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The Ringneck Dove, Ring Dove, or Barbary Dove, Streptopelia risoria, is a small domestic dove. Some sources confidently assert that it is a domestic form of the Eurasian Collared Dove, S. decaocto, but the majority of evidence points to it being a domesti

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Bird breeds

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Welcome to our bird breeds section. Most domestic birds fall into the categories of Parrot, Dove and Pigeons, Softbills and Finches. Parrots are the most popular "pet" birds, they are often affecionate and vocal. There are many popular species of parrots

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Bird Health

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When a dog or cat is not well, the change in their behavioral patterns is often more obvious than in birds. Yet routinely people take their cat or dog to the vet for a checkup each year regardless of their apparent wellness,

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Black-billed Wood Dove

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The Black-billed Wood Dove makes its nest on tree branches, so it typically inhabits savannas or marshes that offer close access to acacias or other trees in which it can make a nest. This breed may also live in areas that are more residential in nature.

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Blue Fronted Amazon

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The Blue-fronted Amazon (Amazona aestiva), is a species of a parrot that is one of the most common parrots kept in captivity as a pet. It is also known as the Turquoise-fronted Amazon or Blue-fronted Parrot Its name derives from the distinctive blue marki

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Blue Ground Dove

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The Blue Ground Dove (Claravis pretiosa) is a small New World tropical dove. It is a resident breeder from southeastern Mexico to northwestern Peru and northern Argentina, and on Trinidad.The Blue Ground Dove is common in open woodland, forest edges, clea

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Blue-Headed Pionus

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This bird has been domesticated and is very popular as a pet. Aside from its beautiful appearance, the Blue-headed Pionus has a gentle and quiet temperament. They do make noise, but do not typically have more than a few words in their vocabulary. When thi

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Blue-throated Macaw

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The Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis) is endemic to a area of rees that dot the level plain. They weigh 750g and are 85cm long and are vivid in appearance with turquoise-blue wings and tail, and bright yellow underparts. They have a large bill, long

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Bronze Wing Pionus Parrots

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The bronze winged Pionus Parrot is a wonderful small to medium-sized parrot from Central and South America. They are of similar size to the White capped Pionus they are very different birds. Boss they are fun loving and gregarious like the White capped th

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Budgie / Budgerigar

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The Budgerigar Parrot, often referred to as the Budgie, is a small bird native to Australia that is thought to have inhabited the area for as many as five million years. The existence of the Budgie

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Choosing an Aviary

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Keeping birds is a pleasurable activity, especially in suburban areas where the supply of melodic morning birdsongs can be in short supply! Just hearing birds of a morning can brighten your entire day - it's probably why you often hear a person comment "y

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Cockatiels

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Cockatiels make great pets for people who love birds. These birds are intelligent and affectionate, and generally good-tempered. They grow up to about 45cm, which is bigger than a Budgie, but smaller than some of the larger birds such as Cockatoos. The C

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