Showing posts with label Scarlet Macaw. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scarlet Macaw. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LOVEBIRDS - What Does it Take to Care For These Special Pet Birds?

lovebirds for wedding present
Lovebirds for wedding present - Photo by eeekkgirl 
You’ve probably seen these gorgeous birds in your local pet store. They are the miniature green parrots with the big expressive eyes. Love Birds are a good choice for someone who wants a parrot but doesn’t want the commitment that a large parrot requires. A large parrot such as a Macaw can live for 60 or more years, while a Love Bird seldom lives more than 15 years.

Before you go out to buy a Lovebird, you should be aware of what you’re getting into. Lovebirds, like all parrots, are relatively high maintenance pets and therefore require a dedicated and special type of pet owner. Here are some important factors to keep in mind.

Companionship

Love Birds, like all parrots, are extremely social creatures and crave the company of others. If you don’t have a few hours to spend with him every day, then you’ll need to buy another lovebird to keep him company. Without the companionship of humans or another bird, your bird is likely to exhibit problem behavior such as extreme aggression, excessive preening, and constant squawking.

Choosing The Right Lovebird

An ideal lovebird will be 6 to 10 weeks old and hand–fed. A young, hand–fed bird is much easier to tame and train than an older, parent–fed lovebird. The most commonly available species are:

  • Peach Face - This species is usually green, with a peach head, face, and neck.
  • Fischer’s Lovebird - This bird has a green body with shades of yellow and orange on their head and neck.
  • Masked Lovebird - This bird has a green body, with a dark brown colored brown mask around their face and neck. Just below this mask is a yellow band of feathers.
Housing

Lovebirds require a large cage with plenty of room to stretch out their wings and play — obviously, a pair will require a larger cage than a single bird. The majority of the cage bars should be horizontal and there need to be a few perches located at varying levels. Place plenty of toys in their cage to keep them stimulated.

Health

Love Birds require daily exercise to keep them healthy. This means you should let them out to fly every day in a safe room. Make sure there are no open windows or predators (such as dogs or cats) in this room.



You should feed your lovebird a quality parrot seed mix and plenty of fresh, clean fruits and vegetables that are bird–safe. This will give them a good variety that matches what they might find in the wild. You’ll need to remove any uneaten food every day.




Friday, July 14, 2017

SCARLET MACAWS As Pet Parrots

Scarlet Macaws are one of the larger parrots species. They can reach 36 inches in length, although half of that is it's slender tail.

English: Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). Two at Low...
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). Two at Lowry Park Zoo, . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Getting one of these parrots is not a short term commitment. Some have lived to be 75 years old, and the average life span is between 35 and 50 years.

They are mostly scarlet colored with blue on the wings and tail with a yellow band on the upper wings below a scarlet shoulder. The Scarlet Macaw's upper beak is white and the lower beak is black. They have a white, featherless ring around their eyes. They tend to be more high strung than the other macaws, and have a tendency to pinch when young which can lead to biting if not discouraged early on.

You shouldn't try to discourage a young macaw from pinching by being aggressive and slapping it. If you make it afraid of you it will naturally want to bite when you get too close. Their high strung nature makes them nervous when there is a lot of noise and activity. Something to consider if you have children.

That's not to say that they can't be taught to get along and even play with children, but it takes the proper training for both the parrot and the children.

If it gets bored and starts screaming the noise it can make is enough to drive you out of the room.

A common reaction to a screaming macaw is to yell at it to shut up, or to give in and give it a treat or toy to play with.

You don't want to reward your macaw for screaming or it will figure out that the more noise it makes the more attention it gets. When your parrot is screaming you need to ignore it, and then when it finally quiets down give it some attention.

It will eventually learn that screaming isn't going to get it what it wants.
Scarlet Macaws are quick to learn, and when handled by someone with experience they become very loving, playful pet parrots.