One of the pressing issues for owners and future buyers of parrots is the age of the bird. Many do not even know how to correctly determine the age of parrots. It is believed that when buying a bird in a store, it is almost impossible to find out its age, because in appearance, many individuals practically do not have differences, especially budgerigars. In addition, not all sellers say the real age. In this article, we will learn some of the nuances that may be useful in determining the age of a parrot.
Why is it important?
Many bird buyers are not at all wondering why it is necessary to know the age of a parrot. This is due to the fact that birds that stay in the store for a long time are usually kept on poor food without vitamins, coexist with other, possibly unhealthy birds, and the rooms themselves are practically not ventilated with them. As a result, the birds get sick, sometimes hidden. Therefore, when acquiring an “old” parrot, you can simply acquire an unhealthy bird, to which you can become attached very quickly, but it will die, or very serious health problems will disturb it.
The main thing is attention
In order not to miscalculate with the age of the bird, let’s consider what external signs of it can be determined by being a layman.
- Professional ornithologists recommend paying attention when choosing a parrot to its head. In budgerigars, contrasting “waves” should be clearly visible on it. In young females and males, these stripes are visible from the very beak to the bright head. The only exceptions are albinos, which do not have such stripes.
- And also very carefully you should consider the eyes of the bird you like. They should be bright black with an iris. Usually such eyes indicate that the parrot is no more than six months old. In some individuals, the eyes may become lighter by about 10 months. But the bright and wide rim around the pupil of the bird is one hundred percent sure that you have an individual in front of you, which is clearly more than 1 year old. Of course, there are exceptions associated with mutations, for example, red eyes in albinos. But such individuals are extremely rare.
- The age of a bird can also be determined by looking at the part of the head above the beak. Where the nostrils are. This place is called wax. So, in young budgerigars, it should have a pale pink hue, cream, and sometimes bluish. It becomes darker at the moment when puberty begins in parrots, usually an average of six months should pass for this. Here, one should also take into account the moment that such changes in shade are mainly characteristic of females; in boys, the pink-blue hue of the cere persists for a longer period. This is due to anatomical features.
- And also special attention should be paid to the spots on the bird’s throat.. The younger she is, the brighter and more saturated they are, and the older she is, the more smooth and even their contour.
- In parrots that are only a few months old, the scales on the legs are quite dense. That is why it is also worth paying attention to them. With age, these very scales become very noticeable and loose.
- And perhaps the most recent criterion by which you can determine the age of a parrot can be attributed to its tail. The tails of young females and males are quite short. But it should also not be ruled out that the bird may be an adult, it could simply have lost long feathers from its tail for other reasons.
Paying attention to all of the above criteria and signs, you can most likely find out how young the seller is offering. Distinguishing a young parrot from an old one is actually not so difficult.
But it should also be noted that the life expectancy of a domestic parrot is usually 10 years, in rare cases 15. If we compare the age of a parrot by human standards, you should know that a one and a half year old parrot corresponds to the age of a 10-year-old child. To translate the age, you can pay attention to special tables.
To determine the age of the cockatiel parrot, you should also pay attention to the paws, they should have soft pink scales.
Also, usually young Corella chicks move and jump rather clumsily, which in many ways may indicate that they have not yet fully adapted. The plumage of young birds is bright, but not yet abundant. Babies have black feathers on the head, which most often lighten only by 10 months. A completely gray color in this type of parrot appears only after the first molt, that is, after six months.
The age of lovebird parrots can also be determined by the wax, which should be darker in young birds. After 3 months, she is already bright.
Birds acquire bright green plumage in about six months, before that they have a grayish-green uneven color.
Summing up, it should be said that it is not worth recognizing the age of a bird by one sign alone, for example, spots on the head or by the shade of the wax. In order to guess the age as close as possible, all of the above signs should be considered in a complex manner. In addition, it should be understood that not everyone can find out the age of a parrot by external signs, and therefore birds should be purchased only in well-recommended places where potential customers are not deceived.
For information on how to determine the age of a budgerigar, see the following video.