If you are often bored, sad, lonely, then get yourself a parrot. This noisy, funny and very friendly pet will bring a positive change to your life.
But before you shelter a feathered friend at home, you should get acquainted with the variety of species and breeds of this representative of the bird world. Let’s single out from this screaming, flapping wings, blazing with all the colors of the rainbow flock the best option – medium-sized parrots.
The most popular specimens living next to humans are corella, cockatoo, rosella, ringed and Senegalese parrots.
Corellas (nymph parrots)
With a pointed crest and red spots on the cheeks, such birds are very similar to cockatoos. Of the 30-35 cm body length, half belongs to the wedge-shaped elegant tail. With their unusual appearance and friendly nature, cockatiels have earned extraordinary popularity and demand among bird lovers. They love space, they are curious, they examine with interest the corners of not only their cage, but the whole home, they easily become homely, sweet, affectionate and unpretentious family members.
If the content of cockatiels brings real pleasure to the owners, then there are many difficulties with training this variety of parrots. They can learn to repeat sounds and melodies, but it is almost impossible to “speak the same language” with them.
Another disadvantage of nymph parrots is their voice, harsh and unpleasant. But they do not cry too often: from fear, excitement or indignation.
Of the average representatives of the species, Goffin’s cockatoo, pink, Inca (or Major Mitchell’s cockatoo) are of interest. Cockatoo can be called the most amusing and funny intellectuals. They quickly learn to sing, squat, bow, open the locks in the cage, unscrew the nuts or, like a real football player, kick some small objects instead of the ball.
Unpretentious and hardy, but with a capricious character, and desperate screamers.
Motley, bright, with a scaly color that distinguishes them from all other parrots, good-natured, cheerful and sociable – well, what else is needed for universal adoration. True, these birds also do not like to talk, but they love to sing and imitate various sounds. They love water treatments. But, if the owner gives a reason, they become jealous and selfish.
These birds are graceful and quick-witted. Green plumage shimmering with all shades of this color, a “necklace” around the neck and a “tie” on the chest make them real aristocrats in their community. They have been tamed by man for so long that they have become very diligent students.. Among ringed parrots there are many capable individuals that can be not only to teach them to speak, but also to wean them from screaming sharply and unpleasantly.
A green-orange-yellow handsome man with a gray head loves himself and his owner, he is quite aggressive towards other birds and people. Therefore, the owner of such a bird will need a lot of effort, patience and time to raise an adequate and tolerant pet.
“Lori” is Dutch for “clown”. The name of the bird was due to the bright plumage, which includes all the colors of the rainbow. It is not surprising that representatives of this species are considered the most beautiful among parrots. Birds are perfectly tamed, very friendly, but they require special care for themselves, they endure life in captivity hard and feed, unlike all parrots that eat plant seeds, berries, nectar and pollen.
The weight of medium parrots ranges from 100 to 200 grams, body length is on average 30 cm, life expectancy is from 15 to 30 years.
What is required for content?
Of course, it is not easy to choose among such a variety. But it is on the correct choice that your future life, and the life of a living being taken under your care, depends. To get started, decide what attracts you to parrots: beautiful plumage, learning abilities, singing, and maybe breeding parrots. Assess the possibilities of the room: humidity (70-75%), temperature (20-22 °), the ability to fly, spreading your wings. Also think about how much time you can devote to the pet, how other family members will react to the newcomer, Consider your ability to provide the conditions needed for your chosen species.
The first step is to purchase a house for a new tenant. In most cases, this is a cage, less often – an aviary. The size of the cage depends on the size of the bird, its habits. The cage should be convenient for feeding, cleaning, neat and beautiful, well made.
The cell must not be empty. Place in it:
- feeders for dry food, mineral supplements, raw food;
- rattles and other little things that attracted your pet.
What to feed?
For the normal development of a parrot, he needs a full-fledged varied diet.
Almost all types of parrots are unpretentious in food, but do not like monotony. The main food is the seeds of wild and cultivated plants: millet, wheat, oats, canary seed, flaxseed. Birds should include in their diet fresh vegetables, berries, fruits, herbsand also it is sometimes worth pampering a bird cottage cheese, boiled egg, animal products (meal worms, insect larvae and pupae).
In addition to proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins contained in feed, a parrot needs mineral top dressing: shell rock, eggshell, chalk, clay, table salt.
Provide your pet with proper nutrition, maintenance, and he will feel great, sing a lot, breed successfully and bring you a lot of joy and positive.
Even more types of parrots are discussed in the next video.