nesting behavior in pet birds

Hormones, Nest Seeking and Aggression in Parrots

The Search for a Suitable Nesting Cavity (bird soliciting courtship) Have you found your bird hiding out in small, dark places?  If other in home conditions including lighting and diet are just right, your bird may be looking for a nesting spot. Their hormonal clock may already be thrown off with lack of sleep and […]

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hormonal behavior in parrots

Understanding Hormonal Behavior in Parrots: Part 1

There are a number of things that work together to trigger reproductive behavior in our birds. Birds that are experiencing hormonal behavior become territorial and aggressive.  This is probably not the behavior you imagined when you adopted your bird. When all of the conditions are just right a birds hormones begin to flow.  So, when […]

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Understanding Molting in Birds: Tips for Beautiful Feathers

What is Molting? Is your bird losing its feathers?  It may be molting.  Understanding molting is important. Pet birds molt at least once, but possibly twice a year; usually right after breeding season.  Different species molt at different times based on the season, breeding season, migrations and nutritional needs. The length of time it takes […]

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The Most Exotic Birds Infographic

Exotic Birds of the World InfoGraphic

Click image to see a larger versionThe Most Exotic Birds Infographic via Pet Supplies

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nesting behavior in pet birds

Kelp Aids in Correcting Iodine Deficiencies in Pet Birds

Kelp and Iodine Defiency in Parrots Kelp, a kind of algae “seaweed” is common in Asian diets. But, can it be good for your bird? This fast growing algae is harvested from “kelp forests” within shallow bodies of saltwater.  Kelp is considered a “super-food” because it packs massive amounts of nutrients in a small package!  […]

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Feather plucking and self mutlilation

The Perplexing Behavior Of Self Mutilating Parrots

  It’s never been shown that birds in the wild self mutilate and feather pluck. Only domestic birds. Why is self mutilating parrots a problem? We don’t really know. Theories abound, but nobody has conclusively proved any of their theories. What we do know is that having a beautiful Cockatoo or an African Grey attack […]

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How to Give Your Bird CPR

Did you know that it’s possible to give your bird CPR in an emergency? It seems obvious to me now in retrospect, but when I first found out that it was possible I was both surprised and a little reassured. While it’s not something that I ever want to have to do, just like human […]

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parrot health

D-R-O-P Approach for Bird Burns

A common parrot accident is bird burns.  Painful liquid, chemical & electric burns require immediate attention. Discover important advice to save your bird.  Burns are very serious and extremely painful.  A burned bird needs immediate veterinary care to minimize shock, manage pain and prevent secondary infections. If your bird has suffered a burn – take […]

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broken blood feather

3 Tips to Treat a Bleeding Bird

A very common and scary avian emergency is a bleeding bird.  Anytime that a bird is bleeding, it is cause for concern and you’ll need to make fairly fast decisions. About 10 % of your birds body weight is blood.  So a 100 gm. Cockatiel may have 10 cc of blood.  It’s easier to envision […]

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Help! My Bird Got Attacked by an Animal!

Any animal attack is life threatening to your pet bird and requires IMMEDIATE veterinary care. Even if your bird looks normal or it was light physical contact. Avian vets report that they see a lot of birds that got attacked by an animal. Of course, we often think that dog and cat attacks are the […]

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How to Prepare a Bird First Aid Kit

Whether you’re new to birds or a veteran “parront” you should review basic avian first aid techniques and re-stock your bird first aid kit at least once a year.  Just like anyone working with people needs to update their CPR certification and other first aid credentials, your bird is counting on you to know what […]

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What to Do About Broken Blood Feathers

Whether you’re new to pet birds, or not, if you have a pet bird, you need to know what to do about broken blood feathers.  Broken blood feathers are the #1 minor medical problem that pet bird’s experience. Your bird molts once or twice a year to grow fresh new feathers.  New feathers require a […]

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Bird Friendly Hotels

It used to be a truth that staying in a hotel with a pet bird was virtually impossible. Occasionally you could find an out of the way place that would let you in, but the major hotel chains wouldn’t even have considered it! Now, it is much easier to find bird friendly hotels. Thankfully increased […]

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Pet Friendly Vacations: RV Travel With Your Bird

by Diane Burroughs It’s holiday time, and for many of us that means it’s time to pack up the RV, hit the road and explore for a couple of weeks! RV’s are a great way to experience pet friendly vacations. And while taking your birds with you can make your trip a fantastic experience, you’re […]

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How to keep your bird cool in the summer

Hot tips to Keep Your Bird Cool this Summer!

Birds are amazing creatures, intelligent, affectionate, fun, playful and… very susceptible to shock from injury or relatively small changes in their environment. That’s why knowing how to keep your bird cool in a heat wave is an important part of bird care! If you thought of them as a highly tuned sports Nascar you wouldn’t […]

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costs of owning a bird

5 Things To Think About Before Buying A Bird.

By Diane Burroughs Birds are the possibly the most underestimated pets that you can own. Not just from the point of view of how friendly, affectionate, clever, funny and surprising they can be, but also because of the “hidden” costs of buying a bird that just don’t seem to register on most people’s radar before […]

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bird sleep needs

Better Bird Care: A Good Nights Sleep

By Diane Burroughs When you think about bird care, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your bird gets enough sleep.  The pet store probably told you to consider your birds diet and its cage when caring for your pet. And, while these elements of bird care are […]

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Learn about giving your bird the freedom of flight

Learn About The Freedom of Flight

Check out this video clip for the new documentary, The Freedom of Flight! Looks Awesome! Bird Tricks writes: “I’m excited to announce that on Monday we are releasing our new DVD. It’s called, The Freedom of Flight, a documentary look inside the lives of a handful of our clients lives as we take them through […]

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hormonal behavior in parrots

How To Clip A Parrots Wings

By Phil Samuelson Early one windy evening I heard a knock at my door and opened it to find a group of neighborhood kids. “You own parrots, right?” one of the children asked. With all of the piercing parrot noises coming out of my house on a regular basis, I’m sure everyone who lived nearby […]

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The Intelligence of Birds

By Diane Burroughs Did you know that Parrots have been found to be as smart as a 4 to 5 year old child?  Pioneering research from Dr. Irene Pepperberg at Brandeis University and researchers at the Universities of Vienna and Oxford have shown astounding evidence about the intelligence of birds, specifically parrots. Dr Pepperberg has […]

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Peachy after a bird bath

The Cockatoo Parrot Personality

By Phillip Samuelson Cockatoos hold a special place in my heart. Anyone who has shared their lives with one of these beautiful and affectionate parrots has fallen under its spell. It’s nearly impossible to resist the charming nature of these crested beauties and have them steal your heart. The cockatoo parrot is quite endearing. Back […]

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African Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot Gift for Gab

By Phillip Samuelson The African grey parrot has the reputation for being the world’s greatest talking parrot. I consider this an accurate claim to fame, but having spent time around a number of greys, both pets and aviary birds, I’ve developed a fascination for this species that extends well beyond its speaking ability. These birds […]

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Legalities of Interstate Travel with Pet Birds

By Diane Burroughs Traveling with your pet birds is a fun experience however it takes some planning for both safety and learning  Legalities of Interstate Travel with Pet Birds.  Any time that you travel with pet birds, you need to follow interstate travel regulations and understand individual state requirements. While interstate travel with parrots is […]

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Peachy our Moluccan Cockatoo

The Chronicles of Peachy: My Seasonal Parrot

By Diane Burroughs Peachy’s feeling pretty d-a-r-n frisky these days as January is well under way.  He’s prancing and strutting inside of his cage and on top of it as though he’s protecting a throne. Same with his huge Java Bird Stand! He’s hunting around for any dark, shadowy place thinking some cute Moluccan “Chick” […]

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Peachy Eating Harrison's Bird Food

The Chronicles of Peachy 6: Bird Food

By Diane Burroughs Peachy is an exceptional Moluccan Cockatoo partly due to premium bird food and fresh fruits and vegetables.  You may have read Part 1 of this series and know that Peachy was adopted at age 3.  He must have had a good home, if his personality, self-confidence and his socialization skills are a […]

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Peachy our Moluccan Cockatoo

The Chronicles of Peachy 5: How to Exercise a Parrot

By Diane Burroughs A huge part of keeping Peachy, our frisky Moluccan Cockatoo,  content and well is to offer plenty of exercise.  Exercising our parrot helps provide for his needs and is part of the strategy we use to help him be his best.  Have you ever wondered how to exercise a parrot?  Just like you, […]

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bird sleep needs

The Chronicles of Peachy 4: Bird Sleep

By Diane Burroughs Have you thought much about bird sleep? Do you know how much sleep your pet bird needs?  Wild parrots tend to flock closer to the equator where climates are temperate with only two seasons, rainy and dry, and there is little seasonal variation in the length of the day vs. night.  So, […]

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About Cockatoo Bird

The Cockatoo Personality

By Phillip Samuelson Cockatoo’s hold a special place in my heart. Anyone who has truly shared their lives with one of these beautiful and affectionate parrots has fallen under its spell.The Cockatoo Personality is unique – and of course, each bird is different.  Life with a parrot is a give and take relationship.  Especially a Cockatoo! […]

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Chronicles of Peachy 3: Understanding Parrot Instincts

In Part One of this series, I talked about how I became smitten with Peachy – but before bringing him home, I did my homework.   I needed an understanding of parrot instincts, especially a male Moluccan Cockatoo’s, prior to bringing him home.  I wanted to know about cockatoos because I didn’t want either of us […]

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Peachy with bird toys on a bird stand

The Chronicles of Peachy Part 2: Parrot Facts

By Diane Burroughs In Part One of this series, I talked about how I became smitten with Peachy but before bringing him home, I did my homework to learn parrot facts , especially male Moluccan Cockatoo’s, before bringing him home.   Doing my homework prior to making a lifelong commitment helped me determine if I was, […]

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ParrotQuest’s photostream

ParrotQuest’s photostream on Flickr.

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Why Parrots Need Bird Toys

By Diane Burroughs Bird Toys are an important component for keeping your parrot mentally and physically healthy and every pet bird needs bird toys.  There are a multitude of bird toys on the market made in all sizes and with a huge range of parts. Most parrots play aggressively with their bird toys. We recommend […]

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Wild Parrots Name Their Babies

Did you know that wild parrots name their babies? See for yourself. While this video may seem a little long, the speaker easily informs us about an important research design that uncovered how wild parrots name their babies.

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Peachy our Moluccan Cockatoo

The Chronicles of Peachy Moluccan Cockatoo

By Diane Burroughs I’ve got  an exceptional Moluccan Cockatoo named Peachy.  I got him in 1998 when he was 3 years old.  His family had moved and needed to re-home him.  The day that we met,  I had walked into my hometown bird store to look at a Blue and Gold Macaw and Peachy was […]

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How to Interview a Bird Sitter

By Diane Burroughs Interviewing a bird sitter to care for your parrots while you’re gone is a critical step toward keeping your pet birds healthy and safe when you have to be away.  Generalized pet sitters may be great with dogs and cats but, do they get bird care?  You have to do your research […]

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Parrots and Fireworks: Prepare for New Year’s Eve

By Diane Burroughs Fireworks displays are exciting if you’re expecting the sound blasts and flashing lights.  But, imagine how frightening fireworks are for our pets.  Especially, parrots and fireworks!  The loud noise and flashing lights are terrifying for many pets, including parrots. Parrots have sensitive ears and excellent hearing.  Combine excellent with unexpected and unfamiliar […]

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Most parrots are hormonal once a year when nests are dry and food is abundant

Hormonal Parrots: How Parrot Food Affects Hormones

Did you know that some popular parrot foods and treats induce hormonal behavior and aggression in your pet? When a bird has access to a diet rich in protein, minerals and healthy fats and a perceived pampering mate and nesting site its body becomes hormonal.  And, anyone who’s felt “hormonal” knows that hormones have noticeable […]

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