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Birds + Care & Wellness

  • The Peach-faced lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) is the largest and most commonly kept of the nine species of lovebirds. This small, colorful, short-tailed parrot originates from Africa. They are incredibly inquisitive, playful and possess a delightful, spirited sassiness.

  • Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving. This is due both to heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and to increased research into birds different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

  • Macaws (Ara sp.) are the largest members of the parrot family. These magnificent, vividly colored birds originate from Mexico, Central and South America. They have a long tapered tail, strong body and large powerful beak. Macaws are intelligent, playful and inquisitive.

  • Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving. This is due both to heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and to increased research into birds different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

  • These attractive, stocky little birds are native to the plateau woodlands of sub-Saharan central and eastern Africa. They are small to medium sized birds. Meyers are quite gentle, quiet, funny, playful highly intelligent and social little birds.

  • Feathers insulate to maintain body temperature and protect birds from the elements and play an important role in aerodynamics and flying. Feathers need to be removed or fall out to stimulate new feather growth. Therefore, to keep itself in fine feather, a bird needs to molt each year to get rid of old or damaged feathers. In the wild, molting corresponds with the change of seasons or the changing day length. Other factors influencing the timing of molting include temperature and available nutrition, as well as the bird’s general health and reproductive state. Pet birds are not exposed to seasonal light and daylight length fluctuations in our homes that would mimic seasons. Pet birds’ exposure to varied light cycles may lead to irregular, incomplete, long or short molts.

  • Our knowledge of bird nutrition is constantly evolving. This is due both to heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition and to increased research into birds different needs. As with all other animals, birds need a proper balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and water. Different species of birds often require different foods.

  • Mynah birds (Gracula sp. and Acridotheres tristis) originate from Africa, India and Southeast Asia and are best known for their ability to talk and to mimic any and all sounds.

  • While sick birds can occasionally be treated by their owners at home, any bird showing signs of illness should be examined by a veterinarian. Birds that are gravely ill will require hospitalization, while those that are still eating or that are only mildly affected may be treated by their owners under their veterinarian’s direction. For your bird to have a good chance of recovery, medication(s) must be administered as directed. Most pets recover faster when kept at the upper end of their normal environmental temperature. If your bird is ill, do not change his normal day/light cycle. Sick pets need extra calories to fight illness and recover, and cage rest is often best while the bird is recuperating. A bird that is ill should be isolated from other pets, preferably in a separate room. While not often the case, some bird diseases can be transmitted to owners.

  • When a bird is not flying, it is standing. It is rare to see a bird lying down or sitting. Perches are therefore very important. They are used for standing, rubbing and cleaning beaks, chewing and entertainment.