SUPPLIES:
Kaytee Bird Food and Treats
Bedding
Ladders and Perches
Avian Harness and Leash
Cockatoo Shampoo
Anti-Feather Picking Spray
Bowls and Dishes
Lafeber’s Treats
Pretty Bird Pellet
Vitamins
Mineral Block
Foraging Toys
Activity Toys
Nesting Boxes
Cages and Playstands

Parrots: Parrots are known for being extremely intelligent. Your parrot’s intelligence can rival that of a human child between the ages of 1 year and 4 years old! Parrot psychologists often claim that a parrot has the emotions of a 2 or 3 year old child. This means that they are both needy and independent. They are boisterous, playful, loving and also prone to fits and tantrums.

Parrots can talk. Nearly every bird will at least make some attempt to speak. They chatter, mock, squeak, beep, grumble, groan, growl and scream and at any opportunity. They need interaction, attention and toys they can destroy. Also, they need changing stimulation, so it is important to add new toys and change the cage setup.

If you can deal with the side effects than parrots make great pets. Parrots are charming, social, loving, intelligent, comical and devoted. However, they are also emotional, noisy, easily bored, destructive and messy.

English Buderigars: English/Exhibition Budgerigars (Budgie for short) are known in the USA as parakeets.  English/Exhibition parakeets are the same genus birds you see in our pet store but have been bred up for exhibition over many years.  As a result they are much bigger, the colors are more intense and they are naturally calmer and make better pets.

  • Life span: 10-15 years (up to 20).
  • Origin: Australia.
  • Sexing: Mature females have a tan or beige cere (the fleshy part around the nostrils) and the males have a bluish cere, but this is unreliable in some color variations and young birds of both sexes have pink ceres. Young budgies have bar markings on the forehead that recede with age, and their eyes have dark irises that gradually become grey with age, but again this doesn’t necessarily hold true for all colors. Through selective breeding a huge variety of colors and patterns are available, such as violet, blue, yellow, pied, albino, and more.
  • Gentle and docile bird, very easy to tame if acquired at a young age.
  • Pairs of birds make good company for each other, but usually will not bond as well with their owners or mimic speech as well. A single bird is fine, as long as you spend a significant amount of time interacting with the budgie on a daily basis.

Very playful and active, and quieter than some other parrots (although they can still be noisy).

Conure: Conures are active, playful, bold, and affectionate. They can all make great pets and many learn to talk. Prospective owners must be aware that most conures do have a loud, harsh voice at times.

Overall, conures are affectionate clowns who are a whole lot of fun to own. They’re great at learning tricks. Some conures are one-person birds, others more out-going. All conures like to chew and they should be provided with wooden toys to amuse them and satisfy their chewing desire. They need toys to keep them busy.

Conures are a diverse, loosely-defined group of small to medium-sized parrots. They belong to several genera within a long-tailed group of the New World Parrot subfamily Arinae. Conures are either large parakeets or small parrots that are found in the western hemisphere. All living conure species are found in Central and South America.

Canary: Typically, canaries prefer not to be handled, but rather have visual contact with people. Interaction and socialization can be achieved by whistling and talking to your pet canary.

Canaries are content with remaining in their Cages most of the time. A canary’s Cage must be large enough for the bird to comfortably stretch it’s wings and fly. Both sides of the Cage should have at least a Perch. When selecting a Toy for your pet canary make sure to choose one that is designed specifically for small birds.

The Domestic Canary (Serinus canaria f. domestica) is a domesticated form of the Wild Canary, a small songbird in the finch family originating from Madeira, the Azores and the Canary Islands.

Canaries are generally divided into three main groups: Colorbred Canaries (bred for their many color mutations – Ino, Eumo, Satinette, Bronze, Ivory, Onyx, Mosaic, Brown, etc.), Type Canaries (bred for their shape and conformation – Border, Fife, Gloster, Gibber Italicus, Raza Española, Berner, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Norwich, Australian Plainhead, etc.), and Song Canaries (bred for their unique and specific song patterns – Spanish Timbrado, German Roller, Waterslager (also known as “Malinois”), American Singer, Russian Singer, Persian Singer).

Cockatiel: Cockatiels have a reputation as gentle and docile birds who often like to be petted and held. Cockatiels are not as loud as some other parrots. Typically males are better at mimicking speech and whistles.

Cockatiels can be kept in pairs, but usually will not bond as well with their owners or mimic speech or sounds. A single bird is fine, as long as you spend a significant amount of time interacting with the cockatiel on a daily basis.

Cockatiels are active and playful and should have a large cage. The Cage should be at least 20 inches by 20 inches wide, and 26 inches tall as a bare minimum. The cage bars should be horizontal with no more than 3/4 inches of separation between them.

The Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, is the smallest and genuinely miniature cockatoo endemic to Australia. They are prized as a household pet throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed. As a caged bird Cockatiels are second only in popularity to the Budgerigar.

The only member of the genus Nymphicus, the Cockatiel has previously been considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo. However, more recent molecular studies have settled the debate. These indicate that the Cockatiel belongs in the Cockatoo Subfamily Calyptorhynchinae (commonly known as Dark Cockatoos). They are hence now classified as the smallest of the Cacatuidae (Cockatoo family). Cockatiels are natively found across the outback regions of inland Australia, and favour the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bush lands.

Love Bird: Lovebirds are very active, curious and playful birds. They are very social and form deep bonds with their owners, but their intense personalities can also make them prone to territorial aggressiveness and jealousy. A common myth about lovebirds is that they should always be kept in pairs which is true if you don’t plan on spending a lot of time with your pet. However by having more than one lovebird they may become more deeply bonded to each other than to you. A single lovebird is fine as long as it gets the social interaction, contact, affection and attention that it needs.

Lovebirds normal chirps and squawks are not overly loud, but they do like to chatter. Lovebirds can also produce a loud high pitched screech, especially if looking for your attention. They are not known for their ability to mimic speech or sounds, although there are exceptions. In general, females are more likely to mimic sounds or speech than males.

The cage should be at least 2 feet wide by 2 feet long (and 2 feet tall), but a larger cage is definitely better. Bars should horizontal and the spacing should be no more than 5/8 of an inch apart. Provide a variety of perch sizes (especially natural branches). Lovebirds are very active and playful so it is a good idea to have lots of toys on hand to rotate through the cage to keep them occupied. Lovebirds are quite aggressive chewers so make sure there are no small parts that can be chewed off and ingested.

Lovebird is the commonly used name for any of the nine species of the genus Agapornis (Greek: αγάπη agape ‘love’; όρνις ornis ‘bird’). They are a social and affectionate small parrot. Eight species are native to the African continent while the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar.

The name Lovebird stems from these parrots’ strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods of time in which paired birds will spend time sitting beside one another. This is reflected by the bird’s name in other languages: in German, “die Unzertrennlichen”, and in French “les inséparables”, both meaning “the inseparables”.

Lovebirds live in small flocks and eat mainly fruit, vegetables, some grasses and seed. Abyssinian Lovebirds also eat insects and figs, and the Black-collared Lovebirds have a special dietary requirement for native figs, making them almost impossible to keep in captivity.

Some species of the genus are amongst the most popular parrots kept as pets, and several color mutations have been selectively bred in aviculture. Their average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

African Grey: African greys come in two very distinct types: Congon (larger body and red tail feathers and the Timneh (smaller body and maroon tail feathers). African greys are extremely intelligent birds. Greys are excellent mimics, and many are excellent talkers, with a capacity of over 2000 words. Greys have a unique capacity for putting their words and sounds into the right context as opposed to simply repeating them, showing their intelligence.

Their intelligence makes the African grey a very demanding pet. You must absolutely be prepared to spend lots of time with an African grey, providing social contact as well as mental stimulation. Biting and self mutilation such as plucking can be the result of lack of stimulation, boredom and need for attention.

You’ll need a large cage for these guys. We would recommend a minimum in the area of 3 feet by 2 feet by 4 feet tall, but bigger is definitely better. The cage should be placed in a part of the house where the bird will have lots of contact with people.

A good varied selection of perches and toys should be always available. Also invest in a good play gym, and plan on having your African grey spend a significant amount of time outside of his or her cage daily.

The African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is a medium-sized parrot endemic to primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, leafy matter, and have even been observed eating snails. Their overall gentle nature and their inclination and ability to mimic speech have made them popular pets.