Gather bird information about all the different types of pet birds

May 18, 2017 - There are many types of pet birds and all have their own unique personalities!
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There are many types of food available for all the different types of pet birds. Most packaged bird food will specify the type of bird it was designed for, and have the necessary components for a balance diet. They are usually sold in small packages from 1 to 5 pounds, and some are available in large quantities of 25 or 50 pound bags.
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Types of Amazon Parrots vary in a number of factors. These include size, coloration, sexual dimorphism, and ease of breeding. Most of these factors make only a slight difference when determining which species makes the best pet bird. All the amazons are intelligent and have, depending on the individual bird itself, an excellent ability to talk. They can all be affectionate, loyal companions, and they are all long-lived. However, there are some interesting differences that are worth noting. In size Amazon birds range from a medium to a fairly large parrot. The White-fronted Amazon , is the smallest, reaching only 10" (25 cm) in size. That is quite petite when compared to a number of the larger types of Amazon Parrots, like the Mealy Amazon which reaches 15" (38cm). Many Amazons are threatened with extinction, and breeding Amazon birds is helping preserve some species and also helps reduce the number of wild caught birds. However, some species breed more readily in captivity than others. The White-fronted Amazon is the only species in this genus that is sexually dimorphic, with males and females being distinguishable visually. The other types of Amazon parrots will need to be sexed by a surgical probe, endoscopy, a DNA test, or a chromosomal analysis. The sexes must be confirmed and the pair must be harmonious, bonded with each other. Amazon parrots are mostly green birds, but many species have incredible color accents. A list of Amazon parrots that are highly popular and sought out include: All About Birds, bird information and bird identification with a list of bird types from pet birds and exotic birds to birds of prey and more
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Since there are so many types of pet birds it is usually possible to find one that suits you and your life style – if you are willing to do some research. Simply walking into a pet shop and getting any bird that looks nice is not a clever way to go about. Some types of pet birds will for instance live for 50 years or more – are you ready for that type of commitment? Other types of pet birds are incredibly noisy (or adorably chatty, if you are the right person for such a bird) and can disturb their keeper as well as any neighbours. Some birds grow really big and require expensive cages or even aviaries, while others are so clever that they succumb to depression and lethargy in a boring household where they aren’t given any intricate puzzles to solve. There are also birds that must be kept in pairs or groups, especially if you plan on ever leaving them home alone. These are just a few things that you have to take into account when choosing a pet bird. There are roughly 370 known species of parrot and many different types of pet birds belong to this group. African greys, budgerigars (“budgies”), parakeets, rosellas, lovebirds, parrotlets, caiques, cockatoos, cockatiels, conures, pionus birds, macaws, and amazons – they are all parrots. Most parrots live in tropical and subtropical climates but there are actually a few temperate species as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is found in South America and Australasia.

All species of Parrots are protected by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). As of 2009, 56 parrot varieties are listed in CITES appendix I (endangered species) and all the other ones are listed in appendix II (vulnerable species).

Fortunately, many parrot species are today successfully bred in captivity which means that you can get this type of pet bird without depleting wild populations.