BLUE FRONTED AMAZON (Amazona aestiva)
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The Blue Fronted Amazon parrots are amazing talkers. They will learn many words and phrases and will often learn to use the phrases in the correct context and with appropriate expression. They are great mimickers of expression, in fact. Although not all blue fronted parrots will be capable of very large vocabularies, they will learn to use their vocabularies in almost human manner. They will also often become great singers and love to listen to and mimic music.
Very outgoing and great performers, Blue Fronted Amazon parrots are often used as performers in bird shows and in zoos.
Amazon parrots are one of the best talkers in the parrot world, next to the African Grey parrot.
Blue Fronted Amazons average in length from thirteen to fifteen inches (about 38 cm long). Its feathers are primarily green with darker green edges and a bright blue forehead. Its crown will often show blue and white feathers. They will also have bright yellow markings on the crown, cheeks and ears and their wings will often be red or a combination of red and yellow. Colouring is very variable on the Blue Fronted Amazon parrot and each bird will have unique shading and patterns.
Blue Fronted Amazons can live 40 to 80 years with proper diet and care. Large stainless steel bird cages will ensure your pet maintains excellent health and exercise.
In the wild, Blue Fronted Amazon parrots will often flock with other parrot’s species, such as Quaker parrots.
Wild blue fronted parrots are found in northern and eastern Bolivia, northern Argentina, Paraguay and eastern Brazil. The Blue Fronted Amazon parrot is a very mild mannered bird. However, some can become moody as adults and may bite, especially during moulting.
Pearly Conures are very social, delightfully sweet and affectionate as companion birds. They are intelligent and can be trained to do tricks, as well as speak a few words.
Hand raised Pearly Conures love to snuggle up and will happily hide or sleep inside a pocket or in the arm of a shirt and love to play with their owners.
Pearly conures enjoy bird safe toys and native branches to chew on, so plenty should be provided for them to prevent chewing on unsafe items. They are active and need to stay busy both physically and mentally so a fairly large cage with plenty of toys and chewable native (safe) branches are enjoyed by them.
Pearly conures are native to Brazil. Life expectancy, up to 20 years.
BLACK CAPPED CONURE
Hand raised Black-capped conures are generally sweet, playful pet birds. They are quieter than many other types of conures and they can learn some phrases and tricks.
Well-socialized black-capped conures make delightful pets and thoroughly enjoy being part of the family. Some owners have noted that this conure very cutely sings in its sleep. They are very active, intelligent parrots that need a lot of pet bird toys and social interaction with its owner. This bird enjoys a busy house where a lot is going on; this tends to keep them content and entertained.
Black-capped conures can be clownish in their playful behaviour and so much fun to watch as they love to show off with their favourite human. They love to be handled, which helps in keeping them socialized with the entire family.
Like any conure, they can at times, be a bit nippy but this is something that can be sorted out with a bit of corrective behavioural training. Because of their very strong chewing ability, they need to be housed in sturdy pet bird cages. These birds like having a sleeping tent or hidey hut in which to retire in when they feel tired or shy.
Black Capped Conures are native to the Eastern Amazon basin from Peru to Bolivia.
Life expectancy, up to 20 years.
ROSE CROWNED CONURE
Hand raised Rose-crowned Conures are playful, affectionate birds and can easily be trained to do tricks and even learn to speak a few words. Generally, they are not loud birds and suitable for apartment living.
They make sweet noises when they are excited or when they see their favourite human. They are playful, active, and enjoy bathing often. They are trusting of human companions who spend time with them and not usually aggressive towards other birds. Smart and interactive, they make great pets when hand raised.
Rose Crowns occurs naturally in the sub-tropical zone of the mountainous forests of north-western Venezuela, in the Andes at elevations from 4,920 - 8,200 feet (1,500 - 2,500 meters). They are mostly found in the state of Merida, Táchira, northern Barinas, Lara and northern Trujillo. They inhabit humid forests, elfin woodland, forest edges and in partially wooded areas. They mostly remain in the tree tops, but will come to lower vegetation to feed.
Life expectancy, up to 20+ years.
CRIMSON BELLIED CONURE
The very stunning Crimson bellied conure is a playful bird and can easily be trained to do tricks and even learn to speak a few words.
Crimson-bellied conures are fairly quiet birds and suitable for apartment living or units. They are playful, active, and enjoy bathing often. They are trusting of human companions who spend time with them and not usually aggressive towards other birds.
Smart and interactive, they make great companion pets when hand raised. Crimson Bellied Conures are native to South-central Amazon Basin.
Life expectancy, up to 20+ years.
PEACH FACED LOVEBIRD
Originating from Africa, these lovely little birds were so named due to the way they snuggle together on a branch or perch. They love chewing on natural "bird safe" toys and perches.
We breed violet Peach Faced Lovebirds (as in the photo) and violet pied Peach Faced Lovebirds which also have a white face instead of the natural peach coloured face most commonly known seen in the wild in Africa.
We do occasionally hand raise our Peachy babies which make wonderful hand raised companion birds for people of all ages. An excellent beginners bird. They can even be taught to talk (although not the best talkers) they can learn a few words and commands or blow kisses. Hand raised Peach Faces are fearless little birds with loads of personality.
They can live anywhere between 10-15 years of age.
LINEOLATED PARAKEET or BARRED PARAKEET
The Lineolated Parakeet or Barred Parakeet is a small parakeet (15-20 cm long) with a short tail and gorgeous, large, black eyes. They are found in Mexico, Columbia and Western Panama.
They have a parrot like personality in a small compact little body. Linnies (as most people call them) are hardy birds and although not well known in Australia as yet, this charming little parakeet is very popular overseas as hand raised companion pets. Linnies are not overly active and don't require a large aviary or flight cage.
I have been breeding these sweet birds since 2011 and have found them to be excellent companion pets when hand raised. They are little parrots and not big flyers and prefer climbing to their bowls or running across the cage bottom. Even when chased with a net, they like to "drop off a perch" and cling to the wire. When perched or resting Linnies adopt a funny posture where they either sit in a horizontal position or rest with their tails pointing up and their heads leaning down. They love to spend time on the floor of the cage playing with small "bird safe" toys. Linnies are very inquisitive and can use their foot to pick up food or toys, similar to the larger type parrots.
Linnies come in many different colours (Green, dark green, olive, turquoise, cobalt, mauve, lutino and creamino to name just a few).
They are not destructive, have a quiet, sweet little voice and make wonderful hand raised pets for people of all ages. They are fantastic mimics and excellent talkers. Lineolateds can live up to 15 years of age. Adorable little birds!
Cockatiels make excellent companion parrots and second only to the budgerigar.
Also known as the Quarrion or Weiro, they are native to the outback regions of inland Australia and favour the wetlands, bush lands and scrub lands.
These days they come in many different colours as well as their natural wild colour which is made up of a grey body with yellow head and orange cheeks patches.
Males are definitely the best talkers and whistlers although female Cockatiels tame down just as well and make delightful, loyal, affectionate companion pets. Females are normally quieter as well. What ever sex you choose, you cannot go wrong with a friendly, hand raised Cockatiel.
All our Cockatiel babies are spoon fed from 2-3 weeks of age and weaned onto seed, pellets, egg and biscuit and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The average life span for a Cockatiel in captivity is between 15-20 years although some live much longer than this.
BUDGIE or BUDGERIGAR
Budgies would have to be the most popular pet bird in Australia. Their charm and intelligence appeals to both young and old and they are an excellent beginners bird.
They are lively, intelligent, cheerful and playful. If trained from a young age, Budgies are able to imitate human speech and mimic common sounds like the telephone and even do tricks.
Here at GC/T Aviaries, we are one of the very few bird breeders who, do at times, hand raise baby Budgies. We start spoon feeding our babies from as young as 2 weeks of age. Our babies are then weaned onto seed, pellets, egg and biscuit, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Males tend to be the best talkers and mimickers but females tame down just as well and both make wonderful additions to any family.
Budgies can live up to 15 years.
We have been concentrating on breeding the very beautiful "Rainbow" type Budgies (similar to the ones in the photo but with clear wings) Very Stunning indeed!
We also breed Crested Budgies (and Crested Rainbows) and have been lucky to have bred a few Helicopters as well.
(HIGH RED) PINEAPPLE & (HIGH RED) YELLOWSIDED GREEN CHEEKED CONURES
The Green Cheeked Conure is a small parrot which originates from Brazil in South America.
They are very popular companion parrots, are very playful, affectionate and intelligent. They love to be held (although some like it more than others) and learn tricks, such as, lying on their backs or playing dead on command. They are not loud birds, making them ideal birds for apartment living or indoor aviaries. They come in many different colours such as, normal green which is their colouring in the wild, cinnamon, yellow sided, pineapple, blue (turquoise) and cobalt, just to name a few.
We are currently concentrating on selectively breeding fully red fronted, yellow sided and pineapple Green Cheeked Conures which are absolutely beautiful in colour. We feed all of our Conures a good quslity seed, pellets, sprouted seed, egg and biscuit a fresh fruit and vegetables.
Green Cheeks can live up to 30 years of age.
These tiny little parrots are often referred to as "pocket parrots" due to their compact size and fondness of climbing into pockets.
They are very popular and commonly kept as pets overseas, however, they are fairly new to Australia and not commonly known as yet.
Parrotlets are bold and inquisitive little birds who bond with their owners quite easily. Contrary to their smaller size, Parrotlets can be energetic and docile. With adequate training and care they can become amazing pets. They are very intelligent and active and should have ample opportunities to play and exercise.
Their personality is similar to that of the larger parrots and may be quite fearless of larger animals, including dogs, cats and larger parrots - which can put them at danger. Friendly, hand raised Parrotlets can be very affectionate. Their voices are small in proportion to their size and sometimes it is hard to recognize words even though they can be taught to talk. Their natural sounds are very pleasant chirps. The lack of noise makes them ideal for apartment living.
Parrotlets are the second smallest parrot in the world - the smallest being the Pygmy Parrot species of Australasia. Parrotlets rarely grow bigger than 4.5- 5 inches long or 13 cm. Their body is stocky and the tail is short and broad.
Hand raised birds can be very cuddly and animated, and love daily interaction with their favourite human. Parrotlets are very intelligent and curious little birds, it is important to provide them with plenty of toys and things to investigate in the cage so they don’t get bored. They need suitable things to chew on and tear apart, otherwise they may destroy dishes and similar in the cage. Placing new branches in the cage now and then is a good idea and gives them something new to climb on, explore, and provide them with a safe outlet for their chewing urges.
Their expected lifespan is 12 - 20 years, provided their needs of daily exercise and healthy nutrition is met. Parrotlets are found in Western Ecuador and North-western Peru (on the Pacific coast). These birds inhabit arid lowland scrub and semi-open tropical deciduous woodlands. They come in quite a few different colours.
Recognized for their beautiful plumage, Sun conures are also known for their vocalising. They are intelligent, playful, and are quieter if kept as single pets.
Sun conures make good pet birds for a family because of their sociable, upbeat and affectionate personality. They have an adventurous attitude and are quite active. Owners find that sun conures enjoy playing on the floor, making foot toys appropriate for these birds. They entertain themselves by playing in their water bowls or during bath time. With the ability to pick up words and phrases, sun conures are often described as being inquisitive.
Sun Conures need plenty of entertainment and interaction. These brightly coloured Conures can be very curious, active, and playful. They are wonderful climbers and even love to hang upside down from perches and cage ceilings to get their owners attention. They can be very loving and even cuddly to people they trust but are sometimes extremely aggressive to strangers, especially during puberty which starts at about 2 years of age.
They are clever birds that have been trained to perform a large number of tricks and tend to do well performing for large audiences. Their diet needs to remain varied in order to keep a healthy pet. In addition to a pellet-based diet, sun conures need fresh fruits, vegetables and whole-grains. Sun Conures are native to South America. Life expectancy 25-30 years.
PLUM HEADED PARROT
The Plum Headed Parrot is an absolutely stunning looking bird originating from India.
The male Plum Head develops his gorgeous deep plum colouring at around 2 years of age. The female, also very pretty, has a greyer coloured head and lime green body and she is normally a bit smaller in size to the male. The average size of a Plum Head is about 32 cm long with most of this being made up of their very long tails which are 15-17 cm in length.
Although part of the Asiatic sub species of parrots, they are much quieter than their cousin, the Indian Ring neck.
Plum Head Parrots make wonderful pets when hand raised and hand tamed from a young age. Both the male and female can talk and love to interact with their human friends.
I have a hen who was originally hand raised and looks for me each morning when I visit her, she jumps straight onto my shoulder to see what treats I have for her and says "What are you doing" "huh, huh" She is also very affectionate and has remained friendly towards me, even though she is an outside aviary bird now.
Plum Head Parrots can live for 15 or more years.
The Quaker Parrot or Monk Parakeet is native to South America.
These medium sized parrots (about 29 cm in length) are highly intelligent, confident, social birds. Hand raised Quakers are becoming very popular here in Australia and make wonderful companion pets. They can also be wonderfully gentle pets for young, kind children and are happy to enjoy sharing breakfast cereals with them.
Both, male and female Quakers are excellent, clear talkers and mimics and are able to learn lots of words and phrases. Some Quakers can be quite loud and crave attention. Giving them plenty of love and attention as well as "bird safe" toys can help with boredom.
We breed the green, blue and ino Quakers (pure white and yellow) and babies that are pulled for hand raising are spoon fed from the age of 3 weeks and then weaned onto seed, pellets, egg and biscuit, fresh fruit and vegetables. Quakers can live up to 20 years of age.
HAHNS MACAW OR RED SHOULDERED PARROT
The Hahn’s macaw is one of the more popular mini-macaw species. Mini macaws have the same physical attributes as their larger macaw cousins, but in scaled-down proportions.
They are a favorite of macaw fanciers due to their compact size, intelligence and superb pet quality. Though Hahn’s macaws are not as flashy as larger macaws, they, along with their close cousin, the noble macaw (Ara nobilis cumanensis), is highly prized for their “large macaw” personality in a mini-macaw body.
Hahn’s macaws are native to Venezuela, the Guianas, Bolivia, Brazil and Peru, where it inhabits tropical lowlands, savannah and swamplands.
Hahn’s macaws are between 12 and 14 inches long, making them more suitable for apartment living than a large macaw but don't be fooled by their small size, they can be very noisy if they want to, especially if you have more than one. Their voices can be grating at times when excited.
Like larger macaws, the Hahn’s mini Macaw is very intelligent and quick to learn vocalizations and tricks, including opening the cage door.
When hand-raised, a Hahn’s macaw can make a wonderful pet. Owners will be charmed by their antics. Hahn’s are active birds, always on the lookout for something fun to chew or climb on, so watch out for your furniture and drapes. Hahn’s mini macaws are far more appropriate for children than a larger macaw is. They are easier to handle because of their smaller size, and their sweet temperament makes them less prone to nipping.
Hahn’s macaws can be wonderful talkers and will learn many words and phrases. They are also great whistlers, too, but may take to whistling over talking, so teach them to talk before you give whistling lessons.
These birds are reported to live for more than 40 to 50 years if cared for properly
Photos are of our young boy Charlie when he was about 4 months old.
BLACK HEADED CAIQUE
All Caiques come from South America. Black-headed Caiques are found mainly in the Guianas, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuala.
A distinguishing characteristic of the Caique is a lovely ruffled looking white breast and belly. This gave rise to it's name. 'Caique' is a term used to describe a full-dress, white shirt, with a ruffled front.
The Black-headed Caique is not only one of the most colorful birds in the parrot family and has a delightful and comical personality.
Being quite social and outgoing, they are affectionate and inquisitive as pets and they love to show off and play with toys. One interesting trait of the Caique is their habit of rolling on their backs and playing with toys with their feet. They are very intelligent and quick to learn tricks. They can mimic many environmental sounds but Caiques in general are not known to be great talkers. They are known as the "clowns" of the parrot world.
In the wild Black Headed Caiques are very social birds usually seen in family groups or flocks of up to thirty birds. They are highly social birds with a very active nature. They will require a lot of interaction with either you or from another companion.
Caiques are about 9" (23cm) long from the head to the tip of the tail and have a very stocky type build.
Caiques can live for 20+ years