Hyacinth Macaw

The Hyacinth Macaw is a stricking bird to say the least, it is also the largest of all parrots. The HM is beautiful, intelligent, and not recommended for any private parrot owner. Hyacinths do much better in zoos and aviarys that can cater to their needs. A Hyacinth can live up to 80 years and be a very demanding bird, in which most individuals can’t care for, and a bite from one of these birds can seperate you from a finger or two. Hyacinths are smart and can imitate speech, tricks, yet they, like many large parrots tend to bond to only one or two people. They also prefer bonding with certain sexes of human….they either like a male or female. Many people buy hyacinths for sheer beauty and quickly learn that they do not do well in home settings, thus making me NOT recommend a hyacinth for any private home. These birds need space that only a zoo or aviary setting can accomplish.

cockatiel babies!!!

Yes, I’m a bit biased about ‘tiels, but they are so cute.

molly, the talking cockatiel

I posted this video to contrast cockatiel speech with the previous talking budgie. While budgies and other parrots can form words thru speech, a cockatiel mostly forms words thru whistling. While some cockatiels are able to form actual words, most are formed thru a whistle…..enjoy!

charlie, the talking budgie

Budgies make wonderful talkers, and this one is exceptional.

shagged by a rare parrot

very funny video from the BBC

eastern rosella video

A friend of mine sent me this video, thanks man!

parrot profile #12 Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

Like all large parrots, The B&G (Ara ararauna),is quite an investment that lives up to 80 years. It is the opinion of this blog that no novice or halfassed collector should own a large parrot. Young B&G’s are very sweet, but large birds like this reach puberty and change personality like the average teenage daughter. The only way to counteract this is to be a constant companion and do your best to counteract the hormones.
I do this blog for mostly smaller birds because large birds are a fancier’s nightmare, and require expertise. You may have a cool bird at first, but it will all change upon sexual maturity!

It can reach 76–86 cm (29.9-33.9 inches) long and weigh 900 to 1300 g (2-3 lbs). It is vivid in appearance with blue wings and tail, dark blue chin, golden under parts and a green forehead. Its beak is black, and very strong for crushing nuts. The naked face is white, turning pink in excited birds, and lined with small black feathers.

B&G’s are quite popular in aviculture due to their beauty and imposing nature, but the sad reality is that most people cannot handle such a large, intelligent bird. they require much more effort and knowledge from owners than more traditional pets such as dogs or cats. They are intelligent and social, so for someone who can provide for their needs, they make good and loving companion parrots. Blue-and-yellow Macaws bond very closely to their owners. They tend to be more aggressive during mating season, typically 6–8 weeks in the spring time. To own such a majestic bird reqires a lifelong commitment, a will of inheritance, because the bird will outlive you, and perhaps your children.

Even the most well cared for Blue-and-yellow Macaw will “scream” and make other loud noises. Loud vocalizations, especially “flock calls”, and destructive chewing are natural parts of their behavior and should be expected in captivity. Due to their large size, they require plentiful space in which to fly. According to World Parrot Trust, an enclosure for a Blue-and-yellow Macaw should not be smaller than 15 metres (50 feet) long.

In summary, a B&G is NEVER TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY, and NEVER bought on impulse, it would be cruel for both you and the bird. Proceed with caution!!


Carrots For Parrots

My passion for all things parrot started about 8 years ago, while petsitting a very comical, yet demanding Senegal Parrot. That bird hated me, yet was so entertaining that I fell in love. I currently have 2 very sweet cockatiels that serve as inspiration for this blog. I noticed that Animal Planet and other nature shows pay little attention to parrots, which I find annoying since many species are threatened in the wild and popular as pets. In coming weeks/months, I will explore everything involving parrots, including popular species profiles, along with care techniques and anecdotes.

pet bird? resident genius?

Having a parrot in your home is like having an Einstien that poops too much. Many folks think a parrot is a pet to keep like a goldfish, but it is much more involved than that.

Do you really love birds?

Parrots are a lot of work, and you must be up to the challenge. If you decide to own a parrot, you must make out a will, and make sure that your entire life is measured to take care of this bird. It is of my opinion that only 3% of all people are capable of properly taking care of a parrot. NEVER buy a bird on impulse, and ALWAYS make sure to care for its needs, whether it be 15 years or 80 years. NEVER BUY A PARROT ON IMPULSE!

mission statement

It is not the intention of this blog, to give a complete scientific view of every parrot species, but a snapshot into the lives of many. If you want to bring a bird into your home, plese do your homework and make sure that a given species is right for you. As a parrot fancier, I realise that I can only keep 2 cockatiels in my home, and having other birds would be unfair. Parrots are incredibly smart, and should be kept with love, caution and lots of play time.