Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. Australia’s Grass Parakeets (Genus Neophema) are so beautifully colored and graceful in flight, that it almost seems like they “should be” delicate and difficult to keep. Yet they are very hardy, fairly quiet with pleasant “songs” and quite confiding and easy to tame. Please see my article Introducing Australia’s Colorful Grass Parakeets to learn about their many good points. Today we’ll meet a few of the more popular species. Read More »
Monthly Archives: March 2010
Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. Difficulty in breathing is often a bird owner’s first clue that something is amiss. Wheezing, nasal discharge and other problems that seem related to breathing may in fact arise from any number of ailments. Read More »
Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. When ornithologists use the term “finch”, they are usually referring to birds in the Family Fringillidae. However, the “finches” kept by pet owners are more often of the Family Estrildidae – the waxbills, weavers and sparrows. Today we’ll take a closer look at the Family Fringillidae, the True Finches.
Classification and Range
The 140+ species of True Finches range across all continents except Antarctica and Australia. The most commonly-kept birds in this family are the Bullfinch and the European Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch, is a close relative and, in captivity, interbreeds with its European cousin. Most True Finches are classified within the Subfamily Carduelinae. They nest solitarily and defend only the area around the nest. Mated pairs forage with others in loose flocks. Read More »
Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. As spring slowly makes its way across the Northern Hemisphere, aviculturists’ thoughts turn to nests and nestlings. Many birds, even those from tropical habitats, respond to the coming of spring by becoming increasingly active, hungry and interested in the opposite sex. While we often attribute this to longer days and warmer weather, this is only part of the story – the birds are more interested in the glut of new, nutritious food items that accompanies warm or rainy weather in nearly all habitats. Read More »
Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. Parrots that seem to dance in synchrony with music have long enchanted us, but were considered more of a curiosity than anything else. However, Harvard University researchers now believe that the birds actually time their movements to the speed of individual beats, and are dancing in much the same manner as people! Read More »