The African grey parrot is probably the most popular pet parrot in the US. One can only assume that this is because of its amazing talking abilities, which are legendary. However, it must be kept in mind that not every grey parrot will, or can talk. There are some, however, that the owners say, talk within perfect context. Alex the world famous African grey is known for his ability to count, reason, and name colors.
These birds are not only fantastic talkers, but are also devoted to their carers and can show their intelligence in many ways. Like all parrots, greys do need toys and a lot of attention to prevent them from becoming bored.Provided that you play with your bird on a daily basis and show him/her plenty of affection you will have a happy and well-adjusted bird. Introduce him/her to many different things (toys, household items etc.) and locations as well as people at an early age. This will prevent him from becoming startled at new items/individuals later on in life.
African greys have very gentle and
somewhat fragile personalities. They are easily frightened and are probably more emotionally sensitive than many other parrot species kept as pets.As with all other parrot species it is recommended that you read as much about the species as possible before you bring your baby home.
Macaws are the most colorful members of the bird family. They are appropriately called 'winged rainbows' - possessing powerful large beaks and long tails. They are considered the largest birds among the Parrots, in length and wingspan. The birds flaunt a unique blend of b eauty, intelligence, inquisitiveness and other engaging traits that is almost legendary. Their native homes are the rain forests of Central and South America.
Presently, as many as seventeen species of Macaws exist. Red Fronted Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Hyacinth Macaw, Hahns Macaw, Blue and Gold Macaw are few of them. Macaws survive longer than other animals.
It is necessary to know everything about Macaws in detail before owning one. Close bonding with the owner can only be possible if the Macaw pet is provided with proper training, diet and required freedom from their cage. Macaws need lots of attention from their owners. Though not too much of a talkative nature, Macaws can be awfully loud.
Macaws are not fussy eaters. A Macaw should be provided with proper diet to keep it happy and content. Wild Macaws feed on palm fruits. A pet Macaw's regular diet includes nuts, fruits, small sized pastas, cooked chicken or turkey and other bits and pieces of foods. Training a Macaw can be very challenging. They are sensitive birds and need a constant loving surrounding.
Cockatoos are intelligent and highly social animals and they must receive plenty of mental stimulations as well as social interaction in order to stay happy and healthy. They are known to be both active and curious and are very fond of showing off new tricks and playing with interesting toys.
Cockatoos are normally kept in pairs since it is hard to for a human keeper to spend enough time with the cockatoo. In the wild, cockatoos live together in flocks consisting of anything from 8 to several thousands of birds. If you keep a single cockatoo, it will require a lot of interaction with you. Some captive cockatoos have developed strong bonds to compatible birds from other species.
Both single birds and pairs should ideally be housed in a room where you spend a lot of time. The cage must be protected from drafts. Cockatoos are quite apt at bending metallic bars, opening joints etcetera, and snap locks are a good idea to decrease the risk of escape. The recommended minimal cagedepends on the size of your birds and how many specimens you keep together. A smaller cage can be acceptable if you let your birds out and into a playing pen during the day where they can move around more freely and get some exercise and stimulation.
Toucans are near passerine birds from the neotropics. They are brightly marked and have enormous, colorful bills. The family includes six genera and about forty different species. Toucans range in size from the Lettered Aracari (Pteroglossus inscriptus), at 130 g (4.6 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco), at 680 g (1.5 lbs) and 63 cm (25 inches). Their bodies are short (of comparable size to a crow's) and thick. The tail is rounded, and varies in length from half the length to the whole length of the body. The neck is short and thick, and at the base of the head is a huge, brightly-colored beak that measures, in some large species, more than half the length of the body. A toucan's tongue is long, narrow, and singularly frayed on each side, adding to its sensitivity as an organ of taste.
Toucans, toucanets, and aracaris are reasonably hardy birds. They have a life span of approximately 20 years, and the record is 26. If obtained free of serious disease they should have peace and long life.
Toucans have many advantages over parrots as pets. They do not scream or make other obnoxious, loud noises. Since their beaks are not powerful, they cannot bite hard and, in fact, have difficulty squeezing a grape. They also cannot chew furniture or other objects of value. They do not have feather dander, like cockatoos, and will not "dust up" the house. Toucans are tireless entertainers that can be taught a variety of tricks. The repertoire of tricks a toucan can learn is surprising, surpassing even the parrots.