Categories | Bird Breeders

Many people feel that a house is not a home unless it has a pet bird. Pet birds can add a huge amount of personality and charm and they range from the small and quiet through to the larger, cheeky, or downright mischievous!

Types of Birds

There are many different species of birds available but they can be narrowed down into some general types. Birds can be flightless such as the ostrich or the emu, or they can fly (most birds that currently exist).  As well as this, birds can be classified into one of approximately thirty different orders.  Some of the most well known include:

  •    Galliformes – fowl ( chickens etc)
  •   Falconiformes – birds of prey such as falcons, eagles and hawks
  •    Psittaicformes – parrots
  •    Strigiformes – owls
  •    Passeriformes – passerines are perching birds such as sparrows, wrens, blackbirds and so on.

Popular Breeds of Birds

When it comes to birds, some of the most popular breeds that you will see inside the home include:

  • Budgerigar -- these are small, beautiful birds that come in an array of colours, and they are surprisingly intelligent. They need less room than some of the larger species of birds and they are quite easy to keep.
  • Cockatiel -- the cockatiel is a member of the parrot family and they are famed for their whistling and singing abilities. They can learn to talk but often prefer to mimic sounds. They are available in different colour combinations.
  • Lovebirds -- this is one of the smallest parrots and they are absolutely beautiful to keep. They are also fairly quiet so are good if you want a bird that doesn’t make a lot of noise.  However, even though they are quiet, they have loads of personality!
  • Finches and Canaries -- these are small birds that prefer to be in flocks than on their own.  These birds don’t need a lot of human interaction so they are perfect for the person that wants to watch birds but not necessarily play with them.
  • African Grey Parrots -- these are birds that are best suited to advanced bird owners as they are extremely intelligent, so much so that they can be trained to speak up to 2000 words and even answer short questions!  Because they are so intelligent, they need constant stimulation to stop them from getting bored.

Do Birds Crossbreed?

When it comes to bird breeding, breeders will often breed to get particular colours or conditions in their birds but this is done using two members of the same species.  There are thousands of different species of birds so crossbreeding is very rare and will only happen under certain conditions. This is different from dogs which can crossbreed as dogs as a whole are only one species.

How to Choose a Bird Breeder

A pet bird is going to become a much loved and adored part of the family so you want to make sure that you are sourcing your new bird/s from a good breeder.  A good breeder will have the following characteristics:

  •  The birds are kept in conditions that are clean, warm, dry, and large enough for their species, without being overcrowded.
  • A quarantine area for any new birds that they get or birds that look unwell
  • Safe and secure nesting areas.
  • Birds that are overall of good colour, size, health and quality.
  • A willingness to answer any questions that you may have and also to pass on their knowledge.
  • Someone that genuinely loves birds, especially those that he has chosen to breed.
  • A breeder that regularly handles young birds so that they are used to touch and that they are well socialised.
  • Someone that can give you detailed information on how to care for your bird, including preferred cages/aviaries, preferred diet, toys, tips on training etc.
  • A breeder that is a member of bird clubs and societies

How to Choose a Bird

If you have decided that a bird would make a great addition to your family, you need to be sure that you choose the right one for you.  Do you want to have plenty of interaction with your bird or do you want to look at them more than anything?  This will have a huge part in deciding which species of bird is most appropriate for you. You also need to look at how much space you can devote to the bird.  If you can only fit in a cage in the corner of your lounge room for example, you will obviously need a small bird such as a budgerigar.  If you have unlimited space such as a large aviary in the backyard, you have much more freedom regarding bird size and numbers. Also consider how much time the bird will spend in the cage.  More active and intelligent birds will like to be let out regularly to explore the house and stretch their wings (you can clip them to reduce the risk of escape), or they will need large cages with plenty of toys and activities.

Of course, when you are choosing a bird, you want to make sure that it is healthy, active and alert. Steer clear of birds that are fluffed up or otherwise look unwell.  Preferably, your new bird will have had lots of handling (if it hasn’t, then it will be difficult to touch it or to catch it if you need to).  Also make sure that your bird is the appropriate age to come home with you.

Where to Get a Bird

If you are thinking about adding a pet bird to your family, one of the best places to obtain one would be from a bird breeder, preferably one that is local to you. This way, you can call on their knowledge if you ever need to.  Of course, you can also pick up many species of birds from your local pet store – just some options include budgerigars, cockatiels, and lovebirds. Specialised bird shops are another option and you can often find hand reared birds here (these are better socialised).  You can also look through advertisements in bird keeping magazines, pet magazines, newspapers, or online.

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