In brain evolution, size matters

May 10, 2017 0
Which came first, overall bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specialized behaviors? Neuroscientists have debated this question for decades, but a new Cornell University study settles the score.

An African sedge warbler, a species with a simple song that is also adapted to eating insects. Credit: Jordan Moore

Indonesia's yellow-crested cockatoo population threatened

April 30, 2017 0
The populations of the yellowcrested cockatoo on several islands are in critical danger due to massive exploitation, researchers say.

Yellow-crested cockatoo expands its wings. (Shutterstock.com/File)

'Happy wife, happy life' meaningful for birds, too

April 27, 2017 0
Research from Victoria University of Wellington has shown for the first time that wild male birds read their partner's behaviour to appropriately cater to her food desires.



Birds sing shorter songs in response to traffic noise

April 27, 2017 0
Birds sing differently in response to traffic noise, which potentially affects their ability to attract mates and defend their territory, according to research published in Bioacoustics. The study found that a species of North American flycatcher sings shorter songs at a lower range of frequencies in response to traffic noise levels. The researchers suggest traffic noise reduction, for example through road closures, is a viable option for mitigating this effect.

Birds sing shorter songs in response to traffic noise. Credit: Image provided by Dr. Katherine Gentry

How to tell if your bird is overweight?

April 19, 2017 0
How to tell if your bird is overweight. Obesity is a common health problem in captive birds, typically caused by poor nutrition and an all-seed diet. In the wild, birds get a lot of exercise flying from tree to tree, escaping predators and searching for food. In captivity, birds usually have their wings clipped or limited movement. If they go anywhere, they usually walk or climb. Their diet is frequently high in fat and low in important nutrients. This situation is the avian equivalent of the person who sits on the couch all day long eating French fries and cheesecake!

How to Know If Your Bird Is Overweight

Basic canary care

March 31, 2017 0

Canaries are a brightly colored, social birds indigenous to the Canary Islands. Sturdy and easy to care for, they regularly live 10-15 years and have been known to live for 20. With a basic knowledge of canary care, you should be able to establish a long relationship with one of these friendly animals.

What to know before breeding budgies

March 30, 2017 0


Both the male and female you wish to breed should be at least one year old.
Selecting a pair that is already bonded will help ensure a shorter time until they begin to mate and lay eggs. If you wish to breed for a certain variety, learn about budgie varieties and genetics.

Vitamin E for Birds

March 25, 2017 0
There are 8 forms of vitamin E found in plants. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which is used by the body to prevent chemicals in the body from damaging cells. Vitamin E deficiencies can lead to muscular dystrophy and other disorders.

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Vitamin E

How To: Recognizing Sick Birds

March 23, 2017 0
A wild bird can’t tell you when it feels sick. Birders who know how to recognize sick birds, however, can take steps to prevent spreading illnesses at their birdfeeders as well as render aid to sick birds to help speed their recoveries. But how can you tell exactly when a bird is sick?

Birds can succumb to many different illnesses and injuries and many times a sick bird will not come near backyard feeders. When an unwell bird does appear, however, there are two ways to recognize it: by appearance and by behavior.

Recognizing Sick Birds

Most common budgie diseases

February 20, 2017 0
With good nutrition and care, budgies can live for 15 to 18 years. To keep your bird healthy, make sure he has a veterinary exam once a year. Here are 10 of the most common diseases the birds suffer from: 

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Egg Incubation period

Egg Incubation period

February 19, 2017 0
EGG INCUBATION PERIOD


Amazon
Days
Blue-Fronted
Cuban
Green-Cheeked
Hispaniolan
Lilac-Crowned
Puerto Rican 
Red-Lored
Spectacled (White Fronted)
Yellow-Naped
White Fronted
26
26-28
24
25
26
25-27
25-26
24
28-29
24-25
Cassowary
Twin-Wattled49-56
Chicken
Bantam 
Large Fowl
19-21
21
Cockatiel
Cockatiel18-20
Cockatoo
Bare-Eyed 
Black
Blue-Eyed
Citron Crested 
Galah
Gang-Gang
Glossy
Goffin's
Greater Sulphur 
Leadbeater's
Lesser Sulphur 
Medium Sulphur
Moluccan
Palm
Philippine Red-Vented 
Red-Tailed Black 
Slender-Billed
Triton
Umbrella
23-24
28
30
25-26
22-24
30
29
25
27-28
26
24-25
26-27
28-29
28-30
24
30
23-24
27-28
28
Conure
Blue-Crowned 
Blue-Throated
Brown-Throated
Dusky-Headed
Green-Cheeked
Nanday 

Orange-Fronted
Patagonian
Pearly
Sun
White-Eared
23
24-26
23
23
22-24
21-23

30
24-25
25
28
27
Duck
Domestic
Muscovy
Ornamental
28 
35
22-30
Emu
Emu57-62
Flamingo
Lesser
Greater
28
30-32
Goose
Goose29-31
Guinea Fowl
Helmeted
Vulturine
24-25
25-26
Hornbill
Red-Billed30
Jungle Fowl
Ceylon
Ceylon Spur Fowl
Green
Grey
Red
18-20
22-23
21
20-21
19-21
Kingfisher
Eurasian19-21
Lorikeet
Fairy
Goldie's
Johnstone's
Little
Masena's
Meyer's
Musk
Ornate
Purple-Crowned
Red-Flanked
Scaly Breasted
Stella's
Swainson's
Varied
Weber's
25
24
21-23
22
23-26
23-24
25
26-28
22
25
23
26-27
25-26
22
27
Lory
Black
Black Capped
Blue-Crowned
Chattering
Collared
Dusky
Duyvenbode's
Ornate
Papuan
Purple Naped
Rainbow
Red (Moluccan)
Tahitian
Violet Necked
Yellow-Backed Chattering 
Yellow Streaked
25-27
24
23
26
30
24
24
27
21
24-26
25-26
24
25
27
26
24
Lovebird 
Black-Cheeked
Black-Winged
Fischer's
Grey-Headed
Masked
Nyasa
Peach-Faced
Red-Faced
24
25
23
23
23
22
23
22
Macaw
Blue & Gold
Buffon's
Caninde
Chestnut-Fronted
Green-Winged
Hyacinth
Illiger's 
Military
Red-Bellied
Red-Fronted
Red-Shouldered
Scarlet
Yellow-Collared
26
26-27
26
28
26
26-28
26-27
26
25
26
24
26
26
Oriole

Baltimore
Golden
12-14
14-15
Ostrich 
Ostrich40-42






















































































Owl
Days
Barn 32-34
Great Horned 35
Hawk 26-30
Little Scops 24-25
Snowy 33-36
Tawny 28-30
32-34
35
26-30
24-25
33-36
28-30
Parakeet
Alexandrine
Barred
Budgerigar
Canary-Winged
Derbyan
Quaker
Red-Fronted 
Rose-Ringed 
Long-Tailed
Malabar 
Moustached 
Sierra
Yellow-Fronted
26-27
18
18
26
26
23
20
23-24
24
27
25-26
28
20
Parrot
African Grey 
Amboina King
Australian King
Blue-Bonnet
Blue-Headed
Blue-Winged
Bourke's
Brown-Headed
Ceylon Hanging
Double-Eyed Fig
Eclectus
Golden-Shouldered 
Green-Winged King
Hawk-Headed
Jardine's
Mallee-Ringneck
Meyers
Orange-Bellied
Paradise
Pesquet's
Phillipine Blue-Naped
Phillipine Hanging
Pileated 
Princess 
Red-Rumped
Red-Winged
Rock 
Salvadori's Fig 
Senegal
South American Red Capped 
Superb
Swift 
Timneh African Grey
Turquoise
Vernal Hanging
White-Capped
28
20
20-21
19
24-27
18
18
26
19
18-19
28
19
20
28
25-26
20
24-25
21
21
26-29
26
20
24
20
21
21
18
23
24-25
23
20
20
26
20
22 
26-28
Parrotlet
Blue-Winged
Pacific
  18
17
Partridge
Chukar
English
Gray
Hungarian
Red-Legged
Rock
23
23
23-25
24
23-25
24-26
Peafowl
Congo
Green
Indian
26-28
28
27-28
Pheasant
Amherst
Blood 
Blue-Eared
Blyth's Tragopan
Brown-Eared
Bronze-Tailed
Bulwer's Wattled 
Cabot's Tragopan
Cheer
Common 
Congo Peacock 
Copper
Crested-Argus 
Crested Fireback 
Crestless Fireback 
Edward's
Elliot's
Germain's Peacock 
Golden
Great Argus
Grey Peacock
Green
Himalayan Monal 
Hume's Bar-Tailed 
Imperial
Kalij
Koklass 
Lady Amherst's 
Malayan Peacock 
Peafowl
Reeve's
Rothschild's Peacock
Salvadori's
Satyr Tragopan
Siamese Fireback
Silver
Swinhoe's 
Temminck's Tragopan
Western Tragopan
White Eared
 
23
28
26-28
28
26-27
22
25
28
26
24-25
28
24-25
25
24
23-24
21-24
25
22
23
24-25
22
24-25
28
27-28
25
23-25
21-22
22
22
28
24-25
22
22
28
24-25
25
25
28
28
24
 

Pigeon
Rock 
Wood
17-19
17
 
Quail
Barred
Bearded Tree 
Black-Throated Bobwhite 
Bobwhite 
Brown
California
Chinese Painted 
Crested
Douglas 
Elegant
Eurasian 
Gambel's
Harlequin
Japanese
Jungle Bush
Mearn's 
Mountain 
Painted Bush
Rain
Rock Bush
Scaled
Spot-Winged Wood 
Stubble
22-23
28-30
24
22
18
22-23
16
23
22
22
17-20
22
14-18
18
21
24-25
24-25
21
18-19
18
22-23
26-27
18-21
Rhea
Common36-40
Swan
Bewick's 
Black
Black Necked
Coscoroba
Mute
Trumpeter
Whistling
Whooper
30
36
36
35
37
33
36
33
Woodpecker 
Black
Great Spotted 
Northern Three-Toed
  12-14
16
14



































































Canary care in summer

February 19, 2017 0
We hope your breeding season was successful and that your flight cages are teeming with active youngsters jumping from perch to perch. It's a wonderful sight and the result of much hard work on your part, not to mention unyielding dedication by the parents to their offspring.

Canary care in summer