The Birds and the Bees about Birds

Most avian species are primarily sexual creatures. They live to find a mate and reproduce. I have watched the courtship of zebra finches (the male grabs the female by the back of her neck and mounts her), button quail (the male grabs the female by the back of her neck and mounts her), and cockatiels (the male grabs the female by the back of her neck and mounts her), and so on. Not a lot of finesse, although this original mounting takes place within seconds of the two being introduced. Once the female gives up her plans to be a movie star and settles down, they mate with a little more decorum. Continue reading “The Birds and the Bees about Birds”

Parrot Romance

Living with parrots sometimes means that you become their ideal mate. With no other beings to choose from, they choose you, regardless of your gender or theirs. You now have to be more careful than usual to avoid giving stimulating caresses, not allowing mating behavior like regurgitating and tail swishing. And you should avoid letting your birds have a nest or any reasonable facsimile. Continue reading “Parrot Romance”

Fall in Love with Conures

Conures are small South American parrots related to macaws. Also found in southern Mexico and the Caribbean, they pack a whole lot of personality in their small bodies. Regardless of type, they are clowns, they are affectionate, they are social and they are vocal, as long as they have been hand fed and raised with lots of people around them. YouTube has a ton of videos showing these sweet birds being cute. Continue reading “Fall in Love with Conures”

Fall in Love with Zebra Finches

Welcome to the first of my monthly bird species-focused blogs. I decided to start with finches and work my way up. I hope you will have a good time reading this and maybe share your own zebra finch stories in the comments. They are considered starter birds for enthusiasts, so I’d imagine a bunch of us have had them. Continue reading “Fall in Love with Zebra Finches”

Afraid of the Beak

Non-bird people and the occasional small bird person have said they would love to have a large, colorful parrot but the size of the beak on those guys is too scary. I guess I am unusual in that I look past that and first look into the eyes of the bird. Big parrots will “pin” their eyes, in other words, make their pupils into little pin holes, when they are interested in something. They also do this when they are afraid or mad and may bite. The eyes are the key to the bird’s behavior. Continue reading “Afraid of the Beak”