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The Importance of Bird Toys in Your Bird’s Health and Happiness

The first thing most people notice about birds is their beauty. The color of their feathers, the intricate patterns their feathers make, they look so soft and some are so tiny! Beyond their outward appearance, however, birds are amazingly intelligent creatures that require daily mind-stimulating activity to keep them at their healthiest and happiest.
Can you imagine being confined to an area with nothing to do? It would be awful, wouldn’t it? It’s unfortunate that some people don’t realize that their bird feels the same way if they are stuck in their cage all day long without any bird toys or activities. People forget that birds are indigenous to an open environment and large cages may …

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Birds with a nose for a difference

Avoidance of inbreeding is evident amongst humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards.
Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology now report that it also occurs in a strictly monogamous species of bird, suggesting that the black-legged kittiwake possesses the ability to choose partners with a very different genetic profile.
The study, led by Richard H. Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Etienne Danchin from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, and involving researchers from the Universit√© Pierre et Marie Curie, the Alaska Science Center, and the University of Bern, tracked 10 genetic markers, microsatellite loci, to investigate whether kittiwakes …

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African Grey Parrots–5 Things That Really Matter to Your African Grey

African Grey Parrots are some of the most intelligent, well spoken, and beautiful pet birds available for adoption today. Because of their many fine qualities they are also one of the most sought after parrot species for pets.
With proper care their life span can easily exceed 50 years. And here are 5 things that you can do for your Grey that really matter. A Great Home-The bigger the space you can provide for your Grey, the better its physical and mental health, general disposition, and interaction with you are likely to be. The minimum size for housing should be large enough for your bird to fully spread its wings while facing any direction in the …

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Having Plants And Trees To Attract Birds To Your Yard

Now that you have the easy tasks complete, it’s time to think more long term. Take a good look around your backyard. Are there trees, shrubs, and flowers? If your backyard is pretty bare there are plenty of things you can do to attract birds that will keep them coming back. You need to provide them with an appealing habitat, plus you can make your backyard look great in the process. Plant a variety of small trees and bushes. There are many types that certain types that offer food and nesting opportunities to birds depending on where you live.
For those in the Northeast a great bush to consider is the Highbush Blueberry which is a …

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Parrot Cages – Tips on How to Buy Parrot Cages

If you have an African Grey or a Macaw, you know that they have special needs when it comes to parrot cages. These birds are not tiny lovebirds or parakeets and they need suitable habitats that will accommodate their special requirements.
Parrot bird cages need to be large, stable, sturdy, and durable enough so that your feathered friend will feel safe, comfortable, and secure. Knowing what features you need to consider when you are looking at parrot cages will help you make the right decision.
Size Counts When It Involves Parrot Cages
Parrot cages are designed with the bigger birds in mind. You need to make sure that the one you are purchasing is large enough for your …

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Know the Nature of Birds Before Buying One

Choosing a bird for a pet requires more than thinking of it as a cute little thing. Many pet owners commit the mistake of buying out of impulse. It is true indeed that the displays in the pet stores are very interesting and cute. But these factors are not going to be the basis for your decision to pick out any one of the displays. You should get to know the very nature of these animals before purchasing them.

Here are some significant ideas that you have to consider.
The right size. As the general rule goes, the bigger the bird, the more commitments come along. The big animals can be genuine companions for you but they …

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