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Bird 411

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

So I thought I would write a lit­tle infor­ma­tion and pro­vide some pic­ture of some dif­fer­ent types of pop­u­lar bird species  found in the wild and captivity

Cock­atiels (Nymph­i­cus hol­landi­cus)
These birds are orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia with some acci­den­tal migra­tion into Tas­ma­nia. In the wild, they can be found in 10–50 birds per flock. Breed­ing sea­son varies on location–in south­ern Aus­tralia, it is from August to Decem­ber; in the north, it is at the end of rainy sea­son; and in cen­tral Aus­tralia, it is after rain­falls. They for­age for food on the ground and eat seeds grasses, herbs, fruits, berries and mil­let. Cock­atiels are very com­mon pet birds in the United states. They can be found in a vari­ety of col­ors, are very social and can be pro­lific egg layers.

Budgeri­gars aka bud­gies (Melop­st­ta­cus undu­la­tus)
These birds are orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia. They tend to live in grassy ter­rain and open coun­try and they feed on seeds, grasses and herbs and tend to be active in morn­ing and late after­noon. Breed­ing sea­son in south­ern Aus­tralia is from August to Jan­u­ary and in the north from June to Sep­tem­ber. In cap­tiv­ity, bud­gies have been bred for color as well, size and other char­ac­ter­is­tics that now define them as Amer­i­can vs Eng­lish bud­gies. The most strik­ing is the size dif­fer­ence. How­ever, these birds are the same species and can be bred together. Bud­gies can be very social, mimic words and sounds, and have a per­son­al­ity much larger than their diminu­tive size.

 Eng­lish budgie is on the left, Amer­i­can on the right.

Quaker Par­rot aka Monk Par­rot (Myiop­sitta monachus)
These birds are orig­i­nally from Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. They have also been intro­duced in Puerto Rico and there are also wild colonies that are now liv­ing through­out the United States, includ­ing Cal­i­for­nia, New Jer­sey, Con­necti­cut,  and Long Island, New York. They live in areas of open forests, scrub­land, and orchards. They can live in groups of 10 to 100 brids and make large col­nial nests with each pair hav­ing its own breed­ing cham­ber. In cap­tiv­ity, they can be destruc­tive and loud, but they are also affec­tion­ate and mimic words and sounds.

Conure: To be con­tin­ued in its own post as there many types of conures that are of interest.

Most of the facts of this blog was from: Ency­clo­pe­dia of Para­keets by Kurt Kolar and Karl Heinz Spitzer. 1990
The pic­tures were bor­rowed from the world wide web.