Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bird Beaks….Tool and Weapon

Bird Beaks.....Tool and Weapon

Bird Beaks

A parrot’s beak is a very fascinating piece of anatomy.  If you really think about it, a parrot’s beak is light weight but also can be used to crack hard nuts and shells.

Many of my birds also use their beak as a third appendage to move around their bird cage and parrot playgyms.

Read more of the article on Bird Beaks ….Tool and Weapon from the link below.

Bird Beaks….. Tool and Weapon

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Cameron the Laughing Quaker Parrot

This little Quaker Parrot named Cameron can laugh up a storm.  Even with his disability he is just one happy little guy.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Lories and Lorikeets

Lories and Lorikeet Parrots

Lories and Lorikeet Parrots

Looking for a vivacious, colorful and highly intelligent pet parrot? Look no further than a Lory or Lorikeet. These two birds are part of the same family. The only difference is that Lorikeets tend to have longer tails than Lories.

These birds are playful, flamboyant and have beautiful colors. Because Lories & Lorikeets are such active birds they will require a large bird cage, plenty of bird perches and a mountain of  bird toys. These little creatures are full of spunk and personality, so don’t skimp when picking out bird toys.

One great thing about Lories and Lorikeets is that they make ideal family pets. Unlike some parrots, these feathered guys bond with nearly everyone. Certain birds, such as the African Grey will often choose one particular person they like. They will bond almost exclusively with their owner, oftentimes acting shy or even territorial around strangers or other family members. However, Lories and Lorikeets enjoy being around just about anyone.  So long as you are willing to give them some of your time and attention, they’ll love you forever.

Originally from Australia and the South Pacific, Lorikeets can be classified into two different groups: Small Australian Lorikeets tend to be much quieter and less vocal than other parrots. This makes them ideal pets for apartment dwellers. Their soft voices are not as likely to annoy the neighbors. The Larger Tropical Lorikeets on the other hand are vocal and noisy. They enjoy screaming and often become extremely skilled talkers. They also live between 20-35 years.

Despite their beauty and charming personalities, Lories and Lorikeets have a few special needs:
•    These birds eat primarily nectar and fruits, instead of seeds. They require a special liquid diet, which can be purchased commercially. These special dietary needs usually require extra prep time and can be more expensive than traditional parrot food.
•    Because Lories and Lorikeets primarily eat a liquid diet, they tend to have loose droppings which can sometimes squirt outside of the cage.  In order to keep your birdcage clean and sanitary you will need to clean it several times a day. The birdcage should be placed on a water-proof floor such as vinyl or tile. Unprotected carpet will quickly become ruined. Since you may have to wash your walls regularly, avoid placing the birdcage next to a decorated wall or one that has wall-paper on it. In addition to cleaning the bird cage, you will also need to clean all of the parrot toys, bird supplies, bird perch and bird stands regularly.
•    Since Lories and Lorikeets tend to be high-maintenance pets, it is often best if they are kept in a large outdoor aviary. It is easier to keep the cage clean when it can be hosed off.
•    Some Lories and Lorikeets tend to be extremely territorial and aggressive towards other parrot species. As a result, they should not be housed with other breeds.

Despite their special needs, Lories and Lorikeets make wonderful pets. They are fun, entertaining, friendly and enjoybale to watch. With proper preparation and a willingness to go the extra mile, these birds may be just the parrot for you and your family.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Bird Toys and Parrot Playgym Winter Savings Sale at FunTime Birdy

Bird Toy and Parrot Playgym Sale

Bird Toy and Parrot Playgym Winter Sale at FunTime Birdy

It’s cold outside and it’s time for our Winter Savings Sale.  Check out all our sale items!

Save over 40% on bird toys, parrot play gyms and more.

Come out of the cold, warm up and save now!

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Quaker and Lovebird in Love

These guys are so cute together.  I only wish our birds would be more like this.  Only two of our flock members, our African Grey Jerry and our Amazon Kiwi seem to get along well with each other.  Kiwi and Jerry act like brothers and respect each other greatly.  They like to hang out together but do not preen each other.  Our other flock members seem to tolerate each other but would never interact with each other like this.

Ann
FunTime Birdy

New Movie Trailer for “Rio” Animated Parrot Movie

Rio Animated Parrot Movie

Rio Animated Parrot Movie

I can’t wait for this movie to come out!!!  “Rio” the animated parrot movie is due out this year.  See link below for new trailer.  I just love the caption on this movie poster for “Rio” pictured here to the left. (LOL)

Check out the new trailer for “Rio”

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Foot Toys for your Birds

Foot Toys not just a Toy

Foot Toys - Hours of Fun

Foot Toys can be a very important playtime component for your pet parrot.

“Kiwi”, our Double Yellow Headed Amazon, pictured to the left just enjoys munching on a Foot Toy for enjoyment outside his cage right before he goes to sleep at night.

Foot Toys for Parrots can come in all shapes and sizes.  “Kiwi” as seen in the picture is chewing on a FunLand Character.  Bird Foot Toys can be made out of wood, plastic, vines, cardboard (Birdie Bagels) or any other bird safe material.

We have customers that have told us that their birds never played with Hanging Bird Toys inside their cage but just love to sit and play with Foot Toys.  It just goes to show you that every bird has their own unique and varied sense of what they like to play with when it comes to their bird toys.

Ann
FunTime Birdy