Monthly Archives: April 2013

Snowy Our Parakeet’s 9th Birthday Pictures

Our little Parakeet Snowy just recently enjoyed her 9th Birthday…..complete with a Bird Party and gifts.   Check out her Birthday (Hatchday) pictures below.

Ann – FunTime Birdy

Snowy 1 FB Snowy 2 FB Snowy 3 FB Snowy 4 FB MOV01B

Goth vs. Hippie Birds

funny for facebookThis picture is just too funny…..A clash between musical tastes and influences.  (LOL)

Ann – FunTime Birdy

Grooming Your Parrot

201204007-1600-parrot-mcaw-preening-colorful-1335283449Just like dogs and cats, your feathered friends need regular grooming to stay healthy. Most birds groom themselves naturally by preening their feathers.

Remember—a healthy parrot likes to look his best! However, there are a few additional grooming techniques you may need to apply, depending on your bird.
•    Trimming the nails. If your parrot’s nails get too long, they can start to curl and then dig into the skin, causing intense pain. In order to make nail trimming a stress-free and easy process, start handling your parrot’s feet while he/she is still a baby. This will remove any fear your parrot may have. If you keep a few pedicure bird perches in your parrot’s cage, this may eliminate the need for nail trimming.

•    Clipping the feathers. Not all parrot owners want to trim their bird’s feathers. However, it does have many practical purposes. In the first place, keeping your parrot’s wings trimmed will prevent him from escaping too easily. He/she will be unable to fly out the door and will be less likely to get caught in a ceiling fan in your home. Trimming wing feathers is an extremely easy and pain-free process. Ask an experienced bird owner or your avian veterinarian to show you how. You can easily distract your bird during the process by showing him a colorful bird toy or letting him sit on his/her favorite bird stand during the trimming.

•    Trimming the beak. Through playing with bird toys, many parrots are able to keep their beaks trim and slim. Foraging bird toys and bird toys that encourage chewing are especially useful. However, sometimes a parrot’s beak will grow too long and need to be trimmed. If this is the case, take your bird to an avian veterinarian to ensure the trimming is done properly. Some birds may only need their beaks filed—similar to filing your nails.

•    Bathing. Many birds love baths. Others hate them. If your bird enjoys bathing, you can give them a bath as often as once a week. You may even consider taking your parrot in the shower with you. For parrots that dislike bathing, try misting them with a spray bottle.

Helicopter Bird Toy For Cockatoos and Macaws on Sale at FunTime Birdy

Sr. Helicopter 3 with MarshmellowOur Helicopter Bird Toy for Cockatoos and Macaws is a great Shredder, Chew and  Forage Bird toy!!!  Non Stop fun is in store…..As you can see in this picture our Cockatoo Marshmellow just loves the shredder disc and Eco Forage Box as well as all the wood chews and straws.

Safe Travels with your Feathered Friend

Safe Travels for your ParrotClick on the article below by Robyn Bright of Pet Business Magazine as she discusses traveling safety tips for your feathered friend.

Safe Travels with your Parrot

Ann Zych – www.funtimebirdy.com

Fun Parrot Facts

parrots_and_hand2Vivid, colorful and smart birds, parrots are native to countries in the Southern hemisphere. There are more than 300 species of parrots with a great diversity in color and size. They are a common household pet because of their bright plumage and musical abilities. Some parrots can even mimic human speech.

Macaws, Amazon parrots, cockatiels, parakeets, and cockatoos are the most popular pet parrots. Parrots range in length from 3.5 in (8.7cm) to 40 in (100 cm). They are omnivores and eat a variety of fruit, nuts, seeds as well as insects. Parrots can live up to 80 years in the wild.

All parrots are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot, two pointing forward and two projecting backward. They also have a strong, curved beak which some use to search for grubs. Their sharp claws help them climb and perch on trees.

Other facts about parrots

Cockatoo species have a crest of feathers on the top of their heads that can be raised for display, and retracted.

Most parrots are social birds living in flocks. They communicate through a series of loud screeching and squawking sounds.

While some parrots build regular nests, most build their homes in holes in trees, rock cavities, ground tunnels and even in termite mounds.

Parrots have been kept as pets for decades. Famous historical figures, such as Winston Churchill and King Henry VIII were parrot owners.

Only parrots will mimic people and noises they hear. The African gray parrots are the best imitators of human speech.

In studies, African Grey Parrots have also been known to count, identify objects and even string together short sentences to answer complex questions.

As Published on Live Science.com

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Cockatoo Sun Bathing

This Cockatoo has the right idea……Summer cannot come soon enough.

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

Cockatoo Sun Bathing

Wild California Parrots Making Baby Parrots

california-parrots-making-baby-parrots-video-665x385California parrots are out to populate the nation, starting with the Red-crowned Amazon stars of a new video from CaliforniaFlocks. Move over, wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. You’ve got competition from your feathered friends down south.

Salvatore Angius, the filmmaker behind CaliforniaFlocks, said that he has filmed 13 parrot species in over 30 cities in his quest to raise awareness of the charming birds. The new video may be his best yet, as it captures the personality of two species of wild parrots as they pair up to start their families.

In addition to the Red-crowned Amazons getting busy on an open telephone wire, he also follows a pair of Blue-crowned Conures, a species better known to some film fans from the $23 million 1998 Hollywood feature Paulie.

It’s good to see Red-crowned Amazons (also known as Red-crowned Parrots or Amazona viridigenalis) doing the wild thing. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list, they have been endangered since at least 1994. Their population has collapsed to a few thousand individuals in their native Mexico, probably because of over-collection for the pet trade as well as habitat loss.

However, they have quietly introduced themselves to some areas of the United States, including California’s San Gabriel Valley, where they have been nesting since at least 1973. The California Parrot Project said that they are now thriving so well there that they were added to the official list of California birds in 2001.

Where did they come from? To a certain extent, no one really knows the whole story. A 1991 Los Angeles Times article said that some of the birds may have come from the old Busch Gardens bird collection at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys. Others may have escaped from their owners or been willingly released by smugglers trying to escape the long arm of the law.

Wherever they came from, CaliforniaFlock’s video allows you to experience the beauty and energy of these intelligent parrots, even if you can’t get to the West Coast any time soon. He has a lot more videos of the parrots on his You Tube channel, and I highly recommend them to all parrot lovers.

I would love to see these parrots in the wild!!!!

Ann Zych
FunTime Birdy

All Dressed Up Parrot

What a darling little cutie pie……all dressed up and ready to go out (LOL)  I can imagine her saying…..”How about a dinner and movie Hon”?

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Bird with Bow

How to Choose a Name for Your Parrot

Red-browed_Amazon_parrotNaming your new parrot can be a fun, exciting process. But it can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. As you consider pet bird names here are a few factors to keep in mind:
Whatever name you choose, you will be hearing it a lot! So be sure to select a name you can live with. As you watch your feathered friend playing with his/her bird toys, there may be all kinds of names popping in your head—but choose wisely, as you will have to say and hear that name every day.

Remember that your bird will most likely live a long time. So choose a name that will stand the test of time–one you can still enjoy down the road. If you decide to name your parrot after your favorite pop star or musician, that name may lose its attraction in 10 or 15 years.

Naming your parrot does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can be extremely enjoyable, allowing you to utilize your creativity and imagination. Start by making a list of all the names you like. Then select the one that best suits your feathered friend. Here are a few additional tips to consider when choosing a name:

Get to know your bird. Instead of picking out a name as you are driving home with your new feathered friend, wait a few days or even a week or two. Take the time to get to know your bird’s personality and character traits. This may help you come up with a suitable name. Watch your bird as he/she plays with his parrot toys or plays on his/her bird stand. See if he/she has any unique characteristics or behavioral patterns.

Consider your bird’s appearance. Some people select a name based on their parrot’s feathers, colors or other features. If you are impressed by one of your parrot’s unique physical characteristics, consider using this as a basis for a name.  If so, consider a name that reflects this quality.
Most important of all, select a name you love and one that will suit your bird for the rest of his life. Enjoy the creative process!!