Some pet bird owners make it a point to never travel any distance or length of time without bringing their birds with them. This entails a degree of planning prior to taking a trip. It may also pose limitations on the destinations that you can travel to without putting your bird through a stressful plane flight. In some cases, your bird may not be allowed to enter a certain state or country due to local ordinances. [Read more…] about Bird Boarding: Guide to using a Bird Sitter
There are many books available for the pet bird owner or parrot lovers in general. They range from specific species guides that can help you care for your pet, to first-person accounts of bonding with a parrot, and beautiful collections of photographs in volumes intended to grace your coffee table. Let’s look at some books that any parrot lover would be happy to add to their collection. [Read more…] about Parrot Books: For Care, Training, Breeding and Species Guides
A lot of people tend to be confused as to what feral parrots are and why they live where they live. To clear things up, let’s take a look at the curious case of these birds. [Read more…] about Feral Parrots: Bird Invasions Happening Around The World
Now here is a question that a large portion of the pet bird owner community possibly never even considered. We might think that homosexuality does not exist in birds or parrots. Since a major drive in the animal kingdom is to reproduce, and because homosexuality does not serve this function, we may assume that there is no place for same-sex relationships. We would be making an incorrect assumption. [Read more…] about Is My Bird Gay? Information About Homosexual Birds And Parrots
Thanks to modern weather forecasting, we can accurately predict potential threats from storms and hurricanes. Unfortunately, our pet birds do not have access to that knowledge and so may be unable to cope with the effects of extreme weather. In the wild they would be on their own, but since we have chosen to keep them captive, it is up to us to take care of their special needs during serious weather events. [Read more…] about Birds In Storms And Hurricanes: Before, During And After
A fascinating subset of the avian world is comprised of the birds of prey. These amazing creatures have long held a special allure for bird lovers and the population in general. Their magnificent aerial speed, agility, and hunting prowess set them apart from almost any other animals on the planet.
According to the IAF, the recorded use of trained falcons appears to have begun in about 1300 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Used to hunt and provide for their human trainers, the practice spread to China and the rest of the world, making its first appearance in Europe in about the fifth century AD.
Falconry fell out of favor in the 1500s with the invention of gunpowder and guns, as these were easier to use and take care of than a live bird. The art of falconry was kept alive through time by dedicated practitioners, and the 20th century witnessed a resurgence in its popularity. It is presently practiced widely throughout the world. [Read more…] about How To Become A Falconer: Training Steps, Costs (with pictures)