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Friday, March 26, 2021

Birds I Want Now

 Well, as you all know, I got my birds. They came in fast! They were sent through USPS and I never expected them to get here that fast! They were sent Tuesday eve, and were here Wednesday morning. Now, they are settling in their cage and they look happy. I've been hearing all the different songs they sing and it sounds great in here now. I discussed the birds I got last time. I just went to this one site, Lee's Exotic Birds, and saw what all he had and said "I've got to get me some of those!" He had diamond firetails for $200 per couple. Normally, you can't even get one for that! The Finch Farm, another good finch supplier, charges over $200 for a single diamond firetail. So as you can see, Lee's prices are very competitive! I can't wait till he has gouldians for sale! I'm ordering some from him then too!

Well, I decided to have a little fun here on this post. I want to talk about birds I don't have now, that I do want to get down the line. Maybe I'll find some of these at the bird expo next month? Who knows? We'll have to wait and see. I cannot wait though!!! I'm like a kid in a candy store in those places!! I want to buy everything I see!! But I know I can't. I'm happy now though. I've got some of my birds I want. They're happy and healthy, and I just love them to death!! If I could hug and kiss them, believe me I would! But finches don't like being held. That's OK. It's enough for me that I got them and they sing for me.

Anyway, here's some more birds I want to get either sooner or later...

Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)

These are some of the smallest hookbills. However, they are easy to train and can even learn to talk. I like them because of their sheer cuteness!
Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

This used to be one of the most expensive birds available because they were originally intended for zoos and display. But more people are getting them as pets. They are the largest pet parrots and quite intelligent. Some people describe them as being noisy and snippy. However, they are quite capable of learning to talk.
Fischer's Lovebird (Agapornis fischeri)
These, I think, are the prettiest of the lovebirds! The beak being bright reddish orange, with a bright orange on the forehead, fading to yellowish on the breast with a green back and tail. They look unique among the lovebird species.
Pintailed Parrot Finch (Erythrura prasina)

These are the most colorful of the parrot finches. They are also known as "nonpareils", which means "without equal". And it is correct! These are one of the most beautiful finches I've ever seen! But they are also notoriously hard to find, and harder to breed.
Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura)

All breeding male whydah birds have long tails during the breeding season. At other times of the year, they can look as dull and unassuming as a sparrow. I personally love their butterfly-like flight and long tail feathers. Even if I do only get to see them once a year. The whydahs are a family of brood parasite birds. That means that they rely on other bird species to raise their young. Normally, this species relies on the St. Helena waxbill to raise it's young. But I've also heard some breeders say they've had success breeding whydahs using society finches as their host.
Congo Gray Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)

There are actually 2 types of gray parrots, the Congo gray and the Timneh gray. I prefer the Congo gray. I love the contrast of dull gray feathers with a bright red tail! These birds are also well-known for their intelligence. There was one Congo gray parrot that learned to speak over 100 different words, and they tend to understand human conversations better than other parrots. These are also one-person birds. They tend to bond only with one family member.
St. Helena Waxbill (Estrilda astrild)

As you can see, these very closely resemble the red-eared waxbills that I got this past week. They have more pronounced stripes on the body though. They too have cute little twitters.
Gouldian Finch (Chloebia gouldiae)

Also known as "Lady Gouldian finches", the colors and patterns of these finches is so bright, it looks almost unreal! Though people are breeding more mutated colors, I only like the natural colors.
Cape Dove (Oena capensis)

Also known as the Namaqua dove, long-tailed dove, and even pygmy dove, these are one of the smallest doves in the world. They also have the longest tail, in proportion to body size. I'm not limiting myself to hookbills and finches. I intend on getting doves and softbills too. Doves are a lot of fun to have as pets. They tame very easy, and they don't bite!
Common ground dove (Columbina passerina)

This is the smallest dove in the world, and I've only found them available at one place. These doves rival finches in size. They're a bit more skittish than other pet doves too.
Shaft-tailed Whydah (Vidua regia)

Also known as Queen whydah, like all whydah birds, these birds are only so spectacular looking at certain times of the year. And then only long enough to breed. I love them for this. But they also rely on a host bird to raise their young. In the case of this species, the host should be a violet-eared waxbill.
Black-faced Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)

These are among the most commonly available lovebirds. However, natural colors are becoming less available because most people (except for me) prefer the man-made mutated colors. I personally, would never go for a blue black-faced lovebird. To me, there is no better artist than mother nature.
Melba Finch (Pytilia melba)

These barely look like finches, the beak is long and narrow, more like a softbill bird. However, they are true members of the waxbill finch family. These are hard to find, but I've found some breeders for these. And I still think they're beautiful!!

Pekin Robin (Leiothrix lutea)

This is the bird of a thousand names. Pekin robin is just one. But it's the most commonly used name. I love these birds because of their acrobatics and sweet songs.
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

Every bird enthusiast would be familiar with this bird! They are one of the most common sights in the pet trade! They are also quite capable of learning to talk.
Spice Finch (Lonchura punctulata)

Another bird of a thousand names. They are also known as scaly-breasted munia, nutmeg mannikin, and spotted munia. These are quite common in the pet trade. I like their flashy markings and cute little peeps.
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

I had some of these back in 1992 and I loved them! I was able to tame the female but for some reason, never managed to tame the male. But she made a fun pet that I carried on my shoulder all over the house!

Scarlet-chested parakeet (Neophema splendida)

I saw some of these back in 1992, but never got them. But I've been dreaming about them ever since! I love how their colors seem to glow. However, they are not as likely as the other hookbills to learn to talk.

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