Budgies or Budgerigars are small parrots. These beautiful little birds are native to Australia and have inhabited its interior for over five million years. They have been domesticated for several centuries. The name Budgerigar comes from the Australian Aboriginal word "Betcherrygah", which means "good to eat". Originally, they were only available in yellow and green with black markings, but ca... Read more
Finches can be found throughout the world, both wild and domesticated. There are many different types of finches as the finch family is one of the largest of all bird families. All members of the finch family have stout cone like beaks with sharp edges that are perfect for crushing seeds and eating insects. Size, appearance, coloration and song vary per finch breed.
The most popular pet... Read more
Cockatiels are small parrots and the smallest members of the cockatoo family. They are also known as Weero or Quarrion. These lovely birds originally hail from Australia where they wander throughout the inland regions of the Island, particularly in the scrublands, bush lands and wetlands.
Dr. John Latham, a member of the famous Captain Cook's crew, first recorded cockatiels in 1781. It ... Read more
The Macaw is a type of parrot that was domesticated at least a thousand years ago. At one time, they were pets to the rich and affluent like royalty and high-ranking priests. In the wild, there are about 17 different species of Macaw, the majority have been domesticated and are available in most countries worldwide.
Macaws are moderately popular pet birds due to their beautiful exotic a... Read more
Lovebirds are part of the Parrot family, originating in the dry lands of Africa. They were first brought to Europe in the early 19th century. There are several different types of lovebirds; some are available as pets, while others have never been domesticated. Peach Faced Lovebirds and Fisher's Lovebirds are two of the most commonly seen varieties available for sale as pets. Lovebirds are one o... Read more
Canaries are related to finches and originally hail from the Canary Islands, which are located off the coast of Africa. The birds were named after the Islands they were found on. The Canary Islands were actually named by the Romans after dogs that the natives bred there,
Canary is a corruption of "canis", which is Latin for dog. Canaries have been bred in captivity for around 500 years... Read more
Toucans are soft-billed birds that are native to the tropic regions of South and Central America and Mexico. There are 47 species of toucans and they are part of the Ramphastidae family. Toucanets and aracaris share the same family as Toucans and are extremely similar in looks and temperament; they are just smaller and usually less expensive in the pet market.
The first Toucans that wer... Read more
Doves and pigeons are the same species and two names are used interchangeably for both birds. Pigeons and doves are almost identical in temperament and appearance, but pigeons are usually larger. Pigeons and doves have been domesticated for several thousand years. They are versatile birds that have filled many roles over the years from being raised for meat, trained as messengers and racing bir... Read more