Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Special Treat

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Special treats

I often give my budgies "special treats". I serve a plenty of millets, nuts,

dried herbs, fresh tender green...etc on a shreddable basket.

No need to tell that it always make them crazy, and they jump into the

treat basket and enjoy themselves. An enrichment idea, isn't it?

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Woodland Park Zoo

In the upcoming Willawong Station exhibit opening May 28, visitors will walk into an aviary of colorful, small Australian parrots. Visitors will enter with sticks of millet seeds to feed the birds, which are expected to land and eat from their hands.
In recent preparations for the exhibit, volunteers were "socializing" with some 250 budgies, cockatiels and rosellas, helping accustom them to dealing with humans of all kinds, from fast-moving children to deep-voiced men. Yellow, green and sky-blue feathers whirred in the air, the chatty birds cheeped and nibbled and observed, and the humans chatted back and watched their progress.

"We're hoping to make a personal connection (with zoo visitors) at this level," said collections manager Tina Mullett. The goal is for people who are attracted by the fun of feeding the birds to progress to a broader appreciation of how to care for pet birds and how to preserve endangered birds in the wild. The breeds in the exhibit are not endangered species, the zoo staff notes, although some kinds of Australian parrots are indeed at risk.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Do Budgies Need Gravel?

A Question that a Budgie owner asked, could any readers please help.

My budgie is eating the soil from one of my plants and I am wondering if there is a gravel I could put down for him to eat (I assume he is trying to get grit for his gullet).

First question is what do you feed budgie? Is it only seed?
Possibly looking for calcium, cuttlefish is a good scource. It is also strongly recomended to feed pellets.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

The Size of Bird's Brains

Like all animals, birds need a control centre and a set of communication channels to ensure that there system runs smoothly. As in most more complicated animals this is usually called a brain and a nervous system.
Birds have a similar basic plan to their nervous system as the rest of the vertebrates.
The brain of a bird weighs about 10 times as much as a brain of a reptile of the same weight, but slightly less than that of a mammal of the same weight. However, there is considerable variation between birds of similar size. There is therefore quite a range in the intelligence of birds, with game birds at the bottom of the list and Woodpeckers, Owls and Parrots at the top.
A bird's brain is different to a mammalian brain in that the complex folds found in the cerebral cortex of mammals are missing and the cerebral cortex itself is much smaller proportionally than in mammals. Instead the corpora striata, a more basic part of the cerebral hemispheres is proportionally larger and better developed. It is this portion of a bird's brain which is used to control instinctive behaviour - feeding, flying, reproduction etc. The mid-brain is also well developed as this is the part of the brain primarily concerned with sight, while the olfactory lobes are reduced as would be expected given that bird's in general have little use of the sense of smell.