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As popular as they are cute, peach-faced lovebirds owe their “animal magnetism” as much to their clown-like personalities and stunning plumage as to their tendency to breed like bunnies. They are wonderful pets, in pairs or as a single bird, brightening any home with pleasant chattering and entertaining antics.
The peach-faced lovebird is approximately 15 centimetres long, and comes in an artist’s palate array of colours. The nominate, or “normal” bird, is green with a shiny blue rump and rosy-peach face-hence the name. Other colours, or “mutations,” range from creamy white to almost black, and everything in between-all shades of green, blue, yellow, violet, and pied-with different coloured faces to match!
The Masks and Fishers are in the same family as the Lovebirds and all co inhabit an enclosure together. The common differences are that the Mask has a black head and white skin around the eye. The Fischer has the white skin around the eye and the Lovebirds does not have either of these features. So the happy bird in the picture is a Fischer.
Always alert and mischievous, these birds are very clever and great at learning new tricks and love being observant. If kept in pairs, these birds completely love “married life" and therefore are best kept in couples, they will still be close friends if they are of the same gender, just pick two that are already buddies.
Lovebirds or Peachfaces, Masks and Fischers
This beautiful little bird has the most amazing song you will every hear (the boys that is). They also make a very pleasant companion bird whose cheerfulness is communicated with a melodious song that is much softer and more pleasant than that of many larger birds. The canary has been carefully bred to be available in a variety of colours and sizes, and even song variations are available. Canaries are inexpensive and are an excellent starter bird for beginners.
When kept as pets, canaries typically live 10 to 15 years, but the average is five to six years.
Canaries enjoy the visual company of people, but this is not a bird that likes to be handled in the way that budgies and parrots do. You can keep the canary on their own or in a mixed cage or aviary with finches, quail and grass parrots.
Canaries are hardy birds, and the rare health issues that do occur are usually due to poor diet, a dirty cage, or drafts. Do watch drafts and also lights turning on and off as this can startle the bird. If you are going out just leave a night light, a lamp or a ceiling light on and turn if off when all the lights go out for the night.
Budgerigars, more commonly known as Budgies or Parakeets, are ideal pets both for first-time bird owners and those who would just prefer a small bird. True to the typical traits of most parrots, Parakeets have the ability to learn to talk and do tricks, come in an array of beautiful colours, and enjoy forming close bonds and interacting with their human caretakers. Those who are interested in a small, easy to care for pet should place these birds among their top choices.
Not many people realise that there are actually two distinct types of budgies. The traditional Budgerigar, hailing from Australia, and the larger English budgie, bred in England specifically for showing. While the two are clearly both budgies, there are differences when they're observed side by side. English budgies are usually 2.5 to 5 cm longer than their Australian counterparts and have decidedly larger heads and puffier feathers around their faces and crowns.
We keep both sized Budgies in store at Pets Galore.
Since they're small, budgies are relatively inexpensive to care for and feed. But contrary to popular belief, a diet consisting only of seeds is not good for a small bird like a budgie, and can even cause health problems. Instead, veterinarians recommend a budgie diet that includes pellets and fresh fruits and vegetables including leafy greens. It's OK to feed budgies good quality seeds as part of this diet, as long as they're getting enough nutrients from other foods.
There are numerous species of finch, but one of the most popular as pets is the zebra finch. This species is hardy and relatively easy to care for, so it is an excellent choice for the new owner. Zebra finches are normally kept in pairs and entertain themselves without a lot of interaction with their owners, making them a good choice if you would like to keep birds in a cage.
A mature zebra finch is about 4 inches long from the tip of the beak to the end of the tail feathers, making it one of the smaller (though not the smallest) of the finches.
In general, finches have an expected lifespan of anywhere from 3 to 15 years, although 3 to 5 years is typical. The wide range here can probably be attributed to species differences as well as an increased understanding of their husbandry, especially diet.
Zebra finches are small birds and are active and fun to watch, but quiet when it comes to vocalisation. Although small, the zebra finch prefer as much room as possible so they can have some flight room. All finches are social and should be kept in pairs, and a male and female pair will usually breed quite readily so you may want to consider keeping only females or males.
You can mix many varieties of finches together, this provides a lovely mix of colours in the enclosure. Just ask when you come in store and we can help. Also you can pop Canaries and Grass Parrots and Quail in with Finches if you would like a variety of sizes and colours in the one space (size permitting).
We have a great range of Australian native birds and popular overseas species. Our bird varieties includes finches, quails, baby budgerigars, show budgies, peachfaces or lovebirds, masks, fishers, ringnecks, rosellas, alexanderines, cockatiels or quarrions, quakers, kakarki's, bourkes, turquoise's, scarlets, doves, conours, princess, canaries, parrots, lorikeets and galahs just to name a few.
Both hand reared and aviary birds are available, depending on the availability - remember birds typically breed in spring time, so it can be difficult to have all varieties all year round. You will also find everything you need to house your birds and keep them happy and healthy. If you have any questions, just ask and we can help.