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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-17-2004, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Parrotlets?

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For the last couple of days I've been searching to see all the different types/species of pet birds. I've specifically been searching for a bird that my uncle owns. He doesn't knows what species it is since it was given to him as a present. He has a couple other birds (a blue and yellow macaw, an african grey and one of those white with a yellow crest.. don't remember the name), plus these two little guys. They are a bit bigger than a lovebird, so I guess that they are the size of a parrotlet (I haven't seen a parrotlet in person, so I'm not sure about that one, but from what I've read, sounds like they are that size).. They are both red, one has green feathers on it's wings while the other has blue feathers on it's wings. I would like to know about them cause they are really funny and friendly. 8) Also, if anyone has a good website with a bit of information on different species of pet birds (macaws, parrots, parrotlets...) with pictures of them (to see what they look like), please post them. 8)

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-17-2004, 09:23 PM
 
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Nope, they sound way too big to be a parrotlet. I have one named Diva. Parrotlets are actually smaller than budgies. I am also not familiar with one that would be red. Here is the site that I like to use for information they are also the breeders that I got Diva from. Parrotlet Link
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The white bird with a yellow crest... sulfer crested cockatoo? (could be citron, too, as the two species are very similar) http://www.petbirdpage.com/breed.asp?breed=sulfer if it has yellow cheeks, it's a lesser. If not, it's a medium or greater.

Parrotlets are tiny, tiny birds... the ones I've seen are smaller than a budgie... so your bird is most likely not a parrotlet. Other than that, it's hard to tell based on your description. An all red bird COULD be a female eclectus, but they're quite a bit larger than a love bird... easily a medium sized bird. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any other bird that matches your description

Here are some guesses (there aren't a lot of all-red parrots around that are kept as pets)

Pennant rosella: http://www.giv.se/ssf/giv/bilder/art018.jpg
female eclectus: http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/arti...s/eclectus.jpg or a young eclectus (chimera): http://www.landofvos.com/strange/DCImages/chimera1.gif
red lory: http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/Red-and-BlueLory(LPF).jpg
red-bellied parrot (though not entirely red): http://www.parrotpages.com/cncaviary...dBellyMale.jpg
and, of course, greenwing macaws and scarlet macaws, but I'm sure you wouldn't mistake one of those for a parrotlet


The lexicon of parrots can be found here: http://www.arndt-verlag.com/ and you can also find some information at www.birdsnways.com and www.parrotpages.com Hope that helps!

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-17-2004, 09:35 PM
 
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Hmm I wonder if they could be a type of Lory or Lorikeet. I know that some Lorikeets and Lories are red. Do they have a specific type of diet? That would be a clue if they were.
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Only the red lory is all red. The rainbow lorikeet has some red on it, but I'd be surprised if that was the bird. Lories and eclectus have a sweet smell to them because of their diet. Did you notice a smell?
 
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Okay, I lied...

cardinal lory: http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/...&Pic=004_1.JPG
red and blue lory: http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/...&Pic=008_1.JPG
rainbow lory (lorikeet): http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/...&Pic=013_1.JPG

These (besides the rainbow) aren't generally kept as pets, though...
 
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Well here is a picture of a red Lory. Do they look like these: Red Lories
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I forgot about the king parrot Beautiful bird: http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/...&Pic=112_1.JPG

After that, you're really getting into species that aren't usually kept as pets... you might have to go through the lexicon on your own...
 
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I think they are red lories!!! They look like those, only one has those blue feathers, but the other's feathers on the wings are more greenish, also they have a bit less blue/green.. but other than that, they look like those! 8) Next time I go to my uncle's house, I'll take pictures of them.

They are adult, he has had them for a couple of years now. I'm not sure how many years, but I'd say more than 6... They have a dog (shar-pei) that's 5 years old and he has had these birds since before the dog. They don't have special diet as of I know and don't have any distinct smell to them. They do laugh like my aunt.. LOL

The white one I think it's a greater sulfur crested cockatoo. I have so much fun whenever I visit! Paco, the blue and yellow macaw likes to call Rolex the dog, and after Rolex runs to him to see why they are calling, Paco plays innocent, and after Rolex goes away, Paco starts laughing! LOL.. Paco is the one that knows most words, one of his favorites is Paco and the other is "callate" (which means "shut up"). The red ones only laugh, but they are so funny when they do so!

Wow, I didn't knew that parrotlets were so small! hmmm.. now I'm interested in them. I would like to have a bird in the future (far far future).. I like macaws, but I really would like something smaller.. that's one reason I was looking up these red guys, cause I would like something their size or smaller, but I'm not looking for budgies, finches or canaries. Maybe a cockatiel.. but would like something that looks more like a parrot.. and if I can teach it to say some things would be really cool (I need to see which small birds have that ability.. that's also why I'm researching.. hehe)

Thanks again for your help! 8)
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Lories are great, but they're kind of hard to take care of. They have a special diet, and they squirt when they poop. But I know you'll do your research before deciding on any bird

Can I suggest some species to look into? Tough, gonna do it anyway!

Poicephalus (include): senegal parrots, meyers parrots, red-bellied parrots, brown headed parrots, and jardine's parrots

Pionus: specifically, the maximillian's pionus

conures: all of the pyrrhuna species (green cheeked, maroon bellied, painted...) are supposed to be very quiet and friendly. The sun and jenday conures are pretty, but loud, as are nandays.

parrotlets are said to be miniature amazons, but I'll let Dena tell you more about them

cockatiels are GREAT birds. Definitely worth looking into, even if they don't have the "parrot" look.

Good luck!
 
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Thanks! I'll look into those. Believe me, I'll have plenty of time to do my research before deciding.. I still need a job (to get money for it... the kind of bird I decide on will probably be expensive, as is the cage and furniture for it), my own place (cause I really don't have space here for another birdcage, plus my sister is allergic, so my budgies are in the balcony and I would like an indoor bird that has some liberty inside the house, ect.). After I have those 2 things, then I'll be able to get the bird I want.. LOL.. for now.. just researching and dreaming.. hahaha
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After I have those 2 things, then I'll be able to get the bird I want.. LOL.. for now.. just researching and dreaming.. hahaha
Oh boy, do I know how that feels! Mine is a blue and gold macaw. I've wanted one my whole life, but I'm being responsible and waiting until I have the time, money, and space to care for one properly... basically, until we get a house. It's the only bird on my 'wish list' that I'm planning on buying from a breeder. I believe in adopting birds (Sam and Beeper are rescued/adopted), but for the bird I've wanted all my life, I want to raise it from a baby to have that experience just once. *sigh*... maybe next year...
 
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I believe in adopting birds (Sam and Beeper are rescued/adopted), but for the bird I've wanted all my life, I want to raise it from a baby to have that experience just once. *sigh*... maybe next year...
I'll take pictures of Paco too when I go to my uncle's house then (I don't know when I'll be going visiting... so can't promise you a date when I'll have the pics). I believe in rescuing animals too, but just as you said, for the bird I choose, I want to raise it from a baby.. I want him to be my little special guy/girl. hehe
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