Exotic Birds

If you’re looking to buy a pet bird, below you will find out a bit more about some common birds which are kept as pets:

Pacific Parrotlets: 

They are like parrots but are much smaller. They are quiet, small and very colourful.

In captivity they eat seeds, fruit and vegetables, in the wild they eat seeds, buds and flowers.

They lay between 4-6 eggs, when hatched they are smaller than the average thumb. Generally if they have blue feathers this indicates it’s a male, they originate from South and Central America. 

Parakeet (Budgie):

They can live up to 10 years. There are a few variations of the budgie with the most common having a bright green chest, green and black wings with black lines on a yellow head.

Budgies can be taught to talk but not all will, hand raised budgies are more likely to talk.

Sex can usually be determined after six months when the cere has developed a colour. They originate from Australia. 


They have a life span of about 18 years. There are many colour variations of cockatiels, but normally they are grey, with a yellow or white face and orange just over the ear. Male cockatiels have a brighter colour face with the females being of duller colour. Breeders say that this is not always true when trying to determine sex of the bird. They have lovely personalities and can be trained to say short phrases. Cockatiels originate from Australia. 

Peach Faced Lovebird:

They can live between 15-30 years. Lovebirds are usually light green with a light red face.

Sex cannot be determined by appearance, DNA testing is usually required.

They can be trained to speak and if bought when young can be very affectionate.

Although they are not loud they have a very high voice and may call often.

They originate from Africa and Madagascar. 

Above is just some basic information about some of the most popular birds available to buy from your local pet shop. To find out if having a pet bird is right for you please refer to ‘caring for a pet bird’ to see if it’s the right pet for you.


Good Luck!

2 Responses

  1. Cindy Lou Who January 26, 2009 / 1:52 am

    Why don’t you have any postings about Congo African Grey Parrotts?! This is NOT a well-put-together site!!!! I am complainging to the manager!

  2. WilliamM September 9, 2009 / 11:10 am

    looking to buy a Severe Macaw, or a Congo Grey, under age 10

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