African parrots. Part 2.
Care and Maintenance
Home made, quilted pet carrier covers
Hand raised and tame baby Parrots
|Red-Bellies are native to
Africa; they are about 9 inches in length. They are prolific
talkers and whistlers; they learn to mimic many of the sounds around
the house, like the phone, microwave, and doorbell. They are very
affectionate after about the 10th month. They go through a period,
much like the "terrible twos" in humans, between 5 months and 10
months. But after that they are wonderful. The Red Bellie would
make a good "Apartment" pet since they usually are not very noisy
and even their loudest squawk will not bother the neighbors. They
love interaction with their human family but are not as "clingy" as
some other parrot species. They are happy if they are in the same
room as their family.
||This is a picture of Keikki and Makani.
Keikki was our first pet bird. Makani just kind of fell in our laps
and when they bonded we had no choice but to let them breed. I miss
my baby (Keikki) but I know she will enjoy being a mama. I have
been lucky enough that while they are not breeding they are still
friendly and therefore they come downstairs as all our pets do.
As you can see here, this species is dimorphic which means the males
and females look different. The male is the one with the red belly.
||This is a picture of Sunnie and Peaches.
They are Sun Counures. It is not possible to tell the sexes
visually on this species. DNA testing is necessary to be sure of
the sex. We got Peaches Dec. 2000. She was introduced to Sunnie
late March 2001 after her quarantine. They immediately bonded and
so we put them in a cage together within about a week. They now
have a nest box and we are anxiously awaiting babies.
||This is Keikki's first baby at only a few
hours after hatching. It hatched on September 16, 2000. Since this
is her first clutch I was not at all surprised that only one egg was
||This is the same baby as above at 21 days
old. It weighed 102 grams. Almost 3/4 what it will be full grown.
It is able to hold its head.
||This is the second baby. He is from
Kaimana and Akala. He is 28 days old here. This species is
remarkably easy to hand feed. I don't have to hold their head up at
Progression of Babies Growth
|1 Day Old
||3 Days Old
||9 Days Old
|21 Days Old
||31 Days Old
||40 Days Old