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Birds

African Grey Parrot

 The African Grey parrot tends to be found in the rainforests within Central and Western Africa. These parrots are considered one of the most intelligent birds. Again these parrots also have a very long life span in captivity and can live up to 70 years old. They eat nuts, fruits, seeds and have been seen eating snails. These African Greys can grow up to 33 cm (13in) in length. They are all grey with a red tail.

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo length can measure between 45cm-55cm (18in-22in). Their body is all white, with a yellow underwing, tail and crest. These birds are very curious as well as intelligent. In captivity these birds live a very long life, up to 70 years old. They produce a powder to cover their coat to protect themselves from the wet.

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores. 

Eclectus Parrot

The Eclectus parrot is found in the Soloman Islands, Sumba, New Guinea and nearby Islands in Australia. The male parrot is mainly green and the female is mostly red with purple markings. The length of these parrots are 35cm (14in). They feed on wild figs, fruit, unripe nuts and flowers.

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Hahns Macaw

 This bird is the smallest Macaw measuring 30cm-35cm (12in-14in) in length; and can be found naturally in Venezuela. They have a long narrow tail and a large head. The body, wings and tail are bright green, though the wings have a darker green colur on the edge, and red underneath. 

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Canary

 There are several different colourations of canary. Canaries above all other birds love to be in there cage or aviary rather than being outside. The song is a silvery twittering similar to the songs of the Serin and Citril Finch. 

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Gloster Canary

The Gloster Canary is regarded by some as the most popular type canary of all. Their pixie like "haircuts" makes them easily recognisable to fanciers all over the world. The Gloster Canary is a favourite among experts and beginners alike. Unlike some other type canaries the Gloster also has a pleasant song, in addition to his good looks. Some who prefer song canaries describe his song as loud and choppy, but others say that it is indeed a quite enjoyable song to listen to. 

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Red Factor Canary

These birds need to be colour fed to maintain their colour. Colour feeding can be done in two ways, through natural diet feeding or through supplements. Our Red Factor Canaries are fed through natural colour feeding as this is the healthier option. There diet consists of foods that are rich in beta-carotene. These foods can include grated carrots, broccoli, cherries, berries, tomatoes or any other fruit or vegetable.

Canaries, like many others birds need to be provided with a roomy cage or aviary. This should be easy as canaries do not like additional toys or mirrors to entertain them. They would just be happy with a swing to sing away on. They will need different sized perches for foot exercises and at least one placed high in the cage for the bird to sleep on.

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores.

Budgies

The Budgerigar is one of the most loved parrots around the world. And it's no surprise why. They are smart, affectionate, and beautiful. The Budgie can make a wonderful addition to any home. An adult budgie will be approximately seven inches in length (18 centimetres). 

The Budgerigar is also known as the "Budgie" or "Parakeet".  There are English and American varieties of budgies in addition to budgies from their native country, Australia. The English Budgie is larger than its Australian and American counterparts and is most commonly seen in shows. They are a lot less active than their American cousins.

The budgie is perhaps best loved for its friendly personality. These affectionate parrots give as much love as they like to receive. Some budgies are also excellent talkers. Their voices are not as distinct as those of the larger parrots, but one might be surprised how well these little parrots can talk. There is of course no guarantee your budgie will talk, but do not be surprised if he begins to mimic whistles and other household noises.

Another engaging trait of the budgie is his ease of training. There are many methods of training and the budgie seems to respond quite well to all of them. Just remember to give your budgie time to adjust in his new home before you begin training. Many claim that males and females are easily distinguished by the colour of their ceres (the area above their beaks). The cere of the female is brown, reddish, white or light beige, while the males usually have a blue cere. Many times, however, it is not possible to distinguish sexes based on cere colour alone. Both sexes of some varieties, such as the Inos and the Fallow, have the same colour cere.

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Cockatiel

The Cockatiel is one of the best known and most loved of all the parrot family. They are cheerful, friendly, and easy to train; making them one of the most popular pet birds throughout the world. The Cockatiel is perhaps best loved for its wonderful disposition, intelligence and bright personality. They are much smaller (12.5 inches [32cm] at maturity) than a lot of the other parrots, making them much easier to care for.

Another wonderful thing about Cockatiels is they are relatively quiet compared to their larger cousins: Macaws, Amazons and African Grey Parrots. They are also much more resistant to viral diseases than their larger relatives. In addition, some cockatiels have even learned to speak a couple words! While speaking is not the norm for cockatiels many have been known to whistle long, complex songs. One of the most notable physical attributes of the Cockatiel is his beautiful crest. The ideal height of the crest is three inches.

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Love Birds and Cherry Laced Winged Love Birds

Lovebirds require a reasonable sized cage/aviary. The recommended space per bird is 1m×1m×1m. Lovebirds are extremely social birds and require alot of toys such as willow branches and swings. They will enjoy several hours of interaction a day and with the lack of toys and social contact may lead to boredom and feather plucking or other behavioural problems, so make sure there is a roomy cage and plenty of toys to play with. They are reccomended to be kept in pairs, however, can be housed alone providing the owner is willing to socialise with the bird for several hours to ensure the birds emotional well-being. They love to bathe and sun themselves daily so the location in the room maybe worth thinking about.

Lovebirds require a variety of food such as, pellets, fruits, which may consist of sweetcorn, apple, strawberries etc. and vegetables (broccoli, carrot, mustard seed, watercress etc.) and seed. A mix of 14 varieties is recommended, plus sesame seeds, wild seeding grasses etc. Concentrated pellets specially made for birds provide a well-balanced diet. Birds should especially be exposed to a wide variety of foodstuffs when young.

Lovebirds are very active, and love to chew things. When they are flying within a household, it is wise to watch them carefully and protect any furniture, electrical wiring or anything else that they could possibly chew on. Try to place fresh willow or oak branches in a favourite spot to satisfy this natural behaviour. Despite their size, lovebirds can be aggressive towards other birds because of their dominant nature and they should be supervised when flying freely in the house with the presence of any other species, whether it be a cat, dog, or any other small mammal or bird. 

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Chinese Painted Quails

The Chinese Painted Quail is about 4-5 inches in height, much smaller than other members of the quail family such as Japanese and Harlequin quail. They are ground dwellers and love to sit on top of their houses to watch the world go by.

They can fly much like pheasants and partridges – they take off and fly in a straight line until they hit something. They can easily clear a 6 foot fence. When they are frightened they ‘boink’; they fly straight up and can cause themselves quite serious injuries if their cage has a low roof. This is another reason why they are excellent for keeping on the bottom of outdoor aviaries.

As well as being low maintenance feeders, eating the seed spilt by the other birds, they have room to boink. The males are distinguishable from the females by having a white bib under their chin; some also have prominent facial markings. 

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Japanese Painted Quails

 These quails are small, plump terrestrial birds (4x larger than the chinese pianted quail). They are seed eaters but will also take insects and similar small prey. They nest on the ground and are capable of short, rapid bursts of flight. Adults are approximately 20 centimetres in length. Quails are often kept for producing eggs. 

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Diamond Doves

Diamond Doves are the smallest of Australian Doves weighing only 23-32 grams and 19-21cm in length. These birds have become very popular for aviaries but can still be kept in cages. Diamonds can usually be kept with other small birds such as finches when housed in a large aviary. These birds spend the majority of their time of the ground or base of the cage, however they do occasionally like to sit on perches spaced at an appropriate flying distance.

These birds are perfect for beginners as they do not require insect food and veryrarely get sick. In the winter months they are known to suffer from the cold so make sure they are positioned away from any drafts or cold areas. This can easily be resolved by purchasing heating pads or basking rocks available at our pet store.

There diet cosist of mainly seeds but a variety of greens are encouraged. Diamond Doves have many calls and can imitate other calls made by humans. 

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Rubino Rosella

The beautiful Rubino Rosella bird originates from the Golden Mantle Rosella. Through a series of genetic mutations the Golden Mantle produced the Opaline and Lutino Rosella's, which were combined to produce further mutations, resulting in the by far the most striking Rubino Rosella.

A good Rosella diet should consist of canary seed, a mixture of millets, sunflower and safflower. Most people will use a Cockatiel seed mix with added Canary seed. They also enjoy fresh fruits & vegetables such as apples, blackberries, oranges, cucumbers, sweet potato and mango. Sprouted seeds, kale, boiled egg can also be offered. These birds love to bathe and should be provided fresh water to do so.

Rosella's do best in an aviary or long flight cages as they are avid flyers.
It is not wise to house this species with others.

Although these birds do not have a true song, they do have several melodious calls. Similar to a louder Red Rump it is much more pleasant then the harsh sounds of Conures, Cockatoos or Macaws. Rosella's are not known for much talking ability but they can mimic whistles and songs! 

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Bourke's Parakeet

The Bourke's Parakeet, also know as the Bourke's Parrot, is a quiet little bird, whose pleasant chirping is a delight for many.

Bourke's Parakeets are relatively hardy birds and are an excellent choice for beginning breeders. The Bourke's Parakeet has a gentle disposition and does well in aviaries with other bird species such as cockatiels and finches. These parakeets are usually most active at dawn and dusk and their sweet voices are usually heard then. If they are kept in an aviary, these are the times they usually fly. During other parts of the day they remain relatively sedentary. When compared to some other parrot breeds, the Bourke's is relatively non-destructive and can be housed in a planted aviary.

If you decide to keep one as an indoor pet, a hand fed individual is recommended. As pets they are reported to be affectionate and relatively quiet, making them quite suitable to apartment living. Their calls are typically only heard when they fly in the wild, and are often described as a melodic soft tinkling. They may also give a sharp high-pitched alarm call if they are startled, and some may twitter cutely when they eat. The Bourke's Parakeet is not as active as many birds, and to some this may be a drawback, but if you are looking for a fairly inactive parrot with a sweet and gentle disposition this may be the perfect bird for you. The average lifespan of this parakeet is 8 to 15 years. 

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Celestail Parrotlets

 Celestial Parrotlets originate from Western Ecuador and Northern Peru and hold many names such as, Pacific Parrotlet, Lucida Parrotlet and Pocket Parrot as well as the Celestial Parrotlet. This bird is one of the smallest parrot species in the world. Averaging 5 1/2 inches (14cm) in size for this species.

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Blue Parrolets

 The Blue Celestial Parrotlet, like the Celestial Parrotlet, originates from the West Coast of South America. This bird is the most common of the several colour mutations. 

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Spectacled Parrolets

Spectacled Parrotlets originate from Panama. They are curious but playful little birds and are known for being less stubborn than Celestial Parrotlets. These birds should be kept singularly as behavioural problems may arise involving jealously or aggression problems towards toys or maybe even to the owner! This is because Spectacled Parrotlets are not the sharing type and prefer to be more individual.

A healthy Parrotlet diet should consist of a mixture of canary seeds and millets along with safflower and some sunflower seeds. Sprouted seeds, kale, boiled egg, and many fruit and vegetables (broccoli, grated carrot, corn, chopped apple, grapes, mango) can also be offered and are relished by most. These Parrots are not picky eaters and seem to be willing to try new foods given to them.

These birds cannot sing but can learn to talk. They are not noisy birds and do not scream like Lovebirds or Conures. Their small size and sweet personality makes them one of the most popular pet birds around. 

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores.

Green, Turquiose, Grey, Cremino, and Lutino Lineolated Parakeets

The Lineolated Parakeet is also known as the Barred Parakeet or the Catherine Parakeet. This small parrot is found in highland forests from Southern Mexico to Panama, in the Andes from Western Venezuela to Southern Peru, the Santa Marta Mountains in Colombia and the Venezuelan Coastal Range.

The Barred Parakeet is mostly green with black stripes or bars. However, there are many colour mutations, which make these parakeets so popular as pets! We currently have Turquoise, Grey, Creamino and Lutino of the colour mutations available. The variation between males and females rarely differ but sometimes the male has more black stripes marked than the female. They are about 15cm (6inches) in length and weigh on average 47-55g.

Like the Parrotlets diet, the Lineolated Parakeet should consist of a mixture of canary seeds and millets along with safflower and some sunflower seeds. Sprouted seeds and many fruit and vegetables (broccoli, grated carrot, corn, chopped apple, grapes, mango) can also be offered and are relished by most.

These birds require a reasonably sized cage/aviary. A larger cage is always better when it comes to the size of the cage. Keep in mind that you have to accommodate various perches, toys, food dishes, in addition to allowing your pet to roam and move around freely. 

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores.

Cinnamon Green-Cheeked Conure

 This adorable hand-tamed bird is 25cm in length and weighs around 70g. This small parrot is great for children due to their size and not so frightening beaks compared to other parrots. These birds very quiet birds and love the company and are very much apartment-like parrots. The Conures diet consists of parrot seed and a variety of different fruits. 

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores.

Java Sparrows

The Java Sparrow, also known as Java Finch, Java Rice Sparrow or Java Rice Bird is a small passerine bird. It is a popular cage bird, and has been introduced in a large number of other countries. The Java Sparrow is about 15-17 cm in length from the beak to its tip of tail feathers. The Java Sparrow is a very gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation, and was formerly a pest in rice fields, hence its scientific name.

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Parsons Finches

The Black-throated Finch, or Parson Finch as its also known measures around 10 cm (4 in) in length. The Black-throated Finch was traditionally found from Cape York south through eastern Queensland and into north-eastern New South Wales in the vicinity of Tenterfield. It is found in grassy open forested habitats, generally near bodies of water such as rivers

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Hecks Grass Finches

The Long-tailed Finch is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia. It is also known as the Blackheart Finch, Shaft-tail Finch, Heck's Grassfinch, Heck's Grass Finch and Heck's Finch. It is a predominantly fawn-coloured bird with a pale grey head and prominent black bib and eyes. The adult’s finches grow around 15 cm (6 in) in length.

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Orange Cheeked Waxbills

The Orange-Cheeked Waxbill is a common species of estrildid finch native to western and central Africa, Their high-pitched "peeps" are the best clue of their presence. Like most estridids, they are very acrobatic in their movements on twigs and grass stems, "climbing" up and down verticals and hanging upside down while feeding. Males usually have brighter orange patches on the abdomen.

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Red Eared Waxbills

The Black-Rumped or Red-Eared Waxbill is often confused with the Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild) due to their similar appearances. Both species have red beaks, a similar overall body coloration, and the red eye stripe. They are peaceful and active birds and also become defensive of their nests. The song is variable and birds will often sing several different variations. Songs usually include a loud "explosive" note followed by a descending note. 

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Cut Throat Finches

The Cut-throat Finch is a common species of estrildid finch found throughout Africa. It is also known as the Bearded Finch, the Ribbon Finch, the Cut Throat, and the Weaver Finch. This finch has plumage that is pale, sandy brown with flecks of black all over, a black-brown tail, and a thick white chin and cheeks, and a chestnut brown patch on the belly. The legs are a pink fleshy colour. The adult male has a bright red band across its throat (thus the name "cut throat"), while the male juveniles have a slightly duller red band.

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Grey Singing Finches

The Yellow-fronted Canary is a small passerine bird in the finch family. It is known elsewhere and in aviculture as the Green Singing Finch. This bird is a resident breeder in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. It nests in trees, laying 3–4 eggs in a compact cup nest. The Yellow-fronted Canary is 11–13 cm in length.

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Star Finches

The Star Finch is a species of estrildid finch found in Australia. It inhabits dry grassland and dry savanna habitats. The habitat of Star Finch is threatened by overgrazing plain of grasslands, removing essential cover for their survival as well as sources of food and water.

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Cherry Finches

The Plum-headed Finch, also known as Cherry Finch is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia. The Plum-headed Finch breeds mainly from September to January in the south and August to March in the north. The nest is round, laterally compressed chamber of green grass and is built in thick bushes. 4-6 pure white eggs are laid.

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Black Cheeked Zebra Finches

The Zebra Finches are the most common estrildid finch of Central Australia and ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and the tropical far north. It can also be found natively in Indonesia and East Timor. Zebra Finches inhabit a wide range of grasslands and forests, usually close to water.

They are typically found in open steppes with scattered bushes and trees, but have adapted to human disturbances, taking advantage of human-made watering holes and large patches of deforested land.

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Phaeo Zebra Finches

The Phaeo Zebra was the rage of Europe only a few years ago. When the first Phaeo was produced, it was regarded as one of the most outstanding colour combinations achievable in zebra finch breeding. These zebras show extensive orange colour on a nearly white bird. Contrary to what may believe, the Phaeo is not a distinct mutation but a striking combination of the Black Breasted Zebra and Florida Fancy. This combination shows all the orange features of a Black breasted with no black pigment is present. The best Phaeos have a complete orange head, average ones have extra large cheek patches.

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Silver Java Sparrows

This is a very common mutation to the Java Sparrow. Again they are a popular cage bird, and has been introduced in a large number of other countries. They are around 15-17 cm in length from the beak to its tip of tail feathers. The Sparrow is a very gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation, and was formerly a pest in rice fields, hence its scientific name.

Can be ordered in either of our Jersey stores.

Black Headed Mannikins

The Chestnut Munia, also known as the Black-headed Munia, is a small passerine bird. The Chestnut Munia is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on grain and other seeds. It frequents open grassland and cultivation. The nest is a large domed grass structure in a bush or tall grass into which 4-7 white eggs are laid. The Chestnut Munia is 11–12 cm in length.

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Owl Finches

The Double-barred Finch is an estrildid finch found in dry savanna, tropical (lowland) dry grassland and shrubland habitats in northern and eastern Australia. This is a 10–11 cm long munia-like finch with a white face bordered with black, brown upperparts and throat, and white underparts. The throat and underparts are separated by another black line. The wings are patterned in brown and white. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and browner.

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Masked Grass Finches

The Masked Finch is a small passerine bird in the estrildid finch family. It is a common resident of dry savanna across northern Australia, from the Kimberley, across the top end, the Gulf country and the southern part of Cape York Peninsula, as far east as Chillagoe, but always near water. The Masked Finch is 12.5-13.5 cm long. The male is larger, but the sexes are otherwise similar. It is cinnamon-brown above and paler below with a white rump, black mark on the flanks and black face mask. It has a heavy yellow bill and a pointed black tail.

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Bengalese Finches

The Society Finch or Bengalese Finch is a popular cage bird not found in the wild. It is a member of the estrildid finch family. They are cheerful little birds that are quite easy to look after. They are generally given a diet of seeds, such as millets and canary seed, and greens

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Cuban Finches

The Cuban Finch is a small bird formerly placed with the Emberizidae. It is now recognized as a tanager closely related to Darwin's finches. It is found in Bahamas, Cuba, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, and heavily degraded former forest.

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