Brain Food for your birds

The brain, while not taking up much space compared to the rest of your body, needs energy. A lot of energy. It’ll tear through calories while you are just sitting there thinking. Our birds are pretty smart little creatures as well. And those brains they are using need fuel.

Brain Food

Gouldian finch | basic breeding

Before deciding to breed your gouldians, you need to make sure you have allotted the space, time, and money it may take to set your birds up for breeding and to accommodate the young which they might produce. 

You will need a separate cage in which to house the young once they are weaned, and you will need to decide if you are ultimately going to keep the babies or find other homes for them. 

Once your decision is made, the following guidelines should aid you in breeding your finches:


Cock (left) has more vibrant and more extensive coloring than the paler, less well-marked hen (right).

14 Facts about robins

With its bright red breast it is familar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown.
Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. They will sing at night next to street lights.

European robin

Bird 'paints' its own eggs with bacteria to protect the embryo

 Researchers from the University of Granada and the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have found that hoophoes cover their eggs with a secretion produced by themselves, loaded with mutualistic bacteria, which is then retained by a specializad structure in the eggshell and which increases successful hatching. So far this sort of behaviour has only been detected in this species of birds, and it is a mechanism to protect their eggs from infections by pathogens.

hoopoe
A hoophoe Credit: JC BALLESTEROS

Canary with feather cyst

On rare occasions, you may notice that a birds feathers are not lying smoothly but rather arch up just slightly. Note the feathers near the wing butt in this bird. (Click on photos for a closer look.)
When you examine more closely, you may notice an odd thick soft feather that is coming out with difficulty, crooked, and out of line.


Sneaky females outwit males


If you can't find your own food, why not simply steal meals that others have stored for later?

A sneaky tactic perhaps, but one crucial for survival for the common songbird, the great tit.

What's more, female tits are better at pulling off such heists than males, new research has discovered.

Outsmarting the opposite sex in this way may enable female tits to compensate for the males' domineering personalities.


Amazonian bird chicks mimic poisonous caterpillar to avoid detection

A trio of researchers has found and documented the case of a newly hatched bird with plumage that mimics a poisonous caterpillar to ward off predators. In their paper published in American Naturalist, Gustavo Londoño, Duván García and Manuel Sánchez Martínez, describe finding the young birds and observing their habits while in their nests.
 
 

Here's How Birds Make Do Without External Ears

Birds have the incredible ability to hear different sounds even though they don't have outer ears like mammals do.

In fact, birds can perceive whether the source of a sound is above them, below them, or at the same level. But how do they do it?


Lateral eyed birds like blackbirds, ducks or crows can discern the height of lateral sounds very precisely to the sound volumes. Frontal eyed birds like the barn owl have specific hearing capacities for frontal sounds.

Basic Canary Care

Keep your pet canary out of any drafts. A drafty room can kill a canary! Keep any heat vents, air conditioning, fans, etc. on the opposite side of the room from the canary cage. The best check is to hold a lit candle next to the cage. If the flame flickers it is probably too drafty.