Birds Of A Feather Flock Together: Social Behaviors Of Birds, Part 2

While the bond between an animal and their human is important, considering the relationships between pets—in both interspecies and same species interactions—also is an important part of making sure your home is a happy and healthy environment. Some bird species, including parrots, chickens, canaries, and pigeons, are very flock oriented and are often adopted and […]

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together: Social Behaviors Of Birds, Part 1

Pet owners often form close bonds with their animal companions. Owners of feathered friends might be pleased to learn that this relationship is reciprocal, as birds can form strong bonds with their owners and other non-human members of their household. Debra Turner, aviary manager of the Schubot Center for Avian Health at the Texas A&M […]

Feeling Peckish: Nutritional Disease in Pet Birds

A proper avian diet goes beyond the colorful bags of grocery-store seed commonly associated with bird food. Failure to meet a pet bird’s nutritional requirements can lead to nutrient deficiencies with severe health consequences. Dr. Jill Heatley, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the health consequences […]

Providing Enrichment for a Pet Bird

Birds make beautiful, entertaining, and intelligent pets. Caring for them can be rewarding, but also challenging, especially when it comes to keeping them mentally stimulated and energized. With 20 years of experience as an aviary manager, Debra Turner, a senior research associate at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has advice […]

Grappling with grackles

We’ve all seen and heard them—lurking in well-lit, open areas, swooping down from trees, lining up on power lines, and pecking at food left on the ground. Great-tailed grackles are notorious for congregating in our most frequented parking lots and city parks, but have you ever considered the diseases these pesky birds may carry? Dr. […]

Training your pet parrot

The benefits of training parrots extend well beyond the entertainment value of owning a talking bird who can do entertaining tricks. Training strengthens the bond between owner and parrot, provides companionship, and increases the health and well-being of the parrot. Connie Woodman is a bird enthusiast and a graduate student at the Texas A&M College […]

Pet Birds

When people think of pets, dogs and cats are typically what come to mind. However, if you crave a companion that barks a little less and sings a little more, a pet bird may be just what you’re looking for. Before adding this feathered-friend to your family, be sure that you’re able to meet their […]

Parakeets

If you are a fan of movies, you will undoubtedly know that birds play an important role in films that we have grown to love as both children and adults. Cinderella wouldn’t have made it to the ball without the speedy wardrobe assembly from her little winged assistants, and Harry Potter depended on his trusty […]

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