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Weaned: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

black-headed caique
By Cioli & Hunnicutt/BowTie Studio/Courtesy Omar's Exotic Birds
A hungry unweaned baby parrot, such as this black-headed caique, will often make a soft begging sound, fluff up its feathers and flick its wings. It's a baby parrot's way of saying, "Feed me!"

Weaned: (verb) When a baby bird eats on its own without help from its parents or from a person hand-feeding it. As a practice, a baby bird should not be adopted out as a pet until it is weaned, unless the adopter knows how to hand-feed. Hand feeding should only be done by professionals, or by someone who has been trained by a professional.

Watch this video of a young blue-and-gold macaw being hand-fed.

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Beautiful blue and gold in the video!
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 10/3/2011 10:06:32 PM
Yeah - weaned - doesn't that apply to just about every creature that breathes air!?!
Barbara, Kerrville, TX
Posted: 7/27/2011 9:49:05 AM
thank you i am learing alot
Tommy, Pocatello, ID
Posted: 7/19/2010 8:17:31 AM
Come on ... simple & common term. I thank you for spreading knowledge, but make it reponsible to your readers. Remember, parrots live longer than a 'few' years = you weaned = get ready, more than likely, for a life time commentment. They are not domesticated like cats or dogs
Frank, Summerville, SC
Posted: 7/18/2010 10:17:50 PM
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