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Their owner moved back to the United States and couldn't take them so we built an aviary for them at our house. Indio just flew into our yard one day answering the calls of the other 3! After a few days in quarantine, we put her in the budgie aviary and she immediately went to our bachelor, Superior and snuggled right up! Modelo is the latest budgie to arrive in the garden - an escapee from someone's house. He is loving and looking forward to integrating into the flock. Superior crossed to the Rainbow Bridge 8/28/2011..

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Hi! My name is Budgies

I am a Budgerigar from Chuburna Puerto, Intl.

Ice, Modelo, Modelo Light, Victor, Bud, Sophia (RIP), Victoria (RIP), Violet (RIP), Weiser (RIP), Puff (RIP). Indio (RIP). Blue (RIP), Tecate (RIP), Amarillo (RIP), Sol (RIP), Superior (RIP)

Angel Sophia was a very special lady! We rescued her about 3 years ago. She had a bad mite problem which we cleared up only to find out it had damaged her nares so bad, they were gone and it also destroyed half of the top of her beak which fell off. She remained cheerful and greeted us with songs every day. She was very tiny and once her health problems lessened, she became a good eater and gained weight. She was very brave and tried hard to stay alive but with respiratory problems brought on by the lack of nares, she finally crossed to the Rainbow Bridge on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 as she lay in my hand looking up at me. She had a moonlight funeral under the papaya tree fit for the special lady that she was. We will always love you, Angel Sophia!


4 years old   F

Budgerigar

uncooked corn on the cob, millet

on our wood perches/branche- s during the day and our hanging perches in the evening - the ones with bells on them!

sharing the aviary with those darn lovebirds - they think they rule us all! But we have our own big aviary now! Yea!

Our parronts sing to us, talk to us and whistle at us and the food is always on time! They cover us up if it's really windy or cold!

just like to hang out and watch everything in the yard!.

We 'keets have to stick together! Always!.

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  Hi Guys
It's Cammie and Bourke.
Thank you so much for the hatchday greeting. We had a wonderful day. Hope you did, too.

Come visit me, Angel SUNNY, ALEX, SAWYER, RIO & SKYE, POPEYE, SAFFRON (SASSY), THE PRETTY ROSE FLOWER SHOP, PEARL, EMERALD (Emmie), Angel LUCKY, BLUE & JEWEL, CALICO, THE PROUD BIRD PIE SHOP, SELF SERVE FLOWER PAGE, CAMELLIA (CAMMIE) & BOURKE, Angel CHILLI, GINGER & Angel LOLA.

12/17/2013 10:50.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Bud and flock!
Thanks so much for flying by and wishing me a happy hatchday. Your thoughtfulness was the icing on my cake! I am a big boy now, a whole year old! Mom got me a new toy and I had bits of fresh pineapple, pear and pecans - oh, and mom sang to me, even though I told her it wasn't necessary, she insisted. What a performance, lol!
Love,
Remy

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11/15/2013 06:40.41 PM Report This Comment  
  THANK YOU BUD FOR YOUR SUPPORT
IT SURE IS LOVELY HERE. I WILL HAVE A OPEN DOOR POLICY AT THE CASTLE. ALL BIRDS CAN VISIT 24/7 EVERY DAY. I WANT TO SHARE THE SPLENDOR. DON'T FORGET TO VISIT THE DUTY PLAY ROOM. THE RIDE HERE IN THE ROYAL CARRIAGE WAS GREAT. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE BIRDIES THAT SUPPORTED ME INCLUDING MY CAMPAIGN MANAGER SUGER. WHAT A GREAT JOB SHE DID. NOW ALL BIRDIES KNOW MORE ABOUT US BUDGIES. PLEASE STOP BY THE CASTLE AND ENJOY YOUR SELF. QUEEN MUFFIN but you don't have to bow

Come visit me, PEBBLES-R.I.P. BOTD 12/27/10, ** BABY SKY** R.I.P., *BLUEBERRY** BOTD 4/29/11 RIP 8/12/11, ANGEL COACH DUTY "GO KEVLAR KEETS", R.I.P.flower girl MUFFIN 1/4/14 & MIKEY LOVES KACEY.

09/01/2013 12:15.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying your day! It's very pretty here but it still feel a bit cool this morning. Today is the last day our complex pool is open so there are tons of people already over there! I'm going to miss yelling at those silly humans splashing in that big bathtub!
It's cooking day since mom starts her work week tonight so I'm hoping for some corn bread. Just a bunch of veggies and a casserole so far!
Enjoy your day and I hope it's spectacular!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog~

Today is the last Parakeet blog! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. It's been a pleasure to learn all about these wonderful birds and a pleasure to be part of Muffin's campaign!

I am ending the Parakeet blogs with the most popular bird in the US ~ The American Budgerigar! There are 120 species of Parakeets and may subspecies also! I did a little research on Budgie clubs and shows and I am sharing that with you today!

The two biggest Budgerigar clubs in the US are the American Budgerigar Society and the Budgerigar Association of America. The American Budgerigar Society and been around since 1941. They are having their annual show on September 19 through the 21st in Nashville. The 2012 winner is pictured in my gallery.

The Budgerigar Association of America is holding it's annual show this weekend in Tampa Florida. They were established in 1999.

To show a Budgie at a competition, you have to have breed that Budgie yourself. They have all different kinds of levels from beginners to experts. They have special cages you must use for competition. There is a picture of one in my gallery.

The Budgies have to be between 8 1/2 inches to 9 1/2 inches from head to the tip of their tail. The perfect size for American competition in 9 inches. The feathers have to be symmetrical and there must be 2 long tail feathers. The bird must sit perfectly still and alert on the perch. If they move around, they get points deducted. Obviously, there will never, ever be an Amazon competition! hehehehehehe

Just like with dog shows, there has to be a proven pedigree with the Budgies. It has become a very popular hobby here in the United States as well as in England, Canada and Germany. I think all my Budgie friends here on the BC deserve Blue Ribbons even if they don't have a pedigree!! Enjoy the pictures of some of our friends in my gallery!

It has been an honor to share these blogs with you! I thank you all so very much for your support of Muffin 203943! It's the last day so let us send her off to the castle in style!

Love, Hugs and a vote for you ~ Sugar

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08/31/2013 10:26.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser!
I'm here to say thanks for the great year of baseball! I had a wonderful time playing ball with you on the Kevlar 'Keet team. Even though we had a dreadfully disappointing season there at first, we finished up on a winning streak which is the part I'm going to choose to remember the most. Cherish the happy memories, right? Right!

Here's wishing you a nice conclusion to the summer months.

Your teammate,
Bentley <'

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08/31/2013 08:48.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a great day! I am keeping an eye on the gardeners right now and making sure they are mowing the lawns just the way I like them!hehehehehe They will be here most of the day since it takes them nearly 8 hours to do the entire complex!
We are going to get some cleaning done around here today so I will be supervising. When the towels are ready to fold, I'll jump in the basket and help out! I am very good at folding towels.
I hope you enjoy your day!

Here it today's Parakeet Blog.

Today I am going to talk about 2 parakeets. They live in the Andes Mountains in South America. The Sierra Parakeet is also known as the Aymara Parakeet or the Grey-hooded Parakeet. The Mountain Parakeet is also known as the Golden-front Parakeet. Check out their pictures in my gallery!

The Andes Mountains run down the entire length of western South America. At 4400 miles long, they are the longest mountain range on land. The highest peak is at 22,841 feet! It runs through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela.

The Sierra Parakeet lives at about 9800 feet. The Mountain Parakeet lives at 11,000 feet. The climate along the mountain is very diverse but these birds seem to eat about the same thing as most parakeets. Seeds, buds, fruits and berries. They are both very small parakeets and both are abundant in the wild. The Mountain Parakeet lives closer to the coast than the Sierra Parakeet.

These birds are another kind who are called dimorphic. That means you can tell the girls from the boys by looking at them. The Sierra Parakeet girls are said to have less black on their heads and less blue on their chests. The Mountain Parakeets girls do not have yellow on their forehead.

As for keeping these little birds as pets, I did not find any breeders in North America. There were a few ads for them in England and I saw a You-Tube video of a pet Sierra Parakeet from Japan.

Thank you so much for your time and thank you so much for your votes for Muffin 203943! She appreciates every vote she gets and it grateful to all of you for supporting her! Only 2 days to go so please get over and leave a vote and encourage your friends to do the same!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

08/30/2013 10:33.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a lovely day! It's still raining on and off here! It did get muggy and I did take a shower! I did not give mom a heads up though!
I'm sure you will be excited to know that you can now buy Halloween décor and Christmas lights at the store mom works at. Just in case anybird wants to get a head start on it! hehehehehehe
I do hope you enjoy your day!

Here is today's Parakeet blog.

Today I am going to share the Elegant Parakeet with you! This little bird is very pretty and elegant too!

They come from Australia which seems to be a birdie paradise! As you can tell by my blog, Australia and South America have the largest populations of parrots in the world. They both have the right kind of climates for us birds.

The Elegant Parakeet, like the Regent Parakeet lives in the Southwest and the Southeast of Australia. In the west they even live on Kangaroo Island although they leave it during the winter and go to the mainland. There have been no studies as to why the flocks are separated by the rest of the continent of Australia but there may be soon since aviculturist want to solve this mystery.

They say you can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. The girls are a duller color of green, do not have orange patches on their tummies and have a narrower blue band. I birdsonally think if you are going to keep these birds as a pet, you should DNA them. The boys don't always have the orange patch so it could be tricky to figure out who is the girl and who is the boy!

In the wild they like open country. They are part of the "Grass Parrot" group and like to forage on the ground. They eat grass seeds, herbaceous plants, fruits, blossoms and the occasional bug!

They are thriving in their environment. They are very popular pets in Australia, England, and I even found a few breeders here in the US and Canada. They cost anywhere From $100 to $250

Thank you for your time! I appreciate It so very much!
Ony a few days left and Muffin will be packing up for the castle! Thank you so much for your suppot!
Let's have a strong finish and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943!!!!!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/29/2013 12:22.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a great day! It rained a bunch here and it's going to get near 80 too so I think it's going to be pretty muggy around my place! Perhaps it will be a good day to grab a shower! Mom always tells me to let her know so she can grab some towels. I like to surprise her! I splash the water all over and start yelling "wooger"hehehehe It's my bathing ritual!

Enjoy the day!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today I am featuring another Australian Parakeet. This one is called the Regent Parakeet. It is also known as Rock Pebbler, Black-tailed Parakeet, and the Smoker Parrot. I have no idea why the humans felt the need to give it so many names, but they did!

There are two groups of these birds in Australia. The Southeastern group and the Southwestern group. The Southeastern group live in New South Wales and Northwest Victoria while the Southwestern group live in the Wimmera River Basin.

You can tell the boys from the girls by their color. The boys are bright yellow and the girls are an olive green color. They like to eat seeds, grasses, herbs, fruit, berries and flowers. The Southwestern flocks live near the wheat belt where the wheat for cereal is grown so they snack on that too! When they are sitting on the eggs, the boy will feed the girl until the babies are hatched and then they both take care of the babies.

They both live in woodland areas and Eucalyptus groves. The Southwestern flock have moved into urban areas but the Southeastern flock has not.

The Southwestern flocks are listed as CITES II which means they are vulnerable but stable for the moment. The Southeastern flocks are actually on the Endangered Species list. The major reason seems to be the loss of their habitat. They have asked all the people in the area to report any sightings of the bird. They want to figure out where the breeding grounds are so the can protect the area and hopefully build the flocks back up. It's very strange that one group is endangered and the other group is not. I just hope they can protect the breeding ground and save the Northeastern Flocks!

Thank you for your time! Please remember to fly by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin today! Please tell your friends to stop by too!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

08/28/2013 12:00.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Budweiser
thankyou for that great compliment. i also was very happy that i played so well today since i haven't plead so hot in a few of the games. i wonder if we win the game on friday will we be in the playoffs or will it just be our last game of the season? i think Coach Muffin is very pleased because she has been feeling a little depressed that our team hasnt been doing that well but i told her we never lose by much and give it all we have.

love Paddy

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08/27/2013 05:45.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
Are you having a fun day? It's been fun here so far. I've had a lovely piece of croissant and some apple too! The croissant is a special treat that I love but don't get very often. I'm busy with some foam blocks right now. They are much easier to chew up than wood and I have a lovely pile of colored foam at the bottom of my cage!
Enjoy the day and I do hope it's full of summer fun!

Here it today's Parakeet Blog

Today I am featuring Green-Cheeked Conures. I was as surprised as any bird when I found out that Conures are considered Parakeets. The only native Parakeet to the United States, the Carolina Parakeet was considered to be a Conure!

The Green-Cheeked Conures comes from South and Central America. There are flocks in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay. They live in the forest there and like to perch high up in the trees. This keeps them safe from predators. The eat seeds, fruits and vegetation. Like all breeds of Conures, you need a DNA test to tell the boys from the girls! Many of the wild flocks have adapted well to living in urban areas.

The Green-Cheeked are known for big personalities and for being vey affectionate. They are very intelligent and loved to play and splash in the water. They are also the least noisy of the Conures. I'm sure anyone who lives with a Green-Cheeked Conure is probably laughing right now but it's true!!!

There are four types of mutations. The Pineapple, the Turquoise, the Cinnamon and the Yellow-sided. You can see their pictures in my gallery along with some of my dear Green-Cheeked friends.

The Green-Cheeked Conures have been put on CITES II list. They are bred all over the US but the birds in the wild are still subject to illegal trade and some of their habitat has been destroyed also. They are not endangered yet but when they get put on the CITES II list it makes it easier for measures to be taken so that they never make it on the endangered list.

Thank you so much for your time and indulging this little green zon in her love of her fellow birds!
Please remember to get over and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943! We are in the home stretch and really need a big finish!!

Love, hugs and vote ~ Sugar

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08/27/2013 11:50.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It was raining this morning and then it got sunny. Now it's getting cloudy again! At least it's not boring!
Everything was messed up here this morning! Dad took my cover off before mom got home so I was pretty upset when mom finally got there! I gave her a good bite on the arm to let her know I was upset! Funny thing about mom is that she never gets upset when I bite her! She just starts calling me Mrs. Beakley! HAHAHAHAHA
I hope you enjoy the day and have lots of fun!

Here is the Parakeet Blog for today!

I want to thank my friend Amando for suggesting these birds! THANKS AMANDO!

Today I am featuring 4 Parakeets. They are all from the same genus - Barnardi! These birds are the Australian Ring-necked! Unlike the Ring-necked in India and Asia, these birds have yellow rings around their necks.

The Australian Ringnecks are the Cloncurry Parrot, The Mallee Ring-necked, Port Lincoln Parrot and the Twenty-eight Parrot.

The Cloncurry is named for a town in Queensland. The Mallee is named for a town in Victoria. The Port Lincoln is named for a town in South Australia. The Twenty-eight is called the Twenty-eight parrot because when they call to each other, it sounds like they are saying "Twenty-eight"! Is that cool or what?

The ring-necked parakeets are in almost every state in Australia. They do not live on the coast or in extreme tropical or highland areas. They forage on the ground and in the tree and like to eat seeds, fruits and nuts. The flocks are big so these guys are not on the endangered list.

They are listed for adoption and for sale on websites from Australia. They were listed at $200 for a pair. I did see a few breeders in the US who had them listed but said they did not have any right now. There are a few places in Australia where you have to get a permit to own more than 4 of the Port Lincoln Parrots and a few places where the Cloncurry are not allowed at all.

The Cloncurry is the least aggressive of this group but they say they are all pretty aggressive birds. They do not suggest having more than on pair in an aviary because they will take over!

Thank you so much for your time! Please feel free to check out the Australian Ring-Necked picture in my gallery! Thank you too for all the votes you have been leaving for Muffin 203943! It's her last week so lets make sure she gets a big finish!! Please have your friends come by and leave a vote for her too!

Love, hugs and a vote from "no votes please~ only leave a hug" Sugar

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08/26/2013 12:01.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a lovely Sunday. I love Sundays! Nice and quite and just hanging out with mom. The cat and the dog are both sleeping now so I have mom all to myself! Yes! Perfect day!
Here's hoping your day is just as perfect!
Remember the hugs and no votes for me! I love the hugs so very much!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today's featured Parakeet is pure self indulgence on my part! This little Parakeet is called the Tui Parakeet.
If you look at the pictures in my gallery you will see that this little bird is a Mini Me! Such a beautiful bird!hehehehehehe They are a miniature version of a Yellow-Crowned Amazon. I am a Yellow-napped Amazon but it's close enough!

The Tui Parakeet lives along the Amazon River in Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia. They live in the forest there and nest in termite mounds in the trees. They eat seeds, fruit, nectar, flowers, minerals, grit and insects. They don't seemed to have the refined pallet of an Amazon but that's okay! They live to be 35 years old and they are not on the endangered list. They are very small-only about 6 1/2 inches-and have a wedge-shaped tail. You have to DNA them to see who is the girl and who is the boy!

They were imported to the United States in the 60's and 70's until the ban on importing birds was passed. It doesn't look like anyone bred them because they are nearly non-existent in the US now. I saw a report about some wild flocks in Florida but it was not specific as to where they were. There was a blog on the BC from a lady in Canada who had 2 pairs and was interested in breeding them.

Thank you for your time and thank you for the votes for Muffin! Only a week to go so please continue voting and have your friends come by too!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

08/25/2013 11:07.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
Happy Saturday! I hope you are enjoying the day! We are cooking and I am supervising! Chili is in the crockpot right now and we already finished the veggies for the dog. Mom made pumpkin bread last night. She always stocks up on canned pumpkin so we can have pumpkin bread whenever we like! I like!heheheheh
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!
Please remember no votes for Sugar just lots of hugs!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog.

Today we are going to learn about the Princess Parakeet. This bird is just gorgeous and look at that tail!! I think these little birds will give Macaws a challenge when it comes to beautiful, long tails!

The Princess Parakeet is also know as the Princess Alexandra Parakeet. It was named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark who eventually became the Princess of Wales.

They live in the desert of Central and Western Australia. It is one of the biggest desert areas on the planet. They like the wooded areas and hang out in Eucalyptus trees. They eat seeds of grasses and shrubs.

These birds are nomads and move around to find water. They are rarely seen in the wild anymore so they have been classified as CITES II. I don't think anyone is sure how many are in the wild because they are hard to spot. They have been bred in captivity since 1889 and seem to be very popular pets in Australia. The prices were from $120 to $500. There are several mutations including Blue, Lime, Lutino, Yellow, Albino and Cinnamon. The mutations did not occur naturally but were manipulated by breeders. There are some listed here on the BC from the US so there are breeders here too!

You can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. The girls have a paler crown, greyish-blue upper tail coverts and the 3rd primary tail feather does not have an elongated tip like the boys! Still I have to say those tails are just fabulous! Do I sound like I have Tail Envy??? Well I do! I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thank you for your time! Please get over and leave a vote for Muffin 203943 today. If you have any friends that I might not know, please ask them to come by and leave a vote too! It is appreciated so very much!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/24/2013 11:05.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a spectacular day! Cloudy here but I'm not sure if we are getting rain or not. Mom went to the market yesterday but she still has a few things to pick up today! I'm munching on an apple while I get my notes done!
I think it would be for the best if no bird left me a vote until after the end of the month. I appreciate them all so very much but the objective is to get Muffin to the castle! I thought that once you were BOTM you couldn't be it again, but it looks like it's the same rule with BOTD! You are eligible once a year! I would feel awful if I got in the way of Muffin getting to the castle so please no votes! A hug would be nice!!!!
Enjoy your day and I hope it's filled with lots of fun!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog~

I am very excited to share the Eastern Rosella Parakeet with you today! This bird is spectacular! It seem to have every color of the rainbow on it! They should have called it the RaneBeau Parakeet!hehehehe

This Parakeet is native to South Eastern Australia and Tasmania. The Europeans first saw this bird in the 1700's at Rose Hill in New South Wales and called it the Rosehill Parakeet. It was introduced into New Zealand around 1910. There was some concern about introducing them to a non-native area. There were some that were found to carry Beak and Feather Disease Virus but so far nothing has happened.

Rosella Parakeets are a medium size bird with cute white patches on their cheeks. The boys are brighter in color. The girls are smaller and have duller color but you still need to do a DNA test to be sure. In the wild they eat seeds, fruit, nectar, shoots, buds, leaves and insects. They are mature at 18 months and are said to be extremely aggressive at breeding time.

They are kept as pets and I did find a few breeders in the US and England. They do not like to cuddle and are best kept in a big aviary where they can fly around and just be birds! Even the hand raised ones are not really into cuddling! They seem to go for around $225. I did find quite a few here on the BC but a lot of them were listed as International so they are probably more popular overseas.

I hope you enjoyed today's featured Parakeet and I hope you can check out the pictures in my gallery!
Thank you all for your time and Please be sure to get by Coach Muffin's page 203943 and leave a vote today!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/23/2013 01:23.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful day. Can you believe that Autumn is less than one month away? I sure do love Autumn.
It's the beginning of our weekend! YAY! Mom wants to sleep and I want to play! Mom says we can do both so I guess that is okay with me. She has to go to the market but other than that, we are just going to stay home.
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog

Today's parakeet is the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet. These guys come from South America also. They have the largest range of any of the parakeets down there. You can find them in Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia! The wild flock is estimated to be over 1 million birds! YES! They RULE!

They live in the tropical lowland evergreen forests and the surrounding areas. They like to perch in the trees and are nearly impossible to see when they are up there. They do like to scream quiet a bit, but who doesn't, so they are easy to find while being noisy! They eat seeds, fruit, flowers, minerals, grit, algae and insects. The girls have duller and less far reaching colors on their heads. They are often mistaken with the Orange-Chinned Parakeet because they both have orange feathers on their chins. The Cobalt-Winged Parakeet has yellow feathers around the beak so you can tell the difference.

The first successful breeding in the US was in 1983. They started breeding them in England in 1985. They seem to be rare as far as the pet business goes. I found a breeder in California that has several of them and the go for $450 a piece.

I hope you get to drop by and see the pictures in the gallery. There is a cool one of them hanging out with Macaws. Those cliffs are clay and they lick the clay to get minerals.

Thank you so very much for your time! I do hope you will get over to Muffin's page 203943 to leave a vote today!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/22/2013 12:31.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
Are you having a fun day? I hope so! I'm sitting on mom's shoulder this morning to keep an eye on her while she types for me! I want to make sure she gets every word correct!
Enjoy the day!!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today's featured Parakeet is called the Grey-cheeked parakeet! They are also known as Pocket Parrots, Orange Flanked Parakeet and the Orange Winged Parakeet! These really cute birds are from South America. They live in the lowland forest and Shrublands in Ecuador and in Northwest Peru.

They are green with grey cheeks, dusky blue crowns and orange feathers under their wings. They are very tame birds as well as intelligent and curious. They can talk and mimic sounds. They are a little larger than a lovebird. You have to DNA these guys to find out who is girl and who is a boy.

From 1970 to 1992 there were thousands of them imported to the United States. In 1992 the federal government passed a law to stop the importation. At one time they were one of the 10 most desirable birds for pets. It is harder to find one today but there are still breeders out there. They run from about $200 to $400. They are illegal to own in Hawaii. Caiques, Parrotlets and Quakers are also illegal in Hawaii. It is said that they want to protect their natural habitats and at the same time deter the illegal cage trade.

Today they are categorized as CITES II which means they are protected and can not be imported legally. That hasn't stopped the illegal trade and with that and loss of their natural habitat the wild flock in down to about 15,000.

There are 2 reserves in Ecuador and Peru where most of the wild birds live. They are the Cerro Blanco Protection Forest in Ecuador and the Tumbes Reserve in Peru. You can see a picture of them in my gallery. They both look like paradise and it's very cool that the governments down there took action to protect the birds.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog! I thank you all for taking the time to read it and remember that this is for Muffin so you do not need to reply. Please fly by Muffin's page 203943 and leave a vote today!

Love you all so very much!
Hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/21/2013 11:33.31 AM Report This Comment  
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Thank you for the lovely hatchday wishes. feel free to visit again. :)

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08/21/2013 05:24.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a perfect kind of day! It's still beautiful here and I am enjoying a day of snacking on apples and looking out the window. Simple times like this are the best ya know!!
You enjoy your day too!

Here is today's Parakeet blog!

I decided to look for more parakeets from South American, specifically in Ecuador where my mother and father were from! Did you know that Ecuador has 1500 bird species? It is only the size of Nevada. The United States has 800 species.

I saw a listing for a Red-Masked Parakeet and thought that would be interesting to learn about!
Imagine my surprise when I found out another name for the Red-Masked Parakeet is The Cherry-Headed Conure!
YES! Conures are considered Parakeets! You have to remember that the definition of a Parakeet is a small to medium sized bird with a long tail. This includes Conures!

They are from Ecuador and Peru and live in the lowland forests. They eat fruits and seeds out there in the forest. They are all green when they are hatched and get the red feathers when they are about 4 months old.
They are said to be very noisy and love to chew! My kind of bird!

There are wild flocks of them in Spain, Hawaii, Florida and California. The ones in California were featured in the movie "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." I also found out that there is a flock in Seward Park up in Seattle! I told mom it's time for a road trip! I want to go check them out!

The Red-Masked Parakeet it the 10th most common neotropical bird imported. Between 1981 to 1985
26,000 of these birds were imported to the United States. In 1994 the Red-Masked Parakeet went from being "of no concern" to "near threatened". Some of the problems is from loss of habitat but the major factor here is illegal parrot trade which still happens today.

The Red-Masked Parakeets do very well in breeding programs here in the US. I saw several ads for them online. They seem to run from $400 to $600.

Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed it!
Please be sure to drop by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943 today! Thank you all so very much for all the votes you have dropped off! Muffin appreciates it so very much!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/20/2013 01:06.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying the day! We made corn bread so I am one happy little zon with a happy little tummy!
Enjoy the day and I hope it's just perfect!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today I am featuring the Red-Fronted Parakeet! These birds are just awesome and I hope you get to take a peek at them in my gallery. They are also called Red-Fronted Kakarikis.

The Red-Fronted Parakeet is green with a red front. They have violet-blue feathers under their wings! There is a natural mutation that is yellow and some that are pied also. This parakeet has to have DNA to figure out who is a boy and who is a girl! They live in rainforests, costal forests and in tunnels in cliffs. They are omnivores! They eat seeds, fruits, shoots, leaves and dead animal carcass. Sort of like crows!

The Red-Fronted Parakeet was from New Zealand! I say was because they are now extinct in New Zealand! Don't be upset because they are still found on Kermadea Island, Three Kings, Kapiti Island and Stewart Island. These Island are off the coast of New Zealand. There is also a breeding program going on at Norfolk Island which is between New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. It has been very successful but these birds are still listed as CITES I which means they are very vulnerable. They are protected and no export is allowed.

The reasons given for their extinction on New Zealand's mainland was Europeans cutting down the forest to create farmland. There were also animals introduced to area that were not native species. The Cat, the Weasel and the Stoat. The Stoat looks like a little Weasel and is native to the Northern Hemisphere. They have them in England.

The Stoats were brought in to New Zealand to control the over population of rabbits. Now, the rabbits were brought in during the 1870's to be used for food and as game animals by the Europeans who cleared out the forest. It got out of control so they brought the Stoat's in to control the rabbits. Unfortunately the Stoat's also became a major predator to the Red-Fronted Parakeets and many other birds. It seems that the birds that survived left to go live on the Islands. Now, the Stoat's, who is just about as good as the rabbits at having babies, is out of control and are now being trapped and killed by the humans who started the whole thing to begin with! Is this crazy or what?? My grandma always said you should never, ever mess with Mother Nature! I guess she was right!

I looked for Red-Fronted Parakeet for sale but only found a listing for England. They are about $200. I found one Red-Fronted Kakarikis on BC so there must be breeders somewhere in the United States.

Thank you for you time! Please stop by Muffin's page and leave a vote today!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/19/2013 12:34.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! It's beautiful here and I'm going to enjoy it while I can. I know in a month or so, the rain will be back and I won't see much of this beautiful sunshine!
Enjoy the day and I hope you enjoy today's parakeet blog!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Todays featured parakeet is the Bourke's Parakeet. I got the inspiration from Camellia and Bourke of the La Habra flock! They are gorgeous birds!

The Bourke's Parakeet or Bourke's Parrot are from Southwest and Central Australia. They were named after the General Sir Richard Bourke who was governor of New South Wales form 1831 to 1837.

These parakeet are another Grass Parrot since they like to forage on the ground. As with all parakeets you can tell the boys from the girls by looking at them. In the wild they are mostly brown with pink bellies! The boys have a blue crown at the top of their beaks and the girls have a full gray head. These birds are unique because the are the only parakeet whose primary plumage is not green!

They have different mutations, mostly shades of pink. They are known to be quiet and unassuming birds and are not aggressive towards other birds. They have what is called zygodactyl feet which means they have 2 toes that face forward and 2 toes that face backwards.

They are very active at sunrise and sunset. This is when they do most of their foraging. They eat seeds and grasses for the most part. They are listed as CITES II which means there are not exports of the wild birds from Australia. They have done very well in breeding programs so hopefully they will thrive out there in the wild!

Thank you for your time! Please get over and leave a vote for Muffin 203943 today!
A big THANK YOU to Camellia and Bourke for letting me use their pictures.

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/18/2013 12:24.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope your day is going great! I'm having a lovely day so far. I have been playing with mom and now I'm taking a break and having some apples and almonds.
I'm going to supervise some cooking later and then I have a new toy that is going to need my attention!
You enjoy your day and I hope it's just spectacular!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today's blog is in honor of my friend Remington! He is a Red-Rumped Parakeet and that is our parakeet for today!

The Red-Rumped Parakeets are from New South Wales Australia. They were first described by John Gould in 1838. He was a British ornithologist who went to Australia to study wildlife there.

These parakeets live in large flocks and like to live grassy areas away from the wet wooded area and the coastal regions. They also live in suburban parks and gardens. There also known as Grass Parrots because they like to forage on the ground. There are other breeds that are called Grass Parrots also.

They eat seed, fruit, grass leaves and flowers. They have a unique way of getting the seed out of a plant! They perch on the stem until it bends down and then they can eat the seeds inside! Very Smart Birds!!!!

You can tell the boys from the girls by their color and their beaks. Boys have black beaks, girls have grey beaks. Also the girls don't have the red rump! You may look at Remington and think that his colors are not the same at the wild birds! That is because there are several natural mutations for these birds. They are Yellows, Pieds, Lutino, Albinos, Blue and Opalines. In the wild they have been known to interbreed with sparrows and starlings.

These birds are classified as CITES II. CITES stands for Convention on International Trade in Endangerment. This was an agreement that countries would not trade in animals in order to keep them from becoming endangered. A I rating is endangered. A II rating means that exportation of these animals would lead to them becoming endangered. The Red-Rumped Parakeet habitat has shrunk and they have been in competition with the Crested Pigeon for food which has made their flock smaller.

Thank you for your time! I hope you enjoyed my blog and if you have not met Remington yet, fly by and say hello and don't forget to stop by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943 today! Thank you!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/17/2013 01:36.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's wet and dreary up here but it feels more like Washington that way. I've just been sitting on mom helping her get my notes done and nudging her for some neck rubs! I'm still molting and it's not very comfortable!
I hope your day is just perfect and filled with sunshine!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog

The last of the Asiatic Parakeets is called the Malayan Long-tailed Parakeet. They are also known as the Malaccan Red-Checked Parakeet. There are many subspecies of the Asiatic Parakeets but I chose the main groups to talk about.

The Malayan Long-Tailed Parakeets are different from the ones I have talked about previously because they come from areas east of India. They are mostly found in Andama Island, Nicobar Island (Both in the Bay of Bengal), Sumatra, Borneo and Singapore.

These parakeets live in the forest, swamps and mangrove areas. Mangrove areas are places with trees and shrub that grow in saline area, like along the coasts. They usually live in a flock of about 20 but sometimes there could be hundreds of them together. They are thought to be migratory since there could be a huge population feeding together and be gone the next day. I think they just go to where the food it!

As with all the other Asiatic Parakeets, you can tell the boys from the girls just by looking at them. The boys have a black stripe on their cheek and a red upper beak. The girls have a dark green stripe on their cheek, shorter tails and brownish-black beaks.

These parakeets are known for being shy, noisy and hyper. They rarely sit still. They don't bathe often but have been seen perching on a branch in the rain! I can totally understand this! I am not a fan of bathing myself!

They eat fruit, seeds, flowers, leaf buds and the occasional insect. They are known to be messy eaters, but so am I!!! The male can sometime be aggressive around food and chase the smaller birds away.

They have been given a "near-threat" status. Their habitat has shrunk. I could find no reference to them being captured for use as pets currently. They were captured in the past but they do not do well in captivity. They do not acclimate well in climate changes and they get stressed out very easily. Almost all of these bird who were brought in to use for breeding died. They do not even know how long their life span is because it is impossible to keep them alive to breed them. I think they should just be left alone to live their lives out in the wild!

Please check out the pictures in my gallery! Thank you all for your time and please be sure to get over and vote for Muffin 203943 everyday!!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/15/2013 10:52.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a great day! I'm starting out a bit late today due to stuff being done around the house. I keep telling mom it's just going to get dirty again so why bother! She doesn't listen to me!
Enjoy your day!

Here is today's Parakeet blog!

Today I am featuring 2 Asiatic Parakeets. They are the Slaty-Headed Parakeet and the Blossom-Headed Parakeet.
They are a bit rare and there are not a lot of them being kept as pets. In the wild the flocks are not endangered they are just not kept as pets.

The Blossom-Headed Parakeet is from Northeast India to Southwest Asia. They like to live in forest and open woodland areas.

Just like the others, you can tell the girls from the boys by looking at them! The boys have a pink head with a black ring around their necks. The girls do not have the black ring and their heads are a pale gray. The girls get their adult plumage by 15 months and the boys get theirs by 30 months. I don't know why it takes the boys twice as long but it may be all those pink feathers!

Just like most of the ring-neck over there, they like to eat seeds, fruits and flower blossoms.

The Slaty-Headed Parakeets are also known as the Himalayan Parakeet. The live in the West Himalyas to Eastern Afghanistan and Vietnam.

The boys have dark red patches on their wing coverts and the girls do not! Their diet is the same as the Blossom-Headed Parakeet except they like nectar too!

The Slaty-Headed Parakeet is the only psittacid species who does what is called altitudinal migration! At the end of October they leave the hills and migrate down to the valley to spend the winter there!

I hope you enjoy the pictures of these beautiful birds. There was no reason given as to why they are not kept as pets but it may be that not too many of them were imported before they outlawed importing!

Thank you for you time and don't forget to get over and give Coach Muffin 203943 a vote today!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/14/2013 01:41.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying the day! It's pretty here this morning and I am spending a little time fluffing up my feathers. I have been doing some molting but the amount of fluffies that are coming off me is getting less and less each day! Mom is happy about that because I get a bit cranky. I have taken a few showers so I'm sure that helps. I don't like water very much so I suppose I'll be happy when I'm done also!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today's parakeet is the Malabar Parakeet. They are also known as the Blue Winged Parakeet.

These parakeets come from the Western Ghats area of western India. The Ghats are mountain ranges that run along the west and east coast of India . The Eastern Ghats runs parallel with the Bay of Bengal and the Western Ghats runs parallel with the Arabian Sea.

Malabar parakeet like to live in tall trees. Unlike the other ring necked parakeet, Malabar live in small flocks of 4 or 5 birds. They are known to have loud calls that can be heard from very far away.

Just like the other Asiatic Parakeets, you can tell the boys from the girls without a DNA test. The boys have gray heads with a black and green ring around their neck. They also have green around the beaks and cheeks. Their beak is a crimson red. The girls only have the black ring around their neck and their beak is black.

They like to eat figs, flowers, leaf buds, pollen, seeds, small nuts and nectar. They are sometimes considered pest because they can do some damage to the crop! HEY! A bird has to eat, right?

It is illegal to capture these birds in India. There habitat has gotten smaller and there were too many birds being trapped to sell overseas so the government put a stop to it. The Malabar Parakeets are not endangered but the Indian government decided not to wait. I must say I am very impressed that the Indian government seems to protect their wild flocks!!

I could not find any Malabar Parakeet for sale in the United States and they are not even listed on the BC species list. They seem to be very popular in Australia and Great Brittan.

Thank you for your time and be sure to check out pictures of the Malabar Parakeet in my gallery. They really are beautiful birds!

Please keep supporting Coach Muffin as she runs for BOTM! Thank you all for the votes and keep them coming!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/13/2013 10:47.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying your day! It's starting out cloudy and dark here but I know the sunshine will show up eventually.
I have just finished my toast and I'm ready to get some serious blogging done! I am having such a fun time learning about all the parakeets. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.
Have a perfect day!

Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today I am going to introduce you to the Derbyan Parakeet. This parakeet is also know as the Lord Derby parakeet. It was named to commemorate Edward Smith-Stanley, the 13th Earl of Derby. He was what they called a naturalist and loved to study animals. At the time of his death in June of 1851, he has 1272 birds living on his estate!

Derbyan Parakeets are forest dwellers who come from Tibet, India and China. They are the rarest species of Psittacula in Asia. They are about the same size as the Alexandrne Parakeet. They live in the forest and eat leaf buds, seeds, blossoms and fruit.

They are extremely popular as pets in China and can go for as high as $1500. They were in danger of becoming threatened because of their popularity, but the World Parrot Trust stepped in to help them. There is no law prohibiting capture of these birds yet but hopefully there will be soon.

Derbyan Parakeets are shy by nature and prefer the company of other birds. They need to be socialize when they are very young in order to be kept as pets. They are very intelligent ~ just like the rest of us! They are great talkers, if taught early and their voices are similar to Amazons! They also love to chew!
Okay! Sounds like an Amazon and loves to chew! I LOVE THESE GUYS!

Like most of the Asiatic Parakeets, you can tell the boys from the girls just by looking at them. The boys have red upper beaks and the girls have an all black beak. You can see pictures in my gallery! These birds have some awesome feathers! Their tails are nearly as long as their bodies!

Thank you for your time and thank you for your vote for out next BOTM ~ Coach Muffin #203943!!

Love hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/12/2013 11:30.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Mom and I were playing for a long time this morning and then I helped her make some pumpkin chocolate chip bread. There is a bit of it without chocolate chips in it so I can have some too! I know it seems odd to have pumpkin bread this time of the year but mom buys lots of canned pumpkin when it on sale during the holidays so we can have pumpkin bread or muffins whenever we like!
Enjoy your day!

Here is the Parakeet Blog for today!

Today's featured parakeet is the Plum Headed Parrot, another of the Asiatic Parrots. These parrots are very similar to the Indian Ring Necked parakeet but they are smaller. They are native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

They live in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The like to live in forest and open wooded area. They eat about the same things the other Asiatic Parrots eat. They like leaf buds, blossoms, fruits, nuts and seed.

Unlike other Asiatic Parrots, the Plum Headed Parrot live throughout India and are not considered threatened but due to their habitat shrinking and people trying to capture them, the government has recently made it illegal to own them in India.

Just like the Indian Ring neck you can tell the boys from the girls without a DNA test. The boys have plum- colored heads while the girls have gray-colored heads. The get their full color at 2 years of age. The boys and the girls both have white tips on their tails! You can see pictures in my gallery.

If you raise the Plum Headed Parrot from a hatchling, you can teach it to talk. Older bird may never talk. They do not talk as well as other parrots but they are know to be able to scream really well! That's talking sort of!

They are social birds and seem to do well living with other small birds but they can get aggressive with larger parrots. We looked for them online and they seem to sell for around $250. I couldn't find any for sale near me or any breeders either so they must be rare. I do know that they are considered a type of Ring Necked parakeet so they are not legal in New Jersey.

I hope you enjoyed the blog. Please fly by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin! Thank you all for the votes! Muffin appreciates them so very much!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/11/2013 12:08.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! We are doing some cooking and laundry. We seem to do that a lot around here!!
Thank you for your votes for Muffin and I am glad you are enjoying the parakeet blogs. There is so much more to these birds than I ever knew!


Here is today's parakeet blog!

Today we are going to take a look at Alexandrine Parrots.

These guys are the biggest parakeet out there! They have really long tails and look very similar to the Indian Ring-Necked but much larger. Alexandrine Parrots have a maroon colored patch on their wings that the IRN do not have. Just like the IRN you can tell the boys from the girls by the ring around their neck. The boys have the black ring with pink and blue shading and the girls do not.

They originate from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They are named after Alexander the Great. He was just fascinated by these birds and brought many of them home with him. They have "naturalized themselves in Germany, South England, Belgium, Greece, Turkey and the Netherlands. They enjoy perching in trees and it's very hard to see them when they are up there. They say that you can hear their screech from far away but most people have a hard time finding them up in trees!

They are very good talkers but people have to teach them when they are very young. If they are exposed to talking early on they usually start talking at 8 months old. They say once they start talking, they never stop! Sort of sounds like an Amazon to me! An interesting thing about them is that the do not take on the tone of the person teaching them to talk but have their own tone! If they are not socialized early, some will never talk.

They like to eat about the same diet as Indian Ring-necked, blossoms, fruit and seeds, but the are considered omnivores so they must eat bugs too!

It is illegal to own, sell or trap these birds in India and Pakistan. They became so popular over there that the flocks were beginning to diminish so the government stepped in to save the wild flocks. Here in the US I could only find them listed as illegal in New Jersey. We saw a post on a parrot blog that they were illegal in Georgia but we can't confirm that.

Thank you for your time! Please fly on over to Coach Muffin's Page 203943 and leave a vote for her today!!

Enjoy your day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/10/2013 11:50.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! It's lovely here and I have been keeping an eye on the gardeners all morning. They are noisy guys and I have to let them know that they are disturbing me!

Here's is today's parakeet blog! I hope you enjoy it!

Today's featured parakeet is the Indian Ring Neck Parakeet. It is another of the Asiatic Parrots. They come from Asia, India and Pakistan. They like to live in the forest, but as with the other Asiatic Parrots, they have adapted to life in the cities. There are even wild flocks of them in Britain, the Middle East and the United States.

In the wild the Indian Ring Neck eats seed, fruits and blossoms. They have learned to forage in the cities and people are so amazed by them that they leave feeders out for them.

They are very good at being "watchbirds" and alert the flock when there is danger. VERY COOL! Perhaps I need to have a Ring Neck fibling to keep an eye out for the cat!!

Like the Moustashed Parakeets, you can tell the boys from the girls without a DNA test. The boys get the black ring around their necks at about 18 months and a pink and blue highlight at about 3 years old. The girls have a light green ring but it's very hard to see unless you are close up!

They have a really funny phase called "Bluffing" where they get very aggressive and you really can't handle them during this time. It can last for a few weeks or a whole month. It usually happens suddenly after the bird has been weaned.

Their natural colors are green with a yellow or bluish hue. Like a lot of the parakeets they have been bred to have lots of different colors.

They are know for being the most aggressive birds of the Asiatic Parrots. They are great talkers and speak more clearly than any other small parrot.

Unfortunately, Indian Ring Neck parakeets are illegal in New Jersey. Each state has their own laws concerning what they consider to be dangerous or destructive to their state. Cities can also have regulations. You can check the lists out online for your state. Also some birds may require permits in certain states. The whole "ruin the crops and drive native birds out of the habitat" has not happened so hopefully some people will get a clue and lift the regulation!

Thank you for your time and please fly by to leave a vote for Muffin 203943 today!!


Stomping out a vote and sending hugs your way!
With love ~ Sugar

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08/09/2013 04:09.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! You don't need to worry about answering the blog since I'm doing them to get Muffin votes. I appreciate every single note I get but I know life gets busy and I'm really not a fussy bird at all!

Here is today's blog about parakeets! I hope you like it!


Today's blog is about a very special parakeet ~ the Moustached Parakeet. I say this because one of my dearest friends is Willie and he is a Moustached Parakeet and he ROCKS!!

The Moustached Parakeet is also known as the Java Mustashed or the Red Breasted Parakeet! They are part of the Asian Parakeets. There are 14 different kinds of parakeets that come from Asia.

Moustached Parakeets come from Indonesia, Andaman Island and Southeast Asia. They like to live in the woodland, hilly areas and the foothills of the mountains. They live in large flocks and don't usually mingle with other parrot species.

In the wild they eat seeds. blossoms and fruit. They have learned to adapt when their natural habitats are destroy. They have been seen in the city of Mumbai.

They are also one of the few parrot species that you can tell the boys from the girls without a DNA test! Boys have orange-red beaks and the girls have black. Another cool thing is that as they get mature their color intensify!

The Moustashed Parakeet is known at the "best kept secret" in the parrot world. They are sweet, love to play, love to chew ~YES! MY KIND OF BIRD~ and they talk very well. They don't normally like to cuddle and can be very loud but hey! that happens to all of us so no knocking them for not wanting to cuddle!

Thank you for your time and please get over to leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943.

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/08/2013 01:01.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Another nice one here!!

Today's blog is about the Monk Parakeet or as they are lovingly known around the BC ~ Quakers!

Quakers are amazing birds and I just loved reading all about them.

Quakers are originally from Argentina and the countries surrounding Argentina. The story of how they came to the US is that a crate of Quakers being brought in broke open at JFK and the birds flew free. It is also thought that some zoo's let some go because of overcrowding. Not sure if this is true or not.

Quakers are very good at adapting to changing landscapes and have done very well in the wild. They come from the mountain regions of Argentina where it gets down to 20 degrees so they are okay with cold climates. They have not only figured out how to survive but they are thriving! GO QUAKERS! They are smart too because the biggest population in the wild is in Florida! They may be able to stand the cold but they are smart enough to get out of it!

The thriving part caused some states to outlaw Quakers. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wyoming all have bans on Quakers. It has been reported that in Argentina Quakers eat 30% of the corn crop! Now I find this hard to believe! I think there must be some Amazons in the neighborhood who are helping with that corn! The worries of destroyed crops and harm to the native birds never came true so hopefully these states will lift the ban.

Quakers are the only parrots who build their nest from sticks! They make some amazing nests! You can see an example in my gallery!

Quakers are very intelligent ~ just like all us birds ~ and are very social and can have large vocabularies. Birdsonally, I think they are all around fabulous!

Thank you fro your time and be sure and get over to give Coach Muffin 203943 a vote today!

Enjoy your day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/07/2013 11:05.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are enjoying the day! It's still sunny and warm here! I'm not use to having so many day without rain!hahahahaha

Here is today's parakeet blog! Hope you enjoy it!

Today I am talking about what most people think of as a parakeet! Budgies!

Budgies are parakeets but not all parakeets are Budgies.
A true Budgie is from central and southern Australia and they are all green and yellow like me! They live in the grasslands and forest there.

The Budgie was brought to Europe in 1838 by an ornithologist named John Gould. They became very popular pets and in 1894 Australia banned the export of them. That ban is still in effect today.

English Budgies are much bigger than Australian or American Budgies as you can see by the pictures in my gallery, they come is many different colors now. That happened because someone figured out recessive and dominate genes and how to manipulate them to get colors other than green and yellow.

You can tell if a Budgie is a boy or a girl by the color of their ceres (the top part of the beak). Boys have bluish-purple ceres and girls have tan to pinkish-brown.

It is estimated that 8 million Budgies live in the United State! That's a lot!! They use to be considered the smallest parrot but the parrotlet is actually just a bit smaller!

Thank you for you attention and don't forget to give Muffin a vote today! Page number 203943!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/06/2013 11:53.48 AM Report This Comment  
  THANK YOU BUD
I'M JUST A LITTLE KEET AND I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET. EVERY VOTE HELPS ME GET IN THE CASTLE FOR A WHOLE MONTH...COACH MUFFIN

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08/06/2013 09:43.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Budweiser~
I hope you are having a nice day! Here is my blog in support of Muffin today! Thank you for the votes! I know she is very grateful for every one!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

Today's Fact about Parakeets is a focus on the only parrot that was ever native to the United States.
The bird was called the Carolina Parakeet and lived on the East Coast, from the north all the way down to Florida.
They liked to live in tree trunks so you would find them in the forest. They ate seeds from the plants around them, bugs and fruit when they could find it.
They grew to be about 13" long and were believed to be poisonous since any cat that ate one died!
ROCK ON CAROLINA PARAKEET! hehehehe
Their love of fruit and their beautiful orange, yellow and green feathers proved to be part of the reason they are now extinct. Farmers would kill them because they would go after the fruit. The flock would always return to their home, even though flockmates had been killed so it made it easy for the farmers to kill the entire flock. Ladies of the time wanted the feathers for hats! They also believe that some of them contracted a chicken disease.
The last wild Carolina Parakeet died in 1904. The last captive Carolina Parakeet died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918. His name was Incas.
The picture in my gallery is a stuffed bird but at least we know what they looked like!

Please vote for Muffin #203943 everyday this month!
Thank You!

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08/05/2013 10:56.13 AM Report This Comment  
  HEY BUD
we have a game tuesday july 22. please try to be there early. we need the practice. i will have plenty of energ drinks...COACH MUFFIN

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07/22/2013 10:37.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Budwesier
little Angel stops for a visit as she flies fast to get the blogs out before the Squawk-atiel wakes up.
I will be back tomorrow.
hugs v4u

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07/03/2013 01:21.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Bud
Mom wants to thank everyone for their emails and phone calls. She's still broken up, but promises to be back soon. Thanks also for all the floral tributes for our Gizmo, mom picked them up from the flower shop, and will post them as soon as she gets up the courage to go to Giz's page again. We love you all, and can't tell you how much, because words aren't enough. Hugs, Willie

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07/03/2013 01:03.04 PM Report This Comment  
  YOUR FLOWERS FOR WILLIE ARE READY
A pickup notice was posted on their page.

Thank you for your order and come back soon.

Love,
Alex, Ruby and Muffin
The Pretty Rose Flower Shop

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07/02/2013 12:42.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Budweiser!
Squawk-a-Tiel DID NOT want me to visit your page! It took us 10 minutes to get here!

This is it, the last night of June. Tomorrow I will hopefully be your Queen! Thank you so much for voting for me this month, you guys are the greatest!

Also, thank you to everyone that has emailed and to everyone that is working on a email to Miss Crystal. Maybe she'll change her mind after reading them all!

June 30th

You Know You're a Bird Person When

You refuse to use the really nice pan that your mom/bf/whoever got you because it isn't bird safe.

~
A lady takes her parrot to the Vet. The Vet takes one look and says, "I'm afraid your parrot is dead."
"That's terrible," says the woman, "How can you know that. You haven't examined it or anything."

The Vet heaves a long-suffering sigh, places the parrot on the examination table, opens the door and whistles. At this, a labrador dog bounds into the room, hops up onto the table, sniffs at the parrot, looks up and shakes its head sadly.

Then the Vet gives another whistle and a cat comes into the room, springs up onto the table, sniffs the parrot and then shakes its head sadly.

"Well I'm terribly sorry Mrs Jones but there can be no doubt about it. Polly is dead."

"Well, it's devastating news but thank you. How much do I owe you?" "That will be six hundred and forty two pounds please." "How much?" cried the woman in shock. "That's far too much money!"

"Well it's your own fault," Said the Vet, "If you had believed me in the first place it would only have been twenty pounds. But you insisted on a Lab report and a Cat scan!"

Hugs, Bellatrix

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06/30/2013 10:23.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Budweiser!
June 28th

You Know You're a Bird Person When

You are forbidden to take naps because every time you try, one of the fids have to scream because they want attention or some other convenient thing.

~
CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT

A man went into a bar and said to the bartender, "If you give me free drinks all night, I will entertain your customers so much they will stay all night and drink lots and lots." "Oh yes," says the bartender. "How are you going to do that?" The man gets a hamster out of his pocket and puts it on the piano. The hamster runs up and down the keyboard playing the greatest piano music anyone had ever heard. "That's incredible!" says the bartender. "Have you got anything else?" The man gets a parrot out of his other pocket and puts it on the bar. The hamster begins to play the piano again and the parrot sings along - sounding just like Pavarotti. Everyone in the bar is amazed and stayed all night drinking and listening to the hamster and parrot. The bartender is delighted. "I must have these animals. Will you sell them to me?" he asks. The man shook his head no. "Will you sell just one then?" asks the bartender. "OK, I'll sell you the parrot for $100" the man says. The bartender is delighted and hands over the money. Another man standing next to the man who owned the hamster said, "You're a bit stupid selling that clever parrot for only $100". "No I'm not," the man replied. "The hamster is a ventriloquist"!!!

Thanks so much for the vote!

Hugs, Bellatrix

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06/28/2013 08:24.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Budweiser!
June 27th

You Know You're a Bird Person When

You insist that your friends say hi to your birds when they come over or are on the phone.

~
Did you hear the one about the crow and the telephone pole?

He wanted to make a long distance caw.

Thanks so much for the vote!

Hugs, Bellatrix

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