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Knuckles

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Thought I would share a few pics of my new friend here (bad quality pics as you likely guessed)
Background: I saw this little feller trying to eat from the seed trays in the backyard 2 days ago. I say trying because other wild birds swiftly attacked it as it clumsily flew away only to try again. It seemed like a lost pet being pretty skinny & somewhat human friendly. It took me 2 days of being a human bird seed feeder to get it to trust me. After a few more hours of sweating in the sun I finally caught it.

DSCN0149 by blu-bear, on Flickr
DSCN0151 by blu-bear, on Flickr

It ate & drank nonstop once I took it inside. Its pretty friendly so Ill fatter it up & try to rehome it asap.
 
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It's a boy. I bet if you keep him long enough you might hear a few whistles or words.
 

ErrorEN

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Cute! Should be easily tame-able if you can get it to associate you with food. Looks like you're already on that path. Could make a great pet!
 

Knuckles

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Zath said its a little parakeet. Its been so long that it didn't click for me at first (had a few as a kid). I'll try to get some better pics tomorrow. Its really bright =)
Surprisingly the lil guy didn't try to bite me when I nabbed it
I'll see if its happy with me, but I really like it. Think I should keep it longterm as a pet?
 

SubRosa

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If you are going to keep it Knuckles, don't make the same mistake as the previous owner. Clip its wings.
 
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Yes John, it's called the English language. I didn't realise you were into animal cruelty.
 
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SubRosa

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Yes John, it's called the English language. I didn't realise you were into animal cruelty.

I realize you speak the English language Fred. Don't you realize I speak the American language? And as far as cruelty, I know that the definition is different in the two languages. In American haircuts are not considered cruelty. I avoid them for different reasons.
 

Knuckles

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It's a boy. I bet if you keep him long enough you might hear a few whistles or words.

Thanks Keith, I was wondering about that.

Yes! :boogie:
Found you a good link on how to tame him further. Good luck!
http://aqualandpetsplus.com/Bird, Parakeets.htm

Thanks Eric, that was a good informational read.

Parakeets are parrots.

I had no idea ??? But thanks I will definitely give this guy a haircut b/c I tend to handle animals & allow them outside of their enclosure. I wouldn't want it getting injured by flying into something.

It's a Budgie ( Budgerigar) Melopsittacus undulatus, originally from Australia.

Thanks for that information fred. It looked very out of place among the grackles (cowbirds as we call most blackbirds here), doves, flying rats, & butter butts lol.This budgie seems to be part of the family for now at least.

I plan to go find a proper cage & supplies for it today. I'll post a few more pics after it gets settled. Thanks everyone
 

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One thing about clipping wings Knuckles. The link Eric provided had some good information, but the clipping technique described is very annoying for the bird. You're better to take an equal number of primary flight feathers from both wings. This will let the bird get around much better. It still prevents serious flight, but makes it easier for the bird to hop in a straight line. If you leave two primaries on the left wing the bird constantly veers to the right.
 

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One thing about clipping wings Knuckles. The link Eric provided had some good information, but the clipping technique described is very annoying for the bird. You're better to take an equal number of primary flight feathers from both wings. This will let the bird get around much better. It still prevents serious flight, but makes it easier for the bird to hop in a straight line. If you leave two primaries on the left wing the bird constantly veers to the right.

Very good point that I should have mentioned. Thanks SubRosa! All of my birds (aside from the canaries) have their feathers evenly clipped on both wings.
 
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