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Learn all about the care and welfare of birds with our resource page
and species factsheets!
and species factsheets!
Click on the species name to take you to their section.
There are around 350 species of parrot, across all different sizes and colours! Their life span also varies from species to species. For example, African Greys can live from 50 to 60 years and Macaws can live anywhere from 50 to 100 years. Parrots are extremely intelligent and social meaning they need plenty of enrichment to keep them occupied.
Lovebirds are a small species of parrot, ranging in size from 5 to 7 inches. Common pet lovebird species include the peach-faced, masked, and Fischer’s lovebird. The majority of lovebirds come from Africa. In captivity, with the correct care, they can live up to 15+ years. As lovebirds are considered flock birds it’s important to let them have a companion, however, single lovebirds will do fine with enough attention from their owners.
There are several hundred different species of finches with various different feather colours and patterns. They are a small species of bird ranging from 3 to 6 inches long. Finches are also considered flock birds, meaning they need to be housed with one or more other species. Depending on the species they can live from 5 to 10 years with the proper care.
If ducks are correctly cared for, they can live anywhere between 10 to 15 years. Ducks will need access to both indoor and outdoor areas, they will need a large swimming area as well as an enclosed, predator-proof coop to protect them from the elements. Ducks are highly sociable animals and need to live with other ducks to prevent loneliness and stress.
Chickens have been domesticated for thousands of years, with around 100 different breeds around the world. Chickens do well living in small groups, without company they can become lonely and stressed. They will need access to both indoor and outdoor areas, with these areas it is vital they are predator and escape-proof. Their diet consists of pellets, grass, weeds and worms. With the correct care chickens can live for up to 10 years.
There are over 100 species of canaries in the world, originating from the Canary Islands. They all range in colours and patterns. They will need a large enclosure, with perches, flying space and a shallow water bowl to bathe in. Generally, they will live between 10 to 15 years with the correct care. Canaries must be kept on their own as they are territorial and will become aggressive to others.
Budgies are colourful birds that originate from Australia. They are small in size only reaching around 7 inches long. Budgies are flock birds and do well in pairs. It is best to have two males together as two females tend to be territorial. With enough interaction from the owner single females will do well. Budgies require plenty of free flying time and enrichment to keep them stimulated. Examples of enrichment include rope ladders and swing perches. With the correct care they can live up to 8 years old.
Leanne's animal of the month
Each month our pet care advisor Leanne, picks her animal of the month, to share fun facts on and useful tips to care for them!
February 2022 - Chickens
Find out about the care and welfare of chickens in the video above!