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Before you buy a parrot, many buyers are interested in the question: “How to determine the age of a wavy parrot?” Such birds do not live too long, especially in comparison with their large counterparts living for decades, and therefore people often want to get a young chick. In addition, the conditions of detention in many pet stores do not contribute to the preservation of the physical and mental health of the parrot. Even in large shopping centers you can see a lot of budgerigars huddling in cramped cages, without natural light, the ability to fly normally and good food. The taming of such a parrot later turns out to be very difficult, sometimes impossible, and he may not start talking at all. Therefore, it is advisable to buy a chick from an experienced, trusted breeder or in a store that creates a safe environment. The breeder most likely will not hide the age of the chick, but when you buy at the pet store you need to be careful and know how to determine the age of the wavy parrot.
Eye, beak and paw inspection
The first thing you should pay attention - the eyes of a budgerigar. They will let you know how long he was born. Completely black eyes, large and round, surrounded by healthy plumage - a sign of youthful chick. By 4-6 months, a bright iris will appear around the pupil - this is an adult bird.
The color of the beak may indicate that the parrot is very young. From birth in chicks black beak. As it grows, the black spot disappears, and it acquires the usual straw-yellow or even greenish tint. It happens by 1.5-2 months, and sometimes a little earlier.
The bird's paws do not so much confirm youth, but retain traces of past years. The chick or young parrot scales on them are smooth and tightly fitted to each other, creating a feeling of smooth skin. Uneven or low-lying covers give a parrot to recognize the venerable age.
Inspection of the voskovitsy
The most famous indicator of the age and sex of a parrot is the cropper, as the age of the budgerigar is determined by it?
Ceres of immature parrots painted smoothly, pink or pale purple. In young females, it is blue, pink or pale purple, and the nostrils are surrounded by light, almost white rims. In an adult female, she acquires a pale blue color, and becomes brown in the breeding season. Also, the color of the wax is a sign of puberty.
From the cropper itself begins the cap of dark waves. In some colors, the wavy pattern may be hardly noticeable, for example, in recessively light ones. The white or yellow mask in birds younger than 3-4 months is not or almost not. The mask will appear after the first juvenile molt, which occurs at the age of more than 3 months, but may be deposited up to 6 months. Sometimes, prolonged molting can be caused by inadequate, poor-quality nutrition, or prolonged stress. Therefore, it is desirable to consider this feature in combination with others.
Inspection of plumage and color
Nestlings leave the nest at the age of one month. By this moment, fully fledged chicks are treading on the bottom of the cage. At one and a half months, the plumage is already flat and beautiful. Poor plumage is not a sign of youth. On the contrary, it may look like an old or sick bird. Therefore, to believe the seller’s assurances that the parrot is young is not worth it.
How to determine the age of a wavy parrot by color? It is not yet as bright and contrasted as in a bird of mature years, but after juvenile molting by 6 months the parrot will completely turn its color. The spots on the neck do not yet have an even oval shape, they are uneven in shape and size.
In order to sell an overgrown bird, sellers can go for some tricks. Knowing some of them will help avoid disappointment from a failed purchase. Thus, the tail plumage of parrots younger than 2 months is much shorter than that of adult relatives, but this feature usually disappears before the bird finds a new owner. Then the tail plumage is not once reduced and re-grow. Believe the assurances of the seller of the youth of the bird on this basis, the short tail is not worth it. On the contrary, you can buy a bird with the habit of spoiling his feather.
It is optimal to acquire a wavy parrot at the age of 3-4 months. So how do you get to know a young parrot? A healthy young male wavy parrot has a body size of 18-19 cm., Can fly. He looks at the future owner with large black or very dark red eyes without a bright rim. The wax of its beak, on which a black spot can still be preserved, has a pink or pale purple color. From it, the characteristic waves begin, the light mask is absent. Such birds have not yet molted, because their color is not sufficiently contrasted, and the throat spots are uneven in shape. Females differ only in the color of the wax.
Exceptions to the rules
For some colors, the listed signs do not work fully, for example, for albinos, lutino, purity and recessively variegated. Their features:
- the male ceremonate retains light pink or even blue color over the years,
- the female wax is changed by the general rules
- they have no waves or they are hardly noticeable,
- light-colored bird beaks do not have black smear by 25 days,
- the eye iris of these parrots keeps black or dark red for life.
Of all the listed signs, it can be concluded that the age of the wavy parrot can only be known independently in the first 6 months of life. Then the signs are smoothed out, and only the old or sick bird will be different from its fellows. The last stage of maturation will be the appearance of light iris. If it is planned to tame and teach speech to buy such a bird is undesirable.
Kids contrast with adults:
- their plumage is more faded (this feature is visible if there is an adult parrot next to a young chick),
- the wave goes all over the head to the wax vessel,
- eyes resemble black buttons (red - if it is lyutino),
- white iris around the pupil is missing,
- the wax color is light pink,
- throat spots are chaotic and do not have pronounced boundaries and size,
- legs of young parrots are smooth as glossy, with age the scales become rougher and look good,
- the youngest parrots (up to 2 months) have a black speck on their beak, which disappears with time,
- parrots at 10 weeks old have the shortest tail.
A striped wave on the head of the chick may be present up to 4 months. The brightness of this pattern depends on the type of budgie color.
Iris around the pupil occurs when the age of the feathery exceeds 6 months.
Do not forget that colors of wavy parrots like albino and lyutino may not have a “blackened” beak. Also, chicks of parrots have a wavy pattern on their heads.
As for the cinnamon, then in albino, lyutino, a celandine and recessively motley wavy parrot, it remains pink or light purple in color.
It is very difficult to determine the age of the males of these colors by the wax; for the females, the color of the wax is changed after puberty, like in the wavy parrots of other colors.
How to determine the sex of a wavy parrot, you will learn here.
If you buy a parrot from a professional breeder, in that case, the bird will have a ring on its foot with the year of birth, the name of the registered nursery (name), country or its number, which will save you from guessing how old your wavy parrot is. Another 9-day-old chicks become ringed, therefore the accuracy of the bird's age is not questioned.
The ring should be solid, otherwise there is a risk of becoming a victim of charlatans who, under the guise of breeders, will sell you an adult bird, like a one-year-old parrot, simply holding the ring with forceps.
Ring on the foot:
Amateur breeders sometimes make homemade rings or buy standard, not personalized ones - in order to avoid blood mixing among relatives in the domestic flock of birds and for selecting stronger wavy lines. These cases are normal in the practice of breeding a large number of wavy parrots and setting the age of acquired birds in such people will not be a problem.
The rings on the legs of the budgies are their identity card, official document.
Photos of how young budgies look like:
Adult wavy parrots:
How to determine the age of wavy parrot?
In order to deal with the age of a wavy parrot, you need pay attention to the following factors:
- When you first look at the bird, pay attention to wavy "cap" on the head. In young budgerigars, such waves begin at the beak and spread throughout the head. The exceptions are the albino and lutino breeds, these parrots do not have such a design by nature. Such babies will stay about 3-4 months, then the first, juvenile molt will occur.
- In a young wavy parrot eyes are big and completely blackand in an adult a white ring surrounds the pupil. Older birds may show a lack of feathering around the eyes. The iris appears by half a year, however, the appearance of a white rim around the pupil is an individual process and can occur in some cases only after 10 months. The wide bright bezel means that I will scare more than a year.
- Chicks have a black beak. Until one and a half to two months from birth, a black smear can be seen on the beak on the beak, which will soon disappear on its own, this will happen when the parrot grows up. Sometimes it happens that a beak loses a black spot before, on the twenty-fifth or even on the twentieth day of life. This feature is characteristic of lighter species of parrots. Adult birds have a straw yellow or greenish beak.
- Chicken parrot nestlings are capable of flying by the time they reach the age of one month. Although the plumage still continues to form, but it is usually enough to obtain the first flight experiments. Thus, if the seller claims that the chick still does not know how to fly, you should be alert. A sold parrot cub, by the age it has reached, usually by this time more than a month old, is already able to explore the expanses.
- Guess age wavy parrot mcan fit body. An adult has a body length of about 20 centimeters.
- Young parrots have a short tail. But he is able to grow to the length of an adult approximately two months after birth. But you should know that this may be an adult bird that has lost its long tail feathers for some unknown reason.
- By the age of half a wavy parrot different shaped plumage, from now on, the parrot must look like a feather to a feather. If you are assured that the bird is young and the feathers have not yet fully grown, then surely the bird is sick or old. The plumage of not fully formed chicks is dull and indistinct in contrast. Over time, it takes on a bright and clear look. They remove the chick outfit and acquire adult bird plumage at the age of six months or a little earlier.
- The criterion for determining the age of the budgie is wax color (This is the section of the beak where the nostrils are located). The stem of young parrots is mostly colored in light pink, bluish or beige. After the onset of puberty, which occurs at the age of six months, it becomes darker in color. It should be noted that such metamorphoses are applicable to a greater degree to females. Males usually wear the pinkish-purple color of a waxberry, and it is not subject to change over time. However, everything has its exceptions and the wax can have a blue color, as well as blue fragmentary spots. The color of the wax is not the determining factor, when the verdict is made to the bird in relation to its age, all signs should be considered in a complex.
- Spots on the neck also give the age of a wavy bird. They are distinguished by their characteristic shape; the older the parrot, the smoother the contours of the spots. Young pets have throat spots in the form of numerous sectors and semicircles of irregular shape.
- And, finally, it is very easy to determine the age of the budgie through the study of its paws. If the scales on the paws fit snugly together, giving the impression of a smooth surface, be aware that you have a young “specimen” in front of you. Over time, the parrot individual scales become noticeable, respectively, the older the bird, the more loose becomes the cover of its paws.
- After the first moltoccurring in three, three and a half months, the age of parrots is almost impossible to learn. It happens that the first molt is late and begins in six months, but this is an exception to the rules. But to find out the age of the parrot after the year is even more difficult. One can only say with confidence that this bird is young or old.
- Lyutinos and albinos practically defies age, since the iris is dark or red does not depend on age. It is difficult to determine the age of a male by a crock, since the wax graft remains unchanged pinkish-violet from infancy. You can determine the age of the female by using the wax; it varies in color in accordance with the “generally accepted” rules.
Without the right to make a mistake: we determine the age of the budgerigar
External signs that can be used to determine whether a young cute feathery or in front of you is already an adult representative of the parrot family:
- the nature of the wavy lines on the head of a talkative bird,
- the color of the wax over the beak, the eye and the iris,
- color beak,
- saturation and clarity of plumage,
- the configuration of the spots on the neck,
- condition of scales on paws,
- tail length
When examining a bird, pay attention to a combination of these signs: they will “prompt” how to find out the age of a wavy parrot. Let us examine the main and additional differences between the chick and the mature bird in more detail.
Adult or young parrot: the main differences
Young parrots, not older than four months, have a “zebraish” pattern on their head, going straight from the waxberry. It can be noticeably pronounced or blend in with the color of the feathers.
This feature disappears after the first (juvenile) molt in three months. If this process is delayed, then the semi-annual parrot can be mistaken for a very young bird.
The wavy pattern disappears gradually, replacing the parrot's fluffy “cap” by three months of life.
Important: the process of changing plumage slows down in conditions of poor bird care,
or in a situation of prolonged stress in the feathered
Another sign is the color of the beak. A 2 month old wavy parrot has a black beak or spout with dark spots. However, in light-colored rocks (albinos or lutino), the beak brightens as early as 20-25 days old. By 4-6 months the bird's nose becomes greenish or yellowish.
Parrot chicks have black eyes, and mature birds have a white ring around the pupil. The pronounced iris around the bird's pupil "signals" that the parrot is at least six months old. The iris is absent not only in “young” birds, but also in individuals with a mutational color, in which the eyes remain black or red forever. Old wavy parrots may not have feathers in the eye area.
The age of the budgerigar is also determined by the tone of the wax: pink-violet, blue with white, beige, or the presence of all shades, suggests that the female has not yet grown to 2.5 months.
Later, the ceramics will turn white, beige or bluish (at 4-5 months - brown). By its color, you can determine not only the age of the female wavy parrot, but also the readiness for mating.
In a sexually mature girl, located to breeding, it is brown, and if the bird's organism is not ready for the continuation of the genus - beige.
The young male wavy parrot has a pink cep, sometimes with a purple tinge. After the first change of feathers, it will turn blue. But in male celandine parrots, albino, lyutino and variegated species, the light pink shade will remain.
Additional attributes: color, paws, tail
How many years the parrot is noticeable in terms of color saturation of the plumage. Parrots per month, two or three are not as bright as molded birds. The plumage of young parrots, though not very impressive, but quite formed, thick and neat.
Important: rare feathers or "bald spots" signal that
what is before you sick or elderly individual
The age of the budgerigars is also determined by the shape of the throat spots — a clear configuration is inherent in the adult bird, and the chick has specks consisting of semicircles, sectors, or multiple segments. Parrots older than six months of age appear characteristic bright "mask".
The scales on the paws of a young parrot fit snugly together and create a smooth surface. А вот у птицы «в возрасте» их рыхлая окантовка различима сразу.
Длинными хвостовыми перьями может похвастаться уже двухмесячная птичка. У птенцов до первой линьки хвостик короче.
Итог: как узнать возраст попугайчика?
Теперь, отправившись за пернатым другом, вы можете быть уверены в том, что нерадивому продавцу не удастся обмануть вам и подсунуть нездоровую особь или старую птицу. Briefly reflect the signs by which you will find young budgerigars:
- "Wind" on the head start from the nose,
- ceres is soft-pink, blue or purple, monophonic,
- color is fuzzy, throat spots are “blurry”,
- eyes are big and black, without white iris and rim,
- there is no pronounced "mask" characteristic of adult birds,
- the tail is shorter than the mature parrot.
Go to the pet store and calmly choose a young, talkative pet for yourself, because you already know how to determine the age of a wavy parrot!
Determining the age of wavy parrot
Determining the age of wavy parrot
There are only two signs, the presence of which undoubtedly indicates that the wavy parrot is young - this is a “teenage” wavy pattern on the head and the color of the beak. Consider the latter.
If the parrot's color of the horny cover of the beak has black spots similar to brushstrokes, or the entire beak is black, it is safe to say that the bird is young and its age is not more than 2 months.
However, it is worth noting that not all young birds have the cornea “marked” with black. More often, this beak color can be found in normally painted birds. “Inosov” (albino and lutino mutations), as well as clarified and celandine colors, never have black beaks. In general, in light birds blackness on the beak at the “young” age can be found much less frequently than in dark colors.
- if a wavy parrot has black in the color of the beak, then it is a young bird (up to 2 months). If not, it does not mean anything - the parrot can be both young and very old.
Now about the wavy pattern on the head, which in the young bird comes to the very crock. This is really a sign - all signs are a sign! Its presence in the wavy undoubtedly indicates that the bird is young (maximum age of 3-4 months).
Sometimes the drawing is subtle, you even have to strain your eyesight to see it.
There are exceptions. The fact is that the disappearance of the pattern over the wax, occurs during the first (juvenile) molt.
Thus, the delay in molting leads to the fact that a six-month-old bird can be mistakenly recognized as younger. There is a known case even with an eight-month bird that did not pass molting.
As a rule, such deviations are associated with inadequate bird care, or indicate that the bird is experiencing prolonged stress.
- The presence of a wavy pattern in a parrot by 99% defines the bird as a “teenager” not older than four months.
The bird in the next photo started molting, the wavy pattern is still visible, but the emerging “cap” is already visible (the bird is three months old).
The "Inosov" and celandine age determination on the waves on the head is impossible due to the lack thereof. In addition to the two signs described above, there are several other minor ones that help recognize the age of birds.
So the presence of the iris around the pupils can mean that a wavy parrot, the owner of such eyes, is at least a six-month-old bird.
The absence of the iris may indicate that the parrot is younger than six or seven months, or it belongs to a mutation in which the eyes remain completely black all their life (either red or dark red, depending on the type of bird mutation).
On the first photo I'll scare 40 days, on the second - four years (recessive coloring), on the third - a male for three years.
The color of the wax can also indicate the age of the parrot.
So, females up to two and a half months usually have a wax color of either pink-violet (with bright markings around the nostrils), or white-blue, or beige (a combination of all these colors is possible).
The structure of the wax is smooth, without any visible changes. But by two months the color of the wax is changing, becoming white or beige, sometimes with a blue tint. Very often, at the age of 4–5 months, the color of the wax becomes brown.
However, it is not uncommon for a change in color to brown to occur much later, by eight to nine months, and is associated with puberty. During the nesting period, the color of the female's voskovitsy often changes back to white-blue.
The wax of males in the first months after departure from the nest has a pink or purple-pink color (sometimes a very dark shade)
and changes to blue after juvenile molting. But, males of lutino, albino, celandine, and also recessive variegated colors retain a light pink color for life. Sometimes in the color of the wax of these birds there is even a blue color (fragmentary).
When determining the age should also pay attention to the intensity of color plumage. Juvenile chicks before juvenile molt have less bright color of plumage than molded birds. But this difference in shades is so insignificant that only an experienced person can determine it, without having a number of different-age birds for comparison.
Another very interesting way to determine age is in the form of throat spots. In young birds, they, as a rule, do not have a clear oval shape, but represent multiple segments, sectors, semicircles.
When determining the age should also pay attention to the paws of the bird. The young healthy parrot scales on the legs fit snugly together, giving the impression of a smooth surface. In birds, in old age, changes in the state of the epithelial tissues are clearly visible. Scales are clearly visible to the naked eye.
Well, we started with a beak and finally got to the tail. The tail length can also serve as a guideline in determining age. In adolescents up to 2.5 months, it is shorter than in other birds.
But this factor should be considered only as complementary to the overall picture of the analysis, since
there is always the possibility that a bird with a short tail could lose several long tail feathers for various reasons.
Article written by: Yuri a.k.a. komar
How to determine (learn) the age of a wavy parrot?
When acquiring a new friend, it is very important to preliminarily collect as much information about him as possible.
Determining the age of the wavy parrot is a very important point, especially considering that such small birds live much less than their larger counterparts.
It is extremely unpleasant to find once that a newly acquired pet, which you managed to sincerely love, suddenly died quietly from old age because of an unscrupulous breeder or a pet shop.
Unfortunately, neither experienced breeders nor pet stores can guarantee the absolute health and long life of their live goods. That is why it is necessary to find out in advance, according to what signs it is possible to calculate the real age of the bird from external signs.
Beak, paws, eyes
Take a close look at the beak of your ward - in young chicks, it has almost a black color, which takes on the usual yellow tint within 2-3 months.
The next important point - the condition of the legs. Young birds have smooth scales on their paws, tightly fitted to each other. Accordingly, uneven, rough covers suggest that there is a bird of respectable age in front of you.
How to determine (understand) the sex and age of the wavy parrot on the eyes? Eyes are not only a mirror of a person’s soul, but also an excellent indicator of the age of your future feathered friend. Chicks are born with a completely black iris, only to 4 months a bright iris appears around the pupil. But in determining the sex of the eyes themselves will not help us.
To find out the sex of a bird, you need to look at the cinnamon - a stretch of thickened skin at the base of the mandible: the cinnamon of the male will be painted in a delicate pink color, while his female peer will have bluish shades prevail. The reflex of the females has a non-uniform color, and around the nostrils, it clearly shows bright circles.
Volnushki, which are a distinctive feature of this species, in young individuals will be indistinctly pronounced, occupying the surface of the entire head, reaching the very wax eye.
But here you need to be as careful as possible when determining age, since at the age of 4-5 months in a healthy parrot the first molt begins. During this period, it is almost impossible to distinguish puberty from extreme old age or illness.
Combine all of these signs, but rather try to contact trusted breeders who can show you the documents and habitat of your future friend.
Once again about the age features of boys and girls
How to determine (learn) the age of a wavy parrot-male by external signs? If you have already determined the sex of your pet, now you will be a little easier. So, the feathered boys:
- Absolutely black iris eyes
- Ceres pastel pink
- The mask around the wax is not formed
- Waves start directly from the beak.
- The beak has small black blotches.
- The scales on the legs smooth and pale pink
On similar grounds, one can understand how to determine (learn) the age of a wavy parrot-female. The only difference is the color of the wax, which in the young ladies has a pale blue tint and small bright rims around the breathing holes, as well as the heterogeneity of the color of the beak.
As a person
The average lifespan of a wavy comrade is only 10-15 years, and during this time a cheerful, mischievous, mature individual grows out of a small feathered lump, which can produce offspring, learn simple commands and even master human speech.
Of course, there is no specific table for correlation (comparison) between the age of a parrot and a person, but if you wish, you can calculate this moment yourself.
It should be borne in mind that birds in the first months of life develop much faster than human children.
Therefore, by 40 days the parrot becomes a fully-fledged, independent bird that no longer needs its own nest.
Then, up to 1 year old, this little wavy comrade is going through all the signs of puberty, peculiar to his mind - first molt, first changes in color and plumage, first love.
Until the tenth anniversary of the bird develops, is engaged in its bird affairs, mastering new tricks, pleases its owners. And then gradually her activity begins to fade.
The plumage thins and dims, activity disappears, the bird may prefer life in a cage to frequent flights.
During this period, you need to protect your little comrade from stress as much as possible, change the food for specialized food for elderly birds, show maximum care, understanding to the new strange habits of your pet.
For greater clarity, you can examine the wavy parrot's age table by human standards. Of course, all the data in it are exemplary and extremely conditional.
Tips on how to determine the age of a wavy parrot. Age of male and female parrots
Budgerigars - quite popular pets. Usually buying them, no one thinks about what can get an old or even a sick bird under the guise of a young and therefore, they completely trust the seller.
The total life expectancy of the budgerigar is about 10-15 years.
Therefore it is important before purchase. determine the age of the bird, in order to avoid possible problems associated with the age of the bird.
How to determine the male?
To determine the approximate age of the budgie most often used color signs. it color of head plumage and wax. Not a clear wavy pattern on the head down to the beak, black strokes on the beak - all this indisputably shows that the bird has not reached three months. But there are other signs.
The body size of an adult parrot is about 18-20 centimeters.
The eyes of young individuals are almost completely black, while in older birds the black pupil is already surrounded by a white ring. This process begins in birds after 10 months. Than wider ring - by that older bird. Also pay attention to the area around the eyes. Sick and old birds do not have plumage in this area.
Throat stain pattern adults and young are also somewhat different. Birds older than half a year already have formed heels. clear oval shapewhile the young parrots have throat spots vague and have a circle shape with blurred edges.
Young birds have shorter tail plumage in the age of up to two months, then the tail grows to normal size.
Young healthy individuals at the age of one and a half month already have fully formed plumage. If the feathers are unevenly arranged and the bird seems to be disheveled, this may indicate a disease or old age.
Besides, plumage pattern young birds are fuzzy (up to six months), compared with more adult individuals. But in chicks up to three months wavy pattern continues all over the head to the very beak, while birds older than three months already have a solid white “Hat” of fluff on the head.
Budgerigars can fly from one month of age. This is another way to check their age. If the bird does not fly, it should be alarming.
Old birds can be distinguished skin texture on paws. In adults and young parrots, skin scales adhere tightly to each other and form a smooth surface. Older birds have rougher skin on their paws. All scales are clearly visible.
One of the most famous ways to determine the age of the budgerigar is by the color of wax. In young males she has whitish purple and very bright, while in adult males she blue.
Very old birds usually do not practically fly around the cage, become overweight and sleep most of the time.
Unhealthy birds that are kept without proper care, usually have not dense plumage with bald spots.
Determination of the age of the female
Before choosing a parrot, it is necessary to clarify not only its age, but also gender. Usually females are more aggressive than males, less active and unfriendly.
The difference between the male and the budgerigar female is the size. Males are larger, more active and love to sing and see themselves in the mirrors. Females are more calm and indifferent to their appearance.
By the color of the wax, one can recognize not only the age of the bird, but also its gender. So in males the color changes from pale purple to blue, and in females - from bright blue with white rims around the nostrils to white and pink and brown (in the period when the female is ready to breed).
Also, to determine the age of females, all the other signs characteristic of males will do:
- color and pattern of plumage on the head,
- black strokes on the beak,
- the presence of a white ring on the eyes,
- drawing of throat spots
- formation of plumage,
- texture of the skin on the feet.
Based on all the above signs, you can find out the sex of the bird, as well as its approximate age.
Age of lutins and albinos
Lyutino or lyutinos are budgerigars that have a rich yellow color due to a lack of color pigments in the body. Like albinos, their eyes are not black, but richly red due to a lack of melanin.
Albinos or albino - budgerigars in white. This color is due to the lack of color pigments in the body of the bird.
In the case of albinos or lutinos, it is almost impossible to determine the age of males, since they are not covered by standard color attributes.
In lutinoses, age can be determined by formation of throat spots. Clear oval white markings are characteristic of an adult. In young birds, throat markings are poorly visible and have a fuzzy shape.
You can determine the age and eyes. Nestlings lack a light iris and their eyes have uniform red tintwhile adult birds have a lightish iris on the eyes.
Determining the age of a bird based on the formation of feathering and the texture of the skin on the paws is also valid in the case of lutinoses and albinos.
To determine the age of females, you can use the rules for determining the wax. If males have pink ceres throughout life, then females change from light, at a young age, to brown, after reaching puberty.
Video: how to find out the pet's age?
If you decide to buy a budgie, then the best thing, of course, is to choose a young individual, because it will be able to adapt faster, the bed will be more mobile and active. But you shouldn’t take small chicks, either, because nutritional problems may arise.
The exact age of a parrot older than three months is very difficult to determine, because the first molt occurs during this period. But you can still - the color of beak and wax. The age of a bird older than one year cannot be determined. The only thing that can be said is an old bird or still young one based on the texture of the skin on the paws, plumage and behavior.
In the case of lutino and albino, it is even more difficult to determine age, so when buying poultry it is necessary to contact only verified vendors and breeders who will not lie about the age and health of the bird.
How to determine whether a young parrot or not
Wavy parrots have long won the hearts of urban residents. These unpretentious pets feel great in the apartments and houses of people. Even a child can take care of them.
Они имеют красивую расцветку, очень общительны и дружелюбны, их легко научить говорить.
In addition, the observance of simple rules allows you to keep them with other pets: it is not uncommon for wistists not only to get along, but even to be friends with cats - with their irreconcilable enemies in their natural habitat.
By purchasing a feathered mischievous, we attach to him so much that the sudden loss of a pet can break a heart. When you know that a wavy parrot has already exceeded 15 years, it comes to the realization that the bird can stay with us for another day, month, year, or at best 5 years.
I just want to clarify that it will not be about accurate age determination, but rather how to distinguish a young parrot from an adult: after the first (juvenile) molt, which begins at the age of 3-4 months, the parrots change little, therefore, determine the age of an adult bird without knowing the date of her birth is almost impossible. However, there are a number of signs by which one can distinguish a young, not shedding parrot from an adult.
Any pet can become a pet - from banal cats, dogs, fish, rodents and birds to lizards, creeping, arachnids, marsupials.
Even a raccoon poloskuna can be domesticated. The choice depends on what? From personal preferences, from the ability to contain one or another of God's creation, and from the financial ability to acquire and feed it.
After all, we are responsible for those who have tamed, right?
When buying a parrot in a zoological store, you need to pay attention to its age. If you have never come across the age determination of birds, this may seem difficult, but in fact it is not. It is enough to know a few features that will help you answer the question "how to determine the age of a wavy parrot" and you will cope with this matter.
Everyone chooses pets, based on their own preferences. Most stop at a cat or dog - they are most popular among animals.
When the conversation comes about the birds, then the undoubted leaders are the parrots. Buying a bird, we hope that she will live with us as long as possible.
In this regard, the question arises, how to determine the age of a parrot? After all, the younger the pet, the more we can spend time with it.
If the parrot's color of the horny cover of the beak has black spots similar to brushstrokes, or the entire beak is black, it is safe to say that the bird is young and its age is not more than 2 months. However, it is worth noting that not all young birds have the cornea “marked” with black.
More often, this beak color can be found in normally painted birds. “Inosov” (albino and lutino mutations), as well as clarified and celandine colors, never have black beaks. In general, in light birds blackness on the beak at the “young” age can be found much less frequently than in dark colors.
1 The main signs in determining the age of the parrot1.1 Eyes1.2 Beak1.3 Plumage1.4 Flight1.5 Body length1.6 Wax The question how to determine the age of the wavy parrot, worries many fans of these birds restless. What causes this genuine interest?
Parrots are best suited for home zoo-angles. An ideal pet would be a caged and captive specimen. The most reliable suppliers of such birds will be professional breeders or amateurs with a very good reputation. Today the choice of many are wavy parrots. How to determine the age and sex of such birds, we will describe below.
One of the frequently asked questions that interest owners of talker birds is the following: how to find out the age of undulating. Indeed, for many it is very important. Buying a bird in the house, almost everyone wants to buy a little chick.
But for an unprepared person, this task seems overwhelming. In fact, finding out the age of the feathered is not so difficult.
There are several clear indicators that can easily tell you: a young parrot or an old one, a male or a female.
When acquiring a new friend, it is very important to preliminarily collect as much information about him as possible.
Determining the age of the wavy parrot is a very important point, especially considering that such small birds live much less than their larger counterparts.
It is extremely unpleasant to find once that a newly acquired pet, which you managed to sincerely love, suddenly died quietly from old age because of an unscrupulous breeder or a pet shop.
When purchasing a pet parrot at a pet store, pay special attention to its age. At first glance, it is difficult for an inexperienced person to determine if the bird in front of him or the old one is already old - the parrots are not too different in appearance. But knowing some of the features, which we will talk about now, you can buy exactly the young chick of a wavy parrot.
Today we will tell how to determine the age of a wavy parrot, so as not to buy an old and possibly sick one instead of a young bird.
Before the first molt, this is quite simple, thanks to some common features. But the more I scare the years, the more difficult it is to determine his age.
In this article you will find detailed information on how to determine how many years wavy parrot.
Many pet lovers want to know how to determine the age of a parrot when buying, in order not to accidentally purchase an adult bird that will be difficult to tame and teach to talk funny. There are several ways by which you can easily find out the age of a parrot, and this will be discussed below.
You can understand who is in front of you - a newly fledgling parrot or an adult bird in the event that the feathered one has not reached the half-year mark: after it all the birds are on “one face”. Details in this article. Usually, wavy parrots begin to sell at the age of one month - fully fledged chicks can feed on their own, can fly and quickly become “attached” to the host.
7 days after the birth, sometimes it is 2 days earlier, the chicks open their eyes, after a day or two, they see the first stumps of feathers.
Feathers on the back, tail and wings appear at the third week of age, but the plumage takes on a monthly appearance.
The difference from adults only in size and color, it is vague and without shades.
You decided to get a wavy parrot - this is wonderful, because these parrots can be taught to talk, and you will always have an interesting interlocutor. Of course, it is best to purchase a young individual. Young parrots are more active, they can be trained well, adapt more quickly to a new place, and they have fewer health problems. But how to determine the parrot old or not?
How to determine the age of wavy parrot - signs of differences
When choosing a parrot, in addition to gender and color, one should pay attention to the age of the individual. The older the parrot, the less its ability to learn, which in turn changes the cost. The price of a parrot increases if the bird can repeat words and is well trained for home conditions.
Also, the young representative of birds learns better, becomes tame and is not afraid of the owners. For the purchase is always in preference the youngsters. Prolonged content in the pet store, bad for birds. They become weak, with poor immunity.
In stores, as a rule, there is not enough sunlight, and for food they offer the cheapest raw materials.
The maximum period of life of a wavy parrot is 10, in some cases 15 years. Thus, by human standards, the bird's one-year age equals, by analogy, ten years of a person.
Methods for determining
Prior to the very first cycle of molting, age determination is a simple procedure. The older the wavy feathery, the harder it is to analyze the lifetime.
If you have knowledge, you can determine how old a bird is by the following parameters:
- feathered eyes,
- coloring the beak,
- tail cover plumage,
- dark areas on the cover,
- on pet's paws,
- images of the ornamental zone, and masks on the front side,
- the nature of the use of the wings and physical dimensions.
How to teach a parrot to speak you will find here.
Features of the eyeball
Newborn individuals are distinguished by large eyes, completely painted black. When the bird is over 6 months old, a black pupil is surrounded by a barely noticeable iris with different color shades.
Constant mutations affect the color. If the rim of the wide iris is noticeable, she is more than 8 months old. After overcoming the year’s turn, the eyes do not lend themselves to metamorphosis.
In some cases, the iris may appear after the next 10 months from birth.
Wavy pet's beak
If a young parrot (up to 2 months) has a normal plumage color, its beak can be recognized by its black color, or by ubiquitous black strokes. This trend can last up to 4 months. If you observe an adult individual, you will find a light tone of the beak with a light yellow or green color.
It is necessary to highlight the "wavy cap" on the head cover of a parrot.
Newborn individuals have short plumage in the tail section. The growth of the tail of a two-month brood is significantly accelerated and reaches a maximum. However, the age determination method for the tail housing may not be accurate. Even the old parrot's tail can fall due to a number of factors, it is often deprived during a fight between the parrots.
Spots on the cover
After a month and a half, after the birth of a parrot, the first saturated cover is formed on his body. After a while the feathers lose their diversity. The first cycle of juvenile molting, the chicks suffer for 3-4 months of life. Near the eyeballs, old individuals, there is a lack of feathering around the eye.
It is worth paying attention to how the specks look in the throat area of the bird. In young brood it is impossible to determine a clear heel shape. In adults, on the contrary, the “blot” gets oval and sharp.
In young animals that are distinguished by good health, the scales on the legs of the parrot are closely spaced to each other, which creates an illusion of the integrity of the paw cover. As the body ages, the scales begin to move away from the limbs.
The texture on the legs of the elderly representatives of the species is especially pronounced. Over time, the paws become covered with small neoplasms of irregular shape.
You can check the age of the feathery by the color of the wax element near the beak. It is here that the parrot's nostrils are located immediately after the beak.
In young chicks, the color gets a light pink or blue tint.
After 2 months from the date of birth, the appearance changes and in half a year of life the color takes on its final form: in males, the place under the beak is blue, and females are marked with brown blossoms.
The new-born parrot doesn’t have a mask on the face of the mask, and the wavy pattern begins immediately after the nostrils of the individual. By 6 months the appearance of a mask with white, yellow or other color is observed. By soskovice can also be distinguished male from female.
Flight pattern and physical dimensions
After 30 days of birth, the parrots begin their first flights. If the birds have not yet flown, some experts suggest to postpone the purchase, the individual is not yet ready or sick. Perhaps the individual received a mechanical injury of the wings. With a good level of health and nutrition, a parrot can reach 20 centimeters.
Thus, if the chick is not 6 months old, there are a number of external features for determining the approximate time lived. Do not forget that for the parrot need proper care and good nutrition.
The color spectrum of the lucino and albino ceramics, has a pinkish-purple hue and does not change with the passage of time. An element sometimes exhibits a faint bluish glow.
In some cases, the light-colored body of the parrot, black spots on the beak of the young, may disappear after a month of life. Sometimes such additions may not appear at all. In the case of foreigners, it is not possible to use the color and character of feathering for age, due to the lack of ornament on the body.
Differences of newborn individuals:
- the feathers of the parrot have no brightness, like an adult bird,
- eyes glow bright and have black color,
- the wave begins immediately after the wax vessel,
- the waxberry has a pink tint,
- throat spots do not have a system,
- recognize the chick allows a glossy appearance of the legs.
If the parrot is sold by an experienced breeder, a ring with the exact date of birth can be put on the bird's foot. Also on such aptly recorded the name of the nursery-distributor.
The parrot ringing procedure is properly performed during the nine-day period after birth. Buying a bird from dubious persons, you risk to buy a completely bad or more mature individual than you assured in the pet store. The ring on the foot must be solid and fit.
The future owner, when buying, should pay attention to the general appearance of the bird, its mobility. It also indirectly indicates a young or old parrot, is in front of you.
The young bird is always active, constantly singing and frolicking. Your bird will get used to the house well if it gets there as quickly as possible.
There are always individual features that can change the time of manifestation of some signs.
It is ideal to carry out the purchase in a monthly period, it is then that the chick begins to leave its native nest and actively investigates the aviary or cage. Also, the individual demonstrates a desire to feed independently with food, which indicates some maturity and the ability to leave the cage. Also, such an individual can make small flights around the room and become an excellent pet in a live corner.
Wavy Parrot Health
First of all, inspect the cage with parrots. It should have a clean and well-groomed appearance, the food is not scattered throughout the cage, but is located in the place intended for it, that is, in the feeder.
Immediately pay attention to how a wavy parrot behaves, if it is sluggish, moves slowly, reacts poorly to people, objects, and the like, then most likely the bird is sick.
A healthy budgerigar, especially being in childhood, is always cheerful, lively and vigorous. If you like one of the parrots, inspect it carefully.
It should not be too thin, with bulging bones, eyes should be clear, there should be no discharge around the nostrils. If the bird has crested, ruffled its feathers, sits quietly on the side or around the cloaca, it has adhered droppings - these are signs of any diseases.
Decide in advance who is better to choose - male or female. Males are more friendly and sociable than females, they are easier to learn to speak, although everything is relative, everything also depends on the nature of the pet.
Females teach to speak, though more difficult, but the results of training are much better - the pronunciation and clarity of words are much better than those of males. Females are more aggressive.
The bird should be friendly and it can be seen immediately, they do not show anxiety, do not shy away and do not bite.
Taming wavy parrot
If you want to accustom the bird to your hands, it is better to take a wavy parrot for a small age, from 1 to 3 months. When the chick is only a month old, he already looks like an adult budgie, only his size is a little smaller, and the color is vague, without shades. He already knows how to fly, so the statement that the bird has not formed feathers for the flight should alert you.
Wavy parrot age
After 3-4 months, when the first molt passes, the exact age of the parrot cannot be determined. But there are several signs confirming that you are a young bird. In chicks, the eyes are completely black, with no white rim around the pupil, which appears in more adult birds.
Up to one and a half to two months, the parrots on the beak have a black smear, when growing, the beak turns yellow. In young, shorter tails, wavy pattern begins almost from the wax, and in the older - on the head as if wearing a small colored cap.
From 6 months, wavy parrots have a “mask” on their head.
In the adult male it is bright blue, in adult females it is brown. Cerebral of young male is pale-violet, purple or pinkish, evenly colored, without edging around nostrils. In females can be pink or pale blue, but only around the nostrils white border.
Occasions sometimes change color depending on mood. So, in females, they can become similar to males if they are excited about something, and in males - to lighten, especially if they are not very healthy. If in doubt, you can watch your pet behave.
Males start “stomping” for 4 months already in 4 rattles, candy wrappers, ladders, etc., sometimes they try to feed them a particularly beloved toy. Many experts believe that the parrots should live in a pair, because otherwise your pet will not have enough communication.
But on the other hand, a lonely parrot is easier to tame, teach to speak.
Budgerigars are unpretentious and funny birds that easily breed in captivity. They live from 10 to 15 years with proper nutrition and care and will be great friends to you and your children.