The scientific name for this bird is Neophema Splendida. I am unable to pronounce or understand Latin words, but the last part of the name is easy to read. Splendida is obviously a description of how splendidly beautiful this bird is. Truly a bird of the rainbow. With pretty much every bright eye catching color adorning it, this bird has to be one of the most colorful ones out there. The males and females are similar, but have a slightly different color pattern. Males have a bright blue face and on the upper wing, scarlett chest and neck, yellow and orange on the lower belly and under the tail.
Green feathers complete this ensemble, by flowing from the back, along part of the wings and down to the tail. The main difference between the male and female in regard to color is the absence of the scarlett on the females chest. Green is found there instead. In addition, females have a much duller version of all the other colors. The bill is a grey or blackish color and the eyes are brown. This is a very small bird, coming in at a little over half a foot in length. They only weigh a few ounces at most.
This colorful bird originates in Australia. They most certainly prefer dry climates. In the wild they inhabit grasslands. They are actually a bit of a shy bird and not a great deal is known regarding their wild behavior and status. They are categorized as vulnerable on the endangered species list most likely due to pet trade capture and habitat destruction. In Australia, they are quite common as pets due to their small size and great personalities. They are generally quiet, producing cute little twittering noises. They do have the ability to make a piercing high pitched shriek though. One drawback to this bird is they tend to not be very hardy health wise. However this is debatable as some people insist with proper care this bird is actually a rather hardy bird. They have a rather short lifespan, with an average bird living to be about 10 years.
Feeding: A main course of small pellet is great. Perhaps canary or other small bird pellet. Mix in some scrumptious seeds and add in some fresh fruits and veggies for a delectable snack. Your bird will love you for many years if you keep them fed a nutritious balanced diet. Always remember to change water daily and keep a nice clean cage for your birdy companion.
These birds are ground foragers in the wild so a nice bowl of clean soil or dirt on the bottom of the cage may provide lots of fun for your little Australian pet.
Train-ability: These are small birds, so they may not learn all the marvelous tricks of their bigger cousins, such as the African Greys and Macaws. They are, however, able to learn simple tricks easily such as stepping up on your hand or flipping them upside-down. The main thing is you want to interact with your bird daily and for a good amount of time. They tend to be on the shy side, so it may take a while to earn your bird’s trust. They are very sweet though, and make great little companion birds.
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