Magnificent parrot of barraband (Polytelis swainsonii)
Appearance of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot
the Magnificent parrot of barraband — a bird of the average sizes with a length of body about 40 cm and up to 157 гр. Length of a tail is about 22 cm. The sexual dimorphism is peculiar to birds, the color of polovozrely males differs from that at females. Males of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot have bright green plumage, a forehead and a throat bright yellow, a breast red. Beak and eyes orange, paws gray. In the tail there are reddish feathers. Females are painted less brightly, a color of a body not such green, more dim, on hips orange feathers.
Life expectancy of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot at the correct leaving about 25 years.
the Area of dwelling and life in the nature of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot
the Look concerns endemics of Australia, lives in the southeast and some islands. Wild population totals about 10.000 individuals. East population sticks to the open eucalyptus woods, and western keeps closer to coast of the rivers. Besides, birds can meet near agricultural grounds and on the outskirts of small settlements.
Usually live in small packs, but sometimes get off in packs up to 100 birds. Are noticed in groups together with korella and rosellas.
Eat magnificent barrabandova parrots usually on trees and on the earth. In a diet fruit, flowers and nectar of an eucalyptus, fruits of cactuses, grain crops, seeds of herbs (a shepherd's bag, a thistle, a nettle, a lucerne and others).
Reproduction of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot
the Nested period falls on September-December. Nests arrange in cavities of old trees. Sometimes nest kolonialno (up to 6 couples). In a laying usually 4 — 6 eggs which are hatched only by a female about 20 days. The male all this time feeds a female and protects her and a nest. Baby birds are born covered with down. They leave a nest at the age of 5 weeks, however keep near parents within several weeks to full independence.
On a photo: two magnificent barrabandovy parrots
the Magnificent parrot of barraband in house conditions
of Magnificent barrabandovy parrots already for a long time contain in house conditions, and to it there are reasons. These birds are very beautiful, their bright plumage and unusual appearance draws attention. Birds quite large are also easily tamed. However abilities to imitation of the speech of the person at magnificent barrabandovy parrots very mediocre — it is good if the bird is able to learn though several words. It is possible to teach these parrots to whistle some melodies or to repeat some sounds. Unfortunately, they are not so vysokorazvita as, we will tell annulate parrots. These birds are simple in contents and quite not bad breed in the conditions of bondage. Besides, at some types selectors removed several color mutations. Birds are quite peaceful and usually do not offend even smaller birds, they can even be supported together in big open-air cages and to release on joint walks. It is possible to carry quite loud voice which they use quite often to minuses of these birds. Some because of it are recommended to keep in street open-air cages where the climate allows to do it.
Maintenance and care of a magnificent barrabandovy parrot
On a photo: The magnificent parrot of barraband cleans feathers
At contents in house conditions for magnificent parrots will approach the spacious open-air cage not less than 2 meters long as parrots like to fly much. In the open-air cage poles of the corresponding diameter with bark, feeding troughs, drinking bowls have to be established. The open-air cage has to be established in a light part of the room, not under direct sunshine and not on a draft and also far away from heating devices. Surely establish a kupalka in the open-air cage, all magnificent parrots it is crazy about water procedures. The excessive humidity and dampness is contraindicated to birds. Birds can be supported also in spacious cages with a condition of long walks out of a cage. Birds need entertainments, otherwise they will miss and behave phlegmatically. And it can lead to a set of excess weight. Parrots it is possible to teach to execute simple tricks, to play with toys.
Feeding of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot
On a photo: two р oskoshny barrabandoy a parrot are treated with grain mix
For drawing up the correct diet, it is necessary to pick up the necessary grain mix, grain mix of industrial production will be suitable for small and average Australian parrots. Though birds and large, a beak at them quite weak. In structure mix there have to be several grades of a millet, a canary seed, it is a little oats, a buckwheat, a carthamus and hemp. The quantity of seeds of sunflower has to be limited. Treat pets with cones of a Senegalese millet. Surely include in a diet green juicy forages — sheet salad, a mangold, a dandelion, a wood louse, a shepherd's bag, etc. It is also obligatory to include in the diet germinated cereals wetted and a tired forage. From vegetables — carrots, vegetable marrows, sweet and hot pepper. They too very much love fruit and berries — bananas, a citrus, grapes, etc. In a cage there have to be sources of calcium and minerals — sepia, mineral mix, swept also a mineral stone. Offer birds fresh branches with bark and leaves of a willow, a birch, a linden, fruit trees, previously having scalded them boiled water.
Cultivation of a magnificent barrabandov of a parrot
On a photo: in the foreground р oskoshny barraband scare
Magnificent barrabandova parrots quite not bad breed, however it can occur only in the conditions of the open-air cage. Birds have to be not less than 3 years old, they should not be relatives, have to be healthy also in good standard. Couple has to be created and show to each other tenderness. Birds need to provide various food — especially germinated grain and proteins of animal origin. Increase light day at least till 12 o'clock. It is necessary to place a nested lodge in the open-air cage with sizes of 25х25х150 — 200 cm in depth, a letok of 9 cm. On a bottom fill shaving or sawdust of deciduous breeds of trees. In a lodge it is necessary to place a ladder that birds could get out outside. Usually males before pairing execute marriage dance, jumping before most and making the corresponding sounds. The female at the same time squats. After pairing, the female postpones in a nest until 6 eggs and hatches them about 20 days. Baby birds are born covered with down and by 1.5 months completely feather and leave a nest. When they become independent, it is better to transplant them from parents.