Monday, May 24, 2010

How do you tell male and female swans apart?

I've noticed that some of the swans in the river outside my flat have less colour on their beaks than the bright orange of the others is that an indicator?
Male and female look alike, but if you look carefully, you can tell one from the other:
1- Males are larger than females;
2- The knob at the base of the male's upper bill is larger than the female's knob. By the way, it鈥檚 this knob that distinguishes the mute swan from all others;
3- The neck of a male is thicker than the neck of a female.
Sexual dimorphism. The male is larger.
In all bird species the males are more colorful and larger.
the male weighs more and is just a little bit larger..
Im not sure about the color thing. alot of birds the colorful ones are the males.. sometimes being larger...
the Red Tailed Hawk is one exception... They are identical in their markings... but the female is twice the size as the male.

How do you tell if there is a bird in an egg?

Please help!? I have a baby bird egg and i don't know if its alive or not. Its an american robin.
In a dark room hold it horazontally and shine a flashlight on one end. If you see a dark shape, then thats the bird! if it looks the same all the way through then there is no bird.
taste it and you will see.
Please do not shake it! Try to get a stethoscope and listen for a beat.
zomg, just smash the damn egg
Well, there is techically only one way to find out... break it!
do not touch leave it alone parents will take care of it, if you touched keep worm and wait oat meal mix in water to feed.
One, keep it warm until you know for sure.

Try holding it up against a bright light... it will be difficult to tell if there's a chick in there or not unless it's fairly well developed, but give it a shot.

Unfortunately, robin's eggs make tiny omelettes.

Good luck to ya!
Well.. I suggest you take it to the vet and like them handle it. Don't do anything that would harm them. But the other comment about how you should try to listen to a heart a good idea.
Gently spin the egg on a counter...if it spins fast and true then there is a solid form inside. If it spins slow with a wobble"like its drunk" then there is nothing but mush inside.

There is a 99% chance that it is dead if it is in your possesion. If not turned and warmed the egg dies quickly.
Get a small flashlight (very bright like mag lite) go in the bathroom and turn off the light. Put the light up to the broad end of the egg. If you see an embryo with the spidery blood veins it has a baby. If it just glows it is not fertile. If the egg is very far along you may see the embryo moving.
Candle it.
Take the egg into a dark room and hold a flashlight up to it. If there is an embryo in the egg you will see blood vessels and or the embryo (partial of full).
If you can't incubate it properly,it won't really matter if it is alive or not because without proper incubation it won't stay alive long.
DON'T TOUCH IT!! If you touch it the mother will never come back for it..I should know I have 4 birds with eggs in my front yard! Just wait for the hatching process
ok, take a bit of card board, poke a tiny hole in it, then put that piece of card board lightly on the egg, go in a dark place and shine a flash light in the hole n u can se something, if there are big circles, it is possible that u might have a live bird, look for veins, it could be an air cell
omg.. lol
yes the flashlight thing may work... but if she sees a baby inside the egg... and with the egg being cold.. the baby bird is not going to hatch... im sorry but if you see a bird inside the egg.. its no longer alive..

and the comments about the mom coming back for the egg..
how in the heck is she supposed to pick the egg up??
in her beak??? and carry it up to her nest??? NO!
im sure she pushed the egg out.. the mother can tell if the egg is not fertile.. even if she she accidentally pushed it out... the egg will not be fertile unless its warm constantly..
dont u notice how the mom sits on the nest..while the daddy brings the food?

also vets will not take the egg..
thank you for caring enough to ask questions...
but the egg is no good.

How do you tell a goose from a swan?

geese and swans really dont look anything like each other.

swans come in black or white - geese come in lots of colours.

swans have extremely long necks with longer beaks - geese have shorter nests with thicker, shorter beaks.

their bodies are also different.

have a look in a search engine at a few pics of the two and you will be able to tell.
Their heads/beaks are completely different, and geese honk.
A swan is white with a longer neck.geese have dark colors with a white bottom usually with a white ring on the neck.
first things first, You have to start by going to gradeschool
Say what ?
Ask the ugly ducking...he knows.
A swan has a long, sleek neck that has an "S" curve and usually a beautiful bird, a goose has a shorter neck, may have bumps on its beak, and isn't as attractive.
whack it in the head with a shovel

How do you teach a parakeet to talk?

I heard that you can teach one how to talk! I dont know how so can anyone tell me how? (im not talking about a parrot)
Its the male parakeets that are noted for talking, so if you want to have a parakeet that talks, a male bird, under four months of age is best.. This isn鈥檛 to say that female parakeets can鈥檛 be taught to talk, but generally female birds are slower to learn and attempts at teaching a female to talk might not be successful.
BUT its worth a go so.... Remember, to stand the best chance,your bird must feel/be part of his "human flock"
Birds learn best in the morning, when their mind is fresh and ready for new information. Repeat the same phrases loudly, slowly and clearly. This is best done on a one to one basis,with no other distractions.A 15-20 minute session is good. Parakeets do best with hard letters like K and T, so the traditional "hello" is actually sort of hard for a Parakeet. "Cutie" would be much better! Parakeets tend to mumble and to talk quickly, so the more slowly you talk, the more normal it will sound when the bird starts to repeat it.
You will need time and patience, and eventually your parakeet will start to answer back to you. Parakeets can also learn to mimic other sounds around them. They can learn to chirp like a cell phone, whistle a short tune, and much more,females especially!
A not place a mirror in the cage, as your bird will pay more attention to his reflection,and not to you.!
You talk to it.
u keep saying it and saying it and maybe it will repeat after u.
Same way you teach any bird... horrible repetition. My mom said it took her months to teach her parakeet how to say one little thing, so if you want to do it, be patient!
talk to it in short sentences alot
With your hard unforgiving fist!
I didn't know that you could. Did some one tell you that they are talking birds.
You teach them the same way as a parrot. It takes a lot of time and patience. You keep repeating what you want them to learn, and theoretically, they will start repeating the same thing back.
I had a parakeet a long time ago. They respond to people talking. Just keep repeating to him what you want him to say
like "good boy" or "hello" whenever your around him talk to him. Same concept as "polly want a cracker" repetition
I have raised parakeets for about 5 years now. This is what you do to get one to talk. Put it in a room by itself where it can't hear any other noises. Like radio and TV. Go in and set with it for about 1/2 hour each day. Say one word to it over and over. Start with only one word. After about a week it should start saying it. Sometimes it takes longer. Once he has it down and is saying it by himself then put it back with the other birds. He will teach them. Once all or most of them are saying that word, again might be another week or two. Take that bird back out and teach it to say something else. If you already keep your birds away from the main living area, which is suggested, then you don't need to isolate one bird. Just do the exercise with all the birds and one or more of them will start saying that word. But again only start with one word. Good Luck!!
First Decide What word you want the Parakette to say then keep repeating it over and over until the Parakette Repeats it
keep tell ing it the same thing(like...yo yo yo yo yoyo yo yo)over and over again
make the phrases simple and be repeatative.I have heard that the radio has helped teach birds to talk as radio stations tend to be repeatative
you talk to them alot, we have a parakeet and he will talk and go on and on

How do you teach a cat to get along with the bird?

Well start out by watching the bird and cat very closely!!! It really is gonna depend on your cats behavior. I have 3 birds and my cats never really bother them but I would never trust a bird with a cat by itself. NEVER!!!
You don't. Instinctively, the cat will want to knock the cage over and eat the bird! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise or you will have one fat cat on your hands!
You can't. Cats are natural predators %26 birds are natural prey. I let my cat sit in my room with me when my birds are out, but that's it. I don't trust my cat as far I can throw her, I can throw her pretty far. j/k
You don't teach them to get along with each other. You teach them to coexist with each other without paying attention to to one another. It is the cats instinct to hunt birds. that is something that will never change. People that say 'my cat and bird get along great!" are the ones that end up with feathers in the cats mouth. also, cat saliva and scratches are poisenous to your bird even the slightest scratch could kill your bird. teach them to stay away from each other
Your put it in a bag and mke it smoke weed.

How do you stop your blue front amazon from squawking?

Ok mabe stopping is impossible I just need some advice on how to reduce it.
Besides the typical "birds are loud" lecture sort of thing, squawking can be lessened by merely ignoring it. Easier said than done, I know, but that's how it works. Birds typically squawk to communicate, out of boredom, or for attention. When the bird squawks, ignore it. Don't look at the bird, don't vocalize to the bird, and don't even bother covering it (I've been told if you cover a bird just to shut it up, you don't even deserve to have it because clearly you don't understand the needs, so obviously it's a bad idea).

When the bird goes quiet, however, run over and shower it with attention, feed it treats, love it like you haven't seen it in forever. But remember, when it's being loud, pretend it doesn't even exist and your head isn't even pounding with the redundant decibel hell of squawking. :) Good luck.
you do know that birds are supposed to squawk?
thats how they communicate, they are flock animals and need attention.
you can either ignore it and hope it stops or give it stuff to occupy its time.
Birds typically make load noises when they need attention or are scared.
Perhaps you should set a specific time each day to play with it and once he learns that that time is his he will look forward to it and not be as noisy. Make sure he has toys to play with and spend as much time with it as you can. They are social critters just like people so think about it. Would you like to be put in a confined area and not be entertained? I鈥檇 bet you鈥檇 be squawking then.
Birds make noise. This is what they DO. As someone already pointed out, being flock animals, they do this to maintain "flock cohesion" (know where everyone is, even when they are out of sight) and to communicate.

Amazons have notoriously loud voices. This doesn't even include screaming - just their normal voice is loud.

Birds generally get loud at two periods during the day - in the morning, and towards evening. This is an instinctual thing, almost all birds (not just parrots) do it. If you bird is screaming continually throughout the day, this is a sign that something is wrong.

One of the biggest reasons for screaming is boredom. The bird is bored. Vocalizing (loudly) is keeping it occupied.

The thing about screaming is that in order to reduce it, you have to ignore it. If you scream back, or even go to the bird to chastise or scold it, you have just rewarded the behavior, and ensured that it will continue. This is because, to birds, ANY reaction is a GOOD reaction, especially if it involves you screaming, too. ("Hey, now we're BOTH screaming, isn't this fun?!")

When the bird is being quiet, make sure to reward this quiet time with out of cage time, games, special food rewards, etc. Attention, with birds, is always the best reward. They want YOU.

When the bird is screaming, do nothing. Don't even look at the bird until it quiets down.

Also, keep in mind, if members of your household scream at one another, this trains the bird to scream. If you are in another room and your mom/brother/sister or someone else yells for you, and you yell back - you have just trained your bird that yelling and being loud are good ways to get the family's attention. They aren't stupid. They learn things from watching you and your family/household. Make sure everyone in your household knows not to yell back and forth to one another if you want to get your bird to stop yelling to you. Take the extra time to stop what you are doing and go to the person you want to communicate with, instead of yelling across the house.

Remember to give your bird LOTS and LOTS of stimulation in the form of puzzle toys, chew toys, etc.

How do you stop a Cockatiel from constantly biting my fingers?

time! They will have to earn your trust! Plus, sometimes they are just playing! Give them time and show them there is a different place to place with. Maybe a metal necklace or a hat! Treats will help also!
offer treats when holding and maybe it will stop biting finger. Give him something to do while holding . Should do good. Good Luck!!
Keep your fingers out of the cage, doh!
He may be hungry or just showing signs of affection.

I don't know how to tell you a humane way of getting him to stop biting your fingers. I could say put some lemon juice on your fingers, and maybe the taste of that will be so sour---he'll stop!

Does he do it when other people are in the room with you? That could be a sign of wanting to protect you or even jealousy.

My parrot will often bite my fingers when I take him outside and am holding him while I feed this stray cat in my yard. It's as if he really wants to bite the cat, but he bites me instead! It's pretty funny!

Well, good luck, and enjoy your bird!
You can offer them thier favorite treat and tame them slowly from there.