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BIRDS OF BEAUTIFUL COLOURS
The electric colors of the feathers of these birds usually combine red and green, as in the case of the agapornis, but also blue and yellow, as in the macaws. And there are birds, such as the Gould’s diamond, the rainbow lori or the quetzal, which have three to six colors.
As in many other species of nature, males are more striking than females, since their color is one of the factors that make them choose “the best match” during mating season.
However, there are birds in this classification that do not stand out for their colors. Then why are they considered exotic?
WHAT IS AN EXOTIC BIRD?
Generally, exotic birds are non-native birds, which come from the tropical rainforests of America, Africa and Australia, their natural habitats.
We can also find some species, such as the non-yellow canaries, which are considered exotic because they are not originally found in nature, but have been created through a selective process.
TYPES OF TROPICAL OR EXOTIC BIRDS
The different species of tropical birds we found are:
Psittaciformes: macaws, parrots, parakeets, parakeets, parakeets, cockatoos and lories.
Passerines: colorful songbirds (fly-fish, finch, canary, hoopoe, oropendola).
Columbiforms: pigeons, including domestic pigeons.
Galliforms: chickens, quails, turkeys or pheasants.
Among the countries with the most exotic species in the world, tropical rainforests are the first, as they are home to a large number of these birds. For example, the turpial is the national bird of Venezuela, where the beautiful cardinal also lives.
The quetzal is found in the jungles of Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica, a country where we can also find more than forty species of hummingbird and several species of toucan.
But if we talk about jungle, we can’t stop talking about Brazil, because it ranks third in terms of the number of individuals in South America. The Amazon rainforest is home to the pendulum bird, a species that also inhabits other parts of Central America and the Caribbean islands.
Macaw hyacinths are increasingly shrinking in nesting areas due to deforestation caused by cattle ranching, fires and hydrographic plans in the country.
Colombia has become a must for migrating birds in America and, with 20% of the world’s bird population, it is a paradise for bird lovers.
A curious and endemic species of the place is the red toucancito culirrojo. And, without going into detail, we can find countless species, with more types of toucans, macaws, parakeets, etc.
Other parts of the world can also be included, as cockatoos, like parakeets, come from Australia. And there are birds that form part of this classification, as well as pigeons, waders, ducks and some chickens, whose habitats are scattered around the globe.
WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A PET EXOTIC BIRD
If you want to have one of these birds as a pet, you should first find out if it is legal to have them and what papers are necessary so that everything is in order and not contribute to the trafficking of exotic animals, some of which are in danger of extinction. Therefore, it is a good idea to go to a store, as the sale between individuals is illegal.
Then you should learn how to take care of these birds and choose the place where you place them at home, the temperature of the room, the cage you use, their diet and how to take care of it so that it doesn’t get sick.
When you decide to have a parrot as a pet, you really want it and know what species to choose and what you can offer it, because they are birds that demand a loving treatment. And you should also be aware of the inconveniences that can be involved before you buy it, so that you do not regret later, as it is very sad to see birds that have been abandoned by their owners in the parks of the cities.
You can also have a breeding partner and then, you should know how to act in case they have chicks.
All this information can be found on osexoticas. org, but when you go to the store, find out well so that your bird is happy and lives many years with you, because they are birds that live long, in some cases like the macaw, as much as people or more.
If you want to be engaged in breeding, but with more than one partner, you will have to learn what conditions the place where the birds are kept should have: how much space to count on; the temperature there should be; what cages to use; the light should reach them well; the availability of feeders, drinking troughs and nests; as well as the time in which each species is breeding.
Hybridisation (the crossing of individuals of different species) is more complicated than breeding and it is difficult to succeed, as the female, for example, may not incubate eggs or reject the male or cage, or the chickens do not go forward, etc.
Other threats include global warming, loss of natural habitats due to indiscriminate logging, forest fires, illegal hunting for commercialization and breeding, and the introduction of predatory species.
On the other hand, females born from hybridization are sterile and do not sing, so they are not usually wanted by people.
And as for the introduction of non-endemic species, this often poses another threat, as those that settle in the new location unbalance the ecosystem and indigenous species are displaced, invaded. It’s not always like that, but it happens too often. We can see it now in the case of the Argentine parrot that, in a short period of time, has settled in city parks as if she had always lived in Spain.
LEGISLATION AND CONSERVATION
Because trade in both animal and plant species is a global business, CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, was created in 1973 to ensure that trade is sustainable and does not endanger the survival of species.
To date, almost all countries in the world are party to the CITES Convention.
Thanks to organizations that work for the conservation of animals and plants, it is possible to protect the habitats where these birds live, as well as creating sanctuaries in which they can live quietly.
It is funny the way in which the SEO defines an exotic bird,”species that is outside its area, assuming some kind of human intervention that translates into its transfer”. It’s longer, but it’s the same old story: one part of humanity fixing the disasters of the other…