Parrot mottled rosella: description, features of care and maintenance
In every house where there is a child, sooner or later pets begin to appear. The most popular are dogs and cats. But what if the child is allergic to the wool of these animals, but he constantly asks to buy a pet? In this case, parrots are suitable, the choice of which is great in pet stores.
Description of the parrot
Variegated Rosella in natural conditions is found in Australia. As a species, these birds were discovered as far back as 1792. In 70 years the first representatives appeared in the European zoo. At home, the Roselle began to be taken out from the 1900s. This bird attracts attention not only with its bright and beautiful plumage: it has a nice chirping sound and it adapts easily in a new place.
Rosella motley is a medium sized bird. The length of her body reaches 33-35 cm. The wing and tail often grow to 16 cm. Males and females of almost identical color in birds with a mottled rosella. How to determine the sex, so that when buying a pair that is capable of reproduction? For beginners this is an important question. So, as already mentioned, the female and male are very similar. If you want to understand where the boy is, and where the girl is, you need to plant the birds together. The male rosella has slightly brighter feathers, so it is better to make a purchase in daylight, so as not to be mistaken. You can also take a professional with you, but such a person is not always "at hand".
In nature, there are about a dozen species of rosella. Variegated Rosella is considered the most popular. Its bright red color with a white patch on the cheeks, long tail, blue-green feathering of the wings and back and melodic chirping does not leave anyone indifferent. Lifespan depends on proper care and place of detention and ranges from 10 to 30 years.
Maintenance and care of the Rosella motley
Many beginners wonder: how to determine the age of a rosella variegated? Acquiring an adult, you can make mistakes and get as a result of an old and sick bird. Care for this pet is complicated. Therefore, you need to know some of the nuances in order to unerringly choose a decent pair of rosettes. A live pet always requires special conditions: it is the selection of proper nutrition, and timely cleaning in the cage, and bathing. With the bird you need to communicate, play and give her enough attention. When breeding chicks, more problems and nuances associated with nursing are added.
Bathing a parrot
Variegated Rosella badly tolerate humidity and dampness. But at the same time they love to swim. If the pet is manual and accustomed to fly freely around the apartment, drink water and swim under the tap, then he independently shows when he needs this procedure. In another case, a container, a bit larger than a bird, is filled with clean water and placed on the bottom of the cage. Rosella, if she wants, she will swim. After bathing, water must be removed.
Food and feed
Feeding birds is one of the important criteria for keeping. In order to determine what to feed the Rosella with variegated, it is necessary to take into account several aspects. This is the ambient temperature, the amount of sunlight and the length of the day, the aviary or cell content of the pet. All this affects the regime, the number and composition of nutrition.
In nature, motley rosella is looking for different grains, grass and fruits. Therefore, its basic diet should consist of a similar diet. In the pet stores you can buy complex mixtures of cereals with a balanced content of protein, fiber, fats, minerals and vitamins. Also, periodically, you can add nuts and boiled peas to the feeders. From fruit fodder, you can give everything that is in the house. Parrots perfectly eat both apples and pears, and bananas and pomegranates. Vegetables are also suitable for a feathered pet. It is recommended to give as much fresh food and greens as possible in the spring and summer. Suitable grass, parsley, dill, celery, nettle, young shoots of trees.
Also, white bread, sprouted grain, chalk, eggshell, slaked lime and mollusk shells can be added to the food of the rosella. Parrots should receive in captivity everything that they consume in natural conditions. When there is a shortage of elements in the body, birds can get sick, heavily shedding. If the female has a need for calcium, she can eat eggs from the masonry during breeding.
Correct cell selection
Before buying a rosella, you need to determine the place of its residence and the house, that is, the cage. It should be spacious, about 3-4 meters in width and 1-15 in height and depth. The bars should not be painted, as in many colors there is lead. The bird, moving around the cage, can accidentally or deliberately eat a breakaway slice, which will lead to undesirable consequences. For the convenience of cleaning, the bottom should be retractable. It is covered with clean sand or sawdust. Also in the cage it is necessary to install various perches, swings and toys, so that birds entertain themselves.
In addition to choosing a suitable pet house, it is necessary to choose the location of the cage in the apartment or house. Variegated Rosella is sensitive to dampness and increased dry air temperature. Therefore, the room should not be more than 20 degrees. Place the cage in a well-lit place without drafts. If the direct rays of the sun fall into the house, then the other part of it should be in the shade so that the parrot can hide.
How to tame a rosella?
Almost all parrots are friendly to people and easily tamed. This can boast of a motley rosella. How many live these birds? Under good conditions can safely be healthy for 30 years. Regardless of their habitat, they adapt quickly to new conditions. Indoors birds begin to learn everything new, climb into different places, boxes and cabinets. Therefore, it is necessary to be especially attentive in the first time the appearance of the pet in the house, and also to remove all dangerous objects for the parrot.
Rosellas love attention. If they are used to communication, they will demand it constantly, making loud noises and spoiling items when they are left alone. They do not tolerate neighborhood with other parrots. With dogs and cats they have neutrality. They try not to notice each other. But there are cases of friendship between such animals and birds.
Reproduction of a parrot
Variegated Rosella can begin to multiply only after reaching the age of 2 years. During this period the puberty of the bird begins puberty. In the cage where the couple is, it is necessary to place a special nest or several, the size of which should be convenient for the female and future offspring. In natural conditions birds search for hollows for laying and hatching eggs in a sheltered place.
Such artificial nests with sawdust should be kept in the cage all the time, if the breeder wants the parrots to multiply. The first signs can be seen from the behavior change. The couple will become more restless. The female will begin to explore the places for the masonry. If desired, you can adjust the frequency and period of birth of the offspring. For this, the nests are cleaned together with the masonry or simply do not install them.
Usually motley rosella, the maintenance and care of which is carried out according to all the rules, postpones 4-6 eggs. At normal ambient temperatures, the chicks appear after 3-3.5 weeks. If there is a lack of oxygen in the nest or too much dry air, only a part of the fertilized eggs will survive. Sometimes all the masonry may die. Therefore, in the period of reproduction beyond the temperature of the environment, food and moisture abundance should be monitored especially carefully.
In the nest, rosella can have both fertilized eggs and empty eggs. You can sort. Eggs with embryos have a matte shell and a gray-white hue. If through them to look at the light source, then the germ will be viewed. The rest can be removed, but only if not all are empty. It happens that with improper care or stressful situations, the couple have all their eggs unfertilized. In this case, experts recommend leaving the rosella on eggs before the expected hatching time and then remove it. This will help not to knock down the life rhythms of the pet. And soon the female will make a new clutch.
Choosing a chick
Rosella is mottled, the price of which is quite high in pet stores and on the market, a popular and popular feathered pet. In the modern world, many do not follow the purity of the species and cross the rosette of different types. Therefore, it is necessary to know some nuances in order to choose a good chick. The purchase will cost you 7-8 thousand rubles.
First of all, a small rosella should be half a year old. During this period, she is old enough to carry her, and at the same time young, so she will quickly get used to a new place. Plumage in her will be a little duller than that of an adult. With age, it will acquire the right color. It is necessary to pay attention to the activity of the bird: if it is sluggish and sleepy, this, most likely, indicates the presence of the disease.