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Species – Info and Photos

Various species I have owned or photographed.

African Grey

The African Grey is a very intelligent parrot.  Although not flashy like the macaws and much more reserved in nature than the cockatoos, they are generally wonderful talkers.

Bourke Parakeet

The Bourke Parakeet, or Bourke Parrot, Neopsephotus boukii, make wonderful pets!   There are several color variations available, the most popular being the Rosy Bourke.  They’re peaceful with other species and can be kept in a mixed aviary.  Generally a quiet bird, they’re most active at dusk and dawn.

Cape Doves

The Cape Dove, Oena capensis, is generally a peaceful bird.  They can occasionally become incompatible with other cape doves and other dove species during the mating season.  The male has a dramatic  black mask.


The cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus, is one of the most beloved family birds.  There are multiple colors available, including with and without the ear patches.  The males in particular are generally good whistlers and melodic singers.

Common Waxbill

Also called the St. Helena Waxbill

Diamond Doves

Peaceful birds that can be mixed in with finches.  Eager breeders!  Great for beginners.  There are color mutations available.

Gouldian Finch

Stunning colors.

Green-cheeked Conure

A bold, but pretty, little bird.

Java Finch

A very eager breeder.  A number of color variations available.

Magpie Mannikin

The Magpie Mannikin (Lonchura fringilloides) is an estrildid finch from Africa.  In the wild, they are generally found in the bamboo thickets, bushes and grassland with scrub. In my opinion, they’ve been unjustly overlooked as an aviary bird.  Although perhaps not the most beautiful of the Munias, they are a sturdy bird and easy to keep.  Others have reported that their Magpie Mannikins are bullies, but my pair have been generally peaceful with other finches. 

The adult Magpie Mannikin is predominantly a black and white bird.  It has a thick, heavy black bill.  The head and tail are black while the breast and under parts are white or cream.  The wings and back are a dark brown.  On the flanks is a pretty black and brown barring.  On the juvenile bird, the colors are more subdued.  It’s generally a buff brown overall with a tan breast.  Determining the sex of the bird can be difficult.  The female is the same color as the male but a bit smaller.

They greatly enjoy bathing.  With each water change, they are one of the first to hop in and splash around.  This is generally several times a day.