Birds

At The Happy Pet Place we stock a range of birds depending on the season and demand.  The following birds are normally available in store:

  • Budgies (babies & aviary budgies);
  • Canaries;
  • Finches;
  • Weiros (hand raised & aviary birds).

Budgies

Did you know that there are more pet budgies in the world than any other pet? Budgies are relatively easy to keep as a pet.  They require regular feeding, a weekly cage clean and attention!  They are bright social animals and love to interact either with you (if they are kept on their own) or other budgies.

Budgies living on their own can be taught to talk, which provides a great amount of interaction and fun for the family!  Best to think about what you teach them to say!

At the Happy Pet Place we usually have both aviary budgies as well as hand raised baby budgies available in the store. Pop in to meet these birds, and to chat to our staff about their care and requirements.

Download our Budgie Care Sheet for more information about looking after and caring for these birds.


Cockatiels

Cockatiels (aka Weiro’s) are native to Australia and are a very intelligent and interactive bird, and perfect for even a beginner.

Weiro’s do well on their own and with their own species. When kept on their own they will form a bond with their owner, and will require human company to entertain them. They can be taught tricks as well as having the ability to talk.

We have a fantastic and interactive Cockatiel enclosure which is a must-see to view.  These hand-raised birds provide a lot of fun, and they are very interactive.  At any time you will see them hanging off a toy or singing. They thrive with interactivity and your house will never be quiet again.

They require a spacious cage to accommodate multiple perches, toys and food bowls, and enough room to flap their wings.

They love to forage on the ground, so cover the bottom of the cage with newspaper and sprinkle crumbled treats or millet for your bird to find.

Please download our Cockatiel Care Sheet for more information on looking after and caring for these interactive birds.

CARING FOR WEIROS

 

FINCH

Finches are native to Australasia, and suit people who love birds but do not want the demands of owning a parrot.  

Finches are energetic small birds, part of the Estrildidae family of finches, like the Zebra Finch, Gouldian finch, Owl finch and Society finch.  Finches can live between 8 – 12 years and grow to approximately 10cm.

At The Happy Pet Place we usually have Zebra Finches in store (as shown in the photo above).

Finches are flock animals and need to be kept in the company of their own kind, especially in pairs (mixed or the same sex). Finches thrive in an aviary.

These birds never seem to stay still, and constantly make ‘peep’ and ‘meep’ sounds to communicate to each other.

Finches can be housed in an aviary with canaries, neophemas and diamond doves. They should not be housed with parrots such as lorikeets, rosellas, cockatiels, lovebirds, budgies or conures.

It is easy to sex a finch.  Male Finches are more brightly coloured than females, with brightly colored cheek patches and breast bars, and also may have spots on their flanks.

for more information about caring for finches, download our Care Sheet now.

_CARING FOR FINCHES

CANARY

Canaries are one of the most popular birds, with their happy nature, beautiful colours and their ability to sing, they are the perfect bird for indoors or within a patio or courtyard setting.

Canaries have a lovely song and are quite sort after, males are known for their singing ability. Both male and females have the ability to sing, however, female canaries usually stop singing at approximately 6 months of age, leaving the singing up to the males to serenade their love during courtship.

For more information about caring for canaries, download our Care Sheet now.

CARING FOR CANARIES