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Bird Species

Macaws

Macaw can have a lifespan of 60 to 80 years.

Macaws are playful, comical, mischievous, extremely intelligent, and lovable Macaws have the capability of speaking quite well.  However, they do not mimic human voices the way that African Greys and Amazons do in tone and inflection.  They have their own unique voices and aren't afraid to use them!

One of the most sensitive and intelligent within the parrot species, the Congo African Grey is highly sought after by enthusiasts for its ability to learn to talk and mimic a wide variety of sounds.  They are known for their talking ability and can even learn to speak in context.  Keep in mind that there is never any guarantee that a Grey will learn to mimic human speech.  However, many Greys usually begin talking once they reach one year old.

Amazons

40 years

Amazon parrots are very intelligent, highly social, and thrive in a family atmosphere.  They tend to enjoy being the center of attention and the life of any party.  They have the capacity to learn a large vocabulary of words and even sentences.  In fact, many Amazon parrots are noted for their singing ability!  Generally speaking, the best talkers are Yellow Napes, Double Yellow Heads, and Blue Fronts.  They are easy to train and can even learn to perform tricks.

Given the appropriate nutritional requirements in a nurturing environment, Amazons can have a lifespan of 40-50 years.  Amazons are prone to obesity if they do not get exercise.  Cages should be large enough to give your Amazon adequate room for play and exercise.

African Greys

40 to 60 years - Excellent Talking Ability 

Caiques

30 years

Caiques (pronounced kie-eeks) are fearless, joyful, playful, entertaining, and charming.  They love to roll around, tumble, play on their backs, and hop like bunny rabbits!

There are two sub-species of Caique – the Black-Headed Caique and the White-Bellied Caique.  Both species originate in South America.   The Black-Headed Caique is slightly smaller at an approximate size of 9 inches.

Immature White-Bellied Caiques may possess a varied amount of black feathering on their heads.  Additionally, they may have grayish/blackish blotching on their beaks and feet.  This is commonly seen with immature White-Bellied Caiques.  By the time they reach maturity at approximately 3 years of age, the black feathers are usually replaced by bright orange feathers and lighter beaks and feet.  Some expert aviculturists say that the White-Bellies who have heavy black feathering as babies have had darker orange feathering on their heads as adults.

A cockatoo is a parrot that is any of the 21 species belonging to the bird family Cacatuidae, the only family in the superfamily Cacatuoidea. Along with the Psittacoidea (true parrots) and the Strigopoidea (large New Zealand parrots), they make up the order Psittaciformes (parrots). The family has a mainly Australasian distribution, ranging from the Philippines and the eastern Indonesian islands of Wallacea to New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia.

Cockatoos are recognisable by the showy crests and curved bills. Their plumage is generally less colourful than that of other parrots, being mainly white, grey or black and often with coloured features in the crest, cheeks or tail. 

Cockatoos

40-60 years

Conures are charismatic, fun loving, clever little clowns that make a terrific choice for both beginners and experienced alike. Conures are a never-ending source of enjoyment for their owners. Conures make wonderful companions and are eager to bond with their owner in order to become part of the family.

Although their talking ability is limited, they are highly intelligent and inquisitive creatures. Conures not only come in many beautiful colors, but there are many sub-species of the Conure family.

Conures

25 years