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Types of exotic birds
In this list you will find the main breeds and types of exotic birds. Click on the bird’s name or photo for more information.
Images of birds and exotic birds
Welcome to the best list of pictures of the world’s prettiest and strangest exotic birds and birds!
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Classification of birds by colour
In this list we show you the tropical birds organized according to the color of the birds.
The electrical colours of the feathers of these birds usually combine red and green, as in the case of agapornis, but also blue and yellow, as in macaws. And there are little birds, like Gould’s diamond, the rainbow lori or the quetzal, which can have between three and six colors.
As in many other species of nature, males are more striking than females, since their colour is one of the factors that make them choose “the best match” in mating season.
However, there are birds in this classification that do not stand out for their colors. Then why are they considered exotic?
Natural habitats of birds
Here we show you some of the places where exotic birds live in an autochthonous way.
Among the countries that offer more exotic species to the world, those with tropical forests are the first, since they are the place of origin of large numbers 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, where we can also find more than forty species of hummingbirds and several species of toucans.
But if we talk about jungle, we can’t stop talking about Brazil, as it occupies third place in terms of the number of individuals in South America. It has the Amazon rainforest, where, for example, the pendulum bird lives, a species that also lives in other parts of Central America and the Caribbean islands.
The hyacinth macaw has fewer and fewer trees to nest in due to deforestation caused by cattle ranching, fires and the country’s hydrographic plans.
Colombia has become a must for birds migrating in the Americas 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-billed tucancito. 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 are part of this classification, as well as pigeons, waders, ducks and some hens, whose habitats are spread around the globe.
WHAT IS AN EXOTIC BIRD?
Exotic birds are generally non-native birds, coming from the 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.
Classification of tropical birds
The different species of tropical birds we find are:
- Psittaciformes: macaws, parrots, parakeets, parrots, parrots, parakeets, parakeets, cockatoos and lories.
- Passerines: colourful songbirds (goldfinch, finch, canary, hoopoe, oropendola).
- Columbiformes: pigeons, including domestic pigeons.
- Galliformes: chickens, quails, turkeys or pheasants.
WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HAVE AN EXOTIC BIRD AS A PET
If you want to have one of these birds as a pet, whether it is a small bird or a large bird with slow movement and long life, you must first find out whether it is legal to own it and what papers are needed to ensure that everything is in order and not contribute to the trafficking of exotic animals, some of which are in danger of extinction. That’s why it’s a good idea to go to a store, because selling between private individuals is illegal.
Then you must learn the care these birds need and choose the right place to put them at home, the temperature of the room, the cage you use, their diet and how to care for them so that they do not get sick.
When you decide to have a parrot as a pet, you have to really love it and know which species to choose and what you can offer it, because they are birds that demand affectionate treatment. And you also have to be aware of the inconvenience before you buy it, so you won’t regret it later, because it’s very sad to see birds that have been abandoned by their owners in city parks.
You can also have a breeding partner and then you should know what to do if they have chicks.
All this information can be found on exoticbirds.life, but when you go to the store, find out more so that your bird is happy and lives many years with you, since they are birds that live a long time, in some cases like the macaw, as much as people or more.
If you want to breed, but with more than one partner, you will have to learn what conditions the place where the birds are should be: how much space you need; the temperature you need; what cages to use; how well the light reaches them; the availability of feeders, drinkers and nests; as well as the time of year you breed each species.
Hybridization (the crossing of individuals of different species) is more complicated than breeding and is difficult to achieve success, as the female, for example, may not incubate the eggs or reject the male or the cage, or the chickens may not thrive, etc.
Other threats include global warming, the loss of natural habitats through 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, since those that settle in the new site unbalance the ecosystem and the native species are displaced, invaded. This is not always the case, but it does happen 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 it had always lived in Spain.
LEGISLATION AND CONSERVATION
Because trade in both animal and plant species is a global business, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was created in 1973 to ensure that trade is sustainable and does not endanger the survival of species.
Today, almost every country in the world is a party to the CITES Convention.
Thanks to organizations that work for the conservation of animals and plants, it is being achieved that habitats where these birds live are protected, as well as creating sanctuaries where they can live in peace.
It’s funny how the SEO defines an exotic bird, “a 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 other part’s disasters…