Video: Everything about Rosella || Medium Parakeets
Rosellas are often sought out as pet birds because of their striking appearance. They tend to be kept in an aviary setup with others of their kind; however, a well-socialized, hand-tamed rosella can be a sociable companion. Native Region / Natural Habitat Rosellas are native to southeast Australia and nearby islands. It inhabits open forests, woodlands, gardens as well as parks, and its wild diet consists many of native grass seeds, herbs, fruits and flowering buds. Personality & Behavior While rosellas might not be inclined to cuddle or want to be petted like other parrots, they can be sociable if they are consistently interacted with.
Rosellas make great aviary birds, and will still retain their pet quality in a flighted situation if you take the time to play with them. Speech & Sounds Rosellas are capable of loud chatter, especially in the morning and in the evening. Rosellas are not great talkers, but may pick up a few simple words. Rosellas are, however, great whistlers and can learn to whistle songs. Play a CD of whistled tunes for your rosella, and you might be rewarded with your rosella’s “playback” of the tune. Rosellas need space and a good diet to help them thrive. The largest cage you can afford is ideal, but be careful that the bars are the correct spacing for a bird with this head size. An aviary situation is ideal for rosellas, which will live peacefully with others of their kind in a large enough space. Rosellas love to bathe, so provide a shallow dish of water for them to bathe in. A standard diet for a rosella should include lots of fruit and vegetables, and some healthy table foods.
Your hand-fed, tame rosella might sit on your shoulder at the dinner table, and will be quite well behaved, unlike many birds that will tend to wander. This is a good way to reinforce the bond between you and your bird, These birds are reported to live for more than 25 years if cared-for properly. Rosellas might be more susceptible to fungal infections and intestinal worm infections, namely because they are commonly housed in an outdoor aviary where they forage on the ground. Housing a rosella in an outdoor aviary means diligence in keeping the enclosure clean. Your pet bird needs a certain type of small bird or parakeet food. There is no one-type-fits-all when it comes to your bird’s nutrition. Feeding your bird the right food is absolutely essential to his health (and lifespan!) Feeding your bird seed and water just isn’t going to cut it. And feeding different types of birds the same diet doesn’t work either. It’s important to provide a diet that is safe, healthy, and yummy.
Packaged small bird and parakeet food comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ingredients. So, it’s important to know what is the best diet for your individual bird. When shopping for food, there are a lot of things you need to take into consideration. Birds follow a very similar diet plan that we do. Here is the recommended diet percentage for each type of small bird and parakeet food that should be a part of your bird’s diet: Grain Products – 50% of diet Vegetables and Fruits – 45% of diet Dairy and Meat – 5% of diet Seed, Calcium and Treats – <1% of diet Here is the best diet recommended for your small-sized pet bird: Whole GrainsWhole grain products provide your bird with the necessary proteins, carbohydrates, and various minerals and vitamins. There are a lot of different products that are good for your bird, just remember to choose the whole grain type instead of the white. Recommended Grain Products Bagels (low-salt) Buckwheat and kasha Cereal (low-sugar) (i.e.
Cheerios, Chex, Kix, Life, etc.) Crackers (low- or no-salt) Cream of Wheat (and rice) Matzo Melba Toast Noodles and pasta (i.e. macaroni, ravioli, spaghetti, etc.) Oatmeal Pearl barley Pretzels (low- or no-salt) Quinoa Rice (i.e. brown, wild, etc.) Tortillas Triticale Wheat berries Pellets Pelleted diets are made by combining a variety of healthy ingredients into a mash and then creating pellets of different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Pellets offer a more balanced nutritional diet for your bird in a form that is easy for you to serve and reduces the chance that your bird will pick through his parakeet food and avoid the healthy food he really needs. Pellets have replaced the old seed-only diet and now are offered as the primary base diet for many pet birds (but should NOT be offered alone).
If your bird is on a seed-only diet, you will need to convert him to a pelleted diet. Diet Mixes Because feeding your bird a variety of foods is best, there are small bird and parakeet food mixes available that include wide ranges of different types of food. They can include seeds, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and more. If you honestly don’t have enough time to offer your bird a fresh diet variety all the time, diet mixes can be a great thing to have on hand. However, keep in mind that offering healthy pellets and fresh food on a regular basis is still necessary for your bird’s nutritional variety and health. Vegetables Vegetables are a very healthy and important part of your bird’s diet. Most vegetables are best served cooked, but some can be served raw. Always wash vegetables thoroughly before serving and chop them into appropriately sized pieces. You can use canned, frozen, and freshly cooked mixed vegetables.
Make sure when you use packaged vegetables that they don’t contain added salt. Recommended Vegetables Alfalfa sprouts (you can sprout them yourself) Asparagus (cooked) Arugula Baby corn Bamboo shoots Banana peppers Beans (cooked) (i.e. adzuki, butter, garbanzo, green, haricot, kidney, mung, navy, pinto, pole, soy, wax, etc.) Bean sprouts Beets Bell peppers Broccoli Broccoliflower Cabbage Carrots (including tops) Cauliflower Cayenne Celery Chard Chayote Chicory Cherry pepper Chili peppers Cilantro Collard greens Corn Comfrey Cucumbers Eggplant (ripe and cooked) Endive Garlic Ginger root Jalapeno peppers Kale Kohlrabi Leeks Lettuce Lentils (cooked) Mustard greens Okra Parsley Peas (i.e. green, snow, sugar snap, etc.) Peppers (i.e. chili, green, jalapeno, poblano, red, serrano, yellow, etc.
) Potatoes (cooked) Pumpkin (cooked) Pumpkin seeds (cooked) Radishes Soybeans Spinach (in moderation) Sprouts Squash (i.e. acorn, butternut, hubbard, etc.) Sweet potatoes (cooked) Thai pepper Tomatoes (cooked and dried) Watercress Yams (cooked) Zucchini Fruits Fruits are another healthy and necessary part of your bird’s diet. Keep in mind that fruits have more water content than vegetables, so your bird’s droppings may be more runny after feeding him fruit. And make sure to always thoroughly wash all fruits before serving them. Recommended Fruits Apples (remove seeds and stem) Apricots (remove pit and area around the pit) Bananas (remove peel) Blackberries Blueberries Cactus fruit Cantaloupe (no rinds) Cherimoya Cherries (no pits) Clementine oranges Coconuts Cranberries Currants Dates Figs Grapes (i.e. black, green, red, etc.) Grapefruit Guava Honeydew (no rinds) Kiwis Kumquats Lychee Lemons Loquat Mandarin oranges Mangoes Nectarines (remove pit and area around the pit) Oranges Papaya Passion fruit Peaches (remove pit and area around the pit) Pears (remove seeds) Pineapple Plantains Plums (remove pit and area around the pit) Pomegranate Raisins Tangerines Dairy Even though birds are lactose intolerant, they can still have some dairy in moderation (SMALL amounts!) Dairy products provide an excellent source of calcium, so they should be included as a very small part of your bird’s diet.
Recommended Dairy Products Cheese (used in cooking only) (cheddar has highest fat and calories) Cottage cheese Eggs (including clean shells) Yogurt food_meatMeat Yes, birds eat meat. And it’s good for them! Most bird species are seen eating insects and larvae in the wild. In order for your bird to get a good amount of protein, a small amount of meat is good. Meat must always be cooked thoroughly before serving–NEVER rare. Recommended Meat Products Chicken Fish (remove bones) Lamb Liver Ribs (beef) Roast beef (well done) Salmon (water packed canned is best) Steak Tuna fish (water packed and low sodium) Turkey Seed, Calcium & Treats (<1% of diet) Seed Even though seed is a natural part of bird diet in the wild, it doesn’t even make up half of what they eat. Most wild birds eat leaves, stems, vines, shoots, vegetables, fruits, seed, flowers, insects, and insect larvae.
Bird in captivity have the same dietary needs, so feeding your bird an all-seed diet is simply not enough. Seed is high in fat and full of oil. Many birds become obese from seed diets as well as contract fatty liver disease. Seed is low in many vitamins and minerals, so feeding your bird a seed diet can cause all kinds of deficiences as well. Seed is good for an occasional treat and is great to use as treats during training. Other than that, seed is not good for your bird and you should instead focus on feeding him a variety of the small bird and parakeet food mentioned above. Nuts Most parrots love nuts, so they are great for use as treats during training. Depending on the size of your bird, you can feed him nuts that are whole or chopped, but make sure you use unsalted nuts only. Although nuts have many nutrients, they are also high in fat, so this is another food that needs to be fed only in moderation.
You can also create a variety of different nut butters using any of the recommended nuts below (just pop them in your food processor!) Recommended Nuts Almonds Brazil nuts (whole only for x-large parrots) Cashews Filberts Hazelnuts Macadamia (high in fat) Peanuts Pecans Pine nuts Pistachio nuts Walnuts FOODS TO AVOID These foods are toxic to ALL birds and should never be fed to them under any circumstance! Alcohol Avocado Caffeine Chocolate Fruit pits and the flesh around them (contain cyanide) Rhubarb.