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Please click on your bird for care instructions and information.

In many ways, birds behave like humans.

It may not have occurred to you that we see and hear most of our native Australian birds early in the morning or towards the end of the day. This is the time that birds are most active, searching for and eating food, then talking to each other. Their daily activity is very similar to that of urban man and this explains in part why birds make such good pets.

Living in towns and cities, we have lost the physical contact that our forebears enjoyed with animals. We are no longer perfectly in tune with nature. However, as urban dwellers we still have a strong, somewhat inexplicable, emotional bond to the land and it's animals. It is this fascination with animals that makes pets such an integral part of our urban way of life and for "modern man" there is no more appropriate companion than the pet bird.


Hand reared parrot birds make the best pets.

Parrots have always made excellent pets because of their affectionate and loving nature. As well, their ability to imitate speech and noises has endeared these birds to man since ancient times. However, the capacity of the parrot bird to become totally domesticated when hand reared is perhaps the most important feature of the modern day pet bird. The current knowledge and techniques for hand rearing birds has revolutionised the pet bird industry, for now the pet shop is able to provide the discerning public with a quality pet bird. The important challenge for pet shops is to transfer their knowledge of pet bird care to their customers.

The care of birds is markedly different from that of other pets.

Dr Rob Marshall and bird trainer, Tailai O'Brien have developed a complete system of care that ensures health and happiness in your pet bird.

Going on holidays? At Carlingford Animal Hospital, we understand the needs of your much loved pet bird and will cater for these during its stay with us.

Dr Marshall and Tailai O'Brien have developed a culture tested bean mix for larger parrots, to provide them with variety and a low Glycaemic Index (GI) food.

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