Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Peaceful and Loving Philippine Red Vented Cockatoos.

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Philippine Red -Vented Cockatoos are scientifically known as Cacatuahaematuropygia.
These are small white birds with a reclining crest (a smooth head). The color of their concealed under – tails is red. The Red - Vented Cockatoos have beaks that are colored white with a little pink patch in the middle of their eyes and nostrils. Their underside feathers are yellow.

Just like the Philippine eagle, the red – vented cockatoos' numbers have gone down drastically and they are a threatened species. They reside in the province of Palawan. Their numbers have decreased  due to the destruction of forests. Diseases like Psittacine and beak disease have contributed to their decline. They live in mangrove trees along coastal areas and lowland forests. They eat fruits, seed, nuts and berries.

The lengths of the Philippine Red Vented cockatoos are about 12 – 13 inches and they will weigh at least 220 – 350 grams (0.4 pounds to 0.7 pounds). The males are bigger than  the females. Males also have  bigger heads than their female counterparts. Their lifespan is about 40 years. Most of their deaths are caused by wounds, or diseases from ageing.

When in captivity, they can be difficult to breed. When these birds are caught in the wild, it takes a bit of time for them to get used to their new surroundings and a longer time before they breed, usually they will do so at the age of two years. Because they are difficult to breed in captivity, only very few of them are captured and bred.

These birds have a lot of stamina and power. They are calm, playful and loving. There are some bird lovers who adore them as pets. But it is best that they are bred, to enlarge their population.

These Red – Vented Cockatoos are  very curious birds. They are known chewers and they would like to grind objects with their teeth. Unlike other kinds of cockatoos, the Red – Vented Cockatoos are not known to be as destructive. Give them toys, some blocks of wood or branches of wood for chewing purposes. If they are in captivity, they require substantial space to fly around.They can be fed with a formula that has low bacteria levels.

These birds will grow faster than the norm. Their feathers, when well developed look more bright. Feed them with ¼ cup ny of a well known brand of feeding formula and also ¼ cup of fresh fruits and veggies. Always take notice of their food intake. Make sure that no food is wasted. If they are being fed a formulated diet, then there is no need give them vitamins

Their gender can be determined by their eye colors. The eyes of mature females are red and the mature males' eyes are dark brown or black. Their gender can be better determined by DNA testing.

These birds like to move around and require big cages to exercise and fly around. It is not necessary for their cages to be built so strong, but outdoor cages are best for them, as they require sunlight and air. These birds are not powerful chewers. Locks are very useful to use on their cages because they are known to open latches.

In North America, breeding time is usually during winter and spring. The females will lay 2 – 3 eggs. Cages for breeding must be well constructed. Use a one inch by one inch by 12, or a 14 gauge wire that has been properly welded. It should be four feet in width by four feet tall and six feet in length. These cages must be at least four feet above ground level.Their nest boxes must have double entrance boxes. The reason for this is so that the females will not be trapped by the males.

Big wooden boxes can also be used. These Red – Vented Cockatoos like their nests to be narrow and to extend far down. Incubation will take about 24 – 26 days. The feathers of thes birdies will start to appear after 8 – 10 weeks. Males tend to be aggressive, their wings must be clipped before the breeding season begins.

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