THE WORLD OF PET BIRDS
I have decided to do a feature on this blog about pet birds from different parts of the world, often imported in the past but now mainly bred in captivity to meet the demands of the pet bird market. I aim to split this feature up into geographical areas primarily with species and sub-species on a secondary level.
Please bear with me as the research I will need to conduct to achieve this to a reasonable standard will undoubtedly take some time. I hope however to be able to add new content to this feature at least once a week but more often whenever I possibly can.
I aim to include information about each species both in the wild and in captivity; with images, video links, and other information links that relate to the species in mind. This will help to improve one’s knowledge of each type of bird whilst helping to improve my own personal knowledge also.
Some time ago many wild birds were captured from wild sources to be kept in captivity with the intention of breeding for the pet, zoo and show bird markets. This unfortunately led to many wild bird species being brought to near extinction. Fortunately nowadays this activity is carefully monitored and policed around the globe which has gone some way to restoring wild stocks. Unfortunately many species are still endangered – to a critical extent in some cases – so careful policing and monitoring methods will need to be ongoing for many decades yet to come – some possibly permanently. However mankind is now beginning to notice the damage done to wild animals, native plant life and natural habitats and is constantly striving to pay back what has been taken so, with optimism, things can only get better for our wildlife, however this will undoubtedly prove to be a very long task. Only with dedication and determination will this ever be achieved.
Many countries now ban the import of domestic livestock and many others impose a strict regime with regard to the matter. This is of course an absolutely necessary precaution to help achieve the desired results. This does of course mean that many previously easily available exotic or foreign pets now have to be bred in the country to meet the demand in the market. This coupled with inflation, has ultimately had an impact on the availability and cost associated with each species; They’re not as cheap as they used to be! However many exotic or foreign pet birds are readily available for the right price with the most popular breeds being the least costly.
Many people keep birds as pets and many new enthusiasts are appearing all the time so the market is by no means saturated and there is still much demand. This assures that breeding conditions are being improved continuously with new technology being incorporated to improve the chances of success. Also many private breeders are making use of the demand to help fund the cost of their bird keeping ventures. Mass breeding is still going on but fortunately new regimes are often being incorporated to improve the living conditions of birds in captivity, sometimes brought on by the influence of animal rights activity, but this is a good thing and can only help.
To summarise almost anyone with a desire to keep exotic or foreign birds for whatever reason can find many to choose from and some at little cost. Almost every pet shop in the civilised world will have a stock of pet bird related foods and equipment. Bird keeping is proving to be a desirable pass-time with a massive market to meet demand.