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The History of Birds as Pets

Birds were first caged for their beauty and song thousands of years ago.  Egyptian hieroglyphics depict the first pet birds, including doves and parrots.
Parakeets and Mynahs were kept as pets in ancient Greek society.
The upper class Romans kept parrots and mockingbirds for their ability to talk for entertainment.
The ancient Chinese kept pheasants
During Medieval and Renaissance periods only the very wealthy and royalty had birds as pets.
At least 12 U.S. Presidents kept birds as pets, among them: Teddy Roosevelt, an ardent Audubon supporter, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, from whom the Presidential Turkey Pardon arose.

History of Birds Kept for Sport

A Falconer trainer was most important. Hunting birds required constant human contact and attention on a daily basis or they grew wild and would become unreliable. The Falconer trained the hunting bird to fly, when released, at their quarry.   
Various accessories were required to train the birds in hawking such as hoods, jesses, bells and lures.
Medieval Hawking and Hunting were favorite pastimes for the Upper Classes, the Nobles of England, and English Royalty. The Medieval sport of Hawking, also called Falconry, was one of their favorite forms of sport and hunting. Hawking, was referred to as the sport of royalty.  Falconry provided an opportunity for the nobles to host grand hunting parties.
Falconry was not isolated to the European continent.  The Orient also has a rich history with the sport.
 Falconry was practiced Mongolia and was already in high favour some 3000 years ago. It achieved a very high level of refinement in the military campaigns of the Great Khans who practiced falconry for food and sport between battles.
In China, there are many historic remains in literature, poems, painting and porcelain describing it in the culture of the imperial family, the nobility and the social life of the ordinary people. Chinese falconry was deeply invovled in the politics and power of Chinese Dynasties and written records go back prior to 700BC.

The 10 Most Talented Types of Birds That Talk

1) The African Grey is generally thought to be the most intelligent of the talking birds, and one of the smartest of animals overall. Some experts say they have the ability to speak and relate concepts on the level of a toddler.
They have been known to listen to people talk, discern the proper context and situation, and carry on a real conversation, again, on the  level of a child.
2) The Yellow-Naped Amazon is the best known for its speaking abilities, they seem to be able to contextualize human speech. They love to sing and are highly intelligent, with a strong ability to mimic human speech and rythm, but they are loud!

Yellow-napes will not be out-talked by any other Amazon, both in quantity and clarity of speech. Like many other parrots, you should be careful of what you say around them, it might be repeated at the most inopportune time!
3) The Common Hill Mynah. This glossy  feathered black bird has an extroadinary 
capacity for mimicking human speech,
with a varied range of pitch and tone.

 Their ability to imitate numerous languages with diverse sounds, is impressive. They can learn whatever language is spoken in their environment.
The word 'mynah' or 'myna' derives from the Hindi word mainā, a term of endearment
4) Double Yellow Head Amazon 
5)Yellow-Crowned Amazon
6) Eclectus

7)Indian Ringneck 
8Blue-Fronted Amazon

9)  Monk Parakeet 

The #1 Pet Bird is:
​The Cockateil

Other Favorite Types of Pet Birds

Hahn's Macaw



Foods That Can Be Toxic to Pet Birds

Chocolate:  May cause hyperactivity, increased heart rate, tremors, possibly seizures and even death.  The darker the chocolate, the greater toxicity
Avocado:  All parts of the avocado plant have been reported to have a  toxin which causes a cardiac reaction in birds. Small birds may be effected more than larger ones.
Onion & Garlic:  in concentrated forms, such as garlic powder or onion soup mix Fatal toxicity has been reported.
Fruit Pits & Apple Seeds:  Diced fruit is ok for pet birds, apple seeds contain cyanide and should always be removed prior to feeding apple to your bird. Pits from cherries, plums, apricots and peaches also contain cyanide so never allow your bird to ingest them.
Dried Beans:  Raw, dry bean mixes can be extremely harmful to your pet. 
A poison called hemaglutin, which is very toxic to birds, can be found in uncooked beans.

 Mushrooms:  Mushrooms have been known to cause digestive upset in pet birds. Caps and stems of some varieties can induce liver failure.

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