For more than 18 years, our patients have enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of our thriving aviary! Spanning patient treatment rooms, 40 feet across, it’s an extraordinary environment for a variety of over 40 birds and includes nature elements and water features. Come relax and let our incredible bird sanctuary provide the most pleasant dental experience possible.
Here are some interesting facts about our collection of birds:
Parakeets (American budgerigar) are small to medium sized parrots that are known for their long pointed tail feathers. They make wonderful pets because they’re intelligent, playful, social and even musical by nature. And they love attention! They have originated from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Central America, South America and exotic varieties from Asia.
We love our Australian parakeets because they’re so active and so entertaining. They love to sing! Their natural color is green, but colors can vary. They have typical parrot features like a curved hookbill and feet that have two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Australian parakeet is their tapered tails, which are about half as long as their body length.
We also have Lutino and Albino parakeets that enchant us with their unique and sought-after color variations. Both varieties have light pink skin, orange beaks, and pink or red eyes with a white ring around the iris. Their unique gene make-up erases the usual parakeet blue coloring and other markings on their feathers. Lutinos have a yellow base color and no markings. Albinos have a white base color with no markings, similar to doves. They sometimes have silvery cheek patches too.
The Ring-Necked Parakeet is a beautiful tropical African-Asian species that have the unusual ability to survive onslaughts of disturbances to their wild environments, like deforestation and development. They have a hooked beak, a long tail, and are roughly 15” long. They’re usually green but you might also see their blue undertones in certain lighting. Male ring-necked parakeets have a black ring around the neck that might be highlighted with turquoise, pink, and blue. You usually don’t see the ring on females but some claim to see a slight green presence. Let us know what you see!
English Budgie (budgerigar)
Okay. This is where it can get a tiny bit confusing. What we Americans call “Parakeets” are also known as American budgerigars. And what the English call “English budgerigars” are also called budgies. Go figure! The English budgie feathers is fuller around the face and is bigger than the American parakeet. While the budgie is most often used in shows and exhibitions, most American pet stores carry the smaller American parakeet. Budgies come from Australia originally. In the wild, they normally have green coloring, with a yellow face and throat and black bars on their wings, back and head. But selective breeding has produced a wide variety of colors and patterns including blue, yellow, mauve, violet and many others.
Kakariki (New Zealand Parakeet)
Kakariki are beautiful forest birds also known as New Zealand parakeets. Their name means ‘small green parrot’ in Māori, and they feed on berries, seeds, fruit and insects. The birds are basically bright green in color but can be identified by the distinguishing color areas on their head. There are five main species of kakariki including yellow-crowned parakeet and orange-fronted parakeet, but only the Red- and yellow-crowned kakariki can be held and bred in captivity.
Bourke’s Parakeets are quiet, gentle, and friendly little birds. The Bourke’s parrot is a relatively small bird, ranging in size from 7-9 inches with a tail that’s approximately 3-4” long. They usually have a brown body color that has helped them blend in with the reddish soil of its home. Our particular Bourke is rosey in color which makes him very unique. They have a yellowish-brown bill, a pink abdomen, pinkish breast and a blue rump. Their legs are dark-brown, and their feet have two pairs of toes. The adult male has a blue forehead.
Cockatiels are curious fellows that will snoop around and climb into whatever nooks and crannies they can find: bookcases, cabinets and other tight spots. They are probably the most popular variety of the parrot family and the Grey Cockatiel is the most common kind of cockatiel. The cockatiel is a member of the cockatoo family originating from Australia. They are second only parakeets in popularity as a caged bird. They evolved by surviving in a variety of diverse and rugged habitats and that adaptive behavior has made them well suited as pets. The natural color of cockatiels in the wild is grey, but spontaneous changes in the birds’ genetic code over the last 100 years have evolved several beautiful mutations. Males sing to attract a mate at the beginning and end of the day, and females chirp to get the attention they seek from their owner or mate. Grey Cockatiels are known to be able to imitate household noises like a dog barking or a microwave, and collect a 25-word vocabulary, on average. The Pearl Cockatiel (a.k.a. “Laced” or “Opaline” cockatiel) was bred and established in West Germany as recently as 1967. Due to an alteration in their feather patterns, they have laced or scallop-edged feathers on most of their bodies. They also have reduced dark coloring and increased yellow or white coloring giving them their pearl-like coloring.
The gorgeous Lutino Cockatiel was the second cockatiel mutation to be established. It became an immediate hit because it resembled a miniature white Cockatoo with a pale yellow breast and almost-white body, tail, and wings. Lutinos have yellow head and crest, bright orange cheek patches and red eyes. This was like the story of the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swan.
Paradise Whydah finches are small East-African songbirds that are named for the magnificent, long, glossy tail feathers that the males sport when they are breeding and then lose when the season is over. Large flocks of paradise whydahs are often seen congregating in tree branches when, in breeding season, males show off their superb plumage. When it’s not breeding season, male and female whydahs are almost indistinguishable and look like ordinary sparrows with mostly brown plumage, black marks on the face, black stripes on their heads, and a cream-colored abdomen.The Pin-tailed Whydah is another small songbird that develops unusually long tail feathers during the breeding season. While usually about 5” in length, the male pin-tailed whydah adds another 8” or so to his length due to the long black tail that he sports during courtship. Both the female and the non-breeding male have a bright red bill, dark brown wings with white patches, and white heads and underbellies.