Hook-billed birds are the ones in the parrot family—from petite parakeets to massive macaws. Here's some stuff you should know if there's going to be a hookbill in the house.
You Will Need
* A hook-billed bird
* A birdcage
* Bowls or dishes
* At least one bird swing
* A spray bottle for water
* A "play gym"(optional)
Before bringing your bird home, do your hookbill homework! What are you looking for in a bird? Consult bird books and magazines. Look online for hookbill websites, too.
Different breeds have different needs. Research them carefully—you may be in for more than you expected!
Make sure your hookbill's cage is the biggest you can afford.
Different hookbills need different cage accessories. A swing will be fun for a parakeet; a rope perch will make a nice change for a parrot.
Feed your bird the correct diet—again, after doing your homework. Some hookbills, like lories, need fruit. Cockatiels eat a lot of seeds but also need fresh veggies. And many parrots can be offered small amounts of almost any healthy "people foods."
Your feathered friend will need fresh water daily—both for drinking and bathing. Rinse and refill food and water bowls every day, and mist her with lukewarm water from a plant mister.
Give your hookbill the vitamin-mineral supplement that's best for her. Most hookbills prefer having supplements added to their food, not their water.
Change the lining of your hookbill's cage every day if possible, and give the whole cage a thorough cleaning once a week. Better cage hygiene equals better health for your bird.
Hookbills thrive on company! Spend as much time with your bird as you can. Take her out of the cage and handle her as much as possible—but at least once a day. Talk to her a lot, even if she says nothing back.
With these basics under your belt, your home will be a hookbill haven. Your bird will be lucky
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