The genus Arating includes more than 20 species; these birds are often kept as pets. They are loved for their bright colors, funny disposition and intellectual abilities. Aratinga live quite a long time (about 20-30 years), they are hardy, breed well in captivity. These parrots are quite unpretentious and do not require any kind of diet and conditions.
In the photo: ararata parrot. Photo source: https://popugai.info
However, parrots of this kind have one rather unpleasant minus - their voice. The screams of arising to decibels can be compared to the noise of a jackhammer or lawn mower. How do you like this neighborhood? The voice of arrating is piercing and very loud, therefore they are often recommended to be kept in street cages. If there are several birds, there will be twice as many sounds, respectively.
If this does not scare you, then artinga will become a great friend and pet for you for many years, because they are easily tamed and will delight the owner with their tricks. In addition, many arting can be taught to imitate speech and certain sounds. The ability to imitate these parrots is rather modest, but this is quite possible. Another feature should be attributed to their destructive beaks. If you do not provide them with the desired material, furniture, wallpaper, etc. can be used.
Maintenance and care
To maintain arating, you need to use strong cells, and preferably aviaries, where the bird can live an active life. The minimum cell size is 60x60x100 cm, but the larger it is, the better.If you plan to leave the bird alone for a long time, then it is better to immediately think about acquiring a pair of birds, and they do not have to be of the same species. Aratinga is quite friendly to medium-sized parrots (rosella, corella, monks, etc.), but they need to be kept in different cells, correctly introduced.
In the cage, aratingi must be installed with a bark with the correct diameter. Be prepared to replace them, as birds can become unusable quite quickly. Poles are best placed at different heights. In addition, feeders should be installed in the cage. Aratings are quite strong birds and easily turn and even tear plastic feeders, therefore it is better to place metal or even heavy clay ones in the cage that can stand on the floor and the bird will not turn them over. The same applies to drinking bowls, they should be quite durable. In addition, there must be toys in the cage. It should be not only ropes and pieces of wood, aratings will really like puzzles, especially birds will appreciate hats, where something tasty will be hidden.
Offer the birds a swim or place them in a cage if space permits. However, remember that aratings are “dirty” and everything that you give the bird from food will be scattered not only in the cage, but also in the surrounding space. In addition, aratingians like to soak their food in a drinker. Toys will be turned into slivers, feeders will be turned upside down.
If outside the cage you place a stand with toys and various fun for a parrot,the bird will be happy and your furniture will be intact.
Dieting should be quite diverse. Feeding arating includes a grain mixture for medium and large parrots. The grain mixture should have canary seed, various varieties of millet, some oats, buckwheat, sunflower and safflower. Offer sprouted and steamed grain, corn. Do not forget about green forage for arating - various types of salad, chard, wild cereals, dandelions, wood lice. Vegetables, fruits, berries (apple, carrot, broccoli, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits, peas, beans, celery, etc.). Nuts must be given in limited quantities, as a treat. Be sure to include branch feed in the ration.
The cell must have sources of minerals - a mineral mixture, sepia, clay, chalk.
In the photo: parrots aratinga. Photo source: https://simple-fauna.ru
Aratinga breed in nature in hollows, therefore, if you plan to breed these birds in captivity, you need to make a nesting house with dimensions of 30x30x60 cm and a letok of 9 cm.
Unfortunately, sex can not be determined by external appearance; females and males have the same color. Sometimes it’s even difficult to understand who is in front of you by behavior. In most cases, genetic analysis will help.
For breeding, you need to select sexually mature individuals (at least 3 to 4 years old) of different sexes, not related to each other. Birds should be moderately well-fed and healthy. For breeding, it is necessary to relocate the birds to a spacious enclosure, gradually increase the daylight hours to 14 hours and introduce animal feed into the diet, not excluding the varied daily menu, herbs and twig feed.It is advisable that the preparation last about a month.
Aratings are quite strongly attached to each other and create strong couples for life.
In a suspended nesting house, wood shavings should be placed. In clutch usually 3 to 5 eggs. Females lay hatching. The male at this time feeds the partner and guards the nest. Chicks are born covered in light fluff, blind and helpless. Both parents feed them. At the age of about 2 months, chicks already covered with feathers leave the nesting house. Once they become completely independent, they can be planted and begin to tame.