Determining How Old Is Your Bird – A lot of people are adopting a bird without knowing how old is the bird precisely. To know the age of your feather’s friend may assist your vet to find out a more precise list of more potential sickness or uncommon disorders that can affect your bird.
Bellow are some hints that can be helpful on knowing how old is your pet bird:
Iris color. This may also be used to find out the age of your pet. In most psittacines, the eye color of a very young birds is a bit brown or dark colored.
In macaws, this color will fades to grey in one year of bird’s age, and changes to white at age 1 to 3 and become yellow as the bird is aging beyond 3 years. In some Amazons, the iris changes color to red-orange as the bird get matures. The iris of African Grey’s eyes is changing from brown to grey to white as they are maturing.
Feathers Color. The feathers of young psittacines are typically dull-colored. The brilliant colored plumage is typically related with the species develops at maturity. For those species whose babies have coloration similar to adults, the tail feathers are typically shorter than the adult birds.
Beak color. In some of bird species, beak color varies with the age. If the adult bird has a dark bill, then juveniles usually will have a light-colored bills. Those birds that own a light colored adult bills will have dark colored or dark bands at the base of the beak when they are young.