What is a Dora parrot?
The Durra parrot, the collared Durra parrot or the domestic parakeet, also called the Budgie, is one of the famous species of parrots, which naturally live in the wild only in the dry and arid regions of the continent of Australia. The Durra parrot is distinguished by bright green plumage covering the front of its body, and its back and head are covered with overlapping yellow and black feathers. In the wild, Durra parrots live in large flocks that move together in search of food, and the size of these flocks varies depending on the amount of food available.in dry seasons, their size decreases, while it increases greatly in rainy seasons so that Durra parrots become the most numerous type of parrot on the continent of Australia. These birds are able to fly very quickly, they build their nests in large colonies, and give birth several times per year.
The length of an adult Durra parrot Bird is about 18 centimeters, the weight of the female ranges from 24 to 40 grams, and the male is about 22 to 32 grams. These birds are characterized by pale green feathers covering the bottom of their belly, their wings are yellow covered with black markings that are dark in adult birds and pale in Chicks, and the rest of the head and face are covered with yellow, and black markings on the head abound in young parrots. The upper side of the beak is much larger than the lower one, so when applied, its underside disappears completely, and the beak itself does not seem to stand out much due to the dense feathers covering it.
Before puberty, it is not possible to differentiate between a male and a female, as the sexes are similar, but at the age of about eight months, signs of puberty begin to appear in these birds, the male is distinguished from the female by a black or gray collar around his neck, so he was named the collared Dora parrot, but the female can be distinguished by expert breeders, either from the absence of a collar or from the pupil of the eye.
The birds of the Durra parrot eat most of what humans eat, in addition to the parrots ‘ ready-made food. It is important to change the parrot’s water daily so that it does not become sticky or difficult to clean. It can be enough to buy ready-made food for the parrot from pet stores, and this food consists of seeds whose shells will accumulate on top of the parrot’s food dish, and you can do him a favor by blowing over his plate to keep the shells of the eaten seeds away from him. This bird is also able to eat most human food, such as potatoes, carrots, broccoli, sunflower seeds, all boiled vegetables, and fruits, and it may be useful to offer him at least one type of vegetable a day. The Durra parrot is also able to eat ready-made food, he even loves it very much, but introducing it to him may shorten his life span due to its unhealthy effects.
Cage care :
Preferably, the cage of the Durra parrot should be as large as possible to give the bird enough space for movement, and if the goal of the cage is to keep a parrot under training, its door should be small and somewhat narrow, to allow the bird to get out while holding on to the owner’s hand only. Usually, plastic or wooden perch is installed inside the cage to force the bird to always stand in the same place. In general, the cage should be placed in a place away from air currents and at a relatively constant temperature, therefore, the parrot should never be placed near a window, a heater, or in front of an air conditioner. The Durra parrot is very sensitive to sudden changes in temperature, if exposed to such conditions, it can easily catch a cold, which can affect its health very badly.
It is useful to leave the Durra parrot cage outdoors during the day, as this preserves the bird’s health better, but it is necessary to pay attention, when taking it outside the house, that the cage always remains in the shade, and it must be brought into the house again at nightfall before it is exposed to the cold.
If you want to hatch a Durra parrot at home, you must first choose a bird descended from a good breed, then you must choose a harmonious and compatible duo together. As is the case with all animals that are married at home, this process may require a great deal of effort and perseverance, as taking care of the couple and then their chicks, and providing the appropriate space and conditions for them may not be easy. These birds can start breeding when they reach one year of age and are capable (if everything goes well) of laying from four to six eggs per pregnancy, the gestation period of which takes about three weeks.
Dealing with the Dora parrot :
The chicks of the Durra Parrot are very fastidious, the cage in which they live must be cleaned twice a day, they like wheat-containing foods, mashed apples, and melted bread with milk. This type of bird is very domestic in general, he is familiar with his owner, likes to have fun with him and stand on his shoulder, and is active and fast-moving, which suits his keen curiosity, as he likes to wander around the house and explore it, he also likes to offer food to him by hand, caressing him or wiping on his head. These birds are an excellent choice for new Parrot breeders because their requirements are minimal, their tolerance is relatively high, and they interact with their owners extremely well.
Care should be taken to take care of the health of the Durra parrot, if an increase in the length of its claws is noticed, it should be trimmed, because it starts to annoy the bird when it becomes too long, and it may get stuck to parts of the cage, causing him problems. These birds can be trained in different ways, and their training requires self-confidence, and it is necessary before starting training that the bird gets used to standing over its owner’s hand and handling it so that it becomes ready to jump on it when it is stretched out to him. It can then be started by launching the bird around the house to accustom it to fly freely and return to its owner, paying attention to covering breakable objects in the rooms.