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Mousebirds: dust-free and cuddly :)


I was surfing the web and learned about this cute little type of bird called a mousebird. I hadn't ever heard of them before, but was instantly intrigued by their behaviors and general quirkiness.

Just thought I'd share some info on these interesting little guys.

They don't have dander like most other birds, so there is less of an allergy problem. They tend to be cuddly and climb more than fly much because of their feather type. (Their feathers are almost like fur and more for hopping than flying.) The crest on the head can be raised like a cockatiel's to indicate mood.
To aid in climbing, their back toes are jointed to move to the front or back as needed. They sleep hanging from the top of the cage clustered together to share heat. Mousebirds mostly eat fruit, greens, and insects or other forms of protien. They can open up their jaw like a snake to eat big pieces of fruit.
I can't afford one right now, but some day I've gotta look into getting one.


http://www.mousebirds.com/



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How adorable!!! They remind me of what you would get if you cross a cockatiel with a tufted titmouse
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I don't know if I want to laugh or cry, at this point.
 
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How come? What's wrong?
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I just had to get rid of all of my birds, and most of my heart went with them. I love birds, friends in here got together and bought me a sweet little meyers parrot a few years ago. He now lives with a wonderful person, my cousin, who has him so spoiled. I do speak to him over the phone, and Linda says he tries to climb right in to the receiver to see where I am. On top of losing my birds, and parts of my anatomy, the night before I had my surgery I prayed for an angel. I did get an angel, our friend Mr. Squeaks (Shi) died early in the morning of my surgery. I still miss her so much.
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Oh, for more info on mousebirds, go to Davis Lund Aviaries
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I'm so sorry to hear that. Sending prayers your way.
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Bless your heart, pigeonmama. I knew Shi's passing was about the same time but didn't know it was that morning! I have no doubt that she was hovering over you giving you love and support and all those positive vibrations! She had been so full of all that positive energy in this life. I can't imagine her any other way.
I am in love with those mouse birds, Libis! My husband is NOT going to be happy with you, lol!
Pigeonmama, could your health tolerate one of those?
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I am in love with those mouse birds, Libis! My husband is NOT going to be happy with you, lol!
Yeah, I know. I'm in love with them too. If I didn't have to pay for college and work all day, I'd probably have one on the way lol. Some day though. I just told my boyfriend he better feel lucky I don't want a $1000 parrot, just a little $300 mousebird.

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Pigeonmama, could your health tolerate one of those?
I second the do you think you could have one?

The only downside is that they eat fruit, so the poops are apparently kind of icky. But no dust is a pretty big plus.
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mousebirds belong where they live ,which is said here... "This group is confined to sub-Saharan Africa, and is the only bird order confined entirely to that continent. They had a wider range in prehistoric times and apparently evolved in Europe.".... making them pets is the last thing I would do.. they need to be left alone. just like all wild birds should. IMO
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Found another cute video--they're playing a game with what appears to be a removable cage grating lol.

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mousebirds belong where they live ,which is said here... "This group is confined to sub-Saharan Africa, and is the only bird order confined entirely to that continent. They had a wider range in prehistoric times and apparently evolved in Europe.".... making them pets is the last thing I would do.. they need to be left alone. just like all wild birds should. IMO
The ones people are making into pets are raised in a domesticated setting, just like most pet parrot species (budgies, cockatoos, etc) are now. I don't see a problem so long as there isn't too much wild-catching of the birds going on.

Even chickens started out wild.

Plus, from what I've been reading a lot of bird hobbyists have had to leave breeding more conventional species because of the dust. These birds don't have that. I think it's good to see people still able to work with birds.
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The ones people are making into pets are raised in a domesticated setting, just like most pet parrot species (budgies, cockatoos, etc) are now. I don't see a problem so long as there isn't too much wild-catching of the birds going on.

Even chickens started out wild.

Plus, from what I've been reading a lot of bird hobbyists have had to leave breeding more conventional species because of the dust. These birds don't have that. I think it's good to see people still able to work with birds.
Im totally against it..and they should not be promoted as pets.. they are wild birds that should stay that way... I would hate for them to have the fate of the parrot..and other hookbills sold in pet shops to people who do not know what they are doing.... Im sure they are common in Africa..but I just do not like the pet trade and what the mighty buck does to animals.. leave the birds alone.. we have enough in the pet trade..
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They are not sold in pet stores. One has to go through a breeder--most of whom are very protective of their birds and will not allow people they are wary of to purchase birds.
The breeder I referenced here also will not sell opposite sexes of different species of mousebirds to anyone, for fear of experimental hybrids. Reading the sites of others, this seems to be a common theme.

What I've seen from these breeders is responsibility and care, so I don't have a problem with them.

Without some form of the pet trade no one would have (legal, non-native) pets.
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They are not sold in pet stores. One has to go through a breeder--most of whom are very protective of their birds and will not allow people they are wary of to purchase birds.
The breeder I referenced here also will not sell opposite sexes of different species of mousebirds to anyone, for fear of experimental hybrids. Reading the sites of others, this seems to be a common theme.

What I've seen from these breeders is responsibility and care, so I don't have a problem with them.

Without some form of the pet trade no one would have (legal, non-native) pets.
if they get promoted and popular they will be in pet stores.... that is the problem.. breeders or not..THEY ARE WILD BIRDS... just because they have a cuddle talent does not mean we should be doing it..IMO...
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Well, whatever I say, you are going to disagree with, and whatever you say I am likely going to disagree with.
We appear to be at a stalemate as far as whether captive breeding programs are alright or bad, and since we both hold very distinct views I do not see how further arguing will change anything or be productive. We're starting to repeat ourselves.

I've stated my thoughts on this topic, and don't feel that this needs to turn into a long winded public argument.

Thank you for your views, it is always interesting to talk to one's opposite.
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