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Re: Can they talk?

Posted by Deborah on Wed, Sep 05 2012 at 09:18 PM CDT:

In Reply to: Can they talk? posted by Rheanne on Wed, Sep 05 2012 at 12:36 PM CDT:

Some GCC talk very well, but the species is more known for being very active and playful and also affectionate. They are know as "big birds in little bodies".

If talking is your main priority, getting a bird as a pet is a risk. Even an African Grey may not talk, and they are demanding pets that live a very long time. A GCC can reach the mid-twenties.

GCC are not expensive birds, check around for breeders or reputable bird stores in your area to get an idea of price. The cage can cost more than a bird. If you aren't going to interact with it every day, you'll need a pretty good sized cage, but it must have bar spacing no larger than 5/8". You can get a large flight cage that would be suitable for less than $200US but it won't have the niceties like a seed guard and outside access for the feeders.

The only well to tell sex is to have the bird DNA-tested. Most breeders will do that these days. For some mutations you can tell by the mutation expressed if you know the genetics of the parents.

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