I have posted before about the birds I care for in the Haven. As with all animals, from time to time some have to be replaced. In the last year both the Violaceous Euphonia Euphonia violacea, and the Peters Twinspot Hypargos niveoguttatus, males have lost their mates. I have found them some replacements at last. Whenever I have new animals arrive they have to undergo a thirty day quarantine before they can come into contact with existing animals. So for the last thirty days I have had a large bird cage next to my desk. Last week I moved the cage up into the Haven so that the two females could begin to get used to their new surroundings.
This is the least stressful way of moving them. Also birds that are reared in a cage tend to have underdeveloped flight muscles so you do not want to just set them out in a huge space immediately. After a week the cage door is opened and the birds are left to find their way out in their own time. The cage is a safe space to them so if they become stressed in the larger space they will have the ability to return to the cage, I will leave the open cage there for another week.
This is what their new home looks like......
Quite a step up from a cage!
Of course as soon as I bought the cage in with the two females inside, the two males who were already in residence got very excited. There was a lot of whistling and showing off (seems all men are the same! :) ) The male Violaceous Euphonia has stayed in very close attendance.
Clearly he doesn't want to wait for the girls to get used to things, he has been trying to work out how to get into the cage ever since they arrived.
The male Peters Twinspot, a real Prince Charming, and a personal favorite of mine, is much more circumspect, he watches, longingly, from a respectful distance.
How could she resist such a handsome fellow?
Tomorrow is the big day when I open the cage door. Hopefully all will go well. It is quite an adjustment going into this huge space.
We also have Button Quail Coturnix chinensis in the Haven, today I spotted one of the females sitting on eggs.
Photo Credits - CJT
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