Bengalini, joyful birds that we often find in the homes of those who cannot afford to keep a dog or cat, but they are not just a makeshift! I'm nice and company, have a docile and lively character, their size allows them to be placed in apartments, even if they are not large, to fill the atmosphere with melodies.
It seems impossible that in these 10 cm of being there is a song like that of Bengalini. This precious gift does not depend on the color of the livery, in fact there are some of the most varied colors but all in tune. Diluted, Cheek, Black Face, Tufted, Brown, Light Back, Masked, Penguin, Isabella, Yellow Beak, and then White, Piebald, Curled, Orange Breast, Agate, it also depends on where we are looking for them.
In nature they live in Australia and the Sunda Islands, they love the forest if crossed by streams, good company and a few "baths" every now and then. In the cage, let them never miss a small tray.
I'm colorful and it is difficult to trace the nuances, but it is instead possible to notice the strong differences between male and female. The former has almost red cheeks, brown flanks with white scattered spots, an intense red beak, the females, in addition to the orange beak, do not have brightly colored cheeks and are generally less showy, no spots and are also more taciturn. They dismantle all the stereotypes about sexual dysmorphism existing in nature, or almost.
Bengalini: what they eat
You cannot sing well if you are not in perfect shape and to be i Bengalini they are careful what they eat. Usually for those in captivity we recommend a mixture of seeds prepared for exotic birds with a prevalence of escarole and white millet. This must be integrated however with fruit and vegetables never "served cold" and well washed. If you want to make Bengalini happy, give them apples and mandarins, or spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce and carrot.
L'cuttlefish bone it is essential if you have Bengalini in a cage, a supply of fresh water is also important and a specific biscuit for exotic once a week it can be a habit to indulge them. The manger must be chosen with care so that it is practical for our guests but at the same time also for us who have to fill and clean it.
After the first six months of life they have already reached sexual maturity but it is better to wait for another six to pass make them reproduce, for a matter of health and successful births. The nest is very important for reproduction, can be pear, the best for the exotic but less for those who have to clean it.
The alternative is the vertical wooden box with an incubation chamber or with a semi-open front, in both cases it must be prepared with jute threads, strips of cloth, straw, hay and wooden twigs. Let's go back to the reproduction of Bengalini, each time 5/6 eggs are laid on average, to be hatched for two weeks.
They usually have a plumage similar to that of females, i Newborn Bengalini, regardless of their sex, and a gray, brown or white beak. Just the coloring of the beak it will allow new parents to identify their young that will be weaned in four weeks.
If we are managing everything at home, let's remember that i Bengalini became autonomous they must be placed in a separate cage where they can do their flight tests in full autonomy.
The price of Bengalini it is not demanding at all, considering also the pleasantness of these animals. One of these little birds can cost from 10 to 20 euros, cage and equipment are easy to find online or at a pet store and for nutrition, it comes to feed and non-valuable foods.
One of the most common varieties of Bengal is that of bengaline muscat, a small colorful bird of about 10 centimeters in length, with males slightly larger than females. Despite the sexual dysmorphism, these birds always have a minute appearance, they can be recognized by the thin and pointed beak, cone shape, but not only. Their livery throughout the year sports a brown-greyish color, darker on the wings, back, undertail and tail where it can also be black. The feathers, on the other hand, are lighter on the chest and belly, while on the wings and sides there are also pure white dots. To characterize these Bengalis too a black band that, starting from the sides of the beak, reaches the eye.
In the reproductive period, we begin to see some color differences between maschi and females with the male that unpredictably assumes an intense red color on the head, back, chest and hips, with more or less marked yellowish hues on the belly depending on the subspecies. The legs do not change color, however: they are and remain flesh-colored, the same goes for the reddish-brown eyes while the beak changes color but only according to the season. It is red from May to November, darker in December until it becomes completely black in April.
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