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Old 02-23-2020, 08:25 AM
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

Cardinals are also territorial, though. I was thinking maybe you could get him a friend, but that may be projecting. As far as I am aware, cardinals do not flock. They sing to stake out a territory. Yeah, just googled it. Apparently they are like feral cats. They have friend groups, but those groups change often and there is no real social hirarchy. I think the cardinal would be fine with a big sturdy cage, lots to do, and you for company.


As for flying away, yesssss you could clip. That is a very qualified yes, though. Cardinals can't climb around like a parrot, so clipping *seriously* limits them. I have never clipped doves, finches, pigeons, etc for that reason. I think a better way to prevent accidental escape is to have a double door on the aviary. ALWAYS have at least one door shut. Kind of like most dog parks(don't know if you have been to one), there is the aviary and its door, and then sort of a fully enclosed room right out side that door(enclosed in caging material). You walk into the room and close the door and latch it, before opening the aviary door and entering the bird cage.



And yes the cardinal could attract a predator. Am I correct in envisioning a urban or suburban area? Most likely your predators would be small omnivores, cats/dogs at large, and hawks/birds of prey. All of which are likely in your area already. It isn't so much attract a predator, as it is grab their attention. A well built cage and thoughtful placement could help to significantly protect the bird.



I wouldn't worry too much about potential illnesses, as you don't have other birds. Yes, there are some illnesses that birds can give to people, but I do not claim to be an expert. But I will say I have been up close and personal with birds in professional, volunteer, rescue, pet, etc etc etc situations for over 20 years and it has never been a thing I have had to deal with. Knock on wood. I'm sure other members could advise you better on that, though.
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

In my humble uninformed opinion the reason parrots make good pets and wild birds are "wild birds" is based on evolution and environment. In the tropics, life is easier, food more plentiful and as such parrots evolved more "peacefully?" and social. Making them great bonders, and big "SOCIAL" flocks In the more northern climates it's more of a competition, that's why people don't regularly own bluejays and robins and cardinals etc. The birds are more suited to competition for resources etc.

I think a cardinal raised from an egg might make a good pet because it didn't have to fight for resources before, but its lineage did come from a long line of more northern birds........

Just a thought.

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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

In Australia, we have/ had Cardinals brought in as the pet trade, but up until recently where with no blood being brought in as live imports were banned most, have dissapeared unfortunately and there are just a few left in Aus
We have the Red Crested Cardinal in Australia, but we did have the Yellow, Virginian and Green Cardinal as well around 30-40 years ago
Australian breeders used to breed very large amounts of them, in fact they believe Australia bred the most and best Cardinals in the world
Cardinals are best kept in a fairly large, planted outdoor aviary
A good varied diet like Fruits, seeds, Insects like moths, crickets, waxworms and mealworms (only small amounts of mealworms as they are very fatty) are essential, especially if you want to breed them
The more varied the diet, the better
If you have any more questions, I am more than happy to answer them
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

Thank you everyone so much for your advice. We have adopted the cardinal and named him Amadeus!

He is quite comfortable in his new surroundings and seems to be happy with seeds, nuts, and dried worms we have fed him thus far. I am happy he no longer has to live indoors with (too many) very loud tropical birds.

He seems to enjoy being outside (at least) listening to the neighbourhood birds, sitting on his perch and 'hopping' around from time to time.

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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

Top stuff, well done!
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

Oh how wonderful. I look forward to hearing about how life with him goes.
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

Thank you very much for the love everyone.

Amadeus is doing quite well. I am not as familiar with the intricate behaviours of wild birds, is there a reason he likes to throw a lot of his food into the bird bath in his aviary?
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

Quote: Originally Posted by cardinalMom View Post
Amadeus is doing quite well. I am not as familiar with the intricate behaviours of wild birds, is there a reason he likes to throw a lot of his food into the bird bath in his aviary?
Some birds do that to soften the food.
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Re: Cardinal as domestic pet?

And some(most) birds are weird.



How is he doing? Would love some photos!
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