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    Question Cross-breeding

    I have always had this question in the back of my mind.
    What types of birds can cross breed. As in what would happen if a lovie tried to breed with a budgie?(not saying it would happen but yea)

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    Re: Cross-breeding

    I don't think it's anatomically/biologically possible unless the birds are in the same genus. My particulars are probably off so I'll explain what I know like this:

    Different types of lovebirds (fischers, masked, peachfaced) can breed but there can be many adverse affects. You can look up hybrid lovebirds. I've also heard of hybrid macaws, ie a scarlet with a blue and gold.

    I imagine the same problems exist for the hybrid macaws as do for the lovies.
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    Re: Cross-breeding

    i dunno brandon... the main problem with crossing lovies is they are naturally so different. (asides from the genetic instabilities) peach faces, red cheeked, masked and black cheeked all have different natural behaviours, breeding and nesting patterns. You cross them and you get a very confused bird that wants to nest in a anthill up a tree.

    they get confused, depressed and develop all sorts of problems because of it.

    i dont know how different macaws are....? (still wouldnt try it though!)

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    Re: Cross-breeding

    Yeah, I remember how shocked I was first reading about those instinctual differences that can become so conflicted.
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    Re: Cross-breeding

    I have heard of
    brown headed parrot/senegal
    sun conure/hahns macaw
    GCC/sun conure
    ( I am pretty sure all conures can be crossed together)
    Galah/sulpher crested
    that was one of the most beautiful bird I had ever seen! I will try to find the pic.
    umbrella/sulpher crested
    I am pretty sure all cockatoos can cross.
    Cockatiel/galah
    And of course the macaw hybrids
    I haven't heard of any amazon hybrids, but I don't doubt there are some.
    Pionus can hybridize with other species of pionus.
    It seems that birds living on the same continent are more likely able to hybridize. Budgies are from australia, lovies are from africa, that alone makes it impossible.


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    Re: Cross-breeding

    Herbie the lovebudge

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    Re: Cross-breeding

    OK heres some pics (i didn't take them, and they aren't my birds, I found them on the net)\
    Sun/GCC

    Sun/hahns macaw

    Galah/citron2 (this ones my fave!)

    Galah/corella

    Brown headed/sennie

    Nanday/sun

    U2/citron

    Meyers/sennie

    Galah tiel

    I have more pics in storage if people want to see them.


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    Re: Cross-breeding

    see the thing about these birds, is not all of them look particuarly happy and healthy. that first pic of the sun/GCC looks like he has plucking issues, and looks miserable.

    just because birds are from the same continent doesnt mean they can/breed. red cheeked lovies nest in anthills. blackmasked lovies weave nests. the offspring from that would be one very screwed up bird...

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    Re: Cross-breeding

    That "sun/hahns macaw" is just a gold cap.
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    Re: Cross-breeding

    Quote Originally Posted by kito109654 View Post
    That "sun/hahns macaw" is just a gold cap.
    I dont think so. That bird has a full red head, gold caps have red eyeliner, anda gold 'cap'


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    Re: Cross-breeding

    I have some other pics of the sun/GCC and to me it looks like a baby. I deffinatly didn't mean that hybridizing birds from the same continent would mean they wouldn't be messed up. They most likely would be. But it isn't impossible for birds from the same place to breed. The good thing is that most of these birds are probably infertile, so they won't ever be bred, and that wouls make them avoid all the confusion of how to make nests and behave. I dont agree with hybridizing, but I feel sorry for the birds. Once on here there was a thread about the galahtiel, and everyone said that it was ugly, a monster, and should never be alowed to live. I think thats not nice, these birds deserve the same amount of love as any of our birds, its not their fault that someone was irresponsible and bred their parents.


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    Re: Cross-breeding

    You're right. But I found the original source of that other picture and they don't know exactly what it is so they just decided that it's a conure/hahns.
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    Re: Cross-breeding

    Sorry I didn't mean to mislead anyone with that pic, on the site I found it on they didnt mention that they didn't know for sure what it was. Thats weird that they would guess it was a a sun/hahns, I would guess more sun/cherry headed. But I was told on here that conures are actually mini macaws, and that hahns macaws are actually more closely related to conures than macaws. So they can be hybrid.


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    Re: Cross-breeding

    I would have guessed gcc/cherry. Yes, conures are mini-macaws (whatever that means ) and conures and hahns are "close." From what I've seen, bcc are the closest to a hahns.
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    Re: Cross-breeding

    I have never seen a tiel mixed with another bird, but that one was cute. I just dont get why people do it, nature made them that way for a reason, why cant the let them be.

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