Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or
being kept as a pet harm individual animals?
Some Cause for Concern
Ease of care of many non-traditional pets depends on the individual owner’s years of experience and knowledge caring for a particular species. For the purposes of this website, we have geared information toward the benefit of the beginner.
As with all birds, red avadavats imported and traded illegally may not receive good care. Furthermore, traders have been known to use a green dye on female red avadavats so that they can be sold as the more valuable and rare green avadavat.
Red avadavats are considered fairly hardy and do well in captivity. In addition to the usual needs, they do best in aviaries large enough to allow flight. Under poor conditions, the plumage, especially of males, becomes less vibrant. There is evidence also that sunlight is important for maintaining bright coloring, so indoor birds need full spectrum light.
Red avadavats are social and can usually be kept in aviaries with other birds. However, breeding birds can be aggressive and should be housed separately and/or closely monitored.
When purchasing a pet red avadavat, ask for proof that the animal was bred in captivity by a professional with a permit to sell the animal. Be sure to research specific care requirements. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper diet and how to maintain a healthy weight for your pet.