Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outer Sydney Australia
Thanked 235 Times in 170 Posts
Rep Power: 37
Oh yeah bathing is quite normal. Doesn't matter what time of year or how hot or cold it is. My outside birds in the suspended aviaries will bath in mid winter when the temperature is barely above zero. I have even seen them break ice on the top of the water bowl to have a bath. I have even had them get completely drenched with only a tube water container in the cage. Even a hampster water container does not stop them getting soaked. They just stick their tongue up in it to push up the little ball so the water will flow. I think it has alot to do with their diet especially in the wild. They get sticky from the pollen and nectar they eat so they need to bath to get the sticky off their feathers.
You are right there are alot of species. We have 7 that are native to Australia and I think there are something like over 70 worldwide, about 55 of which are available in Australia. We have the Rainbow (Swainson's), Red Collared, Scaley Breasted, Musk, Varied, Little and Purple Crown. The Rainbow would be the most common as it is a very free breeder even in captivity and they can breed all year round. As long as there are food sources for them all year round. And with so many people over here putting in native gardens the numbers have increased and they are not as migratory as they once were. Two chick are normally bred each round with most of them. All bar the from memory Little an Purple Crown who have a set breeding season as they can have up to 5 chicks in a nest. But the Swainson's is the most common over here too.