Many people first consider getting a pet parrot after seeing one in a pet store. Others may see one at an event such as a Renaissance festival.
It suddenly seemed like a wonderful idea to own one of these interesting creatures.
Before buying or adopting a parrot, look into all aspects of raising a parrot or large bird in your home.
Considering Getting a Pet Parrot
A gorgeous, brightly colored parrot may have been sitting on a man’s shoulder. The bird was talking away to strangers and performing tricks.
Some people assume that parrots will be happy living in their cages. They think parrots will entertain themselves with a few bird toys and minimal human interaction. This is not the case.
Parrots of all shapes and sizes are marvelous, intelligent birds that will provide years of companionship and entertainment. They require a large investment of time and commitment as well.
Parrot Aren’t Alternative Pets
Parrots should never be considered an easy care alternative to a dog or cat. On the contrary, parrots such as macaws, African greys, and cockatoos all desire companionship.
In the wild, they live in flocks and will suffer greatly if left in bird cages and not interacted with on a daily basis.
In fact, large parrots demand just as much, if not more, interaction with humans as most breeds of dogs due to their flock mentality.
They are genetically very close to their wild ancestors. It’s possible that have come directly from the wild.
Because of this, they retain a strong flocking instinct that they will transfer to their new home.
Understand Parrot Communication
Screeching and calling are natural parts of a parrot’s life in the wild. Flocks use these sounds to communicate everything, from simple greetings to warnings of danger.
This is a common trait that may come as a surprise to owners who haven’t properly researched their pet parrots.
When a parrot produces these sounds in your home, they are communicating with you as well.
A battle for social dominance may also occur in some families who have multiple parrot breeds.
Again, this is simply the bird’s way of establishing the “pecking order,” and won’t create a problem if handled properly.
There are several ways to establish the proper role of family members and the parrot.
In most cases, you can establish a loving, companionable relationship with your domesticated parrot. Ideally, it will be satisfying for all pets of the household.
A Pet Parrot Can Be Costly
Parrots are among the best birds you can own, but be prepared to make a substantial investment in supplies for your parrot.
Parrots need space or they will suffer from claustrophobia. So you need a large bird cage, as a small cage will limit them too much.
Bird toys are also an important aspect of keeping them active and entertained.
Because parrots are strong and have powerful beaks, they will go through toys rather quickly. You may find yourself replacing them at an astonishing rate.
A wide range of foods is also essential to their health. They need fruits, seeds, vegetables and pellets in an ever-changing variety.
Human Characteristics in Parrots
Parrots have strikingly human personality characteristics. They are highly intelligent and become bored if they don’t receive enough of attention.
These interesting birds are also responsive to emotions.
Parrots that are provided with stimulated toys and interact with the family regularly tend to be outgoing.
If the family is comfortable with it, allow the parrot in the room when gathering. He will feel a part of the flock and become comfortable with them.
A lot of tension and excess noise will result in parrots responding with fear or aggression. Your bird won’t feel safe nor welcomed.
If this is the situation, consider using a birdcage cover to drown out some of the sound.
You shouldn’t isolate parrots in a room and not provide them with interesting activities. They will suffer much of the same trauma as an isolated toddler lacking human affection.
The ideal situation will be daily time outside of the cage. For example, have one on one interaction with their owner.
Once you’ve considered all of these factors, if you still want to invest in a parrot as pet, by all means do so. They are wonderful, amusing, affectionate companions.
Know all of the facts before diving in head first. It’s always best to be prepared.
With proper training and care, a pet parrot can become a cherished family member for decades.