Keeping A Parrot As A Pet


The United States currently ranks birds as the number two most common kind of pet after dogs and cats.

The majority of the parrots who are presently kept as pets have not become domesticated via years of selective breeding; rather, they are only one or two generations away from their wild relatives. This is what we think to be the most significant distinction between the two groups.

In point of fact, many were taken from their natural habitats and brought into the United States beginning in the 1960s and continuing until the early 1990s, when the practice was made illegal. A good proportion of these animals that were “captured in the wild” have kept their natural characteristics despite being purchased and repurchased by a number of guardians.

These parrots, which are often acquired on the spur of the moment and without an understanding of the emotional requirements they have, may, in many circumstances, respond in an undesirable way if their guardians do not pay enough attention to them.

Because many of these birds are only semi-tame and have never experienced a secure and constant environment to call home, they may exhibit problematic behaviors and pose a threat if kept as pets. Because each new owner of one of these birds eventually comes to the realization that their new pet will never turn out to be the “Busch Gardens” bird they had hoped for, the bird is destined to be given to another person or returned to the pet store.

Many would resort to biting, screaming, or even self-mutilation in order to catch the attention of a guardian who is apathetic about their well-being. This triggers the beginning of a cycle that may continue for an extremely long period throughout the bird’s life.

It is estimated that parrots, depending on the species, may live anywhere from 20 to 100 years, which is far longer than the average lifespan of a dog or cat. This, of course, is based on the assumption that the bird has made it through the dietary neglect that many casual bird guardians provide.

Hence, before you decide to get a parrot as a pet, please read the following 10 parrot commandments:

The 10 Parrot Commandments

  1. It is quite probable that I will live for at least ten or more years. Any time spent apart from you will be excruciating for me. Keep it in mind before we go back to your house.
  2. Please give me some time to figure out what it is you want from me.
  3. I need you to put your faith in me since it’s important to my health.
  4. Do not harbor ill will against me for an extended period of time, and do not confine me as a kind of punishment. You’ve got your job, you’ve got your amusement, and you’ve got your buddies. You are the only one I have.
  5. Talk to me occasionally. When you talk to me, I am able to hear your voice even though I can not comprehend the words that you are saying.
  6. Be conscious of the fact that regardless of how you treat me, I will never forget it.
  7. Before you strike me, keep in mind that I have a beak that is capable of crushing the bones in your palm with relative ease, yet I will refrain from biting you.
  8. Before you reprimand me for being difficult, stubborn, or lazy, ask yourself whether anything could be upsetting me. This should be done before you reprimand me for any of those behaviors. It’s possible that the food I’m given isn’t suitable for me, or that I’ve been confined for too long.
  9. You will get old just as I will, so take care of me when that time comes.
  10. Accompany me on this, our last adventure. Never utter the phrases “I can’t stand to see it” or “Let it happen when I’m not there.” If you were there, everything would be much simpler for me. Always keep in mind that I adore you.

Species of Parrots – Small, Medium and Large

There are several species of parrots. There are small parrotlets and budgies (parakeets) as well as extremely large macaws, yet they are all categorized as ‘parrots.’ This page looks at various tiny, medium, and giant parrots species.

Budgies, cockatiels, parrotlets, and lovebirds are examples of little parrots. These parrot species are often easier to care for. Cockatiels and budgies are loud birds that may live for ten to fifteen years if properly cared for. Cockatiels may live anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five years! These two parrot species live peacefully together. Lovebirds are a different matter entirely! When feasible, lovebirds should be housed alone. They have the same lifespan as budgies and cockatiels.

Conures, African greys, psittacula, poicephalus, and pionus species are examples of medium-sized parrots. These parrots will need everything that larger parrots require. When maintained in captivity, conures are very loud birds. They are also incredibly noisy and need a lot of attention and understanding. They live between 30 and 40 years. African Grey Parrots are the most intellectual parrot species and may live for 50 to 60 years. They are excellent communicators. Because the Psittacula family is self-sufficient, they are less loving, and pionus are silent birds.

Cockatoos, Amazons, and macaws are huge species of parrots. Cockatoos are difficult to train. They see their owners as friends and maybe highly territorial, frequently suffering separation anxiety as a result. They are also quite noisy birds. They are very bright and need careful owners. Macaws are notoriously tough pets. Screaming, biting, and chewing are all-natural actions! They may be quite lively and loving, yet the wrong person may keep them locked up in order to acquire control.

Amazon parrots are also popular pet birds. They do tend to be aggressive during the breeding season when their hormones are at their peak. On the bright side, they are excellent communicators and like clowning about or cuddling.

Is Your Home Ideal For A Parrot?

Who would be the finest adoptive family?

  • Someone who already has a hand-tame companion bird and has the room, time, and patience would be perfect, in my opinion.
  • We also prefer households with fewer than four (or so) birds since we think that each additional bird brought to a home detracts from the time each would have spent with their human (s).
  • You should have a secure home and job situation.
  • Unlike cat or dog adoptions, many of these birds may live for 30 to 100 years, and we think that one of our aims is to prevent these delicate animals from being passed from one family to the next. They are deserving of better. They are deserving of the stability and security that a solid “home for life” may provide.

There are hundreds of Cockatoos that pluck, chew, or overpreen their feathers. This can sometimes be halted, but not always. You may do everything perfectly and yet have this happen. However, you never see this in the wild, which is where these magnificent creatures of God should be, not in prisons in our homes. You may mislead yourself into believing they like being with us, but they are in jail for life, no matter how much we love them, feed them, and keep them warm. If you’ve ever been in jail, or even if you haven’t, you know that you go out of your cell when they say you can, and you go back in when they say so. Isn’t that what we’re doing to these magnificent birds?

In an effort to put an end to this never-ending cycle, SomethingCheeky.com is here to provide information for individuals who were in need of finding a caring “home for life” for their bird and to provide a retirement home for birds that were deemed unsuitable for placement. We also wanted to provide a safe haven for birds that had outlived their usefulness as pets. An alarming number of birds have just been brought to our attention.

If you are thinking of a pet parrot, please consider adoption.

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