Parrots as pets

Bird, Hand, Animal, Pet, Domestic

I am sure you have all heard the expression -‘Parrots have more personality than a goldfish’- and while this is extremely true, there are some home truths to be known about parrots before dashing out to purchase one as a pet. But it is much easier to train a dog initially than a parrot. Parrots are sensitive creatures that must be cared for and nurtured, and the more attention and love which they are given, the more their individual personalities will shine out.
You would do well to remember that a parrot is actually a wild animal that’s meant to be living out in the wild. Therefore they can be dangerous at times and also temperamental. Even though it is not possible to send a bird that’s been domesticated back into the wild to fend for itself, you’ll have to be sure that your bird is given plenty of attention and kept stimulated to prevent it becoming stressed and bored, which may result in it pulling out its feathers.
A word of caution – do not buy a parrot for a little child. Parrots have very sharp beaks that can cause some serious damage if one is not careful. For this reason they need specialised training and managing initially, so they may be taught not to bite or attack.
If you are looking for a parrot as a family pet, you might need to switch to a dog for this, because most parrots only bond with one person and are inclined to be aggressive or simply ignore other members of the family. They can also get quite possessive within the person that they have chosen to bond with.
An Amazon parrot is most likely among the most competitive, and would make the least appropriate family pet. If it is a family bird you are after, rather go for a budgie or a cockatiel.
If you do not like a noise, then a parrot isn’t for you. Parrots tend to be quite vocal and this may irritate some people. This is another thing that you will have to train out of them and it can be done with patience, but they will still be quite noisy at certain times of the day, even once they’re trained. Be sure you keep your bird out of the wind as birds despise draughts.
A well trained and cared for parrot may be a wonderful addition to your house and your life, and they can give you years and years of pleasure, since they have a very long life span.
Those are the main points, and hopefully this article will help you decide for yourself whether or not a parrot is going to be a good choice of pet for you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *