Branching Out

Parrots

As most of you know that have been following along, this site is dedicated to lovebird ownership. However, since lovebirds are small parrots and there are so many other species of parrots to own, I thought I would start broadening the subjects covered in this blog to all pet parrots. We will be discussing basic care of lovebirds and other pocket parrots and even talking about the care of the larger species.

Pictured above: Blue Pied Pacific Parrotlet

There isn’t that much difference when it comes to the basics like caging, food, acquiring a good Avian vet, making sure that you can afford a parrot, and if it will fit into your family situation. However, on the other hand, there are some HUGE  differences between owning a Parrotlet and, say, a Macaw.

We will be covering the different types of species and their specific personalities, care and cage requirements. Noise level is very important to understand also, as some birds can be too noisy for apartment living, or if someone in your household is sensitive to a lot of noise.

The last thing you want to do is acquire a bird and then have to give them away over something as trivial as noise level without planning ahead first.

Pictured above: Female Eclectus Parrot

 

Size

Starting out, we will cover the three types of pocket parrots, which are Budgies, Parrotlets and Lovebirds. The medium-sized parrots are Conures, Cockatiels, Quaker Parrots, Caiques and so on.

Lastly, we will discuss larger and more challenging birds such as Cockatoos, Macaws and Eclectus Parrots. Every bird has something special to offer it’s owner and remember even within the same species, every bird has it’s own unique personality.

There are factors we can control to ensure that your parrot is well socialized but other things like hormones and health problems can change that, so it’s important to understand both the good AND bad traits within each species.

I would never want to sugarcoat parrot ownership. As enjoyable and fun as owning a parrot is, there are plenty of challenges and downsides. The most important thing to do is take your time, do your research and don’t make an uneducated or impulsive decisions no matter how cute that little birdie in the window is!

Don’t forget some species of parrots can live to be almost 80 yrs old so this is a huge commitment and in many cases, the bird will out live YOU. A responsible bird owner would want to make plans for the future care of the bird and many other considerations.

Pictured above: Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Parrots mate for life and are extremely sensitive. They can and will bond very strongly to a member of the family and this is nothing to take lightly. Yes, they can love again and attach to another bird or person, but you don’t want to treat bird ownership carelessly from the start. Birds can become heartbroken and self-destructive, it’s a fact.

 

Hazards

Certain species come with hazards of ownership that are important to understand. For instance a Macaw has an extremely large beak and a bite could be potentially dangerous. If you have small children in your household, this is something to consider.

While many Macaws are very sweet if socialized properly, most birds go through a hormonal change and their personalities can drastically change along with the hormones.

Birds can become very jealous of the attention that their favorite owner is getting and could potentially attack another person due to this jealousy. It is a known fact that this happens quite often and could prove to be very dangerous if your bird is large and has a strong bite.

I would never recommend that anyone start off owning a Macaw or Cockatoo without prior bird ownership and education along with experience working with large parrots. There is just too much that can go wrong.

Stay tuned and Happy Parroting!

 

 

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