Owning a Parrot for the First Time


There are many species of birds, but parrots stand out as some of the most interesting. They are social, clever, and entertaining companions, particularly if you are able to teach your bird how to converse. The ability to solve problems and imitate noises, including human voices, are two of the many talents that parrots possess. According to research, these birds may be among the most intelligent birds that can be found anywhere in the world.

You may think you know a thing or two about parrots, but you really haven’t seen anything yet! The acrobatics that these birds engage in will never cease to amaze and take one by storm. It is incredibly charming when a parrot displays love for its owner and having a parrot as a pet may be a highly fulfilling experience. These birds are incredibly kind and affectionate, and they will provide you with hours of entertainment thanks to their antics. In addition to this, they make interesting companions that will be delighted to share your life, your shoulder, and your house with you.

There are more than 300 species of parrots on the globe, so locating one won’t be difficult; nonetheless, you should carefully consider whether or not a parrot will make an appropriate companion for you. The decision to keep a parrot is a significant commitment, and it is not one that should be made just because you believe the bird will do tricks, speak, or perch on your shoulder. These birds are very intelligent and need a responsible owner to ensure their happiness. It certainly won’t hurt to have a little bit of additional cash on hand, will it?

In order to maintain their health, parrots need a varied diet, which may be rather costly to provide for them. In addition, in order to keep your bird engaged during its periods of solitude, it will need a spacious cage, an abundance of toys, and tasty treats. Do not fall for the common misconception that all parrots are capable of being taught to communicate and perform tricks. Even if it does not, your bird will still need a significant amount of care from you.

The bigger parrots will demand at least one hour of one-on-one attention from you each and every day. These are some examples of birds that can survive for a very long period. Cockatoos, macaws, and other species of parrots may live up to 80 years of age. It is a significant commitment to giving a bird one hour of your attention every day for eighty years.

Where do we stand with trips to the animal hospital? Just like any other kind of animal, parrots are susceptible to becoming ill. Are you able to pay the price of the veterinarian bills? Who will take care of your parrot if you have to go away from your house for work or for vacation?

Parrots are chewers! They will never outgrow their need to chew on everything in sight, including your sofa, your doors, your books, and even your clothing.

If you believe you are capable of managing all of the aforementioned responsibilities and more, then you should absolutely consider getting a parrot as your new closest companion. If you are unsure about anything, please rethink your position. Parrots, like most other animals, have a propensity to form bonds with the people who care for them. Moving your bird from one house to another might be distressing for the animal. Make an effort to ensure that your friendship will last a lifetime.

A Parrot’s Bill of Rights

Written by; Stewart A. Metz, M.D.

GET TO KNOW ABOUT PARROTS BEFORE YOU BRING ME HOME

I am not a domesticated pet like a dog or cat. I still have the spirit of the jungle in me. I have special needs which you may find hard to fill. Please don’t learn these too late for my well-being. And please don’t acquire one of my cousins wild from the jungle it will jeopardize his survival and well-being, and that won’t be a party for you either!

GIVE ME THE LARGEST HOME POSSIBLE

I am used to flying through rainforests or savannas. I have given up this great gift for your pleasure. At the very least, give me enough room to flap my wings and exercise. And I need toys for my amusement and wood to chew otherwise, I might confuse your Home with the forest and its trees.

GIVE ME A NUTRITIOUS DIET

I need a wide variety of fresh and nutritious foods, even if they take time to prepare. I cannot survive on seeds alone. Take time to learn what my needs, and preferences, are.

LET ME HAVE A ‘SOCIAL LIFE’

I am a gregarious flock animal but I am not one of you. I need lots of socialization to learn how to act with you, and with my siblings. I also need to have adequate quality time with you every day–no matter what your schedule or other needs are. I am a living, feeling creature. Above all, I need to be able to have complete trust in you and count on your predictability in looking after me every day.

LET ME BE CLEAN

I may like to drop food or even throw it, but I need meticulous cleanliness to be healthy. My skin itches without frequent showers, the barbs of my feathers won’t seal if they become oily, and, worst of all, I may become ill if my food or water is not always sanitary.

I NEED MY OWN DOCTOR

You may not understand my physiology and therefore you may not recognize it early on when I get sick. And it may be too late when you do because I hide my illnesses (remember what I said about my being an animal of the jungle, where there are lots of predators). And I need an avian vet a specialist (no HMOs for me please). If you can’t afford one, perhaps you shouldn’t have taken me home.

PLEASE DON’T PUNISH ME

Just as I don’t always understand your peculiarities, you may not understand mine. I don’t TRY to get in trouble–remember, a house is not the jungle. If I do screw up, don’t yell at me, and never hit me. I have sensitive ears and I may never trust you again if you strike me. Hands are sometimes scary things to us (why in the world would you not be zygodactylous like us?). Even more importantly, we don’t learn by punishment. We are gentle creatures who only strike back to protect ourselves; we learn through patience and love.

SPEAK MY “LANGUAGE”

I know you get upset with me when I knock over my water bowl, throw food, scream or pluck my feathers. I don’t do these to annoy you–I am probably trying to tell you something (perhaps that I am hurting, lonely, or sad). Learn to speak MY (body) language. Remember that I, alone of all creatures on this planet, learn to speak yours!

SEE ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL

I am a unique and feeling being… No two of us are alike. Please don’t be disappointed in me if I don’t talk like you wanted, or can’t do the tricks that your friend’s parrot can do. But if you pay close attention to me (and I always empathize with you, whether you know it or not), I will show you a unique being who will give you so much more than talking and playing.. Give me a chance to show you who I am; I think you’ll find the effort worth it. And remember–I am not an ornament;. I do not enhance ANY living room decor. And I am not a status symbol–if you use me as such, I might nip at your up-turned nose!

SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME

Above all, please remember that you are my Special Person. I put all my trust and faith in you.. We parrots are used to being monogamous.(no bar-hopping for us!). So please don’t go away for long periods or give me away–that would be a sadness from which I may never recover. If that seems to be asking a lot, remember–you could have learned about my needs before bringing me home. Even having a baby or taking a new job isn’t a fair reason–you made a commitment to me FIRST. And if you think that you must leave me because you might die, provide for me forever after you leave. I may live to a ripe old age but I can’t provide for myself. Remember I’m in a small cage amongst people who are not of my blood.

YOUR RIGHTS

You have lots of rights, but I can only assure one. And that is, if you treat me the way I described above, I will reward you with unwavering love, humor, knowledge, beauty, dedication–and a sense of wonder and awe you haven’t felt since you were a child. When you took me home, you became my Flock Leader, indeed, my entire universe -for life. I would hang the moon and stars for you if I could. We are one in Heart and Soul.

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