Choosing a parrot for a pet is a life long commitment.
Parrots are another example of needing to think through your decision thoroughly before getting a pet. With a life span of a potential 60 years adopting a parrot is not a commitment to be made lightly.
They are a most entertaining and intelligent pet that will bring joy to friends and family alike. Many can be trained to talk or at lest respond to commands. And they all have individual personalities and are not shy about expressing them.
However, they are a bird that thrives on community. Parrots that are kept in isolation for extended periods will not be happy, and many will show signs of stress and possibly self destructive behaviour.
Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph of drellenrudolph.com informs us that:
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the companionship of another parrot may impact adversely on the individual bond between owners and their parrots. However, results from this study demonstrated that 57% of the birds housed singly developed stereotypic behaviours such as pacing and bar chewing, while paired birds exhibited none of these behaviours.
Read Dr Ellen’s own entertaining experience with keeping an Orange-winged Amazon parrot, Marteen.
Other recommendations Dr Ellen makes with regard to keeping healthy parrots include:
- A healthy diet is extremely important to a healthy birds well being.
- Get a LARGE cage for your bird. The larger the cage the happier your bird will be.
- Keep your bird near the centre of things, not shut away in a back room.
- Find a veterinarian who is a board-certified Avian Specialist.
Most importantly, make sure when committing to keep a parrot you keep that commitment. This could mean feeding, entertaining, and housing your pet for the next 60 years. Think about where you might want to live in the future and what kind of travel or lifestyle you hope to have in the future. Does this fit with the pet you are choosing?
If you think a parrot is a pet you are prepared to commit to, I recommend finding a local breeder to help guide you as to which breed and sex would best suit you. They will also be able to give you advice in the best care tips.