Things you should ask yourself
before buying a parrot
Parrots are sentient creatures,
capable of experiencing a range of emotions.
Any person wanting to own a parrot
should be ethically and financially responsible for parrots' health
Responsible ownership includes
educating oneself on the ever-evolving research that has developed and information that
is constantly becoming available.
All parrots require daily interaction
with their owners.
Most Cockatoos require a great deal of
attention, but a good rule of thumb, is not to provide more today than you can provide
5 years from now.
Other species including Conures, Cockatiels, African
Greys and Amazons also need socialization, and they are adept at utilizing their toys and playgyms in a
Before purchasing a bird, view a variety of parrots,
categorize and take note of their needs, and then compare to what you can provide.
Don't choose a large, loud bird if you live in an
apartment. You may find yourself or your bird, homeless.
largest possible parrot
cage you can, as exercise is as important
as mental stimulation. Outfit the cage with a
variety of perches and appropriate size toys. Install the
cage in the main living area, but away from kitchen
be MESSY, NOISY, EXPENSIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE!
In addition, they
need frequent baths and not all of them talk.
The fact that parrots are messy is a given.
They are responsible for re-foresting the forest floor. They are noisy in that their normal vocalizations are to
flock call in the morning and evening.
Plus they love to chatter in between. This is their
way of communicating and should not be discouraged.
Aside from the initial investment of the parrot itself
and cage, there are ongoing costs of food, routine vet checks, grooming costs (parrot clipping wings, trimming nails), parrot toys and
occasional emergencies requiring veterinary care.
Being intellegent creatures, parrots need to occupy
their time, and if not provided with a variety of toys, will turn on their (your) environment. That
translates into your woodwork, blinds, coffee table and antiques. Most parrot species originated from a
tropical or rainforest environment. For good health and feather condition, frequent baths are necessary
either in the shower, with a spray bottle or in the sink.
See also different types of parrots or where to
buy a parrot