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Intelligent, affectionate, sociable and good looking are the characteristics that make a parrot a good company and a very popular pet. Not to mention their ability to mimic human voices, which make them a true curiosity for most of us.
When thinking of the long term happiness of you and your parrot, you will inevitably need to learn how your parrot thinks in order to influence its behavior. Sure, you can get it to step up on your finger, and it seems to eat fine, but why does it scream incessantly hour after hour? Why does it bite you? Why does your parrot bite everyone but you? How can you have a happy, healthy home for your parrot?
After bringing your new parrot home, give it a few days to get use to its new home before you attempt to hold it. Start offering it foods from your fingers. Do not play tug-o-war with food. It he grabs the food and pulls, let him have it. Do not insist on holding the food while he eats it. You are just going to make him angry. By offering his favorite foods and treats by hand, he will soon look forward to you coming. Talk softly and the while and gently try to pet him.
In the wild, parrots use many different types of vocalisations to communicate information and feelings to their flock members, such as where they are, a new food source has been found, when danger is approaching and that generally everything is well.
Achieving a positive behavior is a must for your parrot pet as it is for you. Parrots are intelligent birds, meaning that they have the ability to learn and reproduce behavior, so they will respond at what is called instructional interaction.
As I’m sure you have noticed, parrots go to the toilet very frequently, usually about every 15-25 minutes depending on the age, health and general individuality of the bird.
Parrots are excellent mimics. Given regular lessons, they can become fluent talkers. The most reliable of parrots for speech are the African Gray Parrot, and some Amazon Parrots These are just a few of the better birds for speech.
Listening to a parrot chatting along is really delightful, so it’s no wonder that so many bird owners seek a bird that can talk. But how easy is it to teach your parrot to speak and sing? It all depends on your parrot’s personality, his living situation, species and the amount of time and enthusiasm given by the owner to lessons.
The African Grey is a very intelligent parrot. They are generally excellent talkers and have fantastic and distinct personalities. They are perhaps the most popular and widely kept species of pet parrots, and it's not hard to see why! There are two main recognized sub-species of African Grey. The Congo African Grey and the Timneh African Grey. They come from different areas of Africa and have some slight physical differences. The Congo Grey has an all dark grey/black beak whereas the Timneh Grey has a light coloured patch on its upper mandible.
There's many species of Amazons, all originating from South and Central America, as well as Mexico. All Amazons are stocky, short-tailed, mainly green birds. Different species often vary little; being mostly green birds, they vary mostly in the coloration of the head, and the size of the birds, which ranges from 10" to 18" in the commonly available species.
Different subspecies of cockatoo exist in various areas of Australia, with slightly different color variations, eye ring color, body size and plumage and crest type.
The Cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus. The second-most-popular pet parrot, it is usually easily available.
They originate from the drier areas of Australia. The "wild" coloring is mainly gray, with orange cheeks patches; the male has a bright yellow face, the female has a muted yellow face and barred tail feathers. Juveniles look like females.
The Budgerigar, or Parakeet, Melopsitta undulatus. You know, that "most popular pet bird in the world", found in every pet shop. It was originally from the drier areas of Australia, where they travel in enormous flocks.
The "wild" type budgie parrot is about 7" long, mainly green with a yellow face and a black scalloping pattern on the back.
Lovebirds are parrots, members of the Psittacidae family. This family includes African Grey Parrots, Amazon Parrots and the Budgerigar.
There are seven species of Parrotlets; all are tiny, mainly green parrots. Contrary to what is often stated, they are not the smallest parrots in the world; that honor belongs to the miniscule pygmy parrots, the smaller of which are barely over three inches! However, parrotlets *are* the smallest parrots that have ever been kept in captivity.
If you are unsure how to properly clip your parrots’ wings, take the bird to an avian vet for its first clip. Let the vet explain to you how to clip the wings properly and show you as he clips your bird. Let him also point out to you and make you careful of cutting blood feathers. When these are cut they bleed like an open vein. It is very dangerous.
The Proper Feeding of Parrots
There is a lot to be said about this, but in short: birds cannot live by seeds alone.
After finding the parrot or parrots you have to buy an adequate cage. The first point to consider is the comfort of the birds, they need space, according to their size, their number and their moves.