Parrots as pets

Bird, Hand, Animal, Pet, Domestic

I am positive you have all heard the saying -‘Parrots have more personality than a goldfish’- and while this is very true, there are some home truths to be known about parrots before dashing out to purchase one as a pet.
Parrots are amazing animals, because, like a dog, they have the ability to be a very close companion for you. But it’s much easier to train a dog than a parrot. Parrots are sensitive creatures that have to be looked after and nurtured, and the more love and attention which they’re given, the more their individual personalities will shine out.
You would do well to keep in mind that a parrot is actually a wild animal that is meant to be living out in the wild. Therefore they can be dangerous sometimes and also temperamental. Although it is not possible to send a bird that has been domesticated back into the wild to fend for itself, you will need to make sure that your bird is given lots of attention and kept stimulated to avoid it becoming stressed and bored, which can result in it pulling out its feathers. Parrots have very sharp beaks that can cause some serious damage if one isn’t careful. For this reason they need specialised training and handling initially, so they may be taught not to bite or attack.
If you are looking for a parrot as a family pet, you may have to switch to a dog for this, because most parrots only bond with one person and are inclined to be aggressive or simply ignore other members of the family. They can also get quite possessive over the person that they have chosen to bond with.
An Amazon parrot is probably among the most competitive, and would make the least appropriate family pet. If it is a family bird you’re after, rather go for a budgie or a cockatiel.
Should you not like a sound, then a parrot is not for you. Parrots tend to be very vocal and this may irritate some people.
Make sure you purchase an adequately sized cage for your pet, as they do need a reasonable amount of room to move about in, and it’s cruel to keep them in a cage that is too small for them. Make sure you keep your bird out of the wind as birds despise draughts.
A well trained and cared for parrot may be a wonderful addition to your house and your life, and they can give you years and years of pleasure, since they have a very long life span.
Those are the main points, and hopefully this report will help you decide for yourself whether or not a parrot is going to be a good choice of pet for you.

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