On YouTube there are many videos of adorable parrots talking, making funny sounds or performing funny stunts. Conquered by these images, many adopt a parrot without having taken the time to research information on their lifestyle, behavior, etc. At Twurdy, we know that the parrot is not a common bird. Here are 5 things to consider if you have the idea of adopting a parrot.
- They live very long: Depending on the species, parrots generally live for several tens of years (up to 80!), Which is not the case with a budgie. Are you ready to make such a long-term commitment?
- They need companionship: leaving a parrot alone and neglecting to interact with it can have dire consequences. Birds that lack companionship can tear off their feathers, develop aggressive behavior, or even stop feeding! If you are rarely home, you should choose a more independent companion.
- They require special care: parrots are animals with fragile health, which is why their owners should treat them with care. Spacious cage, fresh fruits, seeds, toys, clean air, veterinary care, claw pruning, baths, etc. are essential for a healthy parrot. In other words, you cannot adopt an African macaw or an African gray believing that it will suffice to fill your bowls with water and seeds every day.
- They can bite: Parrots have strong beaks designed to crack nutshells. So, you have to be extremely careful to avoid mistaking a finger for a piece of fruit! It is also not recommended to adopt a parrot when you have young children, as they can do awkward actions that will disturb the bird, which will bite them in defense.
- They are often abandoned: animal shelters regularly receive young and perfectly healthy parrots. The reasons given to justify abandonment are linked to the behavior of the bird (eg: cries, disturbing vocalizations, bites, etc.) or to the care that is too complicated to provide it.
Have you always dreamed of having a parrot, but not sure if you can take care of it? You could opt for a similar species – a cockatiel, for example – with whom you will develop a nice bond.