parrot is right for me? This is a question that you must ask
yourself before you think of keeping these lovely birds as
pets. It is as important as your decision to have a child.
You need to ask - which parrot is right for me - because every
parrot has its distinctive temperament and nature. No two
parrots are alike.
Parrots need a lot of attention and love
to become adorable pets. Once they bond with you, you will
realize how precious they are as pets. Choose your parrot
according to your lifestyle.
10 Commandments for choosing the
right parrot for your household:
- No Impulse Shopping : Try
not to adopt or purchase a pet on a whim or inspiration.
Make it a deliberate, thought-out action.
- Shop Around : Take
the time to learn all about the kind of pet you are considering
- Visit The Humane Society
And Animal Rescue Organizations : Pay
a few walk-through trips to your local humane society. Just
observe the pet when it is alone with you and try to make
a mental list of its positive and negative points.
- Match Your Pet To Your Life
Style : Do you work long
hours? Do you have children? Are they mature enough not
to be a threat to the pet you choose? If you travel a lot
who will care for the pet while you are away?
- Match Your Pet To Your Home
Environment : How much free
space is there? Is there a back yard? Is it fenced? How
will your neighbors feel about this new pet? If you rent,
what will your landlord think about this pet?
- Decide Why You Want A Pet
: Is this pet going to be
a child substitute? Do you want to teach it tricks and interact
with it? Do you want to play with it and caress it? Your
personality traits are very important.
- Decide If This Is The Right
Time In Your Life To Get A Pet : Frankly
consider if this is really the right time in your life to
own a (another) pet. If you already have other pets how
will they get along with the new one? How stable are your
human relationships? How good is your health?
- Decide How Long You Want
Your Pet To Live : Small
parrots live 8-14 years; larger ones 35-60 years.
- Decide If You Are Able To
Meet This Pet’s Specific Needs :
It is a good idea to do some research at the library as
to how much care your pet will need and visit pet owners.
Do you have enough time to properly feed and clean for it?
Many pets get bored if they do not have enough one-on-one
contact. This boredom can lead to a host of undesirable
- Cost : Besides
the initial cost of the pet you may incur considerable expense
in purchasing the pet a suitable cage. Over time, the cost
of a good diet will far exceed whatever you paid for the
parrot. It may need veterinary care and grooming
from time to time.
The main species are - parrots, macaws, conures, cockatoos,
cockatiels, parakeets and budgies.
Parrots - Parrots are a very popular group
of birds. Parrots are intelligent animals who depend on some
degree of socialization and training. Different parrots have
different needs. See that you cater to all these needs to
have a healthy and happy parrot in your house.
Macaws - Macaws have been
rightly called winged rainbows. Macaws are flamboyant, colorful,
intelligent and captivating birds. Their personalities are
legendary. Because of their great beauty and engaging personalities,
macaws have been kept in captivity for centuries.
- Conures are known for their sweet dispositions and playfulness.
They definitely have a mind of their own. In the wild conures
are friendly, peaceful birds and seldom fight with each other.
Cockatoos - Most are colored
mainly in white, but others come in grays and pinks, blacks,
and in the Palm's case, deep blue. Well-raised cockatoos are
adorable; a hog for attention, a socialite , and just a pleasure
to have around.
Cockatiels - Cockatiels
are ideal for the first time pet owner. They are characteristically
happy and cheerful birds, never moody or demanding. They demand
to be let on your shoulder for a ride, and make cute noises.
Parakeets - 'Parakeets'
means "small parrots". Their small size, bright
colors, and cheerful disposition make them perfect pets. It
is calming to listen to their quiet chattering and chirping.
Some parakeets even learn to talk.
- Each has its distinctive personality. Some budgies may be
sensitive while others might get into mischief at every opportunity.
Its popularity is gained mainly by its amazing powers of mimicry,
and its antics are very amusing.
Ask yourself again - which parrot is right
for me? All parrots need time and patience to make wonderful
pets. Some parrots are cheerful all the time, some are often
moody. Some play on their own, while some always demand your
company. These birds can make your life beautiful and chirpy,
but they can also die of heart aches. Think hard before you
make your choice!
: Medha Roy.
Date Posted : 08 - Feb - 2005
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