Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Parrots

The phrase ‘pet parrot’ covers a lot of ground, from sparrow-sized Parrotlets to Cockatoos the size of a small goose. There are easy-to-keep species such as the Cockatiel, challenging characters like the Macaws, and all points inbetween.

Cockatiels and Fischers Lovebirds
Cockatiels and Fischers Lovebirds - popular birds worldwide

With smaller parrots, your main concerns will be those of the general bird keeper - making sure none of them are bullied, giving them lots of space and good food, and perhaps hand-taming them to make the whole pet-keeping experience more pleasurable. With some of the larger birds, however, you’ll also be dealing with an animal whose intelligence has been compared to that of a five-year-old child.

That’s one of the truly amazing things about parrots. Along with certain members of the crow family, some of them can give dolphins and great apes a run for their money when it comes to intelligence.

What this huge range of sizes and intellects means is that there’s a parrot to suit all homes. This guide looks in detail at the requirements of the most popular species, but also acts as a guide for all the parrot species kept as pets.

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Carol, 12 September 2020

My Amazon can be very cage aggressive. He and I have been together for 32 yrs. I notice he becomes mild when we are alone. Also I normally disregard his growls ..We are growing old together.

Kiko, 22 May 2020

so we have an Indian ringneck and he's around 8 months to a year he's very cage aggressive but he takes food from our hands. pleases comment down if you have information about what's going on.

Ellen, 31 October 2019

Did your budgie return? Did you leave him access to his cage , food, and water?

Twila, 29 July 2019

i have a parrolet...she squaks nonstop for no apparent reason. she is picky about her seed will take frofrom my hand but bites when she is touched. i don't know what to do...do i get another parrolet...or a different type of bird

Farii, 3 April 2019

My 2 gray parrot Chicks properly not digest the feed. After 3 4 hours crops ful and not empty. Age 13 days. And feed kytee exact with omega 3. I check the vet.amd and suggest me nilstat syrup Morning and evening one drop.

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