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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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Jenna, 2 May 2021

I would love to know whether a Little Corella would be ok with 6 budgies in a medium sized outdoor aviary?

Paul, 4 April 2021

I have a very loving beautiful green cheek conure or so I thought !! Recently he has turned from a cuddley sweet little bird into hannibal lecture who finds rating my fingers the in thing to do. He is 14 weeks old can anyone please shed some light as to why this is happening. Thank you.

Candy, 26 March 2021

Hello I have been looking for some safe non toxic indoor plants for my green cheek conure. I most of all want some potted indoor trees so she can perch on them and play on them. I have looked on a lot of sites and I am not finding anything. Any suggestions anyone?

Sherri, 12 March 2021

Twila, Please don’t buy another bird because you are disappointed with your parrotlet. Until you learn to handle the bird you have you will probably have problems with the next one. Check out YouTube for target training. I don’t know if I can mention names here but there are a few people who discuss target training and at least one that sells courses to train birds. Target training is a very basic foundation that can be used in unlimited ways once later.

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.