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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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Parrot on cage
Parrot on stick
two green and grey parrots in a cage
My eclectus duo Luci and Maz
a green parrot with a red beak on top of a chistmas tree


Nicole, 7 October 2022

Can you use the catio for a raven

Ace, 27 October 2021

Does Anyone recommend a cage for a one legged Cockatiel? He's a year old if that helps, I originally was looking at the Geo Cage, but it don't know if that's too small for him. Thanks!

Harikrishna, 20 October 2021

I have a 9 months old alexandrine and she comes on me when she is scared

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.