So, You Want to Get a Parrot? Here Are Some Things to Know First


Parrots can make great pets. If you have never had one, you might think they are just birds that are devoid of any personality. But that couldn’t be any further from the truth. On the contrary, parrots are pretty deep. They can display characteristics and feel like a part of your family as do dogs and cats. Maybe the fact that they can ‘talk’ makes them seem even more sentient than dogs. But before you get carried away by these talking feathered pets, do you know exactly what you are getting yourself into? Here are 3 things you have to know before getting yourself a pet parrot.

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They live really long

On average, dogs live up to 12 years. Some breeds can go as long as 20 years but 12 is the average for most. Parrots, on the other hand, can remain alive, kicking, and talking for 75 years! Some have even gone on to clock 80. As a general rule, the bigger the size, the longer the parrot lives. Before you get one, you should, therefore, know that you are getting yourself into a life-long commitment especially if you are in your late 20s and above.

They can be noisy

Apart from their colourful feathers, the other reasons parrots are attractive is that some can talk. Most people just find that to be the stuff of fairy tales, fascinating. But that is potentially a reason your parrot might drive you insane. The birds can be noisy! But not all parrots are created equal when it comes to noise. Some are quieter than others. Species such as the amazons can be really noisy, making screeches, laughs and babbles for about an hour in the morning and in the afternoon. Your neighbours won’t be very fond of your bird friend if you are living in an apartment building.

Parrots need a great deal of care

Dogs and cats need care. But for parrots, this is at a whole different level. These birds will literally take over your life so you have to be prepared for that if you want to get one. Scientists have found the birds to be highly intelligent, with an IQ of a four-year-old. They also have the emotional intelligence of a toddler and that can spell trouble for most owners. If the bird is not properly handled, expect some plucking, biting, and lots of deafening, irritating noises. Most people just give up and surrender the bird to other unsuspecting owners.

Parrots can make great pets. But before you get one, do you know what you are getting yourself into?