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Parrots as pets

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I am sure you have all heard the saying -‘Parrots have more personality than a goldfish’- and while this is very true, there are some home truths to be known about parrots before dashing out to purchase one as a pet.
Parrots are amazing animals, because, like a puppy, they have the ability to be a very close companion for you. But it’s much easier to train a dog initially than a parrot. Parrots are sensitive creatures that must be looked after and nurtured, and the more attention and love that they’re given, the more their individual personalities will shine out.
You would do well to keep in mind that a parrot is in fact a wild animal that’s intended to be living out in the wild. Therefore they can be dangerous at times and also temperamental. Although it’s not possible to send a bird that has been domesticated back into the wild to fend for itself, you’ll need to be certain that your bird is given plenty of attention and kept stimulated to prevent it becoming stressed and exhausted, which can result in it pulling out its feathers.
A word of warning – do not buy a parrot for a little child. Parrots have very sharp beaks that can cause some serious damage if one isn’t careful. For this reason they need specialised training and handling initially, so that they can be taught not to bite or attack.
If you’re looking for a parrot as a family pet, you may need to change to a dog for this, because most parrots only bond with one person and tend to be aggressive or just ignore other members of their family. They can also get quite possessive over the person they have selected to bond with.
An Amazon parrot is probably among the most aggressive, and would make the least appropriate family pet. If it is a family bird you’re after, instead go for a budgie or a cockatiel.
Should you not like a noise, then a parrot is not for you. Parrots tend to be very vocal and this may irritate some people. Make sure you keep your bird from the wind as birds hate draughts.
A well trained and cared for parrot can be a superb addition to your house and your life, and they may give you years and years of pleasure, since they have a long life span.
Those are the principal things, and hopefully this article will allow you to decide for yourself whether or not a parrot is going to be a good choice of pet for you.

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