How to Take Care for a Parrot

Parrots shelterAre you thinking of having a parrot as your pet? Parrots are great companions which make them wonderful family pets. They are beautiful birds with colorful feathers. The fact that parrots can learn how to talk makes them even more desirable as family pets. You definitely won’t want to leave them behind as you go on your family trip.

Domesticating a parrot is like taking care of a human baby. There is only a slight difference between the two. This is because parrots need the same amount of love, attention and care offered to a human baby, and perhaps even more. However once you get to have a parrot as a pet, you will be amazed at just how beautiful and intelligent this bird is. Below are tips on how you can take care of your parrot.

The shelter

The first thing that you should get is a large cage that your parrot is going to live in. This cage should be big enough to allow the parrot to move around while in it and be comfortable at the same time. In order to keep your parrot busy, it is advisable that you get a mirror and place it inside its cage. To occupy its time, you can also get a toy and a swing and place them in the cage. You will also require something to line the cage properly. Just like babies, parrots need toys. When choosing a cage, avoid a round cage that has wires that meet at the top because the toes of the parrot can easily get stuck in the tiny spaces. Never buy a use cage to avoid the risk of bacteria in the cage.

The food

The nutritional needs of a parrot vary according to its species. Therefore, before picking on a meal for your parrot, you should make sure that the food you are giving it is the right one. Nevertheless, there are common characteristics when it comes to the type of food that parrots eat. For instance all parrots need a lot of vegetables and fresh fruits, cooked grains, some seed mixture and cooked grains. You can also give your parrot moderate amounts of almonds and organic walnuts. Remember that a seed-only diet is not enough for your parrot. Some foods should also be avoided such as peanuts, anything with caffeine, mushrooms, chocolate, avocado and garlic and onions.


Parrots groomingEvery part needs some grooming in addition to their daily baths. Some of the grooming that parrots need includes:

  • Trimming nails. This will depend on the reaction of your parrot and how comfortable you are cutting its nails. After watching the vet do it, you might be able to trim your bird’s nails yourself. In case you decide to trim the nails of your bird always make sure that you have styptic powder at hand to help with blood clotting in case of any bleeding.
  • Trimming the wing feathers. This is a personal choice that you have to make. Be sure to consult your vet so that you know the advantages and disadvantages of whichever decision you make.

Parrots are beautiful, intelligent and amazing creatures that have the potential to become great pets. However, they require a lot of time in terms of training and you will also need to be patient. Even though keeping a parrot as a pet is a lot of work, the rewards are just priceless.






 Benefits of Keeping a Pet Parrot 

ParrotsBeautiful and intelligent, companion birds offer a lot of benefits to their owners. Some of the benefits are going to surprise you. However, as a bird owner, you can only get to enjoy these benefits after living with the bird for some time while taking good care of them.

Even though taking care of parrots in terms of keeping them happy and healthy can be a lot of work, the birds are capable of rewarding your efforts in various wonderful ways. Below are some of the benefits of keeping a parrot.

Mental health

According to studies, bird keeping encourages social interaction which ids beneficial to your mental health. You get very cheered up once you get home from school or work and your pet greet you with a hearty ‘Hello, hello!’ or even ‘Hi guys!’

Besides this, as a bird owner, you get to meet and interact with other bird owners on the bird forums or the parrot club in your area. Not to mention the amount of interaction that parrot owners have with their parrots. Parrots are one-of-a-kind birds as they have the ability to talk so you won’t be feeling lonely once they learn how to construct a sentence.

Lifelong bonds

Only a few things in life compare to when a bird trusts you and picks you as its person. This is what happens with parrots, they form lifelong bonds with their owners once they find them trustworthy. You get to bond with the parrot when teaching it anew words by talking to it. It does not matter whether or not your parrot becomes a great talker, what matters is the kind of bond you will have formed with it. The bond with your parrot is more than the bond you can forge with a cat or dog.

Stress reduction

With the kind of life nowadays, it is difficult to avoid stress. Stress can come from work, school or even form home. One of the ways in which you can reduce stress is by talking to your pet and also playing with it. As you talk and play with your parrot, you also get to lower your blood pressure. With a parrot, you have the added advantage of just sitting there and listening to it as it sings. Parrots are great stress relievers especially if your day was ‘one of those days’
Because pets are not for everyone, before buying a parrot, it is advisable that you first research on the best type of parrot for you as there are numerous types of parrots. You can spend time with parrot owners and learn from them.







5 Fun Facts you didn’t know about parrots

parrotsAfter fish, dogs, and cats, birds are the fourth favorite pets in most homes. A great number of these pet-birds are parrots, mostly because of their colorful look, acrobatic antics and clever personality. With their curved bill, upright stance and talking ability, they can surely make a dear friend especially if you are not accustomed to fluffy mammalian pets. But how much do you know about parrots?

Here are five interesting facts about parrots that will make you fall deeply in love with them.

There are many parrot species

Although wild, parrot species are more than 393 varieties. Some of these species are from different genera which mean a big gap in their relations on the family tree. For instance, the Macaws from South America are quite different from the Australian cockatoos. Their difference ranges from color, body shape and even the food they eat. You might also be shocked to know that, not all parrots can imitate the human language.

Parrots are monogamous

Parrots perform special dancing rituals and singing that aim at helping one get a mate. Once a couple comes together and starts breeding, they are devoted to that single partner for life. The female parrot then produces about five eggs which she tends to as the male goes hunting and brings back food.

Some parrots can’t fly

Until now, you probably thought the ostrich is the only bird that can’t take to the air. Kakapo, the world’s largest parrot is flightless, most likely because of its heavy weight. The Kakapo parrots nest under trees and holes in the ground, only coming out at night. However, cats and other predators have invaded their natural habitats and the Kakapo parrots are at a risk of extinction. In fact, rumor has it that only 150 of them are left.

Parrots can eat with their feet

Parrots have a zygodactyl type of feet fully configured for maximum grip. This means that they have four toes on both feet, one pair facing forward and the other backward. This special feature enables them to pick up food and bring it the mouth. Interestingly, parrots have a preference of one foot over the other just like some humans are either right-handed or left-handed.

Parrots have been pets for 3000 years

You will neither be the first nor the last human to keep a parrot as a pet. The birds were first kept as pets by Ancient Egyptians, Indians and Chinese before finding their way in Europe in 300 BC and kept by the rich and most noble. Famous people like Aristotle, King Henry VIII, and Queen Victoria are believed to have owned pet parrots.

If you decide to keep a parrot, ensure it is well trained to prevent yourself from its bites. Again, depending on the parrot species you decide to adopt, special care and daily contact is very necessary. Finally, be prepared for massive expenses when breeding your pet-from purchasing the bird, the cages to hiring a qualified vet.