Adults and children alike cannot help but be drawn to loud, repetitive screaming calls and phrases that magically pierce what is otherwise a quiet and tranquil day. The culprit of such a magnitude of screaming, squawking and mimicking of all variety of sounds, is usually a pet parrot that wants your attention!

Parrots have fascinated us throughout the years due to their high intelligence, gorgeous colors and adoring personalities that simply won’t be ignored. Generations of parrot lovers insist that there is no better pet than a parrot. What parrot behaviors can prove difficult to deal with and what considerations do you need to take into account before deciding upon a parrot as a pet? Are certain types of parrots easier to handle and look after? Is a cockatoo more straightforward to care for a parakeet or a Rainbow Lorikeet, and what about the largest in the parrot family of birds, the Macaw?  Did you know that the ever so popular humble brilliant green and yellow Australian budgie is a variety of parrot?

The following tips will assist in making a decision about whether a pet parrot would make a good addition to your family or not!

Diet: A quality diet of fresh fruits, pastas, vegetables as well as nuts, vitamins, red palm oil and seeds and pellets can be costly. Your parrot will also need plenty of clean fresh water daily and do remember no dairy products what so ever, as birds are lactose intolerant

Parrot Cages: A cage alone for a parrot can cost as much or more than the bird itself. Your parrot’s cage needs to be kept clean, free from any potential hazards such as sharp points or objects and should be large enough for a few bird toys as well as room enough for your parrot to comfortably spread his wings. This means a large Macaw, Amazon or Cockatoo needs a giant sized cage.

Moderate Talkers To Those That Never Shut-Up: When considering a parrot it’s vital that you know which breeds are reluctant talkers, chatty talkers and those ones that constantly berate to the extent that you want to hide them away in a back forlorn corner well out of hearing range. This is no laughing matter as many parrots, especially the smaller ones can solicit a scream so loud that it will make your blood boil when it won’t shut-up!

Problem Parrot Behaviors: Obviously the incessant screaming and screeching that some parrots insist on making is a serious issue that needs attention which could be a good reason to not choose a parrot as a pet if you are particularly fond of plenty of peace and quiet. Your parrot may even scream every time you leave the room.

Longevity: Some varieties of parrots can live for up to 50 years or more, which is a lifelong commitment that also needs careful consideration as these birds become much attached to their owners. Are you prepared to take on that responsibility?

You will certainly need to do plenty of research if you decide to become a parrot owner, as these creatures are not only very smart, extremely vocal and require specific routine and medical care, but they are also very social creatures that need plenty of attention, stimulation and love. One final point to keep in mind is that despite popular belief, parrots are not domestic pets. They retain all of the natural instincts as their cousins do that live in the wild. Are you sure that you’re up for all that?

Written by Chepe Caceres