Parrot species are not all the same. Some parrot and parakeet species are not temperamentally suited to solitary caged life. It is generally suggested that rosellas, grass parakeets, lories and lorikeets are kept in aviaries outside rather than as caged birds inside. It is often sensible to take on a smaller parrot first, however even these can be very long-lived and hence just serve to delay the time at which you can get what you really want if, in truth, your heart is set on another species.
  Taking on a Parrot

The biggest and most important decision any potential parrot keeper needs to make, is whether or not they should have a parrot in the first place. It is a sad reflection that 65-80 per cent of owners who have purchased a parrot have then been disappointed in how it turned out. Whilst we all accept that kittens or puppies grow up into cats or dogs and are no longer youngsters, less people seem to understand that young (all be it fully grown) parrots, do mature, go through adolescence and become adult, which inevitably means they will be different to the cuddly young things that owners first met.

A parrot is a highly intelligent animal, used to living within a flock of other noisy, happy, active and destructive birds. The intelligence of a parrot is often compared with that of a three-four year old child. Certainly there are many similarities in terms of how they react and behave. No more would one leave a child in an empty cot in an empty room, go out to work all day and expect it to grow up normally, than one should a parrot. So not only does a parrot require company, but it will also, we hope, live a long time – from 15 years in cockatiels to more than 50 years in some of the larger birds. There are few of us whose lifestyle can be predicted with all certainty that far ahead and be certain that we really will be able to provide for that bird’s needs all its life.

So parrots do not remain like babies all their life, they need company most of the day, they are noisy and destructive and given appropriate care will live for a long time, and they cannot be left at a boarding establishment when you want to go abroad on holiday.

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