Things to consider before buying your bird
Parrots are wonderful pets. They are beautiful, intelligent, loving companions who will keep you occupied for hours and keep you company for the rest of your life.
Parrots are loud, destructive animals, throw temper tantrums, scream, throw food, make you clean up after them for hours and will be with you the rest of your life!!
Both scenarios are true of this popular pet. It’s true that a parrot can make a wonderful pet for the initiated. However, a bored, lonely, badly socialized parrot can be your worst nightmare. Before you invest your money and your time in a parrot think about a few things.
This article deals mostly with the larger parrots: Cockatoos, Macaws, Amazonians, Conures. Parakeets and cockatiels are classified as being the “parrot” family, however, I would call these low maintenance birds (if any bird is low maintenance). They just don’t have the same “Diva” attitude.
Do your research Like different breeds of dogs, different breeds of parrots are different, have different characteristics and needs. Even, for example, Scarlet Macaws and Blue and Gold Macaws have slightly different needs. Research to find out which bird you want before you buy. Don’t but just because one is “prettier” than the other.
Do you need quiet? In the wild, parrots show “love” by screaming at each other. That is why, if you scream at Polly, Polly gets excited and screams even louder back at you. She’s saying “yay! This is a fun game with my friend”. In the wild, this is how they call to each other. She thinks you’re calling to her.
It is true that a well-adjusted, happy bird will not scream as often as one who is not so happy. It’s also true that some species scream less than others and smaller parrots have a smaller scream. However, even the happiest of the happy parrots scream. I’ve never been around a parrot who doesn’t occasionally let out a yell. If you can’t take it, don’t buy the bird. Cockatiels (not Cockatoos!), parakeets and finches all make great, relatively quiet pets.