The Truth About Parrots as Pets - In Defense of Animals
Vasa parrots are rare in aviculture, although they are occasionally available as pets at avian specialty stores and bird breeders.
As someone who’s always owned pets, and who’s worked with animal rescues for most of my life, I feel very strongly about educating the public on the complexities of parrot ownership. We currently have five birds – parrotlet, cockatiel, canary, umbrella cockatoo, and senegal parrot. They each bring their own challenges, but they also bring a lot of happiness into our lives.
It’s rare to find a parrot that can be classed as easy, but this is exactly how the Pionus Parrot can be described. A lot of people don’t keep these as pets purely for their appearance; in short, they just don’t have that wow-factor that most other parrots have.
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Parrots can be entertaining and beautiful to look at. They are smart, can learn tricks, and may provide companionship to some people. These are just a few of the reasons that parrots have become the third most popular pet in America.Parrots are inherently wild. Even if captive bred, they possess the same wild traits as their wild born cousins who live in the jungles and rainforests. The parrots’ loud vocalizations help them communicate with mates and neighboring flocks in the distance. The larger species of parrots have raucous, ear shattering screams that can be heard from miles away. The smaller parrots can be heard from equal distances with their shrill, ear piercing screams that are often repetitive and annoying. Even the smallest parrots like the little budgerigar (commonly called budgie or parakeet) have been known to be too loud and nerve wracking for some people.Unfortunately, the companion parrot has joined the ranks alongside the most discarded, homeless pets in America. They are also likely the most complex and most misunderstood of all popular animals kept as pets.The parrots’ wild traits don’t usually mesh well in people’s homes or even in outside aviaries. The third most popular pet in America is one of the most frustrating, destructive, messy, and noisy pets a person can have, increasing the odds that the birds will be abused and neglected, and rehomed. Yet, pet stores rarely offer these facts to their customers prior to purchase.Parrots have grown increasingly popular as pets, due to the intelligence and willingness to interact with people. While there is a huge range in parrot size depending on the species, they all have wonderful personalities that make them great companions for the right owners. When properly socialized, parrots have friendly, outgoing, and confident personalities that can provide hours of entertainment.The natural life span of parrots ranges from 20 to 85 years, adding to the tragedy and complexities of keeping them as pets, and exacerbating the multiple home syndrome.