Categories | Bird Breeders | Parrot Breeders
If you are after a pet that is lovable, cheeky, inquisitive, playful, and just plain beautiful, a parrot may be just the thing for you. Here’s what you need to know.
About the Parrot
The term “parrot” can actually refer to more than 350 different types of birds. Macaws, lorikeets, lories, lovebirds, cockatoos, cockatiels, parakeets, conures, and Amazons are all considered to be types of parrots. The parrot can come in a range of colours from dull and drab greys through to stunningly coloured birds of blues, reds, greens, yellows, oranges, and other spectacularly bright colours. The parrot also ranges in size from small through to incredibly large. All parrots have curved beaks and have four toes on each foot – two pointing forwards and two backwards.
The parrot is one of the most popular birds to keep as a pet because it is so intelligent, cheeky, and playful. Many different species of parrot are excellent at mimicry and can be trained to talk, repeating simple words and phrases. In fact, the African Grey parrot is the most accomplished user of speech in the whole of the animal world.
Caring for a Parrot
The parrot is a very inquisitive and curious creature and it loves to chew so you will need to be sure that it is housed in a very strong cage or aviary. The parrot also needs room in which to spread its wings, climb around the cage and fly, so generally speaking, the larger the cage, the better. If your parrot will be living in the house, you should let it out to have some interactive time with you and for it to get exercise. Your parrot is also likely to be very playful so you will need to provide it with plenty of natural branches and a cuttlefish to chew as well as a wide range of toys. Some types of parrot will also love a bird tent to hide in.
Depending on the type of parrot that you have, they will have a diet that consists of seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, flowers, buds, and some smaller creatures such as insects (mealworms for example), or even chicken bones. You will have to research your parrot’s dietary requirements to ensure that they are getting the balanced diet that they need. As well, your parrot will require a constant supply of fresh water for drinking, and will often require a shallow water source to bath in.
The parrot can be a very messy bird so you need to be sure that you are willing to undergo the cleaning and maintenance that is required. Depending on the amount of mess made, you may need to clean the cage or aviary daily to ensure that the bird does not get disease.
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