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Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Parrots

Parrots come in all sizes, from sparrow-sized Parrotlets to huge Cockatoos. Some, like the popular Cockatiel, are easy-to-keep, while the Macaws can be challenging. The dozens of other available species fall somewhere between the two.

Cockatiels and Fischers Lovebirds
Cockatiels and Fischers Lovebirds - popular birds worldwide

Keeping a basic equality in terms of bird size is important in any aviary. Larger parrots will bully smaller ones. You also need to make sure all the birds' food requirements are catered for. Hand-taming your parrots will make the pet-keeping experience more satisfying, and a certain amount of training should be seen as essential rather than optional. After all, with some of the larger birds, you're dealing with an animal whose intelligence has been compared to that of a five-year-old child.

It's worth pausing and digesting that fact. Parrots are up there with Dolphins and Chimpanzees, and in the bird world only certain members of the crow family can give them a run for their money when it comes to being smart cookies.

Within this diverse range of sizes and intellects there is bound to be a parrot to suit your home. This guide looks at what some of the most popular species require in terms of housing and feeding, but also acts as a useful guide for all parrot species kept as pets.

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Jenna, 2 May 2021

I would love to know whether a Little Corella would be ok with 6 budgies in a medium sized outdoor aviary?

Paul, 4 April 2021

I have a very loving beautiful green cheek conure or so I thought !! Recently he has turned from a cuddley sweet little bird into hannibal lecture who finds rating my fingers the in thing to do. He is 14 weeks old can anyone please shed some light as to why this is happening. Thank you.

Candy, 26 March 2021

Hello I have been looking for some safe non toxic indoor plants for my green cheek conure. I most of all want some potted indoor trees so she can perch on them and play on them. I have looked on a lot of sites and I am not finding anything. Any suggestions anyone?

Sherri, 12 March 2021

Twila, Please don’t buy another bird because you are disappointed with your parrotlet. Until you learn to handle the bird you have you will probably have problems with the next one. Check out YouTube for target training. I don’t know if I can mention names here but there are a few people who discuss target training and at least one that sells courses to train birds. Target training is a very basic foundation that can be used in unlimited ways once later.

Carol, 12 September 2020

My Amazon can be very cage aggressive. He and I have been together for 32 yrs. I notice he becomes mild when we are alone. Also I normally disregard his growls ..We are growing old together.