The phrase ‘pet parrot’ covers a lot of ground, from sparrow-sized Parrotlets to Cockatoos the size of a small goose. There are easy-to-keep species such as the Cockatiel, challenging characters like the Macaws, and all points inbetween.
Cockatiels and Fischers Lovebirds - popular birds worldwide
With smaller parrots, your main concerns will be those of the general bird keeper - making sure none of them are bullied, giving them lots of space and good food, and perhaps hand-taming them to make the whole pet-keeping experience more pleasurable. With some of the larger birds, however, you’ll also be dealing with an animal whose intelligence has been compared to that of a five-year-old child.
That’s one of the truly amazing things about parrots. Along with certain members of the crow family, some of them can give dolphins and great apes a run for their money when it comes to intelligence.
What this huge range of sizes and intellects means is that there’s a parrot to suit all homes. This guide looks in detail at the requirements of the most popular species, but also acts as a guide for all the parrot species kept as pets.