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Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Parrots

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
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.

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Kathie, 21 June 2023

I've had parrots for 30 years if not a little longer now. It would be wonderful for your company to come up with some aviaries and outside enclosures for them that would be predatory safe and keep warm in the winter

Margo, 28 May 2023

Hi Paul! Your bird may be acting strangely for many different reasons. Lack of proper nutrition can cause pet birds to have behavioral issues, so if he is not on a diet of high-quality pellets and fresh vegetables, this could be the problem. If he is not in a suitable cage, he could also be acting out. He could be ill.

Nicole, 7 October 2022

Can you use the catio for a raven

Ace, 27 October 2021

Does Anyone recommend a cage for a one legged Cockatiel? He's a year old if that helps, I originally was looking at the Geo Cage, but it don't know if that's too small for him. Thanks!

Harikrishna, 20 October 2021

I have a 9 months old alexandrine and she comes on me when she is scared