The parrot is an animal that intrigues and fascinates at the same time. This particular bird is much talked about, especially for its great intelligence and vivacity. Before you decide to adopt one, find out how to take good care of a parrot.
Why choose to adopt a parrot?
Choosing to adopt a parrot as a pet is rarely the result of chance. The love of birds is often a real passion for those who own them.
Before you decide to adopt a parrot, first make sure you are ready to take care of it for very long years. Indeed, some parrots can live up to 70 years! That’s why you should keep this information in mind before choosing to adopt a parrot.
The adoption of a parrot, like that of any animal, must be a well thought out act. You need to make sure you have enough time to give it, because parrots especially like interactions. Also be sure to have the budget to meet all of your needs (care, food, housing, etc.).
If you have any doubts about the adoption of a parrot, ask your questions to owners or specialists of these birds, in order to get all the answers you are missing.
The different species of parrots
You should know that there are many species or breeds of parrots that each has their own characteristics. So, before adopting a parrot, find out beforehand about each species of parrot, in order to find the one that most resembles you.
Among the different species of parrots are:
- Ara: the Ara is one of the most well-known and common parrots, which usually lives between 50 and 70 years old. It is native to tropical America, has a large beak, long tail and brightly coloured plumage;
- Cockatoo: The Cockatoo is a parrot from Indonesia and Australia, with life expectancy between 30 and 60 years. It is generally two-coloured, has a beak curved and is distinguished by the colourful crest that sits on the top of its head;
- Gabon grey: Gabon’s grey is a parrot of African origin that can live up to 70 years. A great talker at heart, it is recognizable by its black beak, grey plumage and a short red tail;
- Parakeet: The Parakeet is a parrot that has its roots in South America, Australia and India. There are many species of parakeets of all colours. The undulating parakeet, the best known, is small in size and enjoys cohabitation with its congeners;
- The Pawn: The Pawn is a small, calm and docile parrot from Central and South America. This bird lives on average between 35 and 45 years. It is easily identifiable by its dark plumage, its light-coloured eyes, its yellow beak and its small tail;
- Amazon: the Amazon, famous imitator of the human voice, has its origins in Central and South America. Its longevity ranges from 50 to 60 years. It is known for its blue/green plumage and for its powerful and piercing cries;
- Eclectus: Eclectus is a species native to the Solomon Islands, between Australia and New Guinea, which lives up to 80 years. The male has green plumage, while the female is red. Curious in nature, this parrot is both solitary and playful;
- Youyou: Youyou, which is a small multicolour parrot, comes straight from Senegal. It is a small size and has a soft voice. He is loyal, playful, acrobatic and of great curiosity. Its longevity is between 20 and 30 years;
Well-arranged life area for its parrot
The living space of a parrot is an essential criterion to consider before choosing to adopt one. Its living environment is one of the main factors that affect its life expectancy.
First of all, you have to invest in a parrot cage. This one should be as big as possible so that your parrot has as much room as possible. Make sure your parrot’s cage is made for this type of bird, because their beaks are so sharp that they can cut any metal bar too thin. So be sure to choose your cage on a specialized site that offers habitats specially designed to accommodate parrots.
You must then arrange your parrot’s cage by installing suitable accessories. First, consider installing bowls for water and food, as well as playful food dispensers. Then add perches, swings and many toys to allow him to have fun and encourage him to move around his cage.
If you have an outdoor space (garden, balcony, terrace, patio, etc.), then offer your parrot an outdoor aviary! Often very large, outdoor aviaries are real places to live for parrots. In an outdoor aviary, your parrot will then be able to fly, move more freely and you can also play with him in this large space. At the arrival of the sunny days, he will not be able to do without it and will be the happiest of the parrots!