Having a well behaved, enjoyable pet parrot requires proper training and companionship.
Statistics show that there are about sixteen million pet birds in the United States. A few million of these are pet parrots. The most popular pets in the US and Canada are cats, then dogs, then fish, and then birds.
Amazons, Cockatoos, Macaws, Budgerigars (better known as budgies), lovebirds, conures, and African Greys are parrots that are often kept as pets. These are just some of the three hundred and seventy two breeds of parrots found around the world. The hot climates of Australia and New Zealand, South and Central America, and Africa are the natural territories where many parrot species originate.
The most common parrot color is green with a sampling of other pastel colors. Several species are multi-colored such as Macaws. Some Macaws are blue and yellow while the Scarlet Macaw is bright red with yellow and blue. The rainbow Lorikeet has several colors as the name suggests.
The clawed feet of parrots aid them in gripping and climbing and grasping food like nuts that they can break open with their vey powerful bills.
Some of the favorite food of parrots include fruits, nuts, seeds and insects.
People have been taming, training and having parrots for pets for thousands of years. Hieroglyphics found in Egypt indicate that ancient Egyptians had pet birds, perhaps parrots. The Greeks and Romans certainly had pet parrots. The fact that they can talk, their exotic colors and sociable natures have made them prized pets.
Before buying a parrot you should study up on the characteristics of the different breeds to learn which type may be best suitable for you. Parrots for the most part require lots of training and companionship.
The intelligent African Grey can easily learn to talk. But they crave attention and stimulating activities. If denied this the African Grey is prone to stress.
Other parrots breeds that are excellent talkers and very smart are the Macaws and the Amazons. In order to be happy and healthy, their owners should provide them with activities and parrot training to keep them active. Otherwise they may turn assertive and destructive.
Cockatoos, like the other large parrots previously mentioned, are sociable, active parrots that demand lots of time from their owners. Without this interaction, cockatoos can become neurotic. Some of them can talk, but all possess a very loud shrill cry.
Parakeets make great pet parrots, so great that of all the types of pet parrots they are the most popular. Parakeets, AKA budgies, are easy going little gems that are much less challenging to care for than the bigger parrot species. The males are capable of speaking, and all are personable and very entertaining.
Another relatively easy to care for pet parrot is the cockatiel. These are small members of the cockatoo family and are much less demanding and more laid-back than the big cockatoos. Like the budgie, the males make the better talkers.
As has been emphasized, all pet parrots need proper parrot training and attention. There are several training books and training DVDs with lots of great tips. With time and patience you will form a loving bond with your well-adjusted pet parrot.