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Things To Consider Before Adopting A Parrot

May 15, 2024

World Parrot Day falls on the 31st of May. We think birds should be celebrated every day! Despite her small size, Polly certainly has loads of personality and charisma. Continue reading as a local Galena, MD  vet discusses some of our most lively and cherished feathered companions.

Which Parrots Are Known for Talking?

Many parrots have the ability to mimic human speech. The African Grey parrot is widely recognized as one of the most renowned species. Other birds that are capable of talking include the Budgerigar, Rose-Ringed Parakeet, Moluccan, Yellow-Headed Amazon, Macaw, Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Quaker Parakeet, Quaker Parrot, Cockatiel, Hill Myna, Barred Parakeet, Common Myna, and Corvids.

Interestingly, the current record holder for the bird with the most extensive vocabulary is a budgerigar named Puck. This incredible (and super cute) little bird learned an impressive vocabulary of 1728 words and currently holds the top spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

It’s worth mentioning that the ability to communicate through speech can vary greatly among different bird species and also varies from bird to bird. There is no certainty that any bird–even an African Grey–will talk. Your feathered friend may also pick up some swear words, or decide she likes imitating the beep on the microwave or the neighbor’s car alarm. You never know!

Speaking of African Greys, here is a heartwarming tale: Gizmo, an African Grey parrot, has recently taken the internet by storm, captivating audiences worldwide. Gizmo had finally been freed after spending a heartbreaking 16 years in a cage. He suddenly and randomly amazed his new owners by speaking, and has since transformed into a joyful and talkative bird.

Gizmo’s story is a powerful testament to the emotional depth, sensitivity, and capacity for love that these magnificent animals possess. All animals flourish when treated with love.

What Should You Think About Before You Decide To Get A Parrot?

We constantly advise folks to think carefully about adopting a pet. This applies even more to parrots. Polly is undeniably a delightful and charismatic companion, but she does require a fair amount of attention and care. Plus, parrots get very attached to their humans, and can be quite upset, even traumatized, by changing ownerships. Unfortunately, parrots are one of the birds most often rehomed. Do lots of research before proceeding.

Here are some factors to take into account:

Parrots Have Long Lifespans

Some parrots can live to be over one hundred! Although larger species like Macaws and Amazons tend to have the longest lifespans, Even smaller ones can live for a considerable amount of time. That’s quite a significant commitment.

parrots form strong emotional bonds with their human companions

Birds Need Stimulation

Parrots are highly intelligent, lively, and inquisitive. Polly will require ample time outside of her cage and a variety of engaging toys. Regularly rotating and changing these will help keep things fun and fresh for your little buddy. Consult with your Galena, MD veterinarian for guidance on selecting toys for your feathered friends.

Birds Need A Lot Of Care And Attention

Polly will require a considerable amount of daily attention. It is important to ensure that you provide fresh food and water, and regularly clean her cage.

When it comes to cleaning, there’s no need for a thorough scrubbing on a daily basis. It is typically recommended to perform a daily spot clean. You’ll also need to provide fresh food and water, and change the cage liner. (Hint: Placing sheets of newspaper or butcher paper at the bottom of the cage can simplify this process. Simply remove the soiled one from the top, and you’ll find a clean one underneath.) It might be necessary to vacuum underneath your pet’s cage as well.

Polly also needs daily time out of her cage. Your feathered pal may have a knack for getting into trouble. It’s important to consistently prioritize bird proofing and closely monitor your pet when she’s outside of her cage.

Birds Can Be Quite Messy

Polly is not the tidiest roommate. There will be some messes that you’ll need to handle. That’s just typical!

Polly Requires an Exceptional Avian Veterinarian

It’s important to find a highly skilled doctor for your feathered companion. When it comes to learning about how to take care of Polly, this can also be very helpful!

You’ll need to Birdproof Carefully

Although many households have items that pose a danger to pets, birds are especially at risk. Because they are so small, and because they fly, they are particularly vulnerable to the hazards found in our homes. you must be meticulous in birdproofing To make your home bird-safe,. Consult your veterinarian for additional details.

Birds Are Hilarious

There are also a lot of pluses to adopting a parrot. Birds can bring so much joy to our lives! Polly’s antics are sure to bring a smile to your face.

Just do thorough research before deciding to adopt a parrot. Consider your financial situation, the amount of time you can commit, and any other pets you may have. You’ll also want to explore the various types of parrots and find out more about topics such as identifying signs of illness, best practices, appropriate toys and treats, and effective bonding methods. Your vet can be incredibly helpful here!

Which Parrot is the Loudest?

If you’re seeking a pet that prefers a calm environment, you’ll need to be very diligent about your research. Some of these colorful birds have volume knobs that go up to 12!

These are some of the most powerful ones:

•    Cockatoo s (135 decibels)

•    Eclectus Parrots: (115 decibels)

•    The Rose-Ringed Parakeets, also known as Indian Ringnecks, 111 decibels)

•    Macaws: (105 decibels)

•    Conures: (120 decibels)

•    Amazon Parrots: (124 decibels)

•    Lorie: (90 decibels)

•    Caique Parrots: (93 decibels)

In comparison, a Boeing 747 registers at approximately 140 decibels. Rock concerts typically are right around 100.

If you’re looking for a peaceful avian companion, you might want to consider Cockatiels, Parakeets and Budgies, Pacific Parrotlets, or Senegal Parrots. (While not actually parrots, finches and canaries are also pleasing to listen to and not very loud.)

What Is The Total Number Of Parrot Species?

There are approximately 400 different types of parrots, which are officially referred to as psittacines. The parrot family tree is divided into four branches: the Psittaculidae, which are the Old World parrots; the Psittacidae, which are the African and New World parrots; the Cacatuoides, or cockatoos; and the Strigopidae, which are the New Zealand parrots, including the kea, kākā, and kākāpō.

Who First Thought Of Parrot Day?

The honorary holiday was established on May 31st, 2004 by the World Parrot Trust. The organization was established by Mike Reynolds, a passionate parrot enthusiast and veteran, who dedicated his life to advocating for these magnificent birds until his passing in 2007. The organization continues to thrive to this day. For more information about them and ways to support parrots, visit their website here.

Schedule An Appointment With A Galena, MD Avian Veterinarian

Are you seeking information on parrot care? Is scheduling an appointment necessary for your feathered companion? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. As your local Galena, MD pet clinic, We are here for you!

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