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parrots in paradiseWhether captured in the wild or born in captivity, parrots are not domesticated animals like cats and dogs. They are still wild animals. Their natural curiosity, sensitivity, intellect, playfulness, and ability to form bonds with humans can tempt people to keep them in captivity. Unfortunately, the traits that make parrots so intriguing are the same ones that make them extremely difficult to live with as companion animals. Many parrots find themselves displaced as their natural behaviors and needs clash with human expectations. Before you buy or adopt a parrot, consider the following facts:

Parrots bite and instictively chew — you and your home!

Parrots are messy and active and require space to move about and play!

Birds continuously shed “feather dust” – particles of feathers, which may aggravate asthma.

Parrots scream, but many do not talk!

Most parrots won’t learn cute tricks!

Parrots are social and need daily attention!

Some parrots never bond with humans!

Parrots need to be served a varied diet, not just seeds and pellets but grains, beans, fruits and vegetables as well!

Parrots are very sensitive to air quality! Tobacco smoke, hair spray, cleaning products, etc., can all be very dangerous for them.

Parrot cages, toys, and vet visits are expensive!

Large parrots can live up to 80 years — will you?

Educating yourself about parrots before bringing one into your life is crucial to solving the homeless parrot problem!  Only people who thoroughly understand that parrots are wild animals and who can commit to meeting their demanding needs should consider providing a home for one. Only then will all parrots kept in captivity be properly cared for and appreciated for the wild animals they are, the pet market’s demand for “impulse purchased” baby parrots will decrease, and the homeless bird epidemic will become a thing of the past.