10 Things You Should Know

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Ten things no one told you about living with a parrot, but you wish they would have.


  • 1.10 Things You Should Know Before You Get a Parrot. but no one told you.

2. Things Everyone HAS Told You

  • Parrots Bite
  • Parrots Scream
  • Parrots Make a Mess
  • Is it truesort of.

3. Parrots Are Wild Not Domestic

  • Behave as prey species
  • Bring the wild to your home
  • Have no chosen traits
  • Not motivated to respond to your displeasure

4. Parrots Come in Species Not Breeds 5. Canis Familiaris 6. Felis domesticus 7. Poicephalus senegalusandPoicephalus rufiventris 8. Psittacus erithacusandAra chloroptera 9. What the difference in a species?

  • Different diets
  • Different behavior
  • Different body languages
  • Different preferences

10. Parrots Have Strange Body Language

  • Birds have very different body language from dogs and cats and it is far more subtle.
  • Feathers
  • Wings
  • Dilating pupils

11. Parrots Require Complicated Nutrition

  • Parrots need variety ( you cant get it all from a bag)
  • Different requirements for different species
  • Require more fresh food and longer prep time at meals
  • Different dangers from the table

12. Parrots Have Complicated Physiology

  • Specialized veterinary care
  • Different diseases
  • Less identifiable illnesses
  • Sensitive respiratory system
  • Delicate bone structure
  • Different Dangers, diseases, poisons

13. Parrots have Complicated Brains

  • Parrots need interaction
  • Parrots need time outside of the cage
  • Parrots need enrichment
  • Parrots need a challenge
  • Parrots thrive in an environment worthy of investigation

14. Parrot Training is a Necessity Not a Possibility

  • Training is about communication and choices.
  • Parrots need interaction and some control of their environment.

15. Why Train?

  • Its a conversation
  • Its a relationship builder
  • Its forward thinking
  • Its fun!

16. You Have to Have a Lifelong Plan

  • A large parrot may be with you for the rest of your life. How sure are you about what youll be doing with the rest of your life?

17. 5 Heartbreaking ReasonsParrots Need New Homes

  • Assisted Living
  • Senility
  • Unexpected Illness
  • Foreclosure
  • Divorce

18. You Need A LifelongCommitment to Learning

  • Scientist learn new things in the laboratory and in the field every year. Theres much to learn still about parrots.
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology
  • Behavior

19. Just Because You Hear it Often Doesnt Mean Its True

  • Common Wisdom is only common. Theres rarely any wisdom involved

20. 10 Things You Should Do Before You Get a Parrot

  • or now that you already have.
  • Find an excellent vet
  • Find an avian consultant
  • Join a parrot club
  • Subscribe to magazines (Bird Talk and Good Bird especially)
  • Buy some videos

21. 10 Things Continued

  • Learn about applied behavior analysis
  • Hone your positive reinforcement skills
  • Go to workshops and lectures
  • Go see parrots in the wild
  • Buy my book!