Parrots as pets can make entertaining and enjoyable pets for people of all ages, but they aren’t the easiest animals to care for. Colorful parrots can be extremely vocal and messy at times, especially conures, and some species are more suitable for adults than children. Keeping a parrot is a lifetime commitment, as some species can live up to 80 years or more.
Choosing the right cage for your colorful parrot
Parrot cages can be expensive to buy, so it is important to get one that is going to last a long time. The cage should be large enough for your bird to spread out its wings and move around freely. Bar spacing is also an important consideration, as the spacing between the bars needs to be narrow enough to prevent escape or injury. The cage should also have some horizontal bars to enable your parrot to climb up and down the cage.
It is a good idea to look for a cage that has a removal tray for ease of cleaning. All feeders should be easily accessible and made from a strong material like stainless steel. Some cages also have a metal skirt around the base that helps to contain food and other debris. Even though your parrot should have plenty of space inside its cage, it will still appreciate being allowed out regularly for some additional exercise.
Parrot Cage accessories
Pet stores offer a wide range of cage accessories for birds, but you shouldn’t need to buy many at first as most cages now come complete with all the main accessories. Natural perches, such as apple, beech and mulberry, will be welcomed by your colorful parrot because they provide a better alternative to conventional perches. These perches offer your bird a variety of textures and diameters, as well as providing it with some valuable chewing material.
Toys are also necessary to keep your parrot entertained when you are not around. You can obviously buy parrot toys from your local pet store, but you may find it cheaper and more enjoyable to make some of your own.
What do parrots eat?
Parrots enjoy a varied diet, as in the wild they consume a wide variety of fruits and seeds. Your bird will therefore enjoy being offered a good selection of seeds, such as canary seed, millet, hemp, wheat, maize and safflower. Parrots also love fruit and vegetables, including oranges, apples, pears, grapes, cherries, mango, carrots and spinach. Large parrots, such as macaws, enjoy a selection of nuts, such as pecans, walnuts and cashews. It is of course possible to buy a complete parrot food that will provide your parrot with all the nutrients it needs.
How long do parrots live by most common types?
- African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) – 40-60 Years in captivity, 20 Years in wild
- Quaker Parrot / Monk Parraket (Myiopsitta monachus) – 15-20 Years
- Amazon Parrots (Amazona) – 50 Years
- Macaw Parrots (19 species total) – 50 Years (common misconception is 100 Years)
- Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) – 20 – 30 Years
- Eclectus Parrot
- Indian Ringneck Parrot
- Alexandrine Parrot
- Mexican Red Headed Parrots
- Cockatoo Parrots
It is important to make sure that any parrot you buy comes from a reputable source. I would recommend never to buy from pet shop, buy always from quality parrot breeder and take care that your bird is hand fed, as it will be much more easier to taim your parrot.
Remember that not all parrots will learn to talk, and they can be very expensive to buy. Parrots can also be sensitive to certain household items, such as chemicals from non-stick cookware and scented candles, so you will need to make sure that your home is safe and secure before your new feathered friend arrives. As with all other pets there are parrots that need more daily attention from you and those that just need a quiet corner in your room.