Be an informed parrot buyer

There are a lot of positive reasons for owning a parrot. They’re intelligent, responsive, perceptive, social, caring, entertaining, companions. If you’re reading this article then you probably already have a list of positive reasons for becoming a parrot owner. Owning pet birds is very popular in the US. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA) there are projected to be 17.3 Million pet birds in 6.4 million US households in next year. Birds are increasingly becoming family pets. However, they can be challenging and a handful for some people. This article will focus on the aspects of becoming a parrot owner that are often overlooked or ignored. “Ready, Informed, or Not?” that is the question. Purchasing a parrot for the first time will change your life. If you’re not ready to make some changes then you’re probably not ready to purchase a parrot.

I have one final word of caution before we continue. This article is written in general terms. Not all parrot breeds have all of the characteristics that are discussed in this article. And not all parrots even within a breed have the same characteristics. I will offer this disclaimer now instead of putting this disclaimer at every section in this article. Disclaimer – The discussions in the article are general and may not apply to all breeds and may not apply to all parrots within a specific breed. There are some great sources of information that specifically addresses each breed of parrot. I recommend that you read “Birds for Dummies” or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bird Care and Training” for an introductory coverage of the appearance and characteristics of different breeds of parrots. This article will focus on parrots in general but will occasionally point out some differences in breeds. Check for the “Heed the Breed” boxes in this article for breed specific information. There are also “Warbler Warning” boxes for specific warnings to consider. Finally there are “Parrot Parent” boxes which pose the key questions that you should answer before becoming a parrot owner.

Buyer Beware and Be Aware

It’s your responsibility not the seller’s to determine if you’re a good fit for a parrot. Most sellers are in the business to make money. The parrots needs and your needs are usually lower than money on the priority list. It’s your responsibility to do the research before purchasing a parrot. The parrot sellers are just one small source of information. Please don’t rely on the seller alone to make an informed decision. Reading this article is an excellent step toward becoming informed. There are some other excellent sources for doing your research listed in the “Selecting a breed” section later in this article.