Hello, beautiful beings. I hope everyone is having a splendid week so far!
I wrote about another topic that is close to my heart. Enjoy the read 🙂
Parrots have always fascinated humans since the Victorian era. I have always had a soft spot for all things parrots! Some might say I am a crazy bird lady. Is that really such a bad thing?
I spoke to Rose Mathieu who runs her own parrot Facebook page (Yes, I am a proud member) and she adds in her experience and advice to all bird owners.
Q: Why are you drawn to birds?
A: “I am drawn to birds by their beautiful wings. It feels like I have a constant guardian angel with me all the time”
Q: How does a person benefit from birds?
A: “The passion that parrots give is so up lifting. They make us laugh by doing something silly or goofy when they sense we are down. It truly is like having a soul mate, a child”
Q: What are the best starter birds for newbies?
A: ‘Budgies, Cockatiels, Conures, and Quakers are the best starter birds’
These smaller parrots require moderate care and with proper interaction with humans and other pets, they will become part of your family in no time. Please do your homework before considering a pet bird (Of any kind) Animals need a forever home!
Size: 12 – 16 cm / 5 – 6 inches
Life Expectancy: 10 – 15 years
Budgies (budgerigars) are an extremely popular pet bird. These small parrots make delightful pets, and are usually friendly and easy to tame. While they can sometimes be difficult to understand, they are quite capable of mimicking speech. Budgies are friendly, cheerful companions for all age groups, and are particularly suitable for flats and other situations where a larger pet may not be practicable. Basically, a gentle and docile bird. They are also very playful and active, and quieter than some other parrots although some of them can still be noisy.
Size: 36 – 46 cm / 14 – 18 inches
Life Expectancy: 12 – 30 years
The Cockatiel is a perfect pet bird. A hand-raised Cockatiel quickly becomes attached to its owner. Can learn to whistle tunes and can even talk. Cockatiels as pets are active and playful and should have a large cage. Cockatiels are perfect for amateur parrot owners. By nature, they are cheerful birds and are seldom temperamental.
They need clean and spacious cages that would keep them at ease.
Size: 30 cm / 12 inches for the Sun Conure. There are other shades of this bird. Generally a medium-sized parrot.
Life Expectancy: 25 – 30 years
The conure can be a loving bird is handled properly, quite a loud bird too. These parrots like to explore so ensure toys and space are adequate enough. Can learn a few words, but not a great speaker.
Size: 30 cm / 12 inches
Life Expectancy: 25-30 years
This little bundle of joy comes in blue, green and yellow. A social bird that needs proper care or will resort to bad behaviour. Can learn words and phrases. A playful parrot overall and bonds well from early training from its owner.
Fascinating Parrot Facts
- Parrots are the only birds that eat with their feet
- Some can live over 80 years old (Easily outlive humans)
- Have been kept as pets for over 3000 years!
- Larger parrots have extremely power beaks (A macaw bite can land you in hospital if bitten hard enough – Mind your ears and fingers)
- Though parrots are generally famous for talking, Puck, a blue parakeet, landed in the 1995 Guinness Book of World Records for his vocabulary skills of over 1000 words. WOW, HOW AMAZING ARE PARROTS?
So, what are the health benefits of owning a parrot?
- Lower stress levels as petting or even interacting with a parrot allows you to become relaxed.
- Sharper mind as exercising your brain via teaching your bird/s tricks and how to talk.
- Social interaction increases, too.
- Nurture instincts rise as caring for your feathered kid requires a lot of work. Daily.
God truly made parrots one of the top best pets to own. With their beautiful colouring and amazing intellect, this is no brainer as to why humans are so fascinated by parrots.
So, will you make the switch?
Sources: Rose Mathieu, Bird Channel.com, lovethatpet.com and Smithsonianmag.com.