Types of Parrots for Bird Lovers

MalcolmAny pet owner could tell you that no two pets are alike, whether they’re cats, dogs, or hamsters. Watch and interact with animals long enough and you’ll realize just how different each one is from others. Every one has its own personality—not to mention the general traits of breeds! Sometimes just knowing the species can tell you a lot about the pet. This is also true for parrots. There are many types of parrots, and each kind has its own needs and challenges.

Just like every other kind of animal, parrots are very diverse. There are hundreds of different kinds of parrots, from big to small, all around the world. Naturally, some make better pets than others! Here are a few quick parrot comparisons:

  • Small – These include cockatiels, lovebirds, small parakeets, and parrotlets. These birds average around six inches in size, depending on the species. Many of these are great for first-time bird owners, though they will need training.
  • Medium – Middle-sized parrots include large parakeets, caciques, small conures, lories, and lorikeets. Although all of these can be friendly, not all are great for new bird owners. Caciques, lories, and lorikeets have lots of energy and special needs that may make them difficult pets. Small conures are loud and not apartment-friendly.
  • Big – Large parrots include the ever-popular African grey, Amazon, small cockatoo, large conure, and eclectus species, among others. These birds are especially intelligent and may be too much for a first-time bird owner to handle. Most can learn to talk and imitate well, and all need incredible stimulation to avoid boredom. Some types of parrots, like the small cockatoo, are especially needy and require lots of experience to manage.
  • Extra-large – These enormous birds include large cockatoos and macaws, and need lots of bird experience to make good pets. They need plenty of mental stimulation, stiff boundaries, and solid training, or they can become aggressive and bite. They are also loud birds.

Sy’s Piece of Heaven can help you find the best bird for your family and educate you on proper parrot care. If you like birds but are unable to take care of one, consider volunteering in our sanctuary in Easton, PA. Our non-adoptable rescues are always in need of a little extra love and help. Just call (908) 475-8750 for more information.

What Sy’s Piece of Heaven Does for Parrots

Sys-AbbyPeople love pets, but a day may come where they can no longer take care of them. Dogs can be delivered to farms and cats can be given to lonely neighbors, but what do you do with a parrot? Many people aren’t interested in getting a messy, sometimes noisy, feathered roommate! Some birds can’t handle the change, either. So what are you to do when you simply can’t keep your feathered friend? This is the very reason Sy’s Piece of Heaven exists.

Parrots can be challenging pets. They need regular love and care, brain stimulation, socialization, cleaning, feeding, and a safe home environment. They also live for decades, sometimes even out-living an owner. Their medical care can be expensive and complicated, requiring a specialized vet. Because of this, many people end up unable to care for a bird for its entire life span, and the parrot has to be relocated. However, parrots form strong bonds with their families and may not transition well to a new one.

Sy’s Piece of Heaven is a place these birds can live out the rest of their lives in safety, comfort, and a loving, social environment. As a parrot sanctuary, we provide a permanent home for abandoned or unwanted birds that have no place to go. These are birds that can’t be adopted out because of their special needs. We also rescue neglected or outright abused birds, giving them the medical care and love they so desperately need. This means regular vet trips, healthy food, clean and climate-controlled living spaces, toys, and attention.

Of course, volunteers and donations make all of this possible! We can’t support our birds’ health and well-being on our own. It takes thousands of dollars a month to support a parrot sanctuary. That’s why sponsoring a rescued bird is such a big help. If you’re interested in our work, providing for a rescued parrot, or looking for more information about raising your own feathered friend, contact our Easton, PA sanctuary! We don’t adopt out our permanent residents, but we do connect potential owners with adoptable birds. Just call (908) 475-8750 or e-mail richlinea@comcast.net with the word “Sy’s” in the subject line.

How about a Parrot as a Pet?

You’ve thought about it, and you’re ready for a pet. What do you choose? Dogs are “man’s best friend,” and cats make loveable cuddle-buddies. If you’re looking for a friend for life, though, how about a parrot as a pet?

Parrots can make great companions. They’re trainable, affectionate, social, intelligent, and loyal. They can form strong bonds with their owners and bring people a lot of joy. The truth is, though, parrots only make great pets for people who can actually take care of them. These beautiful birds need some pretty specific things, and they aren’t always easy to care for. If you can meet their needs, however, you can really enjoy having a parrot as a pet.

If you’re interested in a parrot, here are a few factors you need to consider:

  • Can You Afford It – Not only do you need to buy the parrot and a big enough cage or habitat for it, you have to afford a diverse diet made up of seeds, fruits, nuts, veggies, and bugs. You also need to provide plenty of toys and replace them when they wear out. Veterinary care can be expensive, too, since you need a vet who understands bird care.
  • Can You Spend the Time – These birds are highly social and need lots of brain stimulation. They need plenty of free time with you, the owner, so they stay friendly with people. These birds require plenty of interesting toys to engage their minds, too. Also, training is a must to encourage appropriate behavior.
  • Do You Have the Patience – Parrots vary from species to species, and just like people, each bird has its own quirks. It will have occasional bad days. These birds also live for decades—sometimes more than 80 years! When you get a parrot as a pet, you get a friend for life, so you need to be prepared for that.

Owning a bird is rewarding and provides you with a fun, intelligent pet that can learn from and interact with you. Know that when you adopt a parrot and take good care of it, you’re investing in a friend who will love you for life. Don’t take that kind of relationship lightly! We’d love to help you with raising and caring for an exotic bird. Call our Easton, PA bird sanctuary at (908) 475-8750 or e-mail sy@sys-pieceofheaven.org for more information.

How to Care for Your Parrot

Sys-Pee-TreeDid you know that February is National Bird-Feeding Month?  We take a lot of joy in helping out our feathered friends.  Here are some tips on caring for parrots, what they eat, how they play, and how much space they need.

Getting a pet is a big responsibility, and a parrot is even bigger than most.  For one thing the average lifespan is 50-75 years, so they will be your friend for life.  They have trouble adjusting to new people and situations, so if you think you may have to give your parrot up this isn’t the pet for you.

Their cages need cleaned every day.  This means replacing food, water, liners, and getting rid of any toys that have been chewed to shreds.  Speaking of chewing, it’s important that parrots always have a toy that they can use to keep their beaks and nails trimmed.  Stimulation is key for these birds-all they want to do is play!  So take some time out of your daily routine to interact with your pet.  You can even use this time to teach them to “talk.”

It’s important that you are able to keep up with your parrot.  Make sure you have no injuries or foot conditions that would keep you from being able to get up and care for your new best friend.  If you have any more questions about foot care (or parrot care), give Dr. Amannda Richline a call at (908) 475-8750. You can also book your appointment online.  At our Belvidere, NJ office, we want you to soar above the rest with healthy feet.