Jungle Birds: Parrots from the Rainforest

Parrots are not native to zoos or pirates’ shoulders. They have to come from somewhere else first. Typically when people think of a parrot’s natural habitat, they picture the rainforest. For a significant number of parrot species, that is exactly right. These are tropical birds, mostly living in places like the Amazon. A few species have migrated over time, or escaped into wild areas that have been friendly to them—like the birds that escaped into the Florida everglades. Knowing a little about where these incredible birds come from, however, can help you understand them better and why you need to make special accommodations for them if you keep any as pets.
Sys-BudThe vast majority of wild parrots live in the southern hemisphere of the world, flying around rainforests in South America, Australia, and Africa, though a few are native to parts of Mexico or on various islands. There are 31 species of Amazon parrots dominating the jungle areas in Mexico and the northern part of South America. Most of Australia’s 56 types of parrots are in rainforests as well.

The most popular types of parrots—the “classic” birds people love for pets—are all rainforest birds. Macaws, parakeets, lovebirds, and cockatoos fall into this category. Although these are all very different birds, they do tend to have a few characteristics in common. The hard, curved beak, colorful plumage, and toes of these birds are all very similar across the various species, although they may look slightly different from bird to bird.

Since so many parrots that make good pets are originally from the rainforest, they do need special accommodations when they live outside that habitat in your home. Their food needs to match the kinds of foods they might find in the wild, from nuts and seeds to flowers and fruits. You can’t let your bird get too cold, either.

With a little work, you can make your home a friendly place for your tropical feathered friend. As always with birds, you simply have to be intentional about their care and their needs. If you’d like to know more about how to accommodate a rainforest parrot in your home, or you’d like to get to know some birds and their care before adopting (which we recommend), connect with us at Sy’s Piece of Heaven bird sanctuary. We’d love to help you. Call (908) 475-8750 to reach us.

Tips to Care for Your Parrot

Sys-JoeWelcoming a bird into your home is an exciting time! A new feathered friend can add joy and excitement to your daily life. It also adds many new responsibilities and routines to your days. It takes a lot of time and effort to care for your parrot. A happy, healthy bird, however, can be a life-long friend and family member!

Parrot care is fairly involved. It includes cage cleaning, feeding, exercising, and grooming. Here are a few tips to help you offer the best parrot care possible to your feathered friend:

  • Get the right cage – The cage needs to be spacious enough for your bird to move freely and get some exercise, along with multiple perches. Some birds like taller or wider cages, too.
  • Clean and place it well – The lining in the bottom of the cage has to be replaced daily, and other parts of the cage will need regular cleaning as well. Situate the cage where your bird can see the “action” in your home, too. However, avoid placing it near windows—they are drafty—or in kitchens, since they can contain dangerous fumes.
  • Bird-proof your house – Birds need some out-of-cage time as well. Bird-proof your house so your feathered friend can flutter around in freedom for a little each day. Cover furniture and objects your pet might chew.
  • Exercise and play – Spend time socializing and playing with your parrot. Provide plenty of toys to stimulate its mind, so it doesn’t get bored.
  • Invest in the best food – Parrots need a variety of foods in their diets. Include seeds, fruits, vegetables, grains, and pellets in your pet’s diet in the proportions the bird’s species needs.
  • Watch for signs of sickness – The better you know your bird, the easier it will be to tell if something is wrong. Watch for abnormal behavior or appetite changes that may signal illness. Get to know the bird-specific vets in your area as well.

As always, research all about your prospective parrot’s species-specific needs so you can provide the best care. The Sy’s Piece of Heaven sanctuary can help you find resources if you need them. Knowing all the effort that has to go into parrot care, you can see why we need volunteer help and bird sponsors! If you’re interested in helping Sy’s provide care for birds rescued from abuse and neglect, call us at (908) 475-8750!

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 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.