Keeping birds as pets can be entertaining, but they require a lot of care. Having a pet bird means you need some basic information. I want to discuss the parrot classification. There is more to a parrot than just talking and learning words. Getting a bird just to hear it talk is the wrong reason for keeping birds as pets. Parrots require a lot of attention and love. I am a birdbrain and former parrot owner. Pet birds become so close that they are like having another child.
Birds do not just talk! They are very noisy creatures. If you do not give them the attention they demand or think they deserve, they will scream. In order to combat screaming, you have to have scheduled sessions where you give them your undivided attention. A busy work schedule and owning parrots as pets do not mix very well. The more you are away working the needier the parrot can get, especially if the bird is not used to someone working a schedule where his or her owners are away for extended periods. Because of this reason, I say birds are like second children. They need emotionally nurtured. I used to give scheduled time outside the cage for healthy interaction.
Be very careful of where you pet your bird! Some areas people scratch, and they do not realize that they are erogenous zones. I saw this as a former bird owner. The best place to pet, rub, or scratch is the head. I saw my bird’s behavior changed when I pet other places other than the head, especially around the belly area. Other aspects of petting and scratching are the bird’s preference. If you scratch where the parrot does not like, chances are the bird will lunge and bite.
Birds require a balanced diet. Parrots like fresh fruit and cooked pasta. The cockatoo I owned loved fresh strawberries and kiwi fruit. He loved cooked pasta with some vegetables. The fresh fruit complimented the special nut and seed mix I bought him at specialty pet stores. The food and water supply need to be fresh and clean. I changed the water three or four times daily depending on if he soiled in water supply or not.
ON A CLOSING NOTE: Clean the birdcage daily. Keep the bird’s beak and nails trimmed on a regular basis. Keep up with veterinarian visits to keep your bird healthy!