Parrots are one of the best gifts of nature, almost fairy tail like appearance makes them one of the favorite choice as companions and pets. Here are 5 things that Every keeper should know about his/her bird
After a lot of research through the years the consensus is that Parrots present problems less frequently than most of the other pets, Especially the exotic ones, like Macaws, African Grey and Cockatiels. These species have stable temperaments and are less probable to show aggressive behavior. Macaws, even the smaller ones have a wonderful sense of “bigness”, result of their genetic traits, and can sometimes overreact to unfamiliar objects or something they see as a threat. Other species like cockatiels, African Grey Parrot, small Budgies can show aggressive behavior during the mating season, especially males. They have a sense of protectiveness for their offspring-soon to be hatched. Wild parrots like Indian Ring Necks have lots of problems being confined to smaller spaces and can injure their keepers in aggression.
Soothing or Noisy?
Parrots can be noisy, especially the big ones like African Grey or Macaws, As the size of species decreases their vocal abilities tend to decrease, but smaller parrots can be loud enough too. Sometimes I come home and hear my cockatiel’s happy squawks from the gate of my society(around 400 Meters). Its soothing to hear your bird when you come back home, but sometimes it can be noisy, when you just want the bird to be quiet but that usually wont happen until you play with it and divert its mind, Or give it some treats.
Bigger Parrots have the ability to be extremely loud, but they can also learn to tone down their vocalizations. Macaws and African Grey Parrots can easily vocalize human voice if trained to do so. As the size of the bird(species) increases, its learning and vocal capabilities also increase. If the bird lives in a quiet household, chances are the bird will be quiet too, usually.
Cuddle or Not?
Most parrot species like to be cuddled on the back of their head and sometimes on their necks, by their mates. Pet parrots on the other hand residing inside a cage or household prefer the other bird to get cuddly with(if you have a pair).Therefore, a suitable bird cage covers may be kept for living or staying comfortably. If you do not own a pair then the bird will want you to cuddle its head, if its not scared of you and loves you in return. After all no one hates a loving touch. Social species like Macaws, African Grey, Cockatiel, Cockatoos will even come to you to for getting all cuddly, they will play with your hand.
Warning: Parrots that are too scared of human presence, don’t try to touch them, it will just scare them more. The big ones can even injure you in their defense. Instead give them time, and spend time with them without any touching involved. Let the bird get familiar with you first.
In a household, sexually mature social parrots(like Macaw, Cockatiels, Cockatoos), exhibit less sexually differentiated behavior than many other smaller species.
During breeding season, both males and females may be get a bit impatient and a little bit more noisier. Females may become hormonal and begin nesting inside their cages regardless of whether a male is there or not. You should identify this behavior of your female bird and provide her with a proper nesting place, something like a cardboard box, or ready-made nests. The greatest behavioral changes are seen most strongly in macaws. However, all other species can manifest some hormonally influenced behaviors. Excitement and sexual behavior in Macaws is less pronounced than that seen in other parrot species like Amazon parrots and Cockatoos.
Behavior with other birds
When properly introduced, most of the social species like Cockatoos, Cockatiels, Macaws will get along very well with each other. The important thing here is the Introduction phase, you need to be very cautious when introducing two birds, because this moment will decide rest of their stay. Take extra care when introducing a smaller bird to a significantly larger one. To introduce them to each other you need to give them at least 1 day to get familiar with each other, keep their cages side by side, such that one bird can see the other. On the Next day let the birds play in the same area for some time, but keep a closer eye on them, do this for 2-3 days and if you see them getting along well then you can put them together. Else if one of the birds is getting aggressive then give them some more time to familiarize with each other a little more.