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10 Things You Should Know



Ten things no one told you about living with a parrot, but you wish they would have.

Ten things no one told you about living with a parrot, but you wish they would have.



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  • 1. 10 Things You Should Know Before You Get a Parrot. …but no one told you.
  • 2. Things Everyone HAS Told You
    • Parrots Bite
    • Parrots Scream
    • Parrots Make a Mess
    • Is it true…sort of….
  • 3. Parrots Are Wild Not Domestic
    • Behave as prey species
    • Bring the wild to your home
    • Have no chosen traits
    • Not motivated to respond to your displeasure
  • 4. Parrots Come in Species Not Breeds
  • 5. Canis Familiaris
  • 6. Felis domesticus
  • 7. Poicephalus senegalus and Poicephalus rufiventris
  • 8. Psittacus erithacus and Ara chloroptera
  • 9. What the difference in a species?
    • Different diets
    • Different behavior
    • Different body languages
    • Different preferences
  • 10. Parrots Have Strange Body Language
    • Birds have very different body language from dogs and cats and it is far more subtle.
    • Feathers
    • Wings
    • Dilating pupils
  • 11. Parrots Require Complicated Nutrition
    • Parrots need variety ( you can’t get it all from a bag)
    • Different requirements for different species
    • Require more fresh food and longer prep time at meals
    • Different dangers from the table
  • 12. Parrots Have Complicated Physiology
    • Specialized veterinary care
    • Different diseases
    • Less identifiable illnesses
    • Sensitive respiratory system
    • Delicate bone structure
    • Different Dangers, diseases, poisons
  • 13. Parrots have Complicated Brains
    • Parrots need interaction
    • Parrots need time outside of the cage
    • Parrots need enrichment
    • Parrots need a challenge
    • Parrots thrive in an environment worthy of investigation
  • 14. Parrot Training is a Necessity Not a Possibility
    • Training is about communication and choices.
    • Parrots need interaction and some control of their environment.
  • 15. Why Train?
    • It’s a conversation
    • It’s a relationship builder
    • It’s forward thinking
    • It’s fun!
  • 16. You Have to Have a Lifelong Plan
    • A large parrot may be with you for the rest of your life. How sure are you about what you’ll be doing with the rest of your life?
  • 17. 5 Heartbreaking Reasons Parrots Need New Homes
    • Assisted Living
    • Senility
    • Unexpected Illness
    • Foreclosure
    • Divorce
  • 18. You Need A Lifelong Commitment to Learning
    • Scientist learn new things in the laboratory and in the field every year. There’s much to learn still about parrots.
    • Nutrition
    • Physiology
    • Behavior
  • 19. Just Because You Hear it Often Doesn’t Mean It’s True
    • Common Wisdom is only common. There’s rarely any wisdom involved…
  • 20. 10 Things You Should Do Before You Get a Parrot…
    • …or now that you already have.
    • Find an excellent vet
    • Find an avian consultant
    • Join a parrot club
    • Subscribe to magazines (Bird Talk and Good Bird especially)
    • Buy some videos
  • 21. 10 Things Continued
    • Learn about applied behavior analysis
    • Hone your positive reinforcement skills
    • Go to workshops and lectures
    • Go see parrots in the wild
    • Buy my book!
  • 22.