Parrots as species of birds score highest as pets. Their antics inside the cage and outside, their intelligence and the ability to talk, mimic and whistle and close bond with their owners make them favorites. But to get the best out of your Parrot, you need to train them well.
African Grey Parrots
African Grey Parrots are characterized by their individuality. Each African Grey Parrot is different from the other in its talking ability and plucking habits. Found in the lowlands of Central African countries of Kenya, Cameroon, North Angola, Zaire, Tanzania and Guinea Island, and the dense forests of the Congo valley, these birds have the intelligence and the capability to imitate sounds of nature and human speech.
Some African Greys however, may not speak at all in spite of the attention and training given to them, whereas the neglected ones may surprise by their ability to talk well.
An oddity with African Greys is their notorious habit of feather plucking. Dietary imbalance, emotional disturbance and boredom are reasons behind this. When they scream, you can take them for a walk within your house or fly them on your finger and this will distract them and also calm them down. African Grey Parrots bond strongly and easily with he who gains its trust.
African Grey Parrots breed well in captivity which is one the reasons of their popularity. Their lifespan is between 40 to 60 years.
Amazon Parrots are veritable chatter boxes, mostly found in the tropical forests and the Savannahs of Central and South African countries.
Green and with short wings, they are skillful imitators of human speech and various other sounds. Their intelligence is comparable to dolphins, monkeys and a kid of three years. Though these birds are socially active, energetic and playful, they are prone to change of moods. Wide ranging mood change can be loud, quiet, cuddly, jealous, stubborn, aggressive, playful, silly or irritable. Not all pet owners would like such a moody pet.
These birds need a lot of love, attention and interaction, more than people want to expect. Imagine owning a dog with wings and you have the Amazon Parrot. Be prepared for a long term commitment and an adventurous pet ownership with your Amazon Parrot.
Fruits, vegetables, pellets and your dinner table tidbits would be the right diet for the Amazon Parrot. However, don’t offer it substance like chocolate, avocado, apple seed or alcohol.
Senegal Parrots, so named after its place of origin, are lovely pets and can be hand reared. Besides Senegal, they are also found in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Gambia.
Senegals are intelligent learners and imitators and eat entertainers. They are not hard to train. Bring it out of the cage; allow it to exercise and bond with you. Unlike other Parrots, they are quite robust and not likely to pluck their feather as Amazon Parrots.
They like a diet of seeds of sunflower and safflower, oats, millets, pine nut and hemp.
Generally green, they are distinguished by their greasy heads, colored under parts and belly and bright yellow iris.
They live up to 75 years.
Eclectus Parrots are pretty birds that live below the forest canopy of tropical and semi-tropical forests of New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Cape York Peninsula of Australia and Indonesian islands.
They are glossy and brilliantly colored. Male and female Eclectus Parrots have different color patterns. Males have a combination of green, blue and red while females are colored crimson with blue bellies.
Vosmaeri and Solomon Islands varieties are the most famous sub-species of Eclectus Parrots. Vosmeari are elegant because of their large size. Small size Solomon Islands varieties are cute.
Eclectus Parrots are extremely intelligent. They can sing and talk to you repeating many words and phrases. They can also talk to their bird companions. Eclectus Parrots can be wild and a disaster when they are left untrained.
Main diet for these birds should include wide variety of fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds and beans, rice, cereals high in fiber content, nuts and pellets. Vitamin A is important to their diet.
Life expectancy of these birds is 50 to 60 years.
Quaker Parrots are also known as Monk Parakeets. Originally natives of South America, they are stouter and weightier than Cockatiels. They are bright green in the body and tails with blue tipped wings.
Quaker Parrots are good learners and talkers. Talk to them in cooing tones they enjoy it. Always respond to the noises made by your Quaker and it will learn human speech more quickly.
These birds crave for attention and mental stimulation keeps them away from boredom and aggression. You need to watch over your Quaker’s growth as you would for your baby. Just as healthy food, proper training helps in your baby’s growth, the same goes for your Quaker Parrot.
The Green Parrot family has many different varieties of Parrots in its fold such as young Sun Conure, Hawk-headed parrot, Amazon, Senegal, Moustache Parakeet etc. These parrots are generally called green because of their green plumage.
Most popular pets among all birds, Green Parrots are affectionate, intelligent, inquisitive and visually colorful member of the house. A well trained Green Parrot is a source of joy and contentment. Good training is the key to turn the wild Green Parrot into a marvel. Untrained ones can wreck havoc.
These birds feed on selected seeds, carbohydrates, boiled vegetables and proteins.
Their life expectancy is between 50 to 70 years.