Sunday, August 24, 2014

Companion Parrots: Which Species Is Right For My Family?

Which companion species is best suited for my family?

According to some estimates, there are around 350 species of parrots currently in existence. These species vary from the incredibly small Pygmy parrot, which is just 3.5 inches long, to the Hyacinth macaw, which exceeds 3 feet when fully grown. If you're thinking about adopting a companion parrot, you should consider the species and whether or not it's the right choice for your family.

Companion Parrot Size

Size is obviously a factor to consider when choosing a companion parrot. Larger species, such as the African Grey and Macaw, are popular choices, but they come with their own their own unique set of challenges. The larger the parrot, the more space it needs to move around; thus, forcing owners to invest in larger cages. Smaller parrot species, on the other hand, require less space, less food, and generally produce less waste.

Companion Parrot Noise Level

Do you live in an apartment complex, town home, or any other residence in which your neighbors live in close proximity? If so, you should choose a companion parrot that does not produce a lot of noise.

It's important to note that ALL parrots will produce at least some noise. This is their way of communicating to one another in the wild, so it only makes sense for them to make noise when in captivity as well. But there are certain species which produce more noise than others.

Species that are considered the loudest typically include the following:
  • Prrotlets

  • Budgies

  • Cockatiels

  • Pyrrhura conures

  • Pionus

  • Caiques

  • African Greys

  • Poicephalus

Companion Parrot Talking/Vocal Abilities

One of the joys of owning a companion parrot is the ability to teach it words, phrases, or even entire sentences. Dogs might be viewed as man's best friend, but parrots are the only pets that will greet you with a verbal "hello." Of course, some species of parrots are better talkers than others.

Species that are considered good talkers include the following:
  • African Greys

  • Eclectus

  • Quaker

  • Budgies

  • Macaws

  • Psittacula

These are just a few things to consider when choosing a companion parrot to adopt. Above all else, though, make sure you are fully committed to providing your new companion parrot a happy, healthy and loving home. Far too many people adopt these magnificent creatures, only to decide later down the road that they are too much of a hassle.

Which parrot species is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!

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