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Grieving is a period of bereavement for a pet parrot.

By Liz Wilson


Period of bereavement as a pet parrot mourns the loss of a mate, a dear friend, an owner, a home, etc. Astonishing as it might sound, some so-called “experts” claim that parrots do not grieve. However, there have been too many anecdotes on this subject to be irrefutable.


Parrots need to be given time to work through their bereavement. Offering favorite foods and quiet, soft-spoken attention often facilitates healing. Ignoring a pet bird’s grief can permanently damage a parrot’s trust in a person. As with people, a grieving period can last variable lengths of time.

Disclaimer:’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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