Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?

Printer Friendly

Considering a Parrot

Q: I’m in the market for a parrot.  This would be my first bird ever.  I’ve been researching the different variety of parrots.  I have a friend that owns a yellow-naped Amazon, and its 21yrs old.  She told me that it’s fun to have but it’s an investment because of its long life and sensitive nature. I was wondering if you had any advice for me and would suggest a parrot variety for me please.

Jean Pattison explains the major investment of owning a pet bird to prospective ownersJean Pattison, also known as "The African Queen," explains:

This is like asking me what kind of car you should purchase, perhaps not quite as expensive, but just as personal a decision. Seriously though, I recommend being around as many different parrots as you can. Bird Talk magazine also has species profile articles, with their Annual being an excellent resource. Once you have researched those areas, one needs to ask what they expect from the species they favor. Once you have an idea of what the different species has to offer, you can join an e-mail group dealing with that particular species and glean a lot of information from the owners of those types of birds. Once that is done it is time to consult with breeders or a good pet shop, and fine tune everything you have heard about the species you are interested in.

I think every person’s first bird will be different. It is a real commitment, and needs serious consideration.


 Give us your opinion on
Considering a Parrot

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments
Great advice, it's always different looking from the outside in, perhaps petsitting for a while her friend bird would give her the big picture! Birds our messy, ongoing process of cleaning, and did I add ongoing expense of food, toys, and some birds require a complex diet, and the out time. In fact, they squeak, sometimes they bite, birds you either love them or you don't. On the other hand, they are the only species that can acquire human speech, they are adorable, cute One must consider all the factors before being owned by such intelligent creatures!
Frankie, Detroit, MI
Posted: 4/15/2009 9:54:35 PM
nice, i am a pretty new bird owner and i just adore them!
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 3/5/2008 9:34:10 AM
View Current Comments
Top Products
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.

Hi my name's Zeus

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species