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Don't Let Your Bird Get Lonely

Leave the television on or play soothing music for your single bird while you are out of the house.

Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC
Posted: April 9, 2013, 12:15 p.m. PDT

Purchase BIRD TALK Digital Back IssuesA companion parrot's “flock” is not limited to other parrots. There is no question that it includes humans and other animals. Many of us have found that a parrot's life is greatly enhanced by the existence of other animals in the home, and parrots seem to enjoy having other creatures to watch.

Other Flock Members
Dogs and cats (if appropriately supervised) as well as other small pets such as mice, ratshamsters and guinea pigs can all make interesting companions for birds. A fish tank located in the bird room can also provide  a parrot with some interesting viewing. (Make sure, of course, that your bird can't accidently fly into the tank.)

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Provide interactive toys for your bird to play with while you are out of the house.

Sam, my single parrot of 30 years, seems to enjoy watching my cats and my tortoise interact, for example. She never showed any interest in any other parrot, including those of her own species — blue-and-gold macaws.

Turn On The TV
If having another pet is simply not an option, a television tuned to a cartoon or game channel can provide entertainment for your bird while you're out. In addition, playing soothing music, puzzle toys and foraging opportunities are excellent ways to keep a single parrot busy while its owner is at work.

Is My Single Bird Lonely?
Some birds require more attention than others, but that doesn't mean a single bird can't be happy. Find out more by checking out this article.

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i so love this comment about a single parrot being lonely, thankyou so much for the peace of mind you've just given me, i just typed in this question!
Judy, Taylor, PA
Posted: 2/28/2015 5:59:49 PM
only one of our birds (the black cap conure) is interested in the other birds...the other birds could pretty much care less about each other though i wonder when we arent home if it helps them not be lonely to at least have other noise in the home...
stephanie, north smithfield, RI
Posted: 4/10/2013 12:55:01 PM
my CAG loves following my cat around the house. they meow at each other all the time too!
Gabby, San Diego, CA
Posted: 4/9/2013 8:36:18 PM
I had a B&G die and leave my U2 without a roommate. After five or six weeks my U2, that didn't talk, went into a rant one morning and clearly said the name of the dead bird more than two dozen times. He let me know that he was lonely. Shortly thereafter the same U2 almost turned himself inside out when I brought home a new B&G. The U2 was elated.
Charles, Orlando, FL
Posted: 4/9/2013 7:10:45 PM
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