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Just One More?

Adding another pet bird to your household changes the family dynamic — for better or worse

By Sally Blanchard

For some reason — maybe it’s their charm or their inexplicable ability to understand what’s going on around them — parrots seem to multiply in households. Once you have one, you often end up with two — or three or four and so on.

I receive a lot of calls and e-mails from people contemplating adding another parrot to their household. They often want to know which bird would be the best to go with the bird or birds they already have. This is never an easy answer for me, because there are so many variables. Despite some behavior generalizations for each species, individual birds’ characteristics vary widely.The ages and genders of the birds, environmental considerations and the personalities of the owners also play a role.

**For the full article, pick up the April issue of BIRD TALK**

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