All bird lovers listen up!! Do you know how many bird species are there in the world?
Answer: Over 9000 species. And out of which the parrot group itself consists of about 330
species and are particularly popular with pet owners.
If you are also thinking of keeping a pet parrot, read below for the tips I am going to
provide for selecting the suitable parrot for yourself and the family.
Parrot Buying Tip (1) — Buy a young parrot
Rearing a new parrot from young helps to facilitate taming. An older parrot can also be
tamed just that it takes more time and patience. However, the tricky part is in determing
the age of the bird. However, some basic things to look out for are the scales on its legs,
color of the eye and the color of the body. A young parrot often has a dark gray iris that
becomes white or brown when it grows up. The scales of young parrots are also much smoother
than that of mature birds. Their body color also appears initially to be much duller than
when they are matured.
The best option is to buy one which is newly born which is independent of its parent.
Parrot Buying Tip (2) — Choose the right species of parrot
Do you know the characteristics of the parrot you are interested in buying?
-make tremendously loud voices which can cause huge disturbance to the neighbours?
-have powerful beaks that can damage your personal belongings if let free in the house?
-need special accomodation, which will potentially incur higher costs for you. Bigger birds
would require bigger cages made of metal so that the parrot cannot damage it.
-need special nutritional foods? Some birds such as the lorikeets need special foods since
they feed on nectar. This also relates to cost.
Parrot Buying Tip (3) — Check the condition of the parrot
If possible, ask for a certified health certificate by the veterinary so that you have
assurance of buying a healthy parrot home. If that is not available, dont worry, you can
check out the below factors for some tell-tale signs on the conditions of the bird.
i) Inspect the living conditions of the bird. Dirty or poorly maintained perches, food and
water containers, excess fecal wastes in the cage, all show poor management of the birds
leading to bad health. The eyes should also be clear and not showing any discharge. Also
look out for any swelling signs which will indicate rising health problems.
ii) The bird feathers should be tidy and clean. Any bald areas on the parrot body could
indicate an infection which is very unsightly and may not be able to cure, or it may also be
due to the parrot being a feather plucker which means it is getting very bored. This
activity may stop when you start to show it more attention. Then again, it is better to stay
clear of such birds, since they could be carrying diseases on their bodies which you dont
want it to spread to your family members.
iii) Support the bird on its back and check the vent for cleanliness. Also check for any
crusty appearance on and around the beak which could indicate a mite issue subjecting from
iv) Also feel the flesh on both sides of the breastbone, and ensure it is solid and not
hollowed. If protruding, it also indicates a nutritional deficiency, and should be avoided.
v) Ensures all claws are there. There should be 2 toes pointing forward, 2 facing backwards.
Check for any protruding leg scales as they could be potential sources for leg mites.
vi) Beware of birds that act aggressively towards you when you try to approach it. Symptoms
include fluffing up feathers and eyes dilating when you try to move your hand close to it.
These birds are probably not young birds, and they will likely bite you if you cross its
Parrot Buying Tip (4) — Buy from reputable, reliable sources
Buying from well-established and reputable pet shops assures you the best quality services,
and often the pets you are buying through them have been certified to be in good health
before they release it out for sale.
Avoid open markets, and buying through mail order. It is always good to see and feel what
you are buying so that you dont regret your buying decisions later. If you dont, how do you
implement parrot buying tip 3?
To summarize, it is great to have parrots as pets, as they can be good source of fun and
companionship. However, it is important to know some essential tips on selecting and buying
the right parrot, and this can be categorized into 4 great tips namely to buy a young
parrot, choose the desired parrot species, check condition of the parrot, and always buy
from reputable pet shops.
Hope you enjoy this article !!