A companion parrot is a parrot kept as a pet that interacts frequently with humans. Usually, most species of parrot can make admirable companions.
Parrots as Companion Bird
Different species of parrots are kept as companions; which include large parrots such as greys, amazons, cockatoos, and hawk-headed parrots, mid-sized parrots like Quakers, Pionus, caiques, and many of the smaller species like Brotogeris, lovebirds, cockatiels, budgies, parakeets, lineolate parakeets and more.
Maintenance & Care
Home parrots or companion birds can make excellent, loving, and entertaining pets valued by their owners, but they require extra care or high maintenance. Some companion parrots require daily consideration and interaction with their owners and need a large house or cage to allow the bird to spread its wings and move about easily.
There should be parrot toys in the cage for entertainment. You can also consider wooden bird toys for your favorite bird. Companion parrots also need a balanced diet like fresh vegetables and fruits as well as seeds and grains, dietary necessities vary with bird classes and activity level.
Other factors are also important for a companion parrot’s well-being; which include suitable toys to play with, veterinary care, and social time out of the cage whenever possible for social interaction preferably out-of-cage branches. Some species of larger parrots can be difficult and expensive to care for; mostly due to aggressive behaviors during adolescence. Like other animals, parrots also need some basic training and proper socialization to mature into good companions. Parrots have strong brains and they can easily mirror their environment both for the good and bad.
Many parrots become frustrated because their owners are not wary of the level of care required, they also do not understand how to properly socialize and train their parrot, and this is especially true for macaws and other species as well.
Pellets & Formulated Diets
In this modern age, pellet or formulated diets have become very famous diets for parrots. The market offers a benefit over a seed-based diet. Most avian veterinarians will recommend you a pelleted or formulated diet and will discuss with the bird owner options available for the proper bird diet. Many owners mistakenly give artificial food dyes and preservatives to their bird; which may be harmful. However, there are many diet options available in the market.
Most formulated diets contain processed soya, which is not a part of a bird’s natural diet, however, avian veterinarians and other doctors agree that formulated diets are the best diets for pet parrot or other birds. There are still many birds that have problems such as vitamin toxicity, gout, and fatty liver disease.
A general mistake made by the owner’s feeding habits is over-supplementing them with fresh food. As a pellet is a supplemented grain and when you add over supplements then it will become less efficient as well as make the diet unbalanced. The finest diet for a bird or parrot should be suggested by an avian veterinarian.