Thursday, 23. March 2017
|Pet Caiques and Eclectus|
General Advice There are many pet parrots for sale, however that does not mean that all are appropiate for you, as alot depends on the circumstances of the person and the environment they can provide. We are often drawn towards the large brightly coloured parrots, but often the most practical pet for a small home can be the little African parrots and conures etc.
Lifetime of caring Many of the larger parrotscan outlive their owners. And it is an unfortunate fact of life that in general most of us will find changes in our circumstances that mean having to give up our lifelong companion. We do it all the time with our human companions. So before you go and buy that large Macaw, Amazon or Cockatoo, give some though as to how you are going to provide for it over a very long period of time.
It has also been my experience that pet parrots or even aviary parrots in general suffer stress as a result of being constantly moved or in the case of pets being passed from one owner to another. Sometimes this becomes quite evident as feather plucking or just giving up the will to eat. And often some hidden disease will suddenly appear as a result of the addtional stress, often resulting in death.
A large Macaw, Amazon, African Grey or Cockatoo can live 70-80 years, smaller parrots and conures live between 15-40 years.
Noise level One of the most asked questions, and not always the easiest to answer. Some parrots may win the most ear shattering screaming competition, but others may equally become quite irritating because of their continuous chattering or alarm calls when disturbed. In general the larger the parrot the louder can be their call, but some parrots use their voice much more often than others. And of course the pitch and content of their call/shout can vary enormously, so often it isa question of what the owner or neighbours find distressing.
Most parrots are calling/shouting for a reason, sometimes as an alarm to warn others of their species (even if there is none in the immediate vacinity!) . Others may be searching for a companion by testing to see if anyone returns their call. And often that companion is you!
Caiques as Pets
George Smith the first to breed the Caiques in England made this comment in his writing.”Once it becomes known what a pure delight a perfectly tame Caique can be, extra incentive must be given to breeding the bird to satisfy the pet trade. For as a house pet, the Caique can have few equals amoungst parrots”