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What species of parrot to adopt

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What species of parrot to adopt



With his talents for chatting, but also for learning many other things, the parrot has made a place for itself in the hearts of many masters. But be careful before choosing yours, because not all species of parrots have the same needs. And some can live for several decades!

Adopting a parrot a real commitment

The parrot is a somewhat exclusive animal

How not to fall in love with this fascinating bird that is the parrot? Although this family is divided into several subspecies with relatively different character traits, parrots all have in common their exotic appearance and learning abilities that make them unique.

Educating your parrot is not an option but an obligation

So make sure you have time for it every day. Parrot education is first and foremost about words, but not only. Some breeds of parrots enjoy antics, dancing to music, and even showing off rude humor.

If you do not regularly take him out of his cage (different daily duration depending on the breed of the parrot) to play with him and teach him things, your animal will become depressed, to the point sometimes of no longer eating.

Special attention

Just like a dog, the parrot needs the attention of its owner. And in return, he knows how to give affection and laughter to the whole family. However, it remains a somewhat exclusive animal. Above all, he will recognize the person who takes care of him every day. This is called preferential association.

Ask yourself the question of the adult size of your parrot. Do you have enough room to install a cage spacious enough for him?

Finally, don’t forget that adopting a parrot represents a very long-term commitment. For example, the lifespan of an African gray parrot is 50 years on average. Happy and well cared for, some individuals have even reached their 80s!

Good to know: parrots are victims of numerous trafficking and are sometimes taken illegally from the wild. Never buy a parrot without having all the papers authenticating its origin inbreeding. Some particularly endangered species of parrot must be ringed by breeders.



African Grey Parrot the smartest

African Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot parrot is an exceptional bird

The African gray, its real name African Grey parrot, is a truly exceptional bird. In his deep gray dress from which protrudes a red tail, he has no doubts about his natural elegance.

Particularly sociable, with other parrots as with humans, he is recognized as the most intelligent of parrots (his intelligence would be comparable to that of a 5-year-old child). Its upbringing goes beyond anything other parrots are capable of.

African Gray is able to memorize around 200 words. But he doesn’t content himself with repeating them in a random fashion, he knows how to place them in their context, which gives rise to situations as funny as they are marked by complicity. It is also able to reproduce wonderfully well the sounds that it hears regularly, such as the ringing of the telephone or the doorbell.

Be careful, the Congo African gray is a fairly large bird: more than 40 cm in adulthood. A cage of at least 90 cm wide by 120 cm high is necessary. Bigger is even better! This exceptional parrot has a lifespan of 50 to 80 years. It is therefore a lifelong commitment for those who decide to embark on the adventure.

The Amazon parrot

Amazon Blue-Fronted

Easily identifiable by their green plumage

The Amazon is the parrot that adorns the shoulder of any self-respecting pirate. Its green plumage, large beak, and stocky body make it immediately identifiable. However, the colors it wears on the cheeks and the skull make it possible to differentiate the subspecies (numbering 27) which each has a slightly different character.

Amazon parrots grow to around 35cm in adulthood and can live between 40 and 50 years, or even longer. Among the most popular Amazon varieties are the blue-fronted Amazon parrot and the red-fronted Amazon.

He will appreciate living in a relationship.

Blue-fronted Amazon

Amazon Blue-Fronted

If you are looking for a little fun kid ready to dance on the table and do some nice silly things, the Blue-fronted Amazon is for you. Always ready to have fun, it will delight young and old.

This parrot needs a lot to get out of its cage. He particularly enjoys building his legs through balance exercises that you have concocted for him.

If he is gregarious in the wild, meeting the partner or partner with whom he will spend his entire life creates a special relationship, completely apart from the rest of the group. And he reproduces this “preferential association” with his master, which is particularly endearing, but in fact, entails an additional responsibility for the latter. It is therefore a bird to avoid if you are often absent. In any case, the blue-fronted Amazon will greatly appreciate sharing its cage with a congener of the opposite sex.

An acrobat ready to make you laugh

Red-fronted Amazon

Red-lored amazon

He will tolerate better being alone in a cage, always on condition that his master grants him at least one to two hours of outings per day in order to allow him to play and to exercise.

Because like all Amazons, the Red Front is a rascal. He will not hesitate to try new acrobatics and will reproduce them if he notices that they make you laugh. A little quieter than its blue-fronted cousin, it is more suitable if you have neighbors sensitive to noise.

The cockatoo: a parrot with character


A strong character

Particularly active and noisy, the cockatoo is not recommended if you are looking for calm at home. On the other hand, if you want to own a parrot with a strong character and who likes to bite into life, then the cockatoo is for you. His crest which rises and falls on its head according to its moods (and not when it is about to “attack” as the legend wants it) is a spectacle in itself.


Make no mistake, all of this commotion that the cockatoo creates is not provocation, but just fun for him. A certain firmness in education, indicated by the tone of voice only, may be necessary to restore some calm. You will understand that adopting a cockatoo parrot is not easy, but the happiness that this brings is priceless.

The size of the cockatoo will depend on the species it comes from. The white-crested cockatoos are the largest specimens with their height of 50 cm. The life expectancy of this little party animal is around thirty years. Enough to give him time to become a real member of the family.


Great Parrots for A Beginner

SOURCE:Victoria Ryann


List of parrot to adopt


SpeciesLife expectancy
Amazon parrot50 – 60 ans
Large macaws in general50 -70 ans
Ara Ararauna50 – 70 ans
Red-and-green macaw50 – 70 ans
Hyacinth macaw30 – 40 ans
Blue-winged macaw or Maracana50 – 70 ans
Scarlet Macaw30 – 40 ans
Red-shouldered macaw30 – 40 ans
Chestnut-fronted macaw40 – 50 ans
Cockatoo with naked eye50 – 60 ans
Yellow-crested cockatoo50 – 60 ans
Salmon-crested cockatoo40 – 50 ans
Tanimbar corella30 – 40 ans
Galah20 – 30 ans
Caique18 – 25 ans
Cockatiel20 – 30 ans
Conure20 – 30 ans
Green-cheeked parakeet20 – 30 ans
Burrowing parrot20 – 30 ans
Jandaya parakeet20 – 30 ans
Nanday parakeet50 – 80 ans
Sun conure50 – 70 ans
Eclectus parrot30 – 35 ans
Grey parrot40 – 60 ans
Lovebird10 – 15 ans
Red-fronted parrot60 – 65 ans
kakariki10 – 15 ans
Loriinae10 – 20 ans
Meyer’s parrot15 – 20 ans
Brown-headed parrot20 – 30 ans
Red-bellied parrot25 -35 ans
Rose-ringed parakeet20 -30 ans
Alexandrine parakeet30 -40 ans
Bourke’s parrot20 – 25 ans
Elegant parrot10 – 15 ans
Pionus20 – 25 ans
Monk parakeet15 – 25 ans
Rosellas10 – 15 ans
Pacific parrotlet15 – 20 ans
Senegal parrot20 -30 ans

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