Why Parrots Are Not Good Pets
There is no species of parrot that is a good pet. Pet being defined as a tamed or domesticated animal kept as a companion or treated with fondness. A parrot does not see itself as kept. Those in a companion parrot relationship can attest. Parrots are not domesticated and won’t be in the future. A flighted being acquiescing to a non-flighted being hasn’t happened in the evolutionary history of humans. What do they get out of the deal? Nothing that’s better than flying. Parrots are not good pets because they fly. Because their wildness is based on flight. Because they are smarter than humans. And they know it. Those in a companion parrot relationship can attest. But exceptions being a rule, there are countless companion parrot relationships around the world that prove a flying being will wait for a human to give up their human ego to enter a lifestyle that has nothing to do with conditional fondness, taming, or domestication. And everything to do with sincerity and empathy.
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- Which parrots can talk? All parrots can speak. Contextually. The trick is you talking to them first. Then you, listening. Parrots do not mimic. Their brains are denser than a human’s. Why would they mimic such madness? Given a companionship, a parrot will take the time and put the effort into learning your syntax. They will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind language with you. I’ve consulted hundreds of parrot lives. I don’t bother going into the houses of these families. I don’t speak their language. Their parrot has no interest in talking to me about their relationship problems. I talk to the human in the room. Because the problems people have with parrots start with the human. Every time.
- Which parrots make the best pets? There is no such thing as a starter parrot. There is no such thing as a better pet parrot than another. There are only parrots as individuals. As with any relationship, listening is more important than talking. Parrots are not a pet; parrots are companions.
- Which parrots talk like humans? All parrots can speak human languages. All languages. Contextually. The better question is, are you willing to create a relationship with your flying personality so that they care to talk with you at all? Parrots learn our language just as a child learns to speak. Show the apple, say apple. They’ll learn the word apple.
- Which parrots are cuddly? All parrots are cuddly. Some more than others. Not all humans like hugs. Not all parrots like hugs. The real question is, why should your parrot want a cuddle from a human like you, anyway? What kind of relationship value have you brought to them in the first place?
- Which parrots are the quietest? No parrots are quietest. (It took me twenty minutes to write that, I was laughing so hard.)
- Which parrots don’t bite? The ones that are treated with empathy, equality, sincerity, respect, love, and patience. And then you might get bit, anyway. Don’t take it personally.
Parrots aren’t good pets because they aren’t looking to be a pet.
- Dogs aren’t looking to spend 10-hour days in a crate.
- Cats have no use for human interruptions, but they can’t open the can of cat food. Life is unfair.
- Leonidas Rabbit accepts all things good from me. Rejected items kicked, thumped, growled at, and bunny bitten. Pet? He’s a disinterested landlord living in Apartment A.
- Basil Exposition, guinea pig, sees entertainment and food. With legs. And a colossal head. That baby talks. #annoying
Humans categorize for control. Some animals are pests. Some animals are livestock (which means they are stock, that are alive waiting to be dead). Some animals endangered. Some invasive. Some unwanted. Some are beneficial until they become pests, then they get categorized as invasive.
Parrots aren’t good pets because humans aren’t good at accepting. We’re too busy rationalizing things into categories to see it's our ego that needs a box. To see we’ll have to work to earn a relationship. Companion Parrots need emotional inputs, communication, honesty, consistency, edification, respect, priority, sincerity, and dedication. Humans have a hard time giving any of that to another human. Let alone an animal they can’t outthink.
Prepare to say things you never thought you’d say. Recent example: I’m sorry I painted my toenails a scary color, which caused you too bite my toe.
Our rescue Galah, which can’t fly due to a busted wing taught us that arguments in front of her are not acceptable. Nobody is allowed to yell at her chosen mate. Not even his wife.
I just love your insights about parrots. Thank you!