Do you have a parrot?
• United States
7 May 07
In one of your replies you mentioned that to you "they looks fearly" and you're right to respect those big beaks! They can break bones and leave cuts that need medical attention! I have two umbrella cockatoos. Jasmine I've had since she was a baby so she's usually very sweet with all of us. Lilly we recently rescued from an abusive home and is still recovering from her traumas. She can be very sweet too but if she gets scared or angry her bites can do some awful damage! She has seriously bitten my fiance and I only a few times but she really cut us bad! We don't get angry with her though. We understand that she's had an awful life till now and know that with time and love she'll learn better. She gets a little better day by day! Both birds laugh like a person a lot, which is very funny to hear! Jasmine has been trying to say "I love you" which is very sweet. We're very happy with the laughing and "I love you" because birds often repeat what they hear the most often so it makes us feel good to know that these are two sounds they hear a lot in our home! Lilly also barks like a small dog (which is hilarious!), says "pretty bird" a lot, yells "what's that?!" sometimes, and when I leave the room yells "mamaaa?!" until I answer her. We love them both dearly but I honestly don't recommend them as pets unless someone knows just how hard they are to care for and is willing to do anything it takes! They can be VEEEERRRY loud (we just stop trying to talk at all when they're yelling because we literally cannot hear each other!), they are always messy needing a lot of cleaning up after, they're expensive to care for requiring at least several different foods for the best health and loads of expensive toys, need at least several hours out of their cages playing and attention from their owners every day, they have a life expectancy as long as a human (60-80 yrs or so) so you have to provide for them after you're gone, they are easily as intelligent as any 2 yr old child so can be very clever about getting into things and mischievious, and at some point when you own a large bird you WILL be bitten. If you can honestly deal with all of that then there are loads of wonderful large birds out there waiting to be adopted!
5 May 07
I do not have a parrot. So far, I heard they repeat the words they learn from their humans without understanding their meaning. If parrots are clever, that will be an icing on the cake. Three days back (2nd May 2007 or so) I saw on a Telugu TV News Channel by name "Gemini News", a video clipping of a person who lives in harmony with parrots in North INdia. The parrots were quite friendly with his visitors also. For him it has become a sort of dedicated avocation. I am not sure whether it is also his livelihood. While cycling also, the parrots will be talking something to his ears.
5 May 07
I don't have a parrot. I never had a parrot. And I hate birds, and since parrot is a bird I hate it. I have nothing against birds but I am afraid of them. But I had a classmate back when I was in high school. Her neighbor owns a parrot. The bird actually knows a few words. It looks cute and smart. Like the brain of a 1 to 2 year old child. I just don't know how long they train the parrot to speak words. I just hate to see the bird in a small cage, though.
22 Jan 08
Larger parrots can hurt you ALOT. My parrot has 1000 pounds per square inche in his beak! My parrot can talk over 20 words, does tricks, and is a clown:) If you wanted a parrot make sure you start out with an easier one such as a budgie IRN or a cockatiel these are all parrots that dont take much room up and are less of a hastle, If you go with a large parrot you need to get a large cage that can cost up to 500 dollars toys and food of course. Parrots are MESSY i have to vacuum atleast 2 times a day to keep the area clean, parrots THROW and project their food.
10 May 07
i have three very very cute parrots...they all speak so sweet...i just whistle and they get crazy...start whishtling and dancing...they call me by my name and cant express how loving they are....no dangerous or something like that...they are just like my family member
10 May 07
A talking parrot is very lovable but it is difficult to come by, but let me tell you about a parrot I saw in my garden one early morning and new it was not a wild parrot, so I kept my entrance door opened so that it could come inside the house. It did come, in a little while I saw it near the kitchen tap and dipping itself in a little water. I gathered it required water, I put a big bowl of water. It started bathing splashing water all over the place and I was happy to see it. After the bath it flew to the window and settled itself.I prepared omelet, toasted bread and tea. No sooner I laid it on the table my husband came to have breakfast, the parrot flew to the table and my husband give it hot, hot omelet, it ate, then ate toast finally it reached the cup of tea. It is not a joke but real. The next thing what it did is peck the buttons of the remote controls of the TV and receiver. Then when my younger daughter starts ironing her clothes, it comes and sits on the iron board not letting her to iron, it shout and tries to peck her hand. When she keeps her room door shut it keeps shouting and she got scared of it. It became such a pain I had to let it go.