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Advice on buying a pet parrot?
What is the best and most intelligent type of parrot to buy as a pet? My little sister really wants a pet parrot for her birthday, one that can learn to say several different words and has a long lifespan, so my mom and I want to buy her one. I was thinking of a Macaw or African-grey or Cockatoo but I’m not sure which type would be best. Also does anyone know where are some of the best places to buy baby parrots from? I’m from the Chicago area.
Answer by Shana B
How old is your sister? Are you all aware of the noise, mess, time, and attention it takes to have a happy healthy bird? A bird is a big responsibility, especially when you’re talking about the larger ones. I would put a lot of thought into it before making a final decision
Answer by Tsunami
it would be best to go buy from someone raising them you need to pick afraican gray. find alos bird vet to. also youhae to learn what they eat and what they do. you can learn to feed it and all get it with out feathers veryyoung out of egg and then you have to be very involved. i hope you dont’ have other pets this is very demanding. the grays are very talk ative and they are nice birds and they can live longer then we can so get will set up for the bird. take care.
Answer by Bethany J
I would not suggest an african grey because they are one owner birds, they become aggressive toward other handlers. Macaws are great birds but not for young children, although they have a long long lifespan they tend to be more snappy and i wouldnt trust it in the hands of a child, it could take her finger off if it wanted to. I would recommend a Conure, they are sweet as can be and have long lifespans, are very beautiful and very intelligent, they also can be trained to talk, kiss, and dance. Mine does all three. I would not suggest a cockatoo, they are boring. Im from the opposite side of the US..Connecticut, so i cant suggest a place, but look for a place that has very well maintanced birds, you dont want to grab a bird that could have a disability or disease, from a store with poor care.
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