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6 Large Parrot Species That Make for Good Pets Parrots make great companions. When kept as pets they interact abundantly with their pet parent. Normally, all species of parrots make excellent companions & with the right home the potential to make excellent, affectionate, highly interactive & entertaining companions. Often prized by pet parents, parrots require daily attention & interaction with the owners. Parrots need to be housed in a cage which is large enough to allow them spread their wings & move about comfortably. A parrot’s diet includes fruits, fresh vegetables & small amounts of grains & seeds. However, dietary requirements of these birds vary with species & level of activity.

Large Parrot Species Large parrot species can be expensive to care for. They are messy, destructive & loud. Moreover, some individuals may also exhibit aggressive behavior during adolescence. Like other pets, these parrots may also require some basic training & proper early socialization in order to mature as good companions. They are intelligent & easily learn new behaviors, both good & bad. Most common large

parrot species which are kept as companions include Amazon, African Grey, Cockatoos, Eclectus, Hawk-Headed Parrots & Macaws. ● Amazon Parrot – These are medium sized parrots native to Mexico, Caribbean & South America. Amazon parrot is predominantly green with ascending colors. They primarily feed on fruits, nuts, seeds & leafy matter. These parrots have remarkable ability to mimic sounds including human speech. They are popular as pets & a small industry has prospered for breeding them in captivity. Popularity of the Amazon parrot has led to an extent where some species have become threatened.

● African Grey Parrot – These parrots are native to Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Congo, Cameroon & Angola in the African continent. African Grey species is commonly kept as pets by humans. This species as companion parrots is prized for its ability to mimic human speech. These parrots are also notorious for tirelessly mimicking noises around their environment. African Grey parrots are highly intelligent. However, they require attention & enrichment in captivity or else they are likely to get distressed.

● Cockatoos – The most common Cockatoos species seen in captivity include Goffins, Umbrella, Moluccan, Sulfur Crested, & Bare Eyed Cockatoos. These are very affectionate & lively birds. They bond very closely with the pet parent & are quite ‘cuddly’. They need affection & can demand a great deal of time. Cockatoos can become depressed & exhibit neurotic behavior when deprived of affection. They are intelligent, mischievous, playful & exceptionally loud. Their ability to mimic speech is fairly good, but lesser than other well-known species of parrots.

� Eclectus – This parrot species is native to Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Moluccas, & Northeastern Australia. They are fond of fruits like papaya & pomegranate, figs, flowers, seeds & leaf buds. They are very active & require a spacious cage. Although Eclectus parrots are playful by nature, they can become restless & unhappy when confined. They are intelligent & gentle birds & pretty good with children. Eclectus parrots are quite vocal & develop an extensive vocabulary but are not excessively noisy.

� Hawk-Headed Parrot – Natives of Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname & Venezuela, these parrots are most known for their ability to raise head-feathers when excited or defensive. Although Hawk-Heads have received a bad reputation as difficult parrots, they make for wonderful pets. However, this parrot species is not recommended for first-time pet parents. Hawk-Head parrots are medium sized & require a large cage so as to accommodate their acrobatic behavior.

� Macaw – This large sized species is a giant of the parrot world. Macaws have big beaks & long tail feathers which are colorful. Native to Mexico, Central America & South America, Macaws require a large sized cage so that the feathers do not bend or break. Macaws feed on nectar, figs, nuts, leaves, flowers, fruits & seeds. Macaws are quite playful & love chewing up toys. They are intelligent & thrive on activities which are challenging. Macaws have large vocalizations & their screeches & squawks are loud & ear piercing at times. They learn to talk, whistle & imitate sounds.

International Wildlife Trade Regulations International trade involving parrots is a lucrative enterprise. It forms a significant portion of the international wildlife trade. Moreover, many countries around the world have placed restrictions or prohibited trade since parrots have become increasingly endangered. However, in spite of these restrictions in several countries, market for parrots as pets still operates.

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