Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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To me, parrots are nothing like dogs and cats. Dogs and cats have been domesticated for centuries. Parrots are still not domesticated, although budgies and cockatiels are much further along in this process than other parrots. I have heard that canaries have actually been bred longer in captivity than any parrot species have.
A parrot person must be willing to co-exist with another species as opposed to dominate. Actually, a cat person is kind of in the same boat, too. I find that parrots must be given more choices than dogs and cats. I think you have to have more patience to live with a parrot, or develop it as you work out your relationship.
I find the risks to be greater with parrots. You can more easily mess up your relationship. For me, though, the rewards are greater, or just as great, anyway.