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No big birds for me
I love to look at the larger parrots - macaws, amazons, greys, cockatoos, etc but I can't see me getting one. I don't know if I could be home enough for one of them or provide enough stimulation / interaction to keep one happy. Also I am no keen on being bitten or dealing with an unhappy bird. Lastly, I like my birds to fly and the larger parrots would be challenging to keep fully flighted.
Right now, my only parrots are my Bourke and Scarlet-Chested Parakeets. Both are extremely gentle and have never bitten me. They have quiet personalities that you have to be patient for. And lastly, I like that they can fly around. My 18 X 20 foot sunroom is like a jungle to them. I also like my doves because they are also gentle, friendly, and can be left to fly around on their own in my sunroom. My doves and parakeets all know how to fly back to their own cages, which is nice. I do have finches too.
One medium-sized parrot I've always liked is the Hawk-Headed. I don't know if I'll ever get one but I interacted with one at a hotel in Hawaii. He loved to have his head scratched and was gentle. I also think about getting a Senegal or Grey some day... but I am hesitant because they can bite hard and I don't like having to wing-clip - and I'm not sure how easy it is to manage a Grey, Senegal, or Hawk-Headed that is fully flighted. I also love interacting with a friendly cockatoo - that likes to be scratched etc - but I don't know if I could provide enough attention for one. Maybe I should offer to babysit some larger birds sometimes? Then I could have a larger parrot for a week or something?
Last edited by Twitter09; 04-30-2010 at 06:51 AM.