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Parrots and parakeets are intelligent, colorful birds that have been kept as pets for over two thousand years. There are many different species available that differ in color, size, personality, and talking ability, so there is likely to be at least one that appeals to every bird lover.
Most people who haven’t kept parrots before probably think that feeding them is a snap—you just buy them some birdseed and maybe add a little fruit or a cracker and you’re done. However, parrots need much more than seed to survive, let alone thrive and live long, healthy lives.
Your bird’s feathers are vital to his good health: They keep him warm and cool as needed, repel water, and are strong enough to enable him to fly. By providing frequent baths, helping your pet through his molts, and keeping his nails trimmed, you can assist him in keeping his feathers—and the rest of him as well—clean and healthy.
Without proper health care, a bird’s life can be cut short by easily preventable illnesses. By finding an experienced vet, taking your parrot in for regular checkups, and learning to recognize the signs of potential illness, you can make your bird much more likely to live a happy, healthy, and long life.
The behaviors that birds display can be downright confusing. Some, such as biting, screaming, chewing, and feather plucking, can harm either you or the bird. Although no problem behavior can be solved overnight, most can be managed effectively or prevented before they become problems.