Don’t let it be said that pet shop birds don’t have certain advantages, however.
3. With a companion bird you can … have a pet that talks back. One area in which dogs and pet parrots differ is communication. Parrots are capable of mimicking our speech, even our intonations, and some can even mimic household sounds (is that the phone/microwave/doorbell, or the parrot!). Some bird people report that their pets even use words in context. What can top being greeted with a hearty “Hello!” when you arrive home! And if your bird doesn’t talk, he might be an expert whistler, which affords you the opportunity to partake in your bird’s whistle serenade. (Of course, there is a potential disadvantage of parrot communication — parrots are capable of emitting very loud vocalizations, which needs to be taken into consideration, especially if you have noise-sensitive neighbors!)
The budgie, or budgerigar, is most commonly referred to as the more generic term “parakeet” in the United States. The wild budgie is similar to the birds we see today in pet shops, though smaller (between 6 and 7 inches long), and only found in the nominate color, green. Its Latin name means, roughly, “song bird with wavy lines,” which is a pretty good description of this popular bird.
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We currently have several young Budgies (commonly known as Parakeets) in many striking colors. With a little handling and love, these little birds make excellent pets and the males are one of the best talkers, according to Bird Talk magazine. But not all hope is lost. According to a new study published in the , communities of escaped exotic birds could be the key to save their wild counterparts. By escaping the pet trade, these creatures can often establish new populations far from their original home grounds.ASPCA Position The ASPCA does not recommend the keeping of large parrots as pets unless appropriate care can be provided. The ASPCA encourages anyone who believes he or she can offer appropriate care to rescue a bird from a bird sanctuary or shelter instead of buying from a breeder or pet store. The ASPCA recommends that all pet stores stop selling large parrots. Where they are sold, the chicks should be reared by captive-bred parents, and should know how to eat on their own before sale. The ASPCA asks bird clubs to limit the breeding of large parrots, especially those obtained from shelters or relinquished by former guardians, and to wait until all birds have been weaned before placing them. The ASPCA strongly supports federal and state laws that prohibit the import or sale of wild-caught birds.For the yellow-crested cockatoo, escaped pets have established thriving populations where the Indonesian birds were sold in Hong Kong and China. And though these invasives compete with local populations, they could be trapped and relocated back to their native lands, Normile writes.