Can you deal with a pet that is guaranteed to bite you, defecate on you, and crave your attention in its every waking minute of the day? If not, then a bird is not the right pet for you, and you are not alone -- it takes a special kind of person to be a pet bird owner, and often, that type of person is a rare breed.
01 of 05
Birds Can and Will Bite You
Ask any bird owner -- their bird bites. All birds bite, and it's not necessarily because they're "mean", it's more likely because they feel frightened or threatened, or simply because they use they beaks like a 3rd "hand". Think about it: if a parrot goes to step up onto a branch, they normally first grab the branch with their beaks to steady their steps and make sure that the branch is solid enough to stand on. Pet parrots will treat fingers the same way, so if the thought of a bird bite frightens you, then it would not be a good idea to adopt a parrot.
02 of 05
Birds Can be Very Messy
Birds naturally create messes in the most literal sense. Next time you see a bird eating in the wild, watch to see how much of its food it drops to the ground. While the bird may seem wasteful to you, the crumbs from his meal help feed other small animals that live beneath the trees that are the bird's home. When you own a pet bird, you will not only have to clean its cage, but you'll likely have to clean the walls and floor around it as well. Most bird owners will tell you that somehow their pets manage to mess up entire rooms even though they are in their cages, and surprisingly enough, it can happen!
03 of 05
Birds Can Live for a Long Time
Many bird species and particularly parrots can have an exceptionally long lifespan. Some of these birds, such as certain Macaw species, can live for up to 80 years and beyond. It's understandable that most people don't want to make that sort of extravagant time commitment when adopting a pet. A bird's longevity can be a deal-breaker for some potential pet owners.
04 of 05
Pet Birds Can Be Very Loud
If there's one thing that birds are known for other than flying, it's for their calls and songs. Pet birds are no different from wild birds in this regard, and will often make loud vocalizations in their homes just as they would do if they lived outside. This is particularly true for parrot species, who typically keep contact with flockmates in the wild through contact calls that can be heard for miles around. They also vocalize at sunrise and sunset, and various other points throughout a typical day. If you (or your neighbors) can't put up with these sorts of sounds, then you may be better off adopting a fish than a parrot!Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Birds Need Lots of Attention
Pet birds are essentially wild animals that have been introduced to human homes, so it is imperative that bird owners spend a lot of time handling and socializing with their pets in order to keep them tame and sweet. On top of this one-on-one daily bonding time, a well-kept bird is allowed 3 to 4 hours of supervised playtime out of its cage per day. Most potential pet owners are not able to commit this many hours per day to interact with a pet, so it's no wonder that birds are not a popular choice for people with a busy schedule.