More Australians than ever are buying parrots as pets, but they’re also being resold at a faster rate. The reason for this is a misconception of how easy it is to look after these beautiful creatures.
Parrots can be a misleading pet due to a belief they’re easy to keep, with many thinking they’re an easier option than a cat or dog.
This is not the case.
Realistically parrots need just as much attention as our feline and canine friends.
If your heart is set on adopting a parrot, then it is best to start off with a “beginner parrot”. Below we’ll look at five of the easiest parrots to keep as pets in Australia, which will make your life much easier if you don’t know what you’re in for.
Don’t worry though. Whichever of the five beginner parrots you decide to make a part of your family, you’ll find your new feathery friend will quickly become attached to you, and you to them.
Number One: Budgies
Budgies are very social birds, they love to investigate every nook of your room and strand of your hair.
They love to ‘chat’ and are inexpensive to care for. Budgies are also native to Australia, which means they are more loved by Australians than other introduced parrots.
Lifespan 5-10 years in captivity.
Number Two: Cockatiels
Cockatiels are beautiful singers, and they love imitating your sounds. Like other parrots they’re known for mood swings, but you can gauge their mood by assessing their crest.
Cockatiels are also native to Australia.
Lifespan 15- 20 years in captivity.
Number Three: Lovebirds
Lovebirds are super cuddly and affectionate, which makes anybody want to socialise with them on a regular basis.
They’re one of the easiest parrots to care for, and when partnered with another Lovebird will have enough entertainment without needing your company. That makes them adaptable to your lifestyle.
Unlike Budgies and Cockatiels, Lovebirds are not native to Australia.
Lifespan 10-15 years in captivity.
Number Four: Cockatoos
If the Cockatoo is raised in the correct nurturing environment he will be your most loyal companion.
Their voice is usually described as “sweet” and they love to show off their newly learnt tricks.
Generally Cockatoos are a winner if you have neighbours in close proximity. They tend to make noises as the sun rises and sets, but the noise they make isn’t invasive or annoying.
As a pet they have a long lifespan, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to adopt one.
Cockatoos are native to Australia.
Lifespan 50-70 years.
Number Five: Sun Conure
These loving birds are very sociable and easily bond with humans without huge amounts of time being spent as they can entertain themselves.
The Sun Conure will “squark”, and as it’s not the quietest of parrot noises it’s worth considering your neighbours. Hopefully they’re easy going and don’t mind.
These parrots can easily become your perfect companion, and they truly are beautiful, vibrant birds.
Sun Conure are not native to Australia.
Lifespan 15-20 years in captivity.