Source: Birdline Parrot Rescue
This bird was rehomed from a pet shop, he’s plucked himself since he was a baby, even with a loving home he still does it, no matter how much time and effort a bird owner puts in to making their bird happy (and many owners don’t put the time and effort in) many still pluck. Captivity will never come close to the life they should be having in their native country, and being with others of their own kind, finding a mate, nesting, foraging, flight, freedom. Just because many birds have never known freedom/life in the wild, doesn’t mean it’s not innate and instinctively there within them, same as we can yearn for things we’ve never known, if we’d lived in a small room or a bathroom our entire lives with limited company of our own kind and unable to have a mate and raise a family, unable to go out, unable to choose what we eat, unable to choose any aspect of our lives we would yearn for these things and we would be depressed. It may be all they’ve ever known, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay.
If you think it’s ok to keep a pet bird in a cage or in our houses please think about it again, it is so outdated, please don’t support the pet bird trade. Instead support a charity like Birdline, who care for unwanted/homeless parrots. But be aware how much time and effort it takes to care for them, it’s not something to take on lightly at all.
There are thousands of birds in sanctuaries already needing homes because they were too much for the owner to cope with, or the owner died, or no longer wanted the bird, or moved home, etc etc. And breeders continue to breed still adding to the problem. If you really do have the time, resources, patience etc to give some birds a loving home, PLEASE DO ADOPT. I cannot stress this enough.
Many birds are neglected or abused because the owner loses their patience when the bird screams (parrots scream when bored, wanting attention or stressed), many birds will pluck out of boredom or stress.
I’ve been told about parrots kept in cupboards in the dark for example as that’s the only way to keep them quiet :(