Potential Bird Owners
By Sybil Erden - September-December 2002
The fact that you are reading this suggests that you already have a bird or are debating whether to acquire one as a new member of your household.
Parrots are not pets as we have been taught to think of such. This is because they are not domestic animals. Under the right circumstances they can make suitable companions, but it takes a lot more self-education and far more life-style adjustments than taking in a domesticated animal such as a cat or dog. It can be and must be done in order to care for the forty to sixty million exotic birds currently living in captivity in the United States.
By Rita Sambruna, Director of Homes-for-Life Program, The Phoenix Landing Foundation
Oscar is a cherry-fronted conure who was never let out of his small cage in 15 years and is now afraid of hands. Beau, a Nanday conure, plucked his chest bare when his caretaker started her second job, keeping her away from home long hours. Budgies Pete and Sweet were left at a bird store in a paper bag. Melody, a wild-caught sulphur-crested cockatoo, was relinquished from her 20+ year home when the family expanded. The list goes on and on...
By Sybil Erden - July 21, 1997
Birds are wonderful companions; bright, colorful, inquisitive and sometimes even talkative. Because they are so appealing, every year, especially shortly before the holidays, I receive phone calls from friends and acquaintances who have questions about getting a first bird, or giving a bird as a gift.