Snlecspa, or How to Choose the Parrot for You

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

As you may have noticed, there are a many, many, many parrot types out there. There’s also about as similar as a mouse and an elephant. So how are you going to choose? Well, which parrot is right for you depends on several factors: Size, Noise Level, Ease of Care, Life Span, and Appearance, also known as Snlecspa. Let’s take a look at them!


This is simple enough, but remember that generally the larger the parrot, the more difficult it is to care for. For example, if you get a Budgie, you’ll need a $25-$50 cage. If you get a Macaw, that cage is going to cost hundreds. A larger parrot will also be louder and live longer. And never, ever get a parrot that scares you: If your boyfriend wants an Amazon, but secretly you’re a little bit afraid of them, your boyfriend shouldn’t get one.

Noise Level

Parrots can SCREAM. And because in the wild it is natural behavior for the parrot, it’s difficult to stop. A large type of Cockatoo (for example, an Umbrella) is going to be extremely loud! Budgies have more of a pleasant chirping thing going on, but smaller size doesn’t necessarily mean quieter – Sun Conures are equipped with a brain-numbing scream that they’ll test out at least once every day, every week, for the rest of his/her life.

Ease of Care

Simply put, an Amazon is going to need more attention, toys, supervision, mess-cleaning, etc than a Cockatiel. If you’re a neat freak, stick with a few Zebra Finches. If you can’t bear the thought of having $30 toys destroyed in two days, a Macaw isn’t for you.

Life Span

With dogs, this is pretty simple. “This dog will live for sixteen years, but this dog will only live for eight.” With parrots, however, it’s more like: “This parrot will live for twenty years, but you’ll have to put this one in your will.” Of course, a finch probably won’t live twenty years, but a well-cared-for Budgie (and possibly finch) will. Large Cockatoos and Macaws can reach the mind-blowing age of nearly a hundred, so obviously they’re not very good pets for an old granny with no family or friends to take the parrot in when she dies well before him.


Appearance is both the least important and most sought-after trait in parrots. Often a blissfully ignorant shopper has come across a gorgeous Scarlet Macaw and brought him home – even if the average gray Cockatiel would have made a much better pet. The most important thing to remember when choosing a parrot is never choose a parrot because she’ll match your furniture.

And before Spell Check crashes because of my refusal to correct my horrible spelling of what is clearly meant to be “cocktail,” goodbye.

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