How do i convince my mom that it would be a better idea to get a pigeon rather than a parrot? Im not good with words :(
I’m honestly not great with them either.
And I can’t make the decision for her if she wants a parrot. Nor should I, really.
But here are the facts.
There is no genuinely domesticated parrot. Most are only about 5 generations from having been taken from the wild.
They are hyperintelligent, high maintainence, powerful birds who can break or sever fingers with a genuinely sereous bite, and are not misbehaving when they screech and bite. They are just being parrots.
The vast majority of parrot species are adapted to large, gregarious flocks, that range for miles and constantly call out to eachother.
Their beaks are made to crush nuts and splinter wood. Even *trying* to be gentle, bites can hurt or injure without the parrot actually meaning for them to.
They have very complex nutritional needs and even more complex needs for enrichment that the vast majority of himan handlers just aren’t prepared for, and bored, isolated, wild birds with beaks made to crush and splinter are just inherantly destructive.
Puberty is a whole other matter! And the hormonal aggression that crops up then for both sexes can potentially make them
The process of taming a parrot requires that it be imprinted on a human so that it doesn’t mistake its handler for a predator and lash out.
Imprinting does not just mark you as Mommy. You also become that birds ideal mate.
Which means that your parrot is likely to attack your significant other to defend its claim of you and try to insist that you maye with it or find dome way to satisfy its sexual urges.
Cuddling and talking just isn’t all there is to taking good care of a parrot. Their needs are incredibly complex and very, very, VERY difficult for the average person to meet.
And if your mom is prepared for that and able to deal with what amounts to an autistic 5 year old with wings who can scream literally as loud as a jet taking off and bite through a broom handle for the next 60-80 years, then awesome!
More parrots deserve a home that’s actually prepared for them!
(Before any one gets concerned, I am autistic! I do not describe parrots this way as an insult. The similarities are just glaring to me, and if the thought of living with an autistic human child is upsetting, you should really rethink getting a parrot.)
But if not, pigeons are amazing at fitting into human families.
Their social structure is very similar to ours, and they have been bred to live alongside humans since stationary settlements became a thing.
Pigeons have very simple physical needs and are content with very simple toys.
They are strict seed eaters that are simple to feed well. And if fed well, their poo is compact, easily cleaned up, and just AMAZING for plants!
A wire dog kennel can easily be modified to be comfortable for an indoor pigeon without breaking the bank.
They are not physically capable of screeching or even breaking the skin. They can tell you off or let you know they aren’t happy without the possibility of injuring you.
They physically can’t destroy furniture or personal belongings.
Pigeons are also incredibly intelligent. They just can’t talk or solve mechanical puzzles.
But they also have the relative cognitive capacity of a 5 year old human and what they *can* do is learn to genuinely understand an awful lot of spoken english!
They can be house trained, leash trained, even trained for assistance. My feral taught himself to be my stress and illness alert bird!
Pigeons fit so well with human families necause are as completely domesticated as dogs and chickens.
Nobody has to steal and bottle raise puppies to be sure they will be tame and safe to handle.
Because domestication is a physiological, genetic change in the brain and body guided by selective breeding, puppies are born docile and friendly and only need to be socialized to stay frirndly.
Same goes for pigeons.
There are TONS of breeds of pigeons! At least as many as there are dog breeds! With everything from intricate lace patterns to fancy bell bottomed feet to feather crests, bonnets, collars, and big, glorous shawls!
Pigeons are quiet, clever, Sky Puppies that make wonderful family members and are DEFINITELY worth consideration as house pets!