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Overview of Species & Placement Concerns

Note:  Please know that the species descriptions above are generalizations, and may not apply to every bird of that type.  This is only meant as a guideline, and the needs and natural behaviors of a species are much more complex than indicated.  Much of a bird’s success within a home environment is the result of the owner’s willingness to understand and accommodate the needs of the species and the individual bird.  Unlike domesticated dogs and cats, a parrot will not simply blend into the environment of the home. Instead, we as humans must adjust our lives (often significantly) to meet their needs.  For those who can do so, life with a bird is unbelievably rewarding. At MDPR, our goal is to place the right bird in the right home.  While species information is a relevant part of this decision, we also consider the potential home environment, the adopter(s), and the individual bird.  The “right match” can sometimes surprise everyone.  Thus, when considering adoption, we advise adopters to keep an open mind. Our experienced staff is dedicated to placing our birds in homes where they and their new families are happy and successful for years to come. Please contact us if you have questions about adopting a specific species of bird. We are happy to provide you with more information and guidance.  We also recommend that, if you are interested in a particular type of bird, you should read as much as you can about the species (both in captivity and its natural environment) before adoption.

Species / Type Natural Range Behavior Profile Life Expectancy Placement
Budgie / parakeet Arid Australia Active, chirpy / chatty. Need room for active flight. 6-15 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes.  Ok with children.
Cockatiel Arid Australia Energetic, friendly, affectionate, chirp / whistle sounds. 15-25 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes.  Ok with children.
Lovebird Central Africa Energetic, assertive and can be nippy, not generally affectionate, chirpy. Need room for active flight. 10-20 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes.  Ok with children.
Parrotlet Ecuador / Peru Assertive and can be nippy, affectionate, active. Low noise level. 12-20 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes.  Owners need awareness of “big bird” attitude.
Poicephalus (Senegal / red bellied etc.) Africa Relatively quiet, playful, independent.  Often defensive of cage space, but fine when away from the cage. 20-35 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes – must have moderate amount of bird knowledge and experience.
Psittacula Mid-east & Asia Independent and not generally affectionate, noise level moderate to high. 20-35 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes – must have moderate amount of bird knowledge.
Canary / Finch Varied Need to be place with other birds of same species. Generally quiet or singing. Not very handle-able, need room for active flight. 5-20 years dependent on species Size and noise level appropriate for most homes.
Dove / Pigeon Varied Gentle, quiet, need room for active flight. 12-20 years Home should have an aviary for housing for active flight.
Lories & Lorikeets Australia Playful, inquisitive, gregarious and bold.  Have very special dietary needed.  Uncommon in captivity. Messy. 15-25 years Have very special / specific/ expensive dietary needs and are very messy.  High amount of bird experience and knowledge needed for placement.
Caique South America Playful, curious, energetic, clownish.  Noise level high for shrill calls. 20-35 years Not appropriate for attached homes do to noise level.  Must have high amount of bird knowledge/experience.
Pionus South America Sweet, generally quiet and shy birds.  Males may exhibit possessiveness of a perceived mate. Must have moderate to high amount of bird knowledge, and a home with low activity levels.  OK for most homes.
Quaker / Monk parrots South America Playful, curious, gregarious.  Noise level moderate to high. Often defensive of cage space. 25-35 years Illegal in many states! Not appropriate for attached homes do to noise level.  Must have moderate amount of bird knowledge.
Pyrrhura Conures South America Playful, curious. Have moderate noise levels. Generally affectionate. 15-25 years Size and noise level appropriate for most homes.
Aratinga and other Conures and small macaws South America Playful, curious, gregarious. Have very loud and frequent calls.  Generally affectionate. 20-40 years Not appropriate for attached homes due to noise level.  Must have moderate amount of bird care knowledge. Many people cannot tolerate the noise and demands of conures.
Eclectus Australia, New Guinea Males are green. Females red. Can be shy with strangers. Females can be very territorial and cage defensive. 40-50 years Must have high amount of bird knowledge, and a home with low activity levels / no children.  OK for most homes.
African Grey Parrot Africa Sensitive, reserved birds, very intelligent, need consistency and routine. Most imitate household noises rather than having a call. 50-60 years Must have moderate amount of bird knowledge, and a home with low activity levels /no young children.  OK for most homes.
Amazon Parrots South America Very intelligent and often sexually territorial or defensive of a perceived mate. Can be very loud.  Rather sedentary and prone to becoming overweight in captivity. 50-70 years Must have high knowledge of and experience with parrots. Not appropriate for attached homes or home with small children. Many people cannot tolerate the noise and demands of amazons.
Cockatoos Australia & Indonesia Very sensitive, intelligent and demanding of companionship. Prone to developing severe behavioral problems, usually due to inappropriate human interactions.  Affectionate.  Very destructive if not adequately supervised. Extremely loud calls. 30-40 years for small cockatoos, 40-60 for large cockatoos Cockatoos must be placed in homes of those with extensive knowledge and bird experience. Not appropriate for attached housing or small children. Most people cannot tolerate the noise and demands of cockatoos.  Cockatoos frequently require specialized behavioral knowledge on the part of the owner to avoid serious health and behavioral issues.
Large Macaws South America Sensitive, curious and affectionate. Very loud raucous call. Enjoy companionship and need a great deal of interaction. 60-90 years Macaw must be placed in homes with extensive bird experience. Not appropriate for attached housing or small children. Most people cannot tolerate the noise and demands of macaws.