Nature: Parrot Confidential

Nature: Parrot Confidential

Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m.

A quirky cast of parrots reveal the bittersweet world they share with humans.

Talk to enough owners of parrots about their experiences raising an African gray or yellow-naped Amazon and, while their stories may differ, there seems to be a consensus that not everyone is cut out for the task.

Unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated — they are still wild. This can have consequences, often unforeseen, for the continued care of parrots by their owners.

Unpredictable behavior or ear-shattering squawks, for example, can result in frustrated owners trying to find new homes for their highly intelligent birds, turning to already overcrowded shelters and sanctuaries for help, or in some cases, abandoning their pets.

Top photo: An African gray parrot in a rescue shelter.
At right: Lavanya Michel and her adopted Moluccan Cockatoo, Dolly