How did you get into parrots?

foxgloveparrot

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Title says it all.

I got a bird book for my 7th birthday. I was reading it, and then I reached the page on bronze-winged pionus, and I was OBSESSED, lol. I starting doing a lot of research on parrots, especially pionus, and I was begging my parents to let me get one.
After 8 years of non-stop β€œCAN WE GET A BIRD??” they finally gave in, lol.
…yeah.
 

Rozalka

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Bourke's parrots, green cheeked conure, budgie
I got budgies on my 10th birthday. That's the beginning of my obsession. Later my mom showed me videos of a talking African grey parrot (in Polish) and I loved watching him, it's prob the only time when my parents learnt me a new parrot species 😝 I think this also made my obsession a bit but the main reason are Limonka and Szafirek (the first budgies)
 

PippTheBananaBirb

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Budgies
Jeff(m(MIA)violet
John(m)green
Snowy(f)white
Griffen(m)yellowface sky-blue
Gertjie(f, RIP)white
Show budgies:
Grumpy(m, RIP)cobalt blue
Sunny(f)Light green
Cockatiel:
Pippen(?)Lutino
Dunno. Always liked animals, especially birds. I think it started with a feather obsession when I was about 4. Then I got some budgies(RIP) because I was obsessed with animals and begged my parents for a pet(I was 5). When I was seven I got Kiki(RIP). After years of being birdless, I really wanted another bird, and Pedro came into my life, but got rehomed shortly after. Then when the birdlessness(is that even a word?)feeling came again, I got Jeff, and the flock continued getting bigger. Now I have 5 birds, one more waiting to join the flock soon.
 

zERo

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Tony-Green QP(M)
Tom-Pineapple GCC(M)
Ryuk-Cockatiel(M)
Sheer Khan-Cockatiel(F)
Romeo-Cockatiel(M)
Billy- Green budgie(M)
Hedwig- Green budgie(F)
Striga- Blue Clearwing budgie(M)
Grim- Mauve budgie(F)
Well i don't remember that well, but I was 14 or 15 at the time and suddenly I realized...WAIT!!!! BIRDS CAN BE PETS??! So I got my first cockatiel for that christmas and then I was told one of my family members had a poor old cockatiel that they could hardly stand to care for or have anymore and he came to live with me the following year...hmm when did all of the other birds happen? LOL
The old poor bird is Romeo btw
 

onamom

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Ona: Dilute Green Cheek Conure
I became obsessed with the idea of owning a parrot after I visited Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, TN (USA). I loved that place so much and was endlessly amused by all the birds. Ever since the idea of becoming a parront was in my head until I finally took the plunge.
 

PrimorandMoxi

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Max (23yo) Blue and Gold Macaw,
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PRIMOR (8yo) Red Lored Amazon,
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ABBA (33yo) Red Lored Amazon - RIP
Wow those all are amazing stories.
I barely knew what a parrot was when I got one.
I definitely thought it lived in a cage and you threw seeds at it every once in a while.

Someone randomly gave us an Amazon. It was seven, fearful of hands and his new daddies.
I read up on what it would take to make this creature happy and fool him into thinking his captive existence was completely normal.
He was pretty gullible and it worked.
Primor seems to be well adjusted, has good temperament an easy going bonded birdie.
(unlike my B&G a freaking monster)

By the time I joined this forum I was hooked.
 

texsize

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1 YNA (Bingo)
1 OWA (Plumas R.I.P.)
1 RLA (Pacho R.I.P.)
2 GCA(Luna,Merlin) The Twins
1 Congo AG (Bella)
5 Cockatiels
My Wife is from South America and in the early part of our marriage she would visit her relatives yearly.
This in the early 80’s.
Well someone gave her mother several Amazon parrots 4/5 (I don’t remember exactly) and we had one of those full size VHS video recorder.
They were so much fun to watch (and this was long before internet and YouTube) we decided we needed a pet bird.
We knew nothing, we did not even suspect anything.
We lived in a no pet apartment.
How much noise can a little bird make.

We bought an Orange wing amazon for $175.
The rest is history.
 

Terry57

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Hawkhead(Darwin),YCA(Dexter),VE (Ekko),OWA(Slater),BHP(Talli),DYH(Calypso),RLA(Kimera),Alex(Xander)CBC(Phoe),IRN (Kodee,Luna,Stevie),WCP (Pisces),CAG(Justice)GCC (Jax), GSC2(Charley)
My first birds were a pair of Zebra finches when I was little, maybe 6 or 7?
When I was in my twenties my fiancΓ© at the time was really into birds and we got some large ones (Cockatoo, Macaw, Amazon). When we split up a few years later the birds all went with him, as they were way more attached to him.

Finally, I I had just turned 50 and wasn't working for the first time in my life, and thought I'd love to have another pair of Zebra finches. Found one for free on Kijiji and when my husband picked up the cage he got him a mate.
After they had babies, I got a large flight for them, but before they were ready to go into it I had gotten a pair of Bourke's and more finches, so we needed a second flight cage.
My husband Reg had only had budgies once as a kid and had no experience with anything any bigger so we added a parrotlet, then an Yellow Crowned Amazon and a Blue-headed Pi. Reg also fell in love with birds and we started taking in birds who needed a home and that's how we ended up with a houseful. Lots of work, but the joy makes it more than worthwhile.
So my story begins and ends with a pair of Zebra finches:) They are a gateway bird, at least for me!

Great thread, Fox!
 

Chenetaqwa

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Winston ... 6 month old green cheek conure
4 budgies ( parakeet)
When I was about 6 my father decided we were going to have a hobby together ... we made cages and he bought budgies from a lady who had lots .. ( I think all males lol) we never got babies and that didn't last long ... later I bought a goffin cocatoo and a mulican cocatoo ... that started everything...
And I now know how little I knew back then... thank God for the information you can get off the internet
 

Chenetaqwa

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Winston ... 6 month old green cheek conure
4 budgies ( parakeet)
When I was about 6 my father decided we were going to have a hobby together ... we made cages and he bought budgies from a lady who had lots .. ( I think all males lol) we never got babies and that didn't last long ... later I bought a goffin cocatoo and a mulican cocatoo ... that started everything...
And I now know how little I knew back then... thank God for the information you can get off the internet
BTW...I now have 4 budgies and 1 green cheeked conure
 
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Picasso(F): green Australian budgie
Apollo(F): sky blue dominant pied Australian budgie
suddenly I realized...WAIT!!!! BIRDS CAN BE PETS??!
Yeah, basically my story. I’d always admired budgies in pet shops and was super obsessed with them from age 9 on. I stopped begging for them for a few years, but when COVID hit I was able to get my first pair of budgies, Stormy (still very much alive, and a total rascal) and Sky (RIP). When Sky passed I got Picasso to be Stormy’s friend. I literally walked into the pet shop, saw her hanging on a toy, and knew she was the one. I didn’t even CONSIDER the other birds. From there, I got Pepper, then Apollo. Pepper passed away recently, leaving me with Stormy, Picasso (whom I frequently refer to as Cossie), and Apollo.
 

MealyZon

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Mealy Amazon-Georgia & Senegal-Kramer
As a child, my grandmother would escort me across the border into Mexico near Eagle Pass, TX in a rickety beat up bus from Mexico that traveled back and forth between TX and Mexico. I loved those trips. But what I loved the most were the raucous green parrots they sold as pets. As the bus drove us back to the border, there were always people on the side of the road holding large round baskets with small green parrots perched around the edges for sale. I wanted one SO BADLY!! Once my grandmother bought me a life size paper mache parrot from Mexico to appease me. I still have it.
I told myself I’d get one when I was grown up. So several decades later, I now own a big green Mealy Amazon. And I just love her! I love her green feathers, feet that can hold things & perch on my hand, her throaty parrot noises (I learned which ones are happy noises), her Amazon scent, and of course her intelligence.
She reminds of my grandmother tooπŸ’•
 
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Senegal parrot(male)Percival
Green budgie(male) Buckbeak
Clear wing budgie(female) Rowena
I have always loved birds(and all animals) I had Guinea pigs as my very own first pet, when they passed I got a bearded dragon, then he dies but I loved bearded dragons so much I got another but when he passed I was very distraught and couldn’t get another (couldn’t look at reptiles without seeing death) so I started looking into birds I always wanted a Senegal so I did the research and found one then fell in love!
 

GaleriaGila

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Oh, dang, y'all's stories are all so GOOD!

Okay, here's mine.

Dateline 1984.
I was an impoverished college student. No significant bird experience.
Walked by bird store in New Mexico.
Saw an adorable little baby in the window... went in. Baby instantly flapped/ran up my arm, hid in my hair, started whispering "oh oh hello oh mmm uh huh hehe oh oh" and various sweet little unintelligible nothings. What could I do? I tell you... I was enchanted... mesmerized... hypnotized.
CHARGED EVERYTHING ON MY VISA CARD, knowing I'd be eating Ramen Noodles for the next year, among other dire concessions. Drove home with Baby in hair. Sat on floor all night awaiting cage arriving next day. Faded in and out of sleep/dreams/nightmares, wondering what the HECK I had done. "oh oh hello oh mmm uh huh hehe oh oh"

Dateline 2022.
Well, here we are.
 

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