Life Science

A Bit of the Jungle

Parrots look like fun pets, but these intelligent animals are often more than people can handle

October 26, 2010

Parrot advocates get why you want a parrot, but they say the pet industry cares more about money than animal health. This leads to tragic problems that a little education could prevent.

A Bit of the Jungle from Scienceline on Vimeo.

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About the Author

A Bay Area native, Alex Liu studied toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley and then spent three years developing oncology medication at Genentech. Currently attending New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, he hopes to bridge the gap between science and public policy. He’s interned with NOVA scienceNOW and CNN’s medical unit, and loves working on all things video. In his free time he enjoys powering through seasons of television shows, traveling, rooting for Oakland sports teams, and stepping out onto the dance floor. You can visit his personal website and follow him on Twitter.

Discussion

5 Comments

Sandra says:

Very nicely done and informative. The issues raised are important ones.
Thanks for doing this, I hope this video is widely shown.

Sandra

Tegan says:

Most of that info is great, and they are critical issues to have brought forward. There’s a few things demonstrated in this video however which highlight the fact that everyone has some learning to do, eg. keeping a cockatiel and a senegal parrot in the same cage.

ed says:

loved it. very well done. an issue many are not aware of.

Shoshana says:

We have adopted 4 parrots over the last several years from the Schwartz’s. They are very responsible and knowledgeable. The cockatiel and senegal parrot that are in the same cage are their own parrots. They are not up for adoption. They have been in the same cage for years and have bonded and get along well. The Schwartz’s definitely know what they are doing. I would highly recommend them to anyone that is serious about adopting a parrot.

The Senegal (a female) and the Cockatiels (two males) have been together for 5 years, and have never had an incident. The Senegal is actually quite protective of them and has bonded with them. A chance occurrence that luckily has worked out. By the way, those happen to be our own parrots, just for the record.

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