Top Reasons Parrots Are Relinquished to a Bird Rescue or Sanctuary

Neglect often begins when parrot behavior annoys the owner. Parrots will begin mimicking or crying out loud for attention. Owners often start placing a bird in a back room for a time, unconsciously neglecting their parrot. Over time, the parrot gets left in the back room for the benefit of the owner. It becomes more convenient to leave the bird in the back room, and sometimes the owner is unknowingly causing sever behavioral problems for that parrot. When a parrot is placed in a back room alone or ignored for long periods of time, it can cause insanity and aggression. Parrots are flock birds and they need to be with a flock of people or birds and socialize.
  • verbal
  • physical
  • Change in owner’s routine due to work or other responsibilities causes the parrot anxiety and it begins to act out.
  • Sometimes a parrot is over-loved from the beginning which sets a condition or routine with a parrot. Breaking that routine can cause confusion and depression in a parrot. Emotional separation anxieties can result in vocal or aggressive behavior because the parrot is seeking affection or attention.
  • poor diet
  • no exercise
  • housed outside in the elements
  • housed inside in a smokers home
  • stressful past environment
  • anxiety causing skittish, or insecure behavior possibly from being tormented by humans or teenagers or strangers
  • Asthma problems (top reason)
  • Newborn baby (jealous parrot, or asthma problems)
  • Caused parrot to suffer depression or separation anxiety
  • After the parrot is orphaned, surviving family members aren’t willing to adopt the bird
  • The parrot reminds surviving family of recently demised family member too much
Due to an emergency or other circumstances the owner must relocate, and the parrot cannot travel or is not allowed at the new residence.
Hormonal aggressive issues sometimes occur with a same sex human. The parrot is showing loyalty to its handler. This is a normal possessive trait that occurs during spring and fall seasons when a parrot is an adult.
Sometimes family members can’t handle the parrot, or other family issues arise. For example, the addition of a baby into a home creates a lot of attention for the baby. The parrot will naturally try to get the owner’s attention.
Parrot was injured or seems sick, and the owners do not have the funds to afford veterinary care.