Meyer's Parrots: General

By Gregory Rich, DVM; Rick Axelson, DVM

Meyer’s parrots are attractive, stocky little birds,native to the plateau woodlands of sub-Saharan central and eastern Africa. Meyer’s parrots belong to the Poicephalus family, the same classification as the Senegal parrot. They are small- to medium-sized birds, standing about 8-9 inches tall. Meyer’s parrots are quite gentle, quiet, funny, playful, highly intelligent, and social birds. They are not great talkers but can learn some vocabulary. Most hand-raised or well-socialized Meyer’s parrots make wonderful family pets for anyone wanting a small parrot.

Purchasing a Meyer's Parrot

"When selecting a Meyer's parrot, try to choose a young bird, as it may be easier to tame and train."

Meyers parrots may be purchased from a pet store or a reputable breeder. When selecting a Meyer's parrot, try to choose a young bird, as it may be easier to tame and train. Older, wild, colony or parent-raised birds may prove challenging to tame. Hand-raised babies often make better pets since they have been completely socialized with humans. Young birds are easier to tame and adapt more readily to new environments and situations. Your new bird should be exposed early to different events (young and old people, males and females, other pets, car trips, visits to the veterinarian, etc.) to help promote a calm, well-adjusted pet. A lively, alert bird that is not easily frightened is certainly more well adapted to change and will be less stressed about new things. After purchasing your Meyer's parrot, have it examined by an avian veterinarian. Avian veterinarians are more familiar with pet birds, their diseases and dietary needs.

Veterinary Care

Meyers parrots require regular, routine veterinary health check-ups. Your veterinarian can perform a physical examination, grooming (nail or feather trim as necessary) and laboratory tests as needed. During these annual health examinations, health, nutritional and maintenance issues can be identified and addressed. Veterinary exams are intended to help prevent disease and will help ensure a  long, healthy relationship between you and your bird.

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