Connie Phillips, volunteer and adoption coordinator with the Bird Nerd Rescue Sanctuary in Canton, Ohio, speaks all things parrot with Eclectus, one of the 18 birds at the center.
At one time or other, you might consider buying a parrot. The birds remind us of warm breezes and sandy shores, tempting us to shelve responsibilities and Midwest winters and head south.
But the impulse, in the immortal words of Jimmy Buffett, may be "a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling" - sort of like getting a tattoo while inebriated.
Depending on the breed, a parrot can live 50, 60, or 100 years or more. Some, such as brilliantly colored large macaws, are gauged to have the intelligence of a 6-year-old. Can you imagine handling a petulant child that has a bite force of 500-700 pounds per ...