Successful Tips on Attracting Parrots to Your Yard
Bring the wild to you by turning your yard into a garden that is irresistible for wildlife, these types of gardens have sparked an interest which is why many homeowners are not just constructing a garden but creating a garden that’s wildlife-friendly which is a great way to connect with nature in this most awesome way.
A garden of this sort is pretty amazing, in this article we will be discussing how to attract parrots to your yard. What a joy it is to have these exotic birds visit your yard as you watch them in their natural habitat providing hours of fun both for adults and kids. There are estimated to be some 350-402 species of parrots in which most of them live in tropical and sub-tropical climates.
However, due to habitat destruction, many parrots have become extinct, these intelligent birds that are so beautiful deserve our help. If you are interested in giving nature a helping hand then continue reading as we take our journey into the world of parrots and how to care for them.
Making your yard irresistible for parrots
In order for your yard to be inviting to parrots, there are some components that are needed which will attract them like a magnet. Below we will be looking at such components to ensure that you have success.
Providing shelter is a must and a great way to lure parrots to your yard, the use of bright native tropical plants and broad-leafed deciduous trees are ideal. Parrots love grapes, bananas, apples, passion fruits, citrus fruits, pomegranate, mango, and papaya will not only provide them with shelter but will also be a good food source helping parrots to feel right at home.
Other food sources that can be provided for parrots are cooked grains such as oatmeal, brown rice, barley, rye, pasta, wheat, whole wheat bread, spelt, whole wheat cereals, etc… cooked beans can also be given to them which includes, chickpeas, lentils, black beans, green beans. Nuts can be included in their diet, nuts should be unsalted and human-grade which are walnuts, pecan nuts, almonds, peanuts, pine nuts, cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, and hazelnuts. These foods can be offered in a wide-open area where parrots can congregate.
A water source
Including a low birdbath with moving water is a great way in providing a water source for parrots both to drink and take a bath. The water should always be kept clean and fresh. Because parrots are rather large the birdbath should be 2 to 3 inches deep. One or two bird baths may be necessary depending on the number of visitors (parrots) to your yard.
Providing a few nesting boxes is ideal for parrots although other native birds and wildlife may claim ownership, making available to parrots nesting materials such as grasses that is pesticide-free, twigs, dead leaves, small sticks, small pieces of straws, feathers, cattail fluff, etc… makes great nesting materials for these exotic birds.
Additional information on attracting parrots to your yard
- Do not use harmful pesticides in the garden area to kill garden pests when treating plants the use of beneficial insects known as biological control will help and is safe
- Keep cats and dogs out of the garden area
- The use of native colorful plants will attract parrots to your yard
- Clotheslines, perches, and feeding pools makes a great resting place for parrots
- The feeding area should be cleared of fruits that start to ferment which can cause parrots to become sick
- Keeping areas clean where parrots congregate is a must
Parrot fun facts
Here are a few parrot fun facts.
- Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species
- Parrots taste with the top of their beaks
- A group of parrots is called pandemonium
- Cockatoos, many species of the amazon parrots, parakeets, and gray parrots are known to talk or mimic humans
- Parrots are considered to be exotic birds
- Parrots eat with their feet
- Parrots remain mates for life
- A baby parrot is called a chick
- The beaks of parrots are known to be strong
- Parrots can live more than 60 years
- The Kakapo parrot cannot fly
- In India, it is illegal to keep parrots in captivity
- Parrots are social creatures
- Parrots have antibacterial pigments in their feathers that helps in preventing them from getting sick
- Parrots are so many bright beautiful colors
The final word on how to attract parrots to your yard
The world of parrots is pretty amazing, these exotic birds will provide hours of fun as they visit your yard. Why not have your garden buzzing with activity as you watch them feed, sing and interact with each other but better yet you will be providing a home for them. Let’s help our feather friends by doing all that we can, this is a great way to give nature a helping hand while helping to bring balance to our eco-system.