There are several factors that need to be considered before Purchasing/Adopting a Parrot.
One key factor to remember that parrots unlike dogs and cats and other commonly kept pets is they do come with a good amount of requirements and on occasion including visits to the Avian Vet.
Which brings up the point in the screening of the previous owners what is the birds overall health?
There are owners sadly that will intentionally/unintentionally sell you a bird that is ill and on top of that if you have other companion parrots in the household can make them ill.
This is why it important that if you are around other birds make sure and clean and sanitize your hands before handling any of your other birds.
Breeders, zoos parks etc. will require, for the most part, this to be done prior to handling or coming into contact with their birds/investments to some.
It would be a great idea to quarantine from the rest of your flock as pointed out in an article by the bird channel “Unfortunately, many bird keepers regard quarantine as a required procedure only for the bigger breeders or those who import or export birds. Some consider quarantine a nuisance, and others shortcut the procedure to hurry things along. However, quarantine restrictions are in place to protect both the bird owner and their pet birds. Quarantining can literally mean the difference between life and death for your flock”.
When choosing a provider of your bird, for Adoption or Purchasing (these two can be misinterpreted) but with the help of Wikipedia can be easily explained.
By this article definition:
A. Adoption-is the process of taking guardianship of and responsibility for a parrot that a previous owner has abandoned or released to a shelter or rescue organization. Common sources for adoptable pets are animal shelters and rescue groups.
B. Purchasing-This would be from Breeders locally from local hobby breeders to large breeding farms.
The best advice as always is regarding the health of your Parrot is to seek the advice of an Avian Vet.
In regards to time and the amount required for a parrot is dependent upon the species as well as how many you have in your flock.
With the 4 pet birds that I own and by species here are the time requirements that we have experienced.
Congo African Grey – In comparison requires more companionship time the all the rest put together. This of course could be the spoiling effect as well. The African Grey is always active and always wants to be the center of attention primarily of my attention. He is a “Hold me Baby” and he could and often does perch on my shoulder all day long.Occasionally sleeping as I work on the computer.
Lilac Crown Amazon – Does like some quality time spent with my wife mainly but only for a couple of hours a day combined. He usually likes to pass the day napping and of course eating. Occasionally swinging on his swing and playing on top of his cage.