If you are looking for the absolute truth, not something sugar coated and pretty about how wonderful they can be, then the answer is no.
It takes a certain kind of person to love a bird, and most people are not cut out for it. If you enjoy sleeping in, a parrot is absolutely out of the question! Be prepared to be greeted every morning as soon as the sun is up with every single phrase, whistle, scream and noise your bird knows until you take it out of its cage. Even with a blanket over it. He doesn't care that you worked the late shift, or were out late at a party.
This noise also doesn't stop all day long; you may get a few quiet periods but not many. So if you have a baby that you don't want woken up, or are a student at university who needs quiet to do work, or work from home and need a peaceful atmosphere to get work done in, then you are looking at the wrong pet.
Also be prepared for your bird to never learn the word no, unless it's to repeat it back to you a 100 times a day. You cannot discipline a bird, because they don't understand it. So no matter what bad behavior your bird is getting up to, telling it no, or stop, or putting it in time out, or even giving it the evil glare like so many parrot experts suggest, it does not work. If your bird wants to do it, it will.
Positive reinforcement or ignoring unwanted behavior is a joke. It doesn't stop the bad stuff. Trust me, I've tried.
Also birds are dirty, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Take it from someone who likes to keep a clean home and lives with one.
The first problem is bird dander. It is going to cover everywhere in a gross layer of dust! You have to dust every single day to keep it from building up all over your furniture. And not just around the bird either but all over the room your bird is kept in, because when it flaps its wings, dust, poop particles, and little fluffy feathers fly everywhere! You have to vacuum every day to keep the place looking clean.
Birds also make a huge mess. To keep them occupied you have to give them toys, to rip up and destroy, and when they decide to flap their wings your place will be covered in all the debris!
And the poop! Oh God, the poop! It never stops! Every 10-15 minutes your bird is going to poop. Every time it wants to fly away because he's annoyed and doesn't want to be where you have him, he'll poop! Imagine every time you leave the room your bird flying off his stand to try and follow you and pooping where he lands. My carpet is covered in stains that are very hard to get out!
Also, if he gets jealous because you and your husband, or girlfriend, or child, are cuddling on the couch be prepared for him to yell and scream and fly and poop where he lands! Also, don't think that just because you have him on a stand, that is where he is going to poop. He'll poop off the side and onto the floor guaranteed So be prepared to clean that up off the mat every day.
Because bird poop is very bad for you, and should not be allowed to float around in the air for you to breath in (which it will once it dries and he decides to flap his wings and send it everywhere)!
Some people claim you can potty train your bird to go poop on command, but we haven’t managed to do this, and sometimes even if you manage this can go very wrong. He will hold his poop in until he is told to go and if he is left for a long time without going this can cause huge problems.
Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not bashing birds or bird lovers, I’m just stating the facts that I wish someone had given me before my boyfriend and I decided to purchase a parrot. They are noisy, messy, dirty, poop machines, that can’t be disciplined, and rejoice in doing bad things because it gains your attention. That is just their nature, and you can’t train them out of it.
So if you like your peace and quiet, like to have a clean house, and expect your pets to be well behaved then, this is certainly not the right kind of animal for you.
I have read dozens of books, and countless online articles about parrot behavior and training, and I have tried it all. But when it comes down to it, they aren’t domestic, they don’t live to please you or love you adoringly like a dog. They want to do what they want when they want, and one wrong move on your behalf is going to land you in their bad books forever.
If you can put up with the noise and the dirt, then you may find their quirks like saying hello every time the phone rings endearing, or the millions of crazy household noises they mimic, like the microwave, funny. But for most of us out there, they are just going to drive you totally crazy.
So there you have it: the truth about pet parrots.