Parrots are considered to be one of the most intelligent types of bird and it is their innate characteristics that have made them popular to keep as pets since the Roman times, although parrot-keeping reached its peak only in the last century. Their popularity can be attributed to their colourful plumage, their intelligence and flair for mimicry, their playful behaviour and ability to bond with human beings. Naturally they require a considerable amount of dedicated care, attention and psychological stimulation in order to lead happy, balanced and contented lives. It is therefore essential that parrot owners are aware of their pet's needs, day-to-day requirements and their responsibilities as owners.
Alan Jones has had a lifelong interest in birds. After qualifying as a Veterinary Surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College London in 1970, he established his own practice in West Sussex in 1985 and has worked ever since with avian patients. He joined the International Association of Avian Veterinarians in 1987 and has been a regular atendee and presenter at AAV Conferences in Europe and the USA. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Parrot Society UK. Alan has contributed to many bird-keeping periodicals, and is co-author of the veterinary textbook Avian Medicine II.