Parrots are flock animals with
an innate need for companionship and social interaction.
A parrot derives it's greatest sense of
physical and emotional security from living within a flock. Parrots are
rarely alone in the wild. The social nature of a flock is very important
to a bird's emotional well-being. Flocks participate in many
activities together such as eating, traveling, preening, bathing, climbing,
playing, roosting, vocalizing and socializing.
One of the most difficult of all
things for a crow, a raven, a wolf or a human is to feel alone and separated
from one's own kind. A sense of belonging is one of the most universal
of all feelings.
- Lawrence Kilham, 1989
A bird left in isolation without love and attention will have a poorly
developed sense of security or belonging. Parrots are social
beings and isolation can lead to the development of negative behaviors,
depression and even insanity.
Within our homes it is important that we provide for our birds need for social
connectedness. Fortunately, our birds exceptional intelligence in
combination with their innate social nature enables them to relate to their
human family as their flock.