A growing number of parrots is reportedly getting released or put up for adoption amid the pandemic and consequent lockdowns.
According to one charity working to provide parrots with new homes, they have seen a 70% increase in birds put up for adoption in the last few months.
Meanwhile, there has also been an increase in parrots that are either lost or released into the wild by their owners.
According to Birdline, a UK-based charity that provides new homes to unwanted birds, they have recorded 88 bird rehoming requests during the period between March and September as compared to 52 such instances during the same period last year.
“It is a bit problematic if you are trying to do a Zoom call or an audio conference and there is a parrot in the background squawking,” Birdline manager Claire Longworth said in an interview with Sunday Times as she suggested people who are now working from home are more likely to be disturbed by the noise their pet makes.
Meanwhile, 62-year-old Jackie Amos, the Lost Parrots & Birds Found group founder, noted an increase in missing parrots during the last few months.
According to Amos, 2020 has been “the worst year so far” when it comes to posts reporting found and/or missing parrots. While some birds were lost by accident, others were reportedly set free by their owners.
Another parrot owner who opened up about the issue at hand is 32-year-old Nimal Fernando who, according to Daily Mail, claimed that he keeps on receiving messages from frustrated owners asking him how to stop their birds from squawking.
As the owner of gold and blue macaws said, he and his partner, who run social media accounts where they share photos of their birds, receive up to fifty messages per day from parrot owners who want to stop their pets from ‘screaming.’
While Fernando’s birds are allegedly relatively quiet, he too received complaints from angry neighbors who were disturbed by their squawking.
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