We always encourage people to think twice (and then once more for good measure) about adopting a bird as a pet. Birds require the most care and attention of all pets. This is especially true with exotic parrot species, such as scarlet macaws and African grey parrots. If exotic parrots are moved between different living situation and care takers, they develop severe anxiety disorders which can lead to self-mutilation (feather plucking and cutting). In many case, this type of anxiety can also result from neglect. Parrots are extremely social animals, and they require constant attention to stay happy. Parrots can also live for a very, very long time with some species living for upwards of ninety years. These are very important factors to consider when deciding if you should adopt a bird as a pet or not.