I’m Vera Appleyard. I was the first Guide to Pet Birds at About.com. I created Parrot Parrot back in 1997, where it was first housed on one of those free tilde sites. I bought the domain name in 1998 and the site has been going strong for the past 12 plus years. I also have a popular Parrots & Pet Birds Discussion Forum associated with the site. Parrot Parrot has information on all parrots: South American Parrots, African Parrots, and Australian Parrots! The site is dedicated to the health of companion birds and it is my hope that through educating the public about the responsibilities of owning parrots, that I might help prevent the mistreatment and/or abandonment of these majestic, intelligent creatures. Please take the time to carefully consider all the information on this site before plunging into “parrothood,” particularly the pages on how to buy a bird, the checklist, avian health, and the reference library. These pages will prepare you for parrot ownership and will help you decide if you really want the responsibility of owning a parrot. Although many people think a small parrot such as a lovebird or budgie is “easier” they still require quite a bit of time and care compared with cats or dogs.