I belong to an organization called the Alaska Parrot Education and Adoption Center (AkPEAC). This group has, at times, been referred to as the bird Nazis. There’s a reason they have that reputation. It’s well deserved and well earned.
With PEAC, birds and their welfare trump all other factors. Which means that well-meaning people who want to adopt or foster a bird find themselves facing almost more training sessions and evaluations than people who want to adopt or foster children.
I bought my first bird in 1970 from a department store in Brooklyn. Not much was known about parrots back