Lonely pet birds parrot human lifestyle ailments

Abizarre combination of loneliness, space shortage and the sheer gorgeousness of exotic avians has resulted in a new epidemic—bird depression. Other than mental illness, these birds are also being diagnosed with human lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes. A growing number of people are adopting exotic birds as pets, prefering them to dogs and cats because they are easier to manage in small flats. The popular choices are African grey parrots (average cost Rs 40,000), Australian cockatoos, South American macaws (both for around Rs 1 lakh)—all known for their…

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