To each their own. When grabbing my morning coffee today, I found a man sitting with his parrot. Couldn't pass up the photo op. Seeing this man, reminded me of a documentary I had seen earlier this year.
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a 2005 documentary film directed, produced, and edited by Judy Irving. It is about a population of feral parrots—cherry-headed and blue-crowned conures—in San Francisco, and about Mark Bittner, the man who takes care of them. The film is based on Bittner's book The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004). In May 2007, the documentary aired on the PBS series Independent Lens.
“So live that you would not mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip”
"The Indian god of love is Kama and his vahana is the ring-necked green parrot, but why?
It is well known that when people are enamored they mirror each other's speech and gestures. Despite the importance that appearance seems to play in our materialist culture, often in matters of physical attraction, "love is blind." Thus Kama earned the name, Ananga (without form.) Similarly, the parrot was thought to have no cry of its own but can deceive us into thinking that a nobler bird is on the scene. Both deity and vehicle then, are agents of deception."