PARROTS AND PIRATES
Squawk! Shiver me timbers!
If you’ve been thinking about it, then you are probably correct. Amazon parrots are known in film history as the preferred pets of pirates. However, Hollywood aside, did pirates really keep parrots as pets?
Pirates had good reason to keep talkative parrots as their companions. They didn’t eat much, and what they did eat could be stored easily. They were amusing and could be taught to “speak,” which was a definite plus if you were on board a ship for months. They would also be great for showing off once you reached another port.
They could also be sold as an exotic pet. Boo on pirates! But hey, that was what they were known for.
Sadly, how these pets were acquired was very much as a pirate would do it: They were captured in the lands that pirates visited as they traveled.
So if you were thinking that some Hollywood pirates had an orange-winged amazon parrot on their shoulders, it might be possible. But in real life, it probably wouldn’t be the same parrot all the time.