Can a parrot, designed by nature for millions of years, be truly mentally and physically healthy without flight? The Parrot University has spent 20 years researching what makes a parrot a parrot. We have found the number one characteristic that defines ?a parrot? is its ability to fly. Flight is fundamental to every component of a parrot's mind and body. Learning to fly well is the most complicated and important task a parrot can learn. Your pet will be healthier, more active, more coordinated, and increase its? visual acuity. Flying helps with language development, higher intelligence, self-confidence, self-esteem and ultimately makes a very social companion.