Why do parrots smell so good? Science and lifestyle explain the scents.

Kathy LaFollett
4 min readMar 6
An amazon parrot accessing her preening gland to smooth fatty oils and alcohols through her feathers. Photo from Adobe Express Professional.

“If we could bottle that and call it Parfum de Perroquet, we’d make a fortune!”

Doctor and I stood in his Raleigh Durham, NC office, petting a rescue chicken named Butterscotch. I was in town to give a presentation at the local parrot club event. He was working on helping me adopt the chicken to take home to Florida. The realization that…