Choosing A Pet Bird
“What kind of pets are birds? Find out right here… facts about living with birds and finding the right pet bird for you!”
Ever wonder what type of bird would be perfect for you? Here is a guide to finding out!
Birds are often great pets for people looking for a companion with a wonderful personality. They also come in many beautiful colors and many can live a very long life! By choosing a pet bird, you bring into your life a social creature who loves you, talks to you, and can even sing you a song! They can make the perfect pet for many people! Read more
Birds are delightful creatures. They are the quintessential pet for those who want a companion but not all of the work. To that end, choose your bird wisely for your home or apartment.
Some people shun birds in the home because of the noise. Well, it is important to note that all birds are not noisy and there are some that are great for apartment dwellers.
Popular Bird Companions for the Home
1. Parakeets – These birds are quite colorful and fun to look at and be around. They are also referred to as “budgies.” Because they are small, they don’t require a huge cage, although they do like to have room to fly. A medium sized cage will do. You might hear a song or a whistle from this bird but not the racket you might think. More than one parakeet can live together but be sure you have room for them all to stretch their wings. A hardy bird, they can live for about 14 years.
2. Canaries – These birds are always associated in the underworld with ratting out a fellow ne’er-do-well but they are better than this reference implies. This little bird is less than six inches in length. They love the company of other canaries and finches in their cage. As long as you give them what they need, they will pay little attention to you. They don’t like petting nor require it. They can live about 10 years.
3. Finches – These colorful birds are beautiful to observe. They are small like canaries and love to sing. They don’t need human touch but love the company of other birds like themselves. Keep them in a large flight cage and they will sing and fly for you. They can live about 10 years when well cared for.
4. Cockatiels – You may have heard of cockatoos and this is a relative. These birds are a type of parrot that is native to Australia. They love to sing and whistle. Their most striking feature is their shock of pointed feathers on the head. They mostly whistle and sing but they can talk if they want to learn and you are a diligent trainer. Their main color is usually white and grey but you can find them in other color combinations as well. They are medium sized so try to keep one bird per cage. They can live to be as old as 20 years.
5. Lovebirds – They have their claim to fame in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” but they don’t usually incite a murderous riot. They are the smallest of the parrot species, coming in at about six inches long. Though small, they are intelligent, very colorful, affectionate and playful. This bird forms a strong bond with its owners. When purchased alone, they require a lot of face time. If you don’t have that kind of time, purchase another lovebird companion for them.
Looking for a bird as a pet? Here are a few choices that may satisfy your needs. Also read up on Animal-World’s Choosing a Pet Bird if you are interested.
Companion birds – including canaries, cockatiels, parakeets, lovebirds, cockatoos and African Grey parrots – are very popular pets. For the right pet owner, these birds can provide daily enjoyment, as well as companionship for many years. If you’ve ever thought about getting a companion bird for your household, how do you know which type is the best for you?
There are a number of different factors to consider.
1. What size pet can your household comfortably handle? Parakeets and canaries are small birds, and can be kept in relatively small homes and apartments. On the other hand, some types of cockatoos can be up to two feet tall and need significantly more space.
2. How much of an issue is noise? Some companion birds are more talkative than others. African Greys, for example, are a very popular parrot species and can develop vocabularies of hundreds of words or more – and they like to talk. Cockatiels, on the other hand, tend to be whistlers. If you live in an apartment building you may wish to consider a quieter type of bird.
3. How much “cuddling” do you want to do with your bird? Although much of this depends on each individual bird, there are some general differences between bird types. For example, cockatoos generally tend to be more “hands on” than African Greys.
4. Is this your first bird? If this is going to be your first time keeping a companion bird as a pet, consider a smaller and lower-maintenance breed such as a parakeet.
5. How much time are you going to be able to spend with your new bird on a regular basis? The more intelligent types of companion birds require more stimulation and direct interaction with you, so be honest about your lifestyle. If you’re rarely home, or travel often, then perhaps this isn’t the best type of pet for you.
6. What is your budget for your pet? Parakeets are inexpensive and can be found in many pet stores, while cockatoos are harder to find and may cost a thousand dollars or more. In addition, when you buy a companion bird you’ll be responsible not only for the cost of the bird, but also the cost of a cage, toys, and food for years to come – don’t forget to take these other costs into account.
7. How long are you willing to have the pet? Canaries generally live for up to ten years, while African Greys can sometimes live for 70 years.
8. How concerned are you with keeping control over your surroundings? Put another way, are you a “neat freak?” Companion birds can sometimes make a mess of their cage, and can sometimes be destructive when they are out of their cage, particularly the larger birds.
Consider all of these factors, and you might find the type of companion bird that will be a satisfying pet for years to come. To see more on how to choose the right bird for you, see the Choosing a Pet Bird page!