Popular Pet Bird Species
Before choosing a pet bird you should consider the responsibilities that will come with being a bird owner. There will be a financial and a time commitment required. Although you may not need to walk your bird every day like a dog, they do still require daily care – which can be a tie that may not suite your lifestyle.
If you decide to make the commitment to be a bird owner you may choose from the following popular species of birds.
Cockatiels are known to be delightful breed that can be very entertaining. They are part of the family of parrots that hail from Australia. Cockatiels are known for their singing and whistling abilities. They can also learn how to talk, but they often prefer to whistle. They also tend to mimic the usual sounds that they hear, making them appear quirky and fun. They can easily pick up sounds like the barking of dogs or the telephone ringing. As they are a larger bird Cockatiels are easier to care for than some smaller varieties. The life expectancy of cockatiels can be up to 20 years and they come in a variety of colour combinations.
Lovebirds are among the smallest species of parrots in the world. They have personality as well as intelligence and that is why most owners will not trade them for the larger parrots. Lovebirds are not a demanding bird and they are beautiful to look at. These are an ideal choice of bird for people who live in apartments and condominiums because they are fairly quiet. Their size can be around six inches high and their life expectancy can be about 20 years.
The most common Parakeet, the Budgerigar (Budgie), is the best bird choice for children. This is especially true if it is the first pet the child has owned. There are a variety of pretty colors to choose from in the Parakeet family. They do not require as much space as the larger parrots. Although they are small they are a very intelligent bird. Parakeets can whistle as well as sing and they can also learn few words. They have a life expectancy of around 14 years.
Canaries and finches.
Measure 5 inches tall or less, these birds require much less space. They are also known as waxbills or softbills. Canaries thrive in small flocks and are a very social bird. However, they require little human attention making them a perfect companion for those who cannot afford to spend lots of time catering to their birds activities, yet who still want the experience of living with birds. The lifespan of canaries and finches may reach up to 10 years if they are properly cared for.
These amazing birds are chosen as a lifetime companion because they can live up to 70 years. They are known as the most intelligent of birds and they can learn around 2,000 words if trained well. They are smart but they also tend to be demanding. They will get bored and lonely if you do not take time to engage them in stimulating activities. Your efforts will be well rewarded because these are affectionate in nature. But you should think very carefully before choosing such a commitment as an African Grey.
So choose from the list the kind of pet bird that will best fit your life now, and the plans you have for the future. Make sure that as much as you will enjoy their presence, you will also be able to give them what they require from you.