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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.

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.

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.

Parakeets.

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.

African Greys.

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.

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Quaker Parrotquaker parrot Saves Baby From Choking.

Willie the parrot proves to worth his weight in gold when his watchful eye noticed 2 year-old Hannah choking. With no one else around Willie rushed to raise the alarm screaming and repeating “mama baby.”

Meagan the sitter was in the bathroom when her parrot Willie raised the alarm.  She had never heard him behave like that before and came running to see what was going on.

Hannah was starting to turn blue as she choked on her pop-tart. One Heimlich later and Hannah was safe.

Samantha Kuusk the mother of Hannah was very relieved and I am sure a little surprised to hear who the hero of the day was. The combination of a watchful and very smart Quaker Parrot and a baby sitter who knew how to respond saved Hannah’s life.  Meagan doubted she would have found Hannah in time had it not been for Willie as the child was already turning blue when Meagan responded to the alarm.

Teach your Quaker Parrot to talk today – you never know who’s life it may save.

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Choosing a parrot for a pet is a life long commitment.

Parrots are another example of needing to think through your decision thoroughly before getting a pet.  With a life span of a potential 60 years adopting a parrot is not a commitment to be made lightly.

They are a most entertaining and intelligent pet that will bring joy to friends and family alike.  Many can be trained to talk or at lest respond to commands.  And they all have individual personalities and are not shy about expressing them.

However, they are a bird that thrives on community.  Parrots that are kept in isolation for extended periods will not be happy, and many will show signs of stress and possibly self destructive behaviour.

Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph of drellenrudolph.com informs us that:

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the companionship of another parrot may impact adversely on the individual bond between owners and their parrots. However, results from this study demonstrated that 57% of the birds housed singly developed stereotypic behaviours such as pacing and bar chewing, while paired birds exhibited none of these behaviours.

Read Dr Ellen’s own entertaining experience with keeping an  Orange-winged Amazon parrot, Marteen.

Other recommendations Dr Ellen makes with regard to keeping healthy parrots include:

  • A healthy diet is extremely important to a healthy birds well being.
  • Get a LARGE cage for your bird.  The larger the cage the happier your bird will be.
  • Keep your bird near the centre of things, not shut away in a back room.
  • Find a veterinarian who is a board-certified Avian Specialist.

Most importantly, make sure when committing to keep a parrot you keep that commitment.  This could mean feeding, entertaining, and housing your pet for the next 60 years.  Think about where you might want to live in the future and what kind of travel or lifestyle you hope to have in the future.  Does this fit with the pet you are choosing?

If you think a parrot is a pet you are prepared to commit to, I recommend finding a local breeder to help guide you as to which breed and sex would best suit you.  They will also be able to give you advice in the best care tips.

Namara Pets dotcom


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